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Peter Dechent

Ph.D., MR research in Neurology and Psychiatry

  • 1991-2001 Studies of Biology, University of Mainz.

  • 1994 Sci. Ass. at the Biophysical Institute, University of Mainz.

  • 1995-1996 Scholarship of the Erasmus-Program, University of Manchester, England.

  • 1996 Research Fellow at the Neuroscience Department, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.

  • 1997-1998 Diploma Thesis at the 'Biomedical NMR Research' at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen; Diploma in Biology.

  • 1998-2001 Doctoral thesis at the 'Biomedical NMR Research'; Dr.rer.nat. (Biology).

  • 2001-2003 Postdoc at the 'Biomedical NMR Research' (Laboratory of Prof. J. Frahm).

  • 2004 Head of the Research Group 'MR-Research in Neurology and Psychiatry' Medical Faculty, University Göttingen

Major Research Interests:

Peter Dechent

The application of modern magnetic resonance techniques to investigate the human brain in healthy and in pathologic conditions. Applied methods using a 3 Tesla MR-scanner dedicated to research only comprise: MR-imaging (T1-/T2-/MT-/PD-weighted; Volumetry, Quantitative MR-imaging), Diffusion-weighted- and diffusion-tensor-imaging (Distortion-free STEAM technique, Tractography), Localized MR-spectroscopy (Absolute metabolite quantification), Functional MR-Imaging (in combination with EMG, EEG, and TMS)

Georg August University Göttingen
MR Research in Neurology
and Psychiatry
Robert-Koch-Str. 40

37075 Göttingen

phone: +49-551-39-13141
fax: +49-551-39-13243

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Selected Recent Publications:

Frahm J, Baudewig J, Kallenberg K, Kastrup A, Merboldt KD, Dechent P.
The post-stimulation undershoot in BOLD fMRI of human brain is not caused by elevated cerebral blood volume. Neuroimage. 2008; Epub ahead of print.

Morawetz C, Holz P, Baudewig J, Treue S, Dechent P. Split of attentional
resources in human visual cortex. Vis Neurosci. 2007; 24:817-26.

Sack AT, Kohler A, Bestmann S, Linden DE, Dechent P, Goebel R, Baudewig J. Imaging the brain activity changes underlying impaired visuospatial judgments: simultaneous FMRI, TMS, and behavioral studies. Cereb Cortex. 2007; 17:2841-52.

Helms G, Kallenberg K, Dechent P. Contrast-driven approach to intracranial segmentation using a combination of T2- and T1-weighted 3D MRI data sets. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2006; 24:790-5.

Seseke S, Baudewig J, Kallenberg K, Ringert RH, Seseke F, Dechent P. Voluntary pelvic floor muscle control-an fMRI study. Neuroimage 2006; 31:1399-407.

Hanefeld FA, Brockmann K, Pouwels PJ, Wilken B, Frahm J, Dechent P. Quantitative proton MRS of Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease: evidence of dys- and hypomyelination. Neurology 2005; 65:701-6.

Dechent P, Merboldt KD, Frahm J. Is the human primary motor cortex involved in motor imagery? Brain Res Cogn Brain Res 2004; 19:138-44.

Dechent P, Frahm J. Functional somatotopy of finger representations in human primary motor cortex. Hum Brain Mapp 2003; 18:272-83.

Dechent P, Frahm J: Characterization of the human visual V6 complex by functional magnetic resonance imaging. Eur J Neurosci 2003; 17:2201-11.