CBBM Lecture "Capillaries and tissue oxygenation: Capillary pathways to stroke and cognitive decline" by

Leif Østergaard, Clinical Professor, Professor

Department of Clinical Medicine,

Center of Functionally Integrative Neuroscience (CFIN),

Aarhus University,


will take place on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 from 17:15 to 18:15 hours in CBBM, Ground Floor, B1/B2.

Host: Prof. Markus Schwaninger

Institute of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology
University of Lübeck


Leif  Østergaard studied Mathematics and Experimental Physics during the bachelor's and master's degrees. He then turned his interest to medicine and received his MD in 1994 from the Aarhus University. After working several years as research fellow in the Department of Neuroradiology at Aarhus University and the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at the Massachusetts General Hospital, he received his PhD as well as D.M.Sc (Doctor Medicinae) in 2000 from the Aarhus University. In the following years he was appointed as Associate Professor (2000-2003), Research Professor (2003-2009) in the Department of Neuroradiology at the Aarhus University. Since 2009 he became Director of MINDLab/CFIN, National Core Experimental Facility at the Aarhus University. In the same year he was appointed Tenured Professor for Experimental Neuroradiology in the Department of Clinical Medicine at the Aarhus University.

Leif  Østergaard's main research area is cerebrovascular physiology with a main focus on cerebral energy metabolism, the microcirculation, and oxygen transport in tissue. His research involves modeling, methods development, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in humans, and optical imaging techniques in rodent models. Apart from the normal brain, he mainly studies stroke, dementia, depression, brain tumors, and diabetic neuropathy.

Other research interests involve diffusion weighted imaging methods, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, cognitive neuroscience, pain, and capillary (dys)function in organs outside the brain.