Research Partners

· Meet Our Partners and Teams ·

Prof. Jan M. Schwab

Overall Coordination and
B-Cell Immunephenotyping

Working with:

  • Dr. M. Kopp
  • Prof. U. Dirnagl
  • Dr. C. Meisel

Department of Neurology & Experimental Neurology (http://expneuro.charite.de/en/about_us/) is internationally renowned and ‘skilled in the art’ of conducting and coordinating and investigator initiated clinical trials and international multicenter prognostic studies in the field CNS related immune dysfunction. The Department of Experimental Neurology comprises a fully equipped translational laboratory the covering Main research fields are cerebral blood flow, CNS damage by stroke and SCI as well as brain-immune interactions and CNS-inflammation. The Department closely collaborates with the Charité Institute of Medical Immunology, which includes a certified diagnostic and research laboratory.

Dr. Caroline May

Immune Proteomics

Working with:

  • Prof. K. Marcus
  • Dr. M. Kopp
Further Contributors
  • Prof. J. Schwab
  • Dr. M. Kopp
  • Dr. C. Meisel

Under the direction of Prof. Dr. Katrin Marcus, the Medical Proteom-Center (http://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/mpc/) is one of the world's leading institutes in proteome- and protein analysis. The Medical Proteom-Center has a long-time experience in biomarker discovery and validation, it offers an excellent bioinformatic structure and infrastructure with all necessary state–of–the art techniques for the identification of protein biomarkers, elucidation of autoimmune response, and protein interactions studies. The MPC collaborate though different international projects and competitiveness clusters (Eurobiomed, Biogenesis, SMME Cluster, „Human Brain Proteom Project“ (HBPP)). The analysis of human and mice brain tissue is a main research focus of our institute.

Prof. Romana Höftberger

Translational Humoral Autoimmunity

Working with:

  • Prof. H. Lassmann
  • Dr. T. Haider
Further Contributors
  • Prof. J. Schwab
  • Dr. M. Kopp

The Institute of Neurology, Medical University of Vienna embraces a unique concept of the multidisciplinary approach for neurosciences on a clinical background. The institute integrates diagnostic patient service, research and graduate/postgraduate teaching in neuropathology, neurochemistry, clinical neuroimmunology, neuro-molecular biology and neuro-oncology. It is an officially recognised training site for the medical specialities neuropathology and neurobiology, and currently employs six MDs, two postdocs, and five PhD students. The Institute performs over 200 specialised neuropathological autopsies annually and has a broad collection of CNS tissue from TBI and SCI. For the project Brain Bank at MWU fixed and cryo conserved brain samples, CSF and serum of the same patients are registered and stored for research purposes. Fully equipped neuropathology and molecular biology laboratories with a tissue culture facility that provides laminar flow hoods, incubators and microscopes to be used for various cell culture models are available as well as animal facilities are at the insitute for brain research.

Prof. Armin Curt

Electrophysiology and Inclusive Trial Design

Working with:

Further Contributors
  • Prof. J. Schwab
  • Dr. M. Kopp
  • Prof. U. Dirnagl
  • Prof. G. Scivoletto

The Spinal Cord Injury Center at Balgrist University Hospital holds the Chair of Spinal Cord Injury Research. The Balgrist is a fully equipped/staffed clinical and academic center for the acute care and rehabilitation of patients with spinal cord injury. The research laboratory staff consists of about 4 post docs, 6-8 PhD candidates and is actively involved in several international research collaborations. The research interest is focused on neurological/neurophysiological findings in human SCI and the performance and improvement of translational early clinical trials. The Balgrist serves as a regional and international referral center for SCI and provides specialized outpatient services/clinics with a focus in neurology, neuro-urology and neuro-electrophysiology and -imaging.

Prof. Giorgio Scivoletto

Functional Outcome Assessment

Working with:

  • Dr. M. Masciullo
  • Dr. Federica Tamburella
Further Contributors
  • Prof A. Curt
  • Prof. J. Schwab
  • Dr. M. Kopp
  • Prof. U. Dirnagl

Fondazione Santa Lucia (FSL) is a nationally renowned hospital for neuromotor rehabilitation and carries out intensive research work covering virtually all aspects in the fields of neuromotor and cognitive rehabilitation, from clinical to basic scientific investigations, with an average of more than 100 papers/year on peer-reviewed scientific. Within the framework of the Neurorehabilitation Department A and the Spinal Center Unit (EMSCI Center) there are two research laboratories: i) the NeuroRobot Lab (Laboratory of Robotics Applied to Neurological Rehabilitation) has a consolidated experience in the fields of neuro-rehabilitation of SCI and subjects affected by ABD, clinical validation and testing of rehabilitation robots (with particular focus on devices for the lower limbs; ii) the SPIRE Lab (Laboratory of Spinal Rehabilitation) has a special focus on the study of the outcomes of SCI patients and specific outcome measures.