Research

The institute

The Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research (HIH) and the Clinic of Neurology at University Hospital Tübingen run the “Center of Neurology”. Founded in 2001, the center owes it existence to an agreement between several entities: the non-profit Hertie Foundation, the state of Baden Württemberg, the Medical Faculty of the University of Tübingen, and Tübingen University Hospital. The underlying bundling of public resources and private funds is unique in Germany.

At present, the HIH is home to a total of 18 professors, 350 members and 36 research groups. Together they ensure the smooth running of clinical research, care and educational training.

The Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research currently comprises the following five departments, of which the first four are involved in clinical care:

  • Neurology with Neurovascular Medicine and Neuro-Oncology (Head: Prof. Dr. Ulf Ziemann)
  • Neurology and Epileptology (Head: Prof. Dr. Holger Lerche) 
  • Neurodegeneration (Head: Prof. Dr. Thomas Gasser)
  • Cognitive Neurology (Director: Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Thier)
  • Cellular Neurology (Director: Prof. Dr. Mathias Jucker). 

Departments

Neurology with Neurovascular Medicine and Neuro-Oncology

The Department of Neurology with Neurovascular Medicine and Neuro-Oncology (Clinical Director: Prof. Ulf Ziemann) covers a broad variety of neurological disorders. Patients are referred locally, supra-regionally and internationally, in accord with our clinical and research focus, in particular in the areas of neurovascular disease (brain ischemia, intracranial hemorrhage, vasculitis), early neurorehabilitation (recovery and plasticity after stroke), neurooncology (brain and spinal tumors, brain metastases), and neuroimmunology (multiple sclerosis, neuromyelitis optica, myasthenia gravis).  more information

Neurodegenerative Diseases

The Department for Neurodegenerative Diseases has been founded with the generous support of the charitable Hertie foundation in 2002. The department follows a comprehensive approach in fundamental and clinical research in the area of neurodegenerative diseases and disorders, from the molecular and genetic basis to innovative diagnostic and treatment approaches. more information

Neurology and Epileptology

The Department of Neurology and Epileptology encompasses a 28 bed unit and 4 specialty outpatient clinics. Together with Clinic of Neurology’s other clinical departments, the epileptology team provides care for all neurological patients at the University Hospital Tübingen. more information

Cognitive Neurology

The Department of Cognitive Neurology was founded in the year 2000 with support from the program “C4-Department of Neuroscience at Neurology Clinics“ of the Hermann and Lilly-Schilling Foundation and Prof. Hans-Peter Thier was appointed head of the department. more information

Cellular Neurology

The Department is headed by Professor Mathias Jucker and was founded in 2003. The research focus is on the cellular and molecular mechanisms of brain aging and age-related neurodegenerative diseases, with a special emphasis on the pathogenesis of Alzheimer´s disease and other cerebral amyloidoses. more information

Indpendent Research Groups

There are two independent research group at the HIH. One of their research focus is the molecular and cellular mechanisms of axon regeneration and neuronal differentiation during repair after damage to the central nervous system (CNS). A second research focus comprises the molecular, synaptic and cellular processes in the amygdala and associated brain regions that are involved in the control of fear and the storage of fear memory. more information