Christian Gaser, PhD
Christian Gaser leads the group on Structural Brain Mapping at the Dept. of Neurology. He has substantial experience to plan, perform, and lead independent and internationally distributed research projects. This is particularly documented by the achievements of his Independent Junior Research Group ”Neuroimaging” which has contributed to scientific progress in a wide range of topics in neuroscience, often working across field boundaries. His research group is supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to develop and apply methods for patient classification using computational morphometry. He has carried out a great amount of work in the field of neuroimaging with a specific focus on the development of valuable analysis methods for structural brain data. Amongst these methods, he has developed and implemented the VBM (voxel-based morphometry) toolboxes as an extension to the algorithms used by SPM8 (Wellcome Department of Cognitive Neurology), the software package that is the central processing software for MR morphometry of this project. In addition, he has pioneered the analysis of use-dependent plasticity. Furthermore, he uses state-of-the-art techniques to assess the stage of age progression by estimating the individual BrainAGE scores with applications for the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease.