Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg

University Department of Neurology
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Stroke Unit


Prof. Dr. med. Michael Görtler


Dr. med. Maria Barleben
Dr. med. Andrea Breja
PD Dr. med. Stefanie Schreiber
Annette Glänzel (Documentation Assistant)
Jane Heisinger (Medical Technical Assistant)
Andea Radsey (Secretary)

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Our range of treatments

Within the Stroke Center of the Magdeburg Department of Neurology, the Stroke Unit (Stroke Ward) and the Special Neurovascular Outpatient Clinic are the chief admittance wards and contact points for cerebrovascular patients. A multidisciplinary team of neurologists, as well as physicians from a variety of other fields, is available at the Center for the specific diagnosis and treatment of cerebrovascular diseases. Moreover, the Stroke Center is the headquarters of a telemedicine network that makes its expertise available on-line to affiliated satellite clinics, so that off-site patients can also benefit from the center’s expertise.

The Stroke Unit has 9 beds with special equipment for the intensive monitoring of stroke patients. These beds are used to treat and supervise patients with acute or immediately threatening stroke. The unit seeks to customize treatments so that they address each patient’s individual pathophysiology, and this goal guides the Unit’s scientific research. To achieve this goal, there needs to be a rapid comprehensive diagnosis when a patient is first admitted, i.e., within the first 30 to 60 minutes after a patient’s arrival. Without a facility such as the Stroke Center, rapid diagnoses of this kind would not be feasible.

In the Neurovascular Special Outpatient Clinic, patients are examined after cerebral ischemias, or when there are grounds for suspecting that a cerebrovascular illness is present. Patients are advised on possible and/or necessary treatments and preventive measures. The search for diagnostic methods that permit such recommendations to be made is one of the Center’s key scientific aims. For this reason, functional sonographic methods, such as the detection of microemboli and the determination of cerebrovascular reserve capacity, have been integrated into the Center’s routine diagnostic procedures. At the present time, this integration is unprecedented and unique. Recently, special MRI scans have also been initiated. The Neurovascular Special Outpatient Clinic and attached neurosonology diagnostics unit, as integral members of the Vascular Center at the University Hospital, carry out the primary diagnoses for cerebrovascular inpatients and outpatients at the University Hospital.


The Stroke Center of the University of Magdeburg conducts research on stroke and neurovascular diseases in a variety of areas. These include the experimental and clinical investigations of cerebral microangiopathy (a major cause of vascular dementia), the use of new diagnostic and therapeutic methods in cases of peracute stroke, the use of newly combined morphological and functional imaging procedures for the prophylactic treatment of stroke, and the development of brain-potential-controlled prostheses for patients with severe functional deficits after a stroke.

» Brain-Computer-Interface (BCI) / Brain-Machine-Interface (BMI)
» Investigations of Cerebral infarction-related deficits of higher brain functions with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)
» Cerebral microangiopathy and vascular dementia
» High field (7 Tesla) MRI
» Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS)


Prof. Dr. Robert Knight, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, University of California Berkeley
Prof. Dr. Matthias Raith, Faculty of Economics and Management, Otto von Guericke University, Magdeburg
Prof. Dr. Klaus G. Reymann, Leibniz Institute of Neurobiology, Magdeburg
Prof. Dr. Georg Rose, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Otto von Guericke University, Magdeburg
Prof. Dr. Michael Sailer, Neurological Rehabilitation Center, Magdeburg
Prof. Dr. Klaus-Ulrich Schmucker, Fraunhofer Institute for S oftware and Systems Engineering, Magdeburg

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Last Modification: 01.03.2018 - Contact Person: Ögelin Düzel
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