Prof. Zangemeister


Doctor med. Wolfgang H. ZANGEMEISTER is Professor of Neurology at the Neurological University Clinic Hamburg. He is senior lecturer at the faculty of Medicine at the University of Hamburg; also neurological consultant of the departments of Ophthalmology, ENT, Surgery and Internal Medicine.

The son of Professor Hans E. ZANGEMEISTER and Dr. Marianne Z.(*Schmidt), he was born in Hamburg, Germany on the 16th of July 1945, and educated at the humanistic gymnasium Johanneum in Hamburg (Abitur, March 7,1964). He was trained at the Universities of Berlin and Munich, gaining his M.D.(1971) and Ph.Dissertation (1972) in Munich (Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry).

He studied also at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts in the class of Prof. Mac Zimmermann surrealistic painting and kinetic sculpture (exhibition in the “Art Forum” Kunsthalle Baden Baden, 1971). Married to Gisela Z. (*Braune), children Julian (7.7.86) and Leopold (25.7.89).

In 1972 he started his internship at University Clinic Hamburg, and began his neurological residency there in 1973. In 1976 he changed for one year to the EEG department, 1977 to 1978 to the EMG (electromyography) Unit. August/September 1978 he worked at the University of California Berkeley, School of Optometry. 1979 and 1980 he was awarded a research grant of the German Research Council (DFG) for studies at the Departments of Physiological Optics and Biomedical Engineering at UC Berkeley (Professor Lawrence Stark), and at UC San Francisco Dept.Neuro-ophthalmology (Prof.W.F.Hoyt). Extended Research and Travel Fellowships from DFG and Hamburg University for studies of visual-vestibular interaction in Eye and Head Coordination and digital simulations of head-eye-coordination dynamics at University of California from 1981 through 1999. Since 1989 he cooperated with the Dept.of Informatics at the Univ. of Hamburg concerning the analysis and simulation of scanpath eye movements while looking at pictures and moving scenes in normal subjects and in neuro-visual deficits.
Habilitation as Privatdozent of Neurology March 1982. Since 1981 Clinical Laboratory for visuo-motor disturbances, neuro- ophthalmology and -otology in man at University Hamburg, Neurology Clinic. Organiser of ‘Symposium on Clinical Problems of Brainstem Disorders’ held Sept.1985 at the World Neurology Conference in Hamburg. Since 1985 numerous active research and lecture invitations in USA, Europe and PR of China. Professor of Neurology since January 25th 1988. October 1986 Organizer of the Symposium on Gottfried Benn’s 100th Birthday, as well as in Nov. 1996 of the Symposium on Gottfried Benn´s Absolute Prose at the University of Hamburg. Organizer of the Symposium on Visual Attention and Cognition, 1995 in Hamburg, published with Elsevier Science Publ. Amsterdam Oxford N.York 1996 404p. Since 1997 main topics of clinical and scientific work: neurovisual imagery, oculomotor and vestibular deficits in vascular brain diseases, and transdiciplinar studies on visual neurosciences and art: WH Zangemeister Synaesthesie und Bilderraetsel, Hamburg 2005; WH Zangemeister and LW Stark: The Artisic Brain beyond the Eye, AuthorHouse, London 2007, pp. 287; C Privitera, LW Stark,WH Zangemeister: Bonnard’s representation of the perception of substance, JEMR 2008.

Present Interests

Scanpath and reading eye and head movements in Neuro-Visual deficits; Transcranial magnetic cortical stimulation; Cerebellar control of gaze and hand movement, Vestibulo-spinal control of gaze and gait. Disorders of Eye-Head-Coordination, clinical and simulation studies; Vestibular evoked potentials.


BARANY Society, New York Academy of Sciences, The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), American and European Society of Neuroscience, International and German Society of Neurology, International and German Society of Electroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology, Interntl. Society of Posture and Locomotion, European Eye Movement Society, Internatl. Society of Neuro-ophthalmology, Uebersee Club Hamburg, Rotary Club Hamburg-Hafentor.