Team: Prof. Dr. F. Roemer, Prof. Dr. T. Bäuerle
Symptomatic and structural degeneration of the load-bearing joints are a decisive factor in the increase in health care costs in modern economies. MRI, in particular, has been trailblazing in the last 10 years for a better understanding of the etiology, course and prognosis criteria of osteoarthritis. The research focus is on the development, validation and application of MRT-based measurement and evaluation methods in epidemiological and clinical studies. There is an intensive collaboration with the Department of Radiology of the Boston University School of Medicine with involvement in ongoing NIH-support research projects, such as the Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study or the Osteoarthritis Initiative with several thousand participants. The institute is a partner of the European Multicenter consortium APPROACH.