Cardiovascular Physiology

Cardiovascular diseases are today the leading cause of death in the industrialized countries of the West. In Germany, for example, approximately 50% of all deaths may be traced back to diseases such as myocardial infarction (heart attack), cardiac insufficiency and stroke. Because of the rise in overall life expectancy, a further rise in the number of cardiovascular diseases is to be expected. Myocardial infarction, cardiac insufficiency and stroke all stem from an insufficient supply of oxygen to the tissues (hypoxia): The cells die off if they fail to adapt to the lack of oxygen.

Oxygen for the Cells

The Institute for Cardiovascular Physiology studies the reaction of cells to hypoxia, the focus lying on the mechanisms and molecules that are involved in the hypoxic adaptation reaction. The goal of our studies is to develop therapeutic strategies in order to protect cells exposed to the diseases mentioned above from suffering from oxygen deficiency and thus eventual death. To this end studies are being carried out using molecular and cell-biological methods. The technical prerequisites for cultivating cells under controlled environmental conditions of oxygen deficiency have been extensively researched and are now available. The scientific team at this institute consists of doctors and other natural scientists. Early on in their training medical students and students of molecular medicine are introduced to these research projects in order to expand the horizon of their scientific knowledge. The staff members of the Institute for Cardiovascular Physiology are involved in the education of students of medicine, dentistry and molecular medicine in their physiological studies during the preclinical training period. Together with the clinical sections of the Heart Center they teach the elective subject entitled “Cardiovascular Medicine.”

Contact
Prof. Dr. Dörthe M. Katschinski
Prof. Dr. Dörthe M. Katschinski
Director of the Department of Cardiovascular Physiology
Phone:
+49 (0) 551 39-5896
Fax:
0551-39-5895
E-Mail:
doerthe.katschinski@med.uni-goettingen.de
Ulrike Fischer
Secretariat
Phone:
0551-39-5896
E-Mail:
ulrike.fischer@med.uni-goettingen.de
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