At the annual meeting 2019, the ISMRM has awarded Dr. Andreas Voskrebenzev, physicist of Vogel-Claussen Imaging Lab, the Summa Cum Laude Merit Award for his research on quantification of regional lung ventilation using proton MRI.
Abstract title "FEV1/FVC Mapping with Dynamic MRI - A New Regional Lung Function Test"
Coauthors: Agilo Kern, Lea Behrendt, Filip Klimeš, Marcel Gutberlet, Gesa Pöhler, Frank Wacker, Jens Vogel-Claussen

We are part of a collaboration which could show the effect of Indacaterol/Glycopyrronium on pulmonary perfusion and ventilation in COPD patients. This in turn can be expected to also lead to an improvement of cardiac function.

We developed a novel method for regional mapping of microstructural and functional parameters of the human lung using inhaled hyperpolarized 129Xe. The method is based on the principles of chemical shift saturation recovery (CSSR) and incorporates several features in order to achieve major improvements in acquisition speed compared to CSSR spectroscopy.

We are part of a collaboration who did the first study to investigate the effects of a Indacaterol/Glycopyrronium combination therapy on cardiac function in patients with COPD and lung hyperinflation. Bronchodilation lead to an improvement in cardiac function, which is important because COPD patients frequently suffer from cardiovascular impairment.