Susanne Wegener is a neurologist at the Dept. of Neurology, USZ and SNSF professor at the University of Zurich.
Her clinical and research focus are on cerebrovascular disease. Current projects include the impact of collaterals on reperfusion in stroke (experimental stroke models), reperfusion failure, prediction of therapeutic success in stroke using imaging and machine learning, women’s cardiovascular health, and the interplay of brain microperfusion and plasticity (CRPP stroke).
Susanne Wegener studied medicine at the University of Hamburg, Germany and finished a graduate program on molecular biology. Her medical dissertation was on the role of cell cycle regulation at the G2/mitosis transition (Center for Molecular Biology Hamburg, ZMNH). She started her clinical rotation in Neurology at the Charité Berlin, where she first got involved with stroke patients and acute stroke imaging (Prof. Arno Villringer). Since then, she was interested in studying reasons for different outcomes in stroke patients. She did a postdoc at the Max-Planck Institute for Neurological Research, Cologne (Prof. Mathas Hoehn) and, with funding by the European Marie-Curie Outgoing international fellowship program, at the Center for Functional MRI, UCSD (La Jolla, USA) from 2004-2007. Afterwards, she joined the Dept. of Neurology at the University Hospital Zurich (Prof. Michael Weller), were she completed her clinical rotations in Neurology. Her habilitation 2015 was on Stroke Outcome Prediction using Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Within the Stroke Center Zurich (Prof. Andreas Luft), she heads the Neurosonology lab and stroke outpatient unit. Since 2020, she is in charge of the Neurology headache unit. Since 2017, she is SNSF professor at the University of Zurich.