Project Description


The Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) has been founded 1742 and half of its 12.000 employees work at the University Hospital of Erlangen (UHE). FAU has defined “Optics and Optical Technologies”, “Molecular Life Science and Medicine” and “Health Technologies” as major research topics.

The FAU team has outstanding experience with imaging technologies for medical diagnosis, as well as in the preclinical and clinical research of inflammatory diseases of the gastrointestinal tract such as inflammatory bowel diseases. For clinical studies, a large outpatient clinic for inflammatory bowel diseases, which has established a tissue bank for the collection of endoscopic biopsies and surgical specimen, is available.

Prof. Markus Neurath is Head of Medical Department 1 at the University of Erlangen. As a gastroenterologist and immunologist, he and his team have long-standing experience in basic research on the pathogenesis of mucosal inflammation and the clinical practice of inflammatory bowel diseases. He performed several clinical studies on advanced endoscopic imaging techniques.

Prof. Maximilian Waldner holds a W2 professorship on “Functional imaging in medicine” at Medical Department 1 and the Erlangen Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technologies. His work focuses on basic and clinical research regarding intestinal inflammation and cancer development and the development of new imaging techniques for the diagnosis of intestinal diseases.

Dr Ferdinand Knieling is a resident at the department for pediatric and adolescent medicine with a focus on pediatric gastroenterology. His scientific background includes projects in pre-clinical and clinical settings to visualize intestinal inflammation. Before his appointment in Erlangen, he was a visiting researcher at the Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford University (MIPS).