Department of Experimental Neurology

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 Department of Experimental Neurology with endowed Chair for Clinical Neuroscience was established in 1999 through generous support by the Hermann and Lilly Schilling Foundation. We currently receive funding from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, German Ministry of Science and Education (Öffnet externen Link im aktuellen FensterBMBF), European Community, Wilhelm Sander Foundation, Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft, Volkswagen-Foundation, Wings for Life Foundation, and others.

Through our close ties with the Department of Neurology and the Center for Stroke Research (Öffnet externen Link im aktuellen FensterCSB) we aim at providing a link between basic neuroscience and clinical neurology. More than half of our researchers have joint clinical appointments. This enables us to bridge the gap from in vitro models to clinical trials. It is our 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.
The Department of Experimental Neurology is fully certified according to ISO 9001 (Quality management).