Welcome to the Institute for Stroke and Dementia Research (ISD) – Director: Prof. Martin Dichgans
Skull: A key new player in the neuro-immune axis
August 2023 – Neuroimmune interactions exhibit remarkable complexity, and exploring brain borders has gained significant attention in the quest for innovative approaches to diagnose, monitor, and treat brain pathologies. The recent discovery of connections between the skull and meninges has brought the skull into focus. A large collaborative research team led by the Erturk lab extensively examined the molecular and structural aspects of the skull in both mice and humans. Their findings demonstrated that skull inflammation can serve as an indicator of brain inflammation in patients suffering from diverse neurological disorders. >>
wildDISCO: A Revolutionary Whole Mouse Body Mapping Technique
July 2023 – Researchers at the Erturk lab have introduced wildDISCO, a groundbreaking method that utilizes standard antibodies to achieve deep penetration into the whole mouse body, generating high-resolution 3D atlases of neurons, immune cells, the vasculature, and lymphatic vessels. With unprecedented insights into anatomical and functional connections among multiple organs and systems, wildDISCO promises to revolutionize disease understanding, drug development, and medical education. >>
ISD Research Retreat
July 2023 – ISD research teams gathered for the annual scientific retreat to present their projects and discuss science. The meeting included presentations from Ph.D. students, an evening poster session, invited speaker talks, and focused workshops such as the one on AI by Hannah Spitzer. The meeting further served as an opportunity to familiarize people with the medium- and long-term strategy of ISD.
ESO Conference in Munich
May 2023 – The European Stroke Organisation Conference ESOC 2023 opened with a public awareness campaign and proceeded with an extensive scientific programme including the presentation of large international trials in plenaries, workshops, teaching courses and other formats. ISD researchers served as the local hosts and also presented results >>
STRIVE-2 Standards released
May 2023 – Small vessel disease (SVD) accounts for ~25% of strokes, more than doubles the risk of future stroke, and contributes to up to 45% of dementia cases. In 2013, STandards for ReportIng Vascular Changes on nEuroimaging 1 (STRIVE-1) categorised features of SVD that are visible on structural MRI and defined standards on multiple levels up to reporting. In an international effort with other experts ISD investigators now updated guidance on imaging of vascular changes in studies of ageing and neurodegeneration to create STRIVE-2 >>
3rd EMBO Workshop on Stroke-Immunology
May 2023 – The 3rd edition of "The EMBO Workshop on Stroke-Immunology" will take place from September 18 to 21, 2023 at Schloss Hohenkammer in the iconic country side of Munich. The meeting provides a unique environment for scientists at all career levels to access recent advances in the rapidly evolving field of stroke and neuroimmunology research and to expand on collaborations. >>
Diversity at the ISD
ISD’s Diversity Management is interlocked with LMU’s program on Diversity as well as programs installed by the DFG funded Excellence cluster for Systems Neurology (SyNergy) of which the ISD is part, covering a range of aspects including: Gender equality, Diversity management, Being family friendly, Inclusion and participation, Cultural diversity, Healthy university.