The Department of Experimental Neurology is devoted to translational neuroscience in the areas of cerebral blood flow regulation, brain imaging, CNS damage by stroke and spinal trauma, as well as endogenous neuroprotection and brain-immune interactions. The endowed Chair for Clinical Neuroscience it was established in 1999 through generous support by the Hermann and Lilly Schilling Foundation.

The Department of Experimental Neurology currently receive funding from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, German Ministry of Science and Education, European Community, Wilhelm Sander Foundation, Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft, Volkswagen-Foundation, Wings for Life Foundation, and others. Through close ties with the Department of Neurology and the Center for Stroke Research it aim at providing a link between basic neuroscience and clinical neurology. More than half of researchers have joint clinical appointments. This enables to bridge the gap from in vitro models to clinical trials.

The Mission

  • to identify research issues relevant to the improvement of prevention, treatment and diagnosis of neurological disorders,
  • to further our knowledge on these issues through basic research in vitro and in vivo, and
  • to validate and translate to the patient bed the findings through investigator driven clinical studies

To improve the predictiveness of our preclinical translational research we are actively promoting the introduction of quality standards for experimental design and reporting, open access and open data, as well as international collaboration in large, randomized and controlled multicenter preclinical trials.

Head of Department

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Dirnagl

Director Department of Experimental Neurology

Gabriela Seidel-Hart

Secretary of Prof. Dirnagl