The Department of Neuroradiology conducts mainly clinical research. Our research projects focus on the clinical and methodological areas listed below.


We closely collaborate with partners within USZ/UZH/ETH and other national and international institutions. Moreover, we develop MR techniques for our cooperation partners and provide them with existing methods.

Clinical Focus

  • Neurooncological imaging with evaluation of morphological data (MRI, CT)
  • State-of-the-art procedures, e.g. diffusion, perfusion, functional imaging, quantitative semi- and fully automated analyses, artificial intelligence
  • Software / hardware development


Vascular & Interventional Neuroradiology

  • Pre- and postinterventional MRI imaging for treatment planning and monitoring treatment outcome
  • Improving mechanical thrombectomy in acute stroke
  • Cerebral aneurysms
  • Cerebral vascular malformations


  • Detection of early functional and structural changes in neurodegenerative diseases
  • Disease progression in multiple sclerosis
  • Standardized, multiparametric MRI: 
          • Quantitative functional analysis (ASL MR-perfusion, MR-spectroscopy, fMRI)
          • Structural analysis of grey and white matter (high resolution 3D T1/T2, DTI, morphometry, segmentation)


Technical Focus

Multimodal Imaging & Neurostimulation

  • Multimodal Imaging after a stroke or tumor and in neurodegeneration
  • Analysis of spinal cord morphology and function in paraplegic patients
  • High-resolution MRI and tractography to explore the architecture of the brain and its influence on the diagnosis of brain pathologies.
  • Multimodal Imaging (fMRI, EEG-fMRI, ASL, DTI, MR spectroscopy, QSM, high-resolution T1/T2-weighted imaging, iVASO-MRI, BBB, real-time fMRI neurofeedback) in basic research
  • Neurostimulation using tDCS


MR Physics

  • Developing methods for tissue characterization for clinical questions and basic research
  • MR signal generation in tissue
  • Simulation of external influences on nuclear magnetization



Prof. Dr. Michael Weller
Director a.i.
Tel. +41 44 255 56 00

PD Dr. phil. Lars Michels
Head of Basic Research
Group Leader
Tel. +41 44 255 49 65

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