The NCRC – Neuroscience Clinical Research Center is a facility of the Cluster that was established in 2008 and will be expanded via the NCRC BrainLab module. So far, research in the NCRC has mainly focused on the stable and chronic phases of neurological and psychiatric disorders. But to truly understand the mechanisms of these diseases, and to be able to develop effective therapies, it is also important to work with patients in the hyperacute and unstable phases of such disorders. This would mean having access to preclinical and emergency departments as well as to research programs in neurointensive care and the operating room. The NCRC BrainLab begins at this crucial point, providing the means towards research in each of these areas and connecting researchers with state-of-the-art infrastructure, such as:
- intraoperative imaging (hybrid operating rooms)
- a data warehouse for neurointensive monitoring
- an interdisciplinary emergency unit with on-site magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography imaging (CT) of the brain
- a neuropathological tissue bank
- stereotactic deep brain stimulation (DBS)
- and in vivo electrophysiological recordings
Now clinical researchers will gain access to human clinical data and samples that were previously inaccessible to basic research, thus enabling NeuroCure to deliver a completely new level of translational clinical research. The following projects will be carried out as part of the NCRC (Link).