We use non-invasive magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain to study the effects of modifiable life factors on the propensity to develop a mood disorder. Any finding of such an association would help not only to accurately diagnose, but also to treat or even prevent the common conditions of depression and suicide.

At the start of 2022 we counted more than 1800 volunteers that participated in a brain MRI with 800 longitudinal assessments.

What data have been collected?

We have acquired sophisticated high-resolution 3D data of the human brain to quantify and characterize brain tissue properties – myelin, iron and free water content.

Current phase

BrainLaus is still ongoing (2014-currently).

All feature extraction of MRI data has been performed systematically immediately after acquisition.

Study team

Prof. Bogdan Draganski

Prof. Bogdan Draganski

Principal investigator

Jennifer Schroeder
MRI technician
Dr Antoine Lutti
MRI physicist
Dr Ferath Kherif
Dr Cristina Ramponi