Focus of research
My research line focuses on the development and application of advanced imaging technology for early diagnostics, therapy monitoring and prediction of various rheumatic diseases (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis, spondyloarthritis, vasculitis). In the past years, a stong focus has been put on molecular imaging and translational development of imaging markers (from lab to clinical studies) for in vivo visualization of immunological targets. Apart from diagnostics and therapy guidance, we also use these techniques for pathogenetic studies of rheumatic diseases, systemic involvement of tissues in inflammatory diseases and to support development of new therapeutic agents.
My research group currently consists of 10-15 persons (PhD students, postdoc/fellows, technicians and research nurses). The rsearch work is embedded in the EULAR network of dedicated imaging centers.