Research methods

Our group mainly focuses on studying neurodegenerative disorders with a special emphasis on neuroimaging and non-invasive brain stimulation. Currently, we apply the following methods:

tDCS setup

Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy allow a detailed display of metabolic processes in the brain. We combine these methods with non-invasive brain stimulation techniques.

tDCS training
Photo Inselgruppe/ Tanja Läser

Non-invasive brain stimulation is a group of techniques that allow the stimulation (or inhibition) of certain brain areas. We use transcranial direct current stimulation as well as transcranial alternating current stimulation. Both methods are non-invasive with few side effects.

process imaging center
Klöppel et al. Neuroimage (2012)

In the future, images used by radiologists to diagnose structural changes in the brain should be processed with machine learning techniques more frequently. We apply statistical methods to analyse structural changes in the brain of individuals as well as groups to both investigate natural aging in the brain and to detect abberant structural brain changes as early as possible.