Prof. Dr. Carsten Lukas
Head of the Institute for Neuroradiology and of the NiRiMS research group, St. Josef-Hospital

Carsten Lukas

Research Programme:

The research focus of NiRiMS is on quantitative neuroimaging analyses of neuroinflammatory processes and neurodegeneration aspects in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) as well as in other diseases such as M. Huntington and spinocerebellar ataxia. The Research Group is embedded in an excellent interdisciplinary scientific environment consisting of members of the Institute of Neuroradiology and of the Department of Neurology (St. Josef Hospital) In a longstanding cooperation with Fraunhofer-Mevis (Bremen) the research group has developed and validated several MRI analyses tools for MS research.

Current research topics focus on the identification of prognostic MRI markers in neuroinflammatory and neurodegenerative conditions using advanced quantitative microstructural imaging of the brain and spinal cord. Specifically, we study the interaction between brain and spinal cord pathology and how up-stream pathology (brain) might affect spinal cord pathology by means of remote effects.

Another major focus is set on myelin imaging in combination with advanced imaging analytics such as Radiomics and artificial intelligence (AI).