The ISD strives to advance therapeutic options in stroke and dementia. It is equally committed to comprehensive patient care and research and provides the highest quality in preventing, diagnosing and treating both stroke and cognitive decline thus offering the best service to patients, their families, and referring physicians.
The foundation of ISD bears on the initiative of Zygmunt Solorz, who sought to create an internationally recognized center providing highly competitive interdisciplinary and translational research in the fields of stroke and dementia.
The focus of ISD's research is on genetics, the identification of novel molecular targets, on cellular mechanisms, the role of the immune system in stroke, mechanisms of neuronal loss and cognitive decline, and the development of novel therapeutic strategies.
Since 2015 the ISD is located in the new Center for Stroke and Dementia Research (CSD) building which hosts, an outpatient clinic, comprehensive research infrastructure including a human MRI research scanner, animal MRI/PET, proteomics unit, isotope labs, a zebrafish facility, wet labs, confocal microscopy, electron microscopy, two-photon microscopy and more.
The CSD provides the laboratories for the Institute for Stroke and Dementia Research (ISD) and the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE). It provides 8.311 sqm of occupancy space and hosts scientists from the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München (LMU), the Technische Universität München (TUM), the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) of the Helmholtz Association, and the Munich Cluster for Systems Neurology (SyNergy).
The new building provides home to more than 200 basic and clinician scientists, technical and support staff. It has a dedicated outpatient clinic & clinical trials unit for cerebro-vascular disorders and patients with dementia. For researchers and students it offers a lecture hall, seminar rooms and space for informal discussion and exchange. The CSD building was designed by the architects Nickl & Partners and is in operation since winter of 2014.