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Prof. Dr.
Volker Arnd Coenen

Department of Neurosurgery
Phone: 0049-761-270-50630


  • 2005 Consultant Neurosurgeon
  • 2005-2008 Head of Division for Functional Neurosurgery, Department of Neurosurgery, University Hospital Aachen, Germany
  • 2007-2008 Fellowship "Functional and stereotactic neurosurgery" Surgical Center for Movement Disorders, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada (Christopher R. Honey, M.D., D.phil.)
  • 2008-2012 Professor (W2) of Stereotaxy and MR-based operative techniques, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Bonn, Germany
  • Since 2013 Full Professor (W3) of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, Head of Division of Stereotactic Neurosurgery, Medical Center – University of Freiburg,

Focus of research

  • Extending applications of Deep Brain Stimulation into the relam of Psychiatry
  • Imaging assisted Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Animal model approaches for the understanding of DBS

Selected publications

  • Coenen VA, Schlaepfer TE, Goll P, Reinacher PC, Voderholzer U, Tebartz van Elst L, Urbach H, Freyer T. The medial forebrain bundle as a target for deep brain stimulation for obsessivecompulsive disorder. CNS Spectr. 2016 Jun 8:1-8.
  • Schlaepfer TE, Bewernick BH, Kayser S, Mädler B, Coenen VA. Rapid effects of deep brain stimulation for treatment-resistant major depression. Biol Psychiatry. 2013; 73(12):1204-12.
  • Coenen VA, Panksepp J, Hurwitz TA, Urbach H, Mädler B. Human medial forebrain bundle (MFB) and anterior thalamic radiation (ATR): imaging of two major subcortical pathways and the dynamic balance of opposite affects in understanding depression. J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2012; 24(2):223-36.
  • Coenen VA, Schlaepfer TE, Allert N, Mädler B.Diffusion tensor imaging and neuromodulation: DTI as key technology for deep brain stimulation. Int Rev Neurobiol. 2012; 107:207-34.

Research methods

  • DTI tractographically assisted DBS (also psychiatric indications)
  • Optogenetics in the alive animal
  • Continous DBS in the freely moving rodent