Valentin Riedl ­­­­

Brain Scientist, Filmmaker on the side

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Neuroenergetics of the human brain

We study the energy metabolism of the human brain and how it relates to neural signaling in the healthy and diseased brain at Technische Universität München (TUM) in Munich, Germany.

My group
<p>Valentin Riedl &nbsp;<span style="font-weight: normal;">Principle Investigator</span></p>

Valentin Riedl  Principle Investigator

The human brain consumes around 20% of the energy produced by the body. While neuroscience research has immensely progressed in understanding the micro- and macroscopic architecture of the brain, the reason for its high energy demands is still a mystery. In my research on the Neuroenergetics of the human brain, I study how energy metabolism drives neural signaling and whether it is altered in neuropsychiatric disorders. 

At TUM, I have therefore established simultaneous measurements of glucose and oxygen metabolism in the brain combining quantitative PET, calibrated fMRI and edited MRS. I received my MD ( from TUM and my PhD (Systemic Neurosciences) from LMU after working as a Research Fellow at the World Health Organization. I am currently a Junior Fellow and lecturer (Priv.Doz.) at TUM. 

Katarzyna Kurcyus &nbsp;<span style="font-weight: normal;">PostDoc</span>&nbsp;
Katarzyna Kurcyus  PostDoc 
Katarzyna is an expert in measuring metabolites in the human brain using MRS. In her PhD thesis she studied the dynamics of inhibitory and excitatory neurotransmitter in the visual system. 

Kasia is experienced in fMRI, edited MRS, and quantitative PET imaging. She has a background in psychology. For her PhD, she won a scholarship of the MLST Graduate School as one of the top 5 applicants.

<p>Lukas Utz <span style="font-weight: normal;">PhD-student</span></p>

Lukas Utz PhD-student

Lukas studies the relationship between local energy metabolism and the level of functional connectivity in this region. Lukas has a background in bioinformatics and gained profound experience in perfomring quantitative PET imaging. His project was supported by a Senior Fellowhip to Josef Rauschecker (Georgetown Univ) in Neuroimaging.
<p>Gabriel Castrillon<span style="font-weight: normal;"> PhD-student</span></p>

Gabriel Castrillon PhD-student

Gabriel investigates the effect of non-invasive brain stimulation (TMS) on the functional connectivity of human brain networks. He is an expert in graph metric analysis and has a background in biomedical engineering and computing. He won a scholarship of the MLST Graduate School as one of the top 5 applicants. He was awarded with a scholarship of his home country, Columbia, and recently received the 2018 OHBM abstract merrit award.

PostDoc and PhD positions are regularly available.

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Our work
<p>Multiscale brain imaging&nbsp;</p>

Multiscale brain imaging 

Inspired by molecular and cellular neuroenergetics, we develop novel strategies to integrate signals from multimodal brain imaging in order to better understand the energy profile of human brain function.
Energy Metabolism
Energy Metabolism
We study the energy metabolism of glucose in the human brain using Positron Emission Tomography (PET). We recently implemented quantitative PET imaging on an integrated PET/MR-scanner to directly measure glocose metabolism.
brain networks&nbsp;
brain networks 
We study the macroscopic organization of neural signaling in the human brain applying graph metrics to Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) data. We currently implement calibrated fMRI to directly measure oxygen metabolism.


We study inhibitory (GABA) and excitatory (glutamate) neurotransmitter levels in the human brain using Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS).
Research profiles

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Riedl Lab

Phone +49 89 4140 7972
Address TUM-NIC, Einsteinstr 1 (5th floor), 81675 Muenchen
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Riedl Lab at Dept. Neuroradiology

Riedl Lab at TUM Neuroimaging Center (TUM-NIC)