Vascular Cognitive ImpairmentResearch Group – PI: Marco Düring
Marco is a medical doctor with diverse training backgrounds, ranging from molecular and cellular biology during his doctoral thesis at the Center for Molecular Biology Heidelberg (ZMBH) to bioinformatics and clinical neurology. His clinical neuroscience research uses neuroimaging as the main tool for investigating the connection between vascular brain diseases and cognitive impairment. The focus is on unraveling the underlying tissue alterations through in vivo MRI (e.g. Brain 2013, Neurology 2015, Alzheimer’s & Dementia 2018) and to develop robust markers as potential surrogate endpoints in clinical trials (Annals of Neurology 2016). In 2014, he completed his habilitation (“Privatdozent”) in experimental neurology at LMU. He received multiple awards, including the Adolf Wallenberg Award 2017 by the German Stroke Society (DSG) and German Society for Neurology (DGN).
Miguel was born in Madrid, Spain. He studied Physics at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid and the TU Munich, where he also completed his PhD (Dr. rer. Nat.) in 2013. During his doctoral studies, Miguel developed image reconstruction algorithms for optoacoustic tomography, an ultrasound-based technique used for small-animal imaging. At the end of 2013, Miguel joined the ISD in the EwersLab to study brain changes in the asymptomatic phases of Alzheimer’s disease. On January 2018, Miguel joined the DueringLab, where he applies his expertise on imaging methods and data analysis to study cognitive deterioration after stroke.
Leidy holds a Bachelor degree in Psychology with a Minor in Biology from the University of Los Andes, Colombia, and is currently finishing the Master of Neuro-Cognitive Psychology at LMU. She is doing her master thesis at the Düring lab. The project consists in the identification of disease modifying factors in small vessel disease. She is interested in the structural connectivity that underly cognitive impairment, as well as in neuroimaging methods and big data statistics.
Sofia studied in Salzburg and Munich and graduated from LMU in Cognitive Neuroscience. During her Master's she was working on attention disorders after stroke and gained experiences in multiple imaging methods in labs in Munich, Oxford and Leuven. In 2017, she started her PhD about diffusion imaging markers in small vessel disease and Alzheimer's disease.
Benno studied Biology at LMU Munich, Germany, and then proceeded to obtain his PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Parma and Ferrara in Italy, under the guidance of Prof. Leonardo Fogassi and Prof. Luciano Fadiga. He studied the mirror neuron system and visual responses in the motor system of macaque monkeys. During a postdoctoral fellowship at CIMeC, Rovereto, Italy, he continued to study motor and action representations in the brain with Prof. Alfonso Caramazza, using magnetic resonance imaging of the human brain. He further studied semantic and lexical retrieval in healthy subjects and patients with neurodegenerative disease, with Prof. Maria Luisa Gorno-Tempini, at the Memory and Aging Center, UCSF, San Francisco, USA. In 2012 he joined the research team at ISD.
Susan was born in Munich and completed her MTRA degree in Radiology at the Klinikum der Universität München. She joined the lab as a technical assistant for MRI imaging at the new human MRI imaging facility in July 2018.
Mathias obtained his diploma in Biology and a postgraduate MPH, both from LMU Munich. After working in industry he joined the lab in 2016 as neuroimaging research assistant and now coordinates operations at the human MRI facility.
Marek was born in Walbrycz (Poland). He completed his university education in Groningen (the Netherlands) where he obtained two M.Sc. degrees in clinical psychology and molecular neuroscience, respectively. Afterwards, he moved to Munich to start medical school. Since September 2016 he is a PhD student in the lab working on psychiatric, cognitive and motor symptoms in cerebral small vessels disease and their relation to white matter integrity.