Alexander Flügel

Dear visitor to our homepage,

At the Institute for Neuroimmunology and Multiple Sclerosis Research we investigate the causes and effects of autoimmune diseases, in particular multiple sclerosis. The central aim of our work is to understand the invasion of pathogenic immune cells into the central nervous system and the consequential damage to the nervous tissue.

Our ultimate goal is that our work contributes to the development of new therapeutic approaches to treat multiple sclerosis.

Below and by clicking on the headings at the top of this page you can find out about our team, our research projects and our teaching activities. We hope you enjoy our homepage: may it deepen your interest in the field of neuroimmunology!

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Best regards
Prof. Dr. Alexander Flügel

Institute news


New publication: Merlini et al., Nature Neuroscience 2022

Distinct roles of the meningeal layers in CNS autoimmunity. Nature Neuroscience, 2022 Jul;25(7):887-899. DOI: 10.1038/s41593-022-01108-3..


Scientific talk: Harald Neumann

16:00 h. Title: "Control of innate immunity in the CNS by sialylation". Host: Alexander Flügel. Hybrid: either at the IMSF or via Zoom.


Publication awarded „Very important publication“ (Gö-VIP) status

Our publication “The lung microbiome regulates brain autoimmunity” has been awarded VIP status in the Gö-VIP program.


Online scientific talk: Dr. Jochen Rink

16:00 h. Title: "Regeneration in planarian flatworms". Host: Alexander Flügel

Roger Cugota Canals and Gänseliesel

PhD achieved: Roger Cugota Canals

We are delighted to announce that on 13 May Roger Cugota Canals successfully defended his doctoral thesis.


Careers Day: 3 high school students in the IMSF laboratory

On 28 April, 3 young people visited the IMSF. They learned about the cause and consequences of MS and how to stain tissue samples in the lab.

Images from the Institute