Matthias Nahrendorf, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Radiology

Center for Systems Biology

Massachusetts General Hospital

Harvard Medical School

Dr. Matthias Nahrendorf is an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and director of the Mouse Imaging Program at the Center for Systems Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital. He completed his joint Ph.D. and M.D. studies at the University of Heidelberg in Germany before moving to the University of Wurzberg, where he did his residency, fellowship and postdoctoral training. Dr. Nahrendorf joined Harvard Medical School in 2004. His laboratory focuses on the cellular and molecular processes in atherosclerosis and after myocardial infarction, using the entire spectrum of imaging modalities, including MRI, nuclear and optical imaging techniques, with a special interest in multimodal imaging. These technologies are embedded in a biologically driven research program that aims at a systematic understanding of inflammation at a basic level while keeping a rigorous translational perspective. 

Funded Research

Project Description Researchers Funding
Systemic Inflammatory Networks in Alzheimer's Disease

A common early symptom of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is short-term memory loss. As the disease worsens, symptoms can include problems with language, disorientation, mood and behavior changes, confusion about events, difficulty speaking, swallowing and walking. AD is the most common form of dementia and worsens over time, accounting for approximately 70 percent of dementia cases. It is a neurodegenerative disease characterized by loss of normal brain function as a result of damage and destruction of nerve cells.

2015 to 2016