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Freiburg Brain Imaging

Functional and Anatomical Imaging of the Human Brain

The FBI Laboratory (Freiburg or Functional Brain Imaging) employs modern brain imaging techniques to understand human brain function with a clinical context. The facility is headed by Prof. Dr. Ludger Tebartz van Elst.

The FBI combines the research interests from several fields of medicine (i.e. Neurology, Psychiatry, Neuroradiology, etc.) and psychology. Our main focus is on understanding the mechanisms of human brain disorders and their treatment. We apply new MR imaging techniques developed in the Department of Medical Physics together with neuropsychological test paradigms in both patients and healthy volunteers.

The FBI has a strong link to the Bernstein Center Freiburg and the Center for Data Analysis and Modeling in Freiburg, as well as the local department of Pattern Recognition. Members of the FBI also contribute to the development of the widely used analysis software SPM in cooperation with the Functional Imaging Laboratory, London.

The MR-facilities are located at the Department of Medical Physics and the Department of Neuroradiology (2 identical Siemens PRISMA scanners). Centralized imaging processing facilities are available in the Department of Neurology, as well as several EEG set-ups and TMS laboratories at the Neurocenter and the Department of Psychiatry.

Current projects are discussed in monthly FBI meetings.

Information may be obtained from Simon Maier or Volkmar Glauche.

FBI Contacts


  • Neurozentrum
    Breisacher Straße 64
    79106 Freiburg
  • Klinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie
    Hauptstraße 5
    79104 Freiburg