In joint projects with our partners at the Department of Neurology at Cologne University, our main areas of investigation are:
Pathophysiology of acute and chronic stroke
Metabolic effects of new treatments for movement disorders
Effective forms of treatment have been available for some time for central movement disorders. One example is deep brain stimulation, in which certain brain regions are stimulated with high-frequency electrical impulses via electrodes implanted directly at those sites. However, there is still very little known about the exact effects of this therapeutic technique on different metabolic processes in the brain and our aim is therefore to extend our knowledge on this front.
Mechanisms of orthological ageing
Dramatic shifts in the age distribution of the general population have made ageing processes and their pathological alteration a matter of increasing public concern. In the normal course of growing older, a large number of changes take place in the metabolism of the brain. We want to find out what these processes are and when and where they are initiated in the brain.