Alexander Rauscher is an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Developmental Neuroimaging in the Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He received his PhD in Engineering Physics from the TU Vienna, Austria.
The objective of Dr. Rauscher’s research program is the development of quantitative MRI methods for tissue damage and repair in the central nervous system. He and his collaborators apply these techniques to the investigation of brain tissue injury associated with trauma, demyelinating diseases, and preterm birth.
Using their myelin water imaging technique (http://bit.ly/myelinwater), Dr. Rauscher and his team have shown that changes in the nerve fibre’s myelin sheath after concussion persist beyond the resolution of clinical symptoms (http://bit.ly/2kG3idw). With quantitative susceptibility mapping (http://bit.ly/2mpVoYi), they have demonstrated that after concussion the myelin sheath is loosened but not degraded (http://bit.ly/concussedhockey).