Cologne has a local network of different institutions and laboratories which is well established in carrying out multidisciplinary molecular imaging research. The MPI for Neurological Research consists of various laboratories and working groups dealing with instrumentation physics, image coregistration, radiochemistry, neurodegenerative diseases, cerebral ischemia, Neurooncology, and gene and stem cell-based therapies.
The MPI harbors two dedicated high-resolution LSO-PET-scanners (Siemens ECAT HR/HRRT), a microPET (Concord, Siemens CTI), an optical imaging camera (Kodak), a 7T-MRI (Bruker) and laser scanning microscope (Leica). Therefore, the Cologne-Group serves all infrastructure necessary to carry out innovative research integrating the various imaging modalities (PET, MRI, optical imaging).
The MPI plays an essential role in neuroscience research at the University of Cologne, focussing on the development of potential clinically applicable new treatment strategies including gene therapy, phenotyping neurodegenerative disease, investigating new treatment modalities in stroke and staging and therapy follow-up in neurooncology. [read more]