PD Dr. med. Dipl. Mus. Hans-Christian Jabusch

Postdoctoral fellow and assistant director

born 1965 in Lebanon, Virginia, USA

Research interests

  • Pathophysiology and therapy of focal dystonia in musicians
  • Prevention and therapy of pain syndromes in musicians
  • Psychological predispositions in musicians with playing-related disorders
  • Sensorimotor learning in musicians


  • 1985-1987 and 1990-1996 Medical studies at the Universities of Regensburg and Marburg, Germany, and at the Hadassah Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel
  • 1987-1993 Piano studies with Prof. Norman Shetler at the Würzburg College of Music Piano performance degree (Künstlerisches Diplom). Since then concerts in Germany, Italy, Israel, North and South America; four-handed concerts together with Norman Shetler
  • 1993-1996 Medical thesis in the field of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy: Development and evaluation of an endosonographically guided biopsy method. Hamburg University Hospital, Department of Endoscopic Surgery. Director of the Department and academic supervisor: Prof. N. Soehendra, MD
  • 11/2006 Habilitation (post-doctoral lecture qualification) in the field of Systematic Musicology. Title of habilitation thesis: Die fokale Dystonie bei Musikern und ihre Auswirkung auf die musikalische Performanz (Focal dystonia in musicians and its influence on musical performance). Title of habilitation lecture: Experimentelle Untersuchungen zur Entwicklung der sensomotorischen Fertigkeiten bei klavierspielenden Kindern und Jugendlichen sowie bei professionellen Pianisten (Experimental studies on the development of sensorimotor skills in children pianists and in professional pianists)

Work experience

  • 1996-1999 Resident at the Department of Internal Medicine, Regensburg University Hospital. Scientific research in Cardiology: Pathophysiology and molecular biology of pressure overload-induced left ventricular hypertrophy
  • since 2000 Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Music Physiology and Musicians' Medicine, Hannover University of Music and Drama. Clinical work at the Outpatient Clinic for Musicians' Diseases. Lectures and seminars for music students and teachers on topics of Music Physiology
  • since 1/2003 Assistant Director of the Institute of Music Physiology and Musicians' Medicine, Hannover University of Music and Drama
  • Since 2006 Teaching activity at the continuing education program “Musikphysiologie im künstlerischen Alltag“ (Music physiology in musicians’ everyday work): Cooperation of the Kurt Singer Institute for Musicians’ Health (University of Arts, Berlin and Academy of Music Hanns Eisler, Berlin) and the Institute of Music Physiology and Musicians’ Medicine, Hannover (University for Music and Drama, Hannover)


  • 8/2003 Co-Founder of the German program "Musiker mit Dystonie" (Musicians with Dystonia) under the roof of the German Dystonia Association (Deutsche Dystonie-Gesellschaft e.V., DDG); together with Prof. E. Altenmüller, MD and Didi Jackson (President of the DDG)
  • 9/2003 Organizer and chair of the Symposium "Musicians' Medicine" at the 5th Triennial ESCOM Conference (European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music. Hannover, Germany; September 8-13, 2003)
  • since 2003 Member of the Medical Advisory Committee of the 'Musicians with Dystonia'-Program (Dystonia Medical Research Foundation, USA)
  • 9/2005 Co-organizer of the 6th Symposium of the German Association of Music Physiology and Musicians' Medicine (DGfMM): "Music physiological aspects in the area of the lips, jaw, throat". (Hannover, Germany. September 24, 2005); together with Prof. E. Altenmüller, MD


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