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Division of Neuropathology and Neurochemistry (NPNC)

Exemplary institution worldwide

The NPNC (formerly the Neurological Institute or Clinical Institute of Neurology) was founded in 1882 by the neurologist, psychiatrist and brain researcher Heinrich Obersteiner as the world's first institute focused on interdisciplinary medical-neuroscience research and teaching and was exemplary for the founding of similar institutions in Europe and the USA and Japan.

Today the NPNC is a center for university medical neuropathological, neurochemical, neuroimmunological and neurogenetic diagnostics and for translational neuroscientific research and teaching in a national and international network. The NPNC acts as the coordination center for MedUni Vienna's multidisciplinary doctoral program in Clinical Neurosciences (CLINS) and as a training center for the special medical subject of clinical pathology and neuropathology.

The NPNC is a facility in which pathological, molecular pathological, laboratory and immunological university medical diagnostics of neurological and psychiatric diseases are uniquely integrated. The active participation of academic staff in various national and international research associations ensures the highest quality level of our laboratory diagnostics. By integrating student employees, graduate students and doctoral candidates into the team, we pass on our expertise and knowledge to the trainees. PD Romana Höftberger
Head of Department


Core Tasks

  • Neurobiobank
  • Neurochemistry
  • Neuroimmunology
  • Neurogenetics
  • Neuromolecular Biology
  • Neuropathology
  • Cell Biology