Jackie Hunter

Professor Jan Kassubek
University Hospital Ulm, Germany

Present position: Vice Chairman, Department of Neurology, University Hospital Ulm, Germany

Clinical focus: Senior clinician in acute and chronic neurological diseases, head of the emergency unit of the Dept. of Neurology, University of Ulm, Germany; expert in movement disorders with a focus on Parkinson´s Disease and other neurodegenerative parkinsonian disorders, head of the Outpatient Clinic for Movement Disorders and long-standing experience in clinical trials, including the position as the National Coordinator; expert in motor neuron diseases.

Research focus: Research on neuroimaging/magnetic resonance imaging-based techniques, especially applications of diffusion-weighted imaging, i.e. DTI, for the in vivo characterisation of specific alterations of the brain in various neurodegenerative disorders, i.e., ALS, Parkinsonian syndromes (Parkinson`s Disease and other neurodegenerative parkinsonism), Huntington Disease, and dementia syndromes. The focus is on the standardized definition of structural and functional neuroanatomical changes for their use as surrogate markers of the disease. These research efforts are directed at translating the computerized MRI techniques into a standardized application as biomarkers in studies which aim at preventive strategies in neurodegenerative and other neurological diseases, by focussing on early or even preclinical diagnosis and on monitoring disease-modifying interventions.

Peer-reviewer for more than 50 international journals (neurology, neuroscience, neuroimaging).