PD Dr. Athina Papadopoulou

Athina Papadopoulou is a neurologist working as an attending physician ("Oberärztin") in the University Hospital of Basel. Her research focuses on the use of imaging methods (optical coherence tomography, magnetic resonance imaging) to quantify neurodegeneration in the visual pathway and the entire central nervous system in multiple sclerosis (MS) and other neuroinflammatory diseases. Moreover, she is interested in multi-disciplinary therapeutic approaches in MS (e.g. music therapy) and in the treatment of headache- and pain disorders.

Research Areas


  • Optical coherence tomography (OCT) as a marker of cognitive impairment in Multiple Sclerosis (MS): a study investigating the use of OCT measures as markers of neuroaxonal loss in the Central Nervous System and thus of cognitive impairment in patients with MS
  • Structural and functional assessment of the visual pathway in MS and other neuroinflammatory diseases: a study using OCT, visual evoked potentials and quantitative MRI to assess novel markers of visual dysfunction (e.g. LGN volume) and understand the dynamics of trans-synaptic neurodegeneration in the visual pathway (e.g. after optic neuritis)
  • Associations between OCT- and MRI measures (white matter lesions, brain volume) with serum neurofilaments, comorbidities and cognitive status in healthy volunteers
PD Dr. Athina Papadopoulou

DKF (Departement Klinische Forschung) Forschungsgruppenleiterin

Principal Investigator
University Hospital Basel
Petersgraben 4
4031 Basel