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Institute of Physiology and Pathophysiology


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Dr. Larissa Pfisterer awarded the Friedrich Reutner-Prize by the Medical Faculty

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Heidelberg University researcher awarded Animal Welfare Prize of the German Research Foundation


  • New methods for vascular research reduce number of experimental animals / Human umbilical cord cells mimic vessel walls

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The vascular system of the mouse ear resembles arms of a river on a map. In transmitted light even smallest blood vessels are apparentb.


Photo: Institute of Physiology and Pathophysiology, Heidelberg University

Prof. Thomas Korff uses cell cultures to investigate pathological remodeling processes in blood vessels.


Photo: Heidelberg University Hospital

At the microscope Prof. Thomas Korff analyzes changes in the vascular system at the cell level.


Photo: Institute of Physiology and Pathophysiology, Heidelberg University

Professor Thomas Korff of the Department of Physiology and Pathophysiology at Heidelberg University, Germany.


Photo: Heidelberg University Hospital



Dissertation Award of the German Hypertension League for Heidelberg Physiologist

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Prof. Markus Hecker elected new president of the Federation of European Physiological Societies

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Article by Suresh Babu et al. is Editors' Choice in the current issue of Science

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Article by Suresh Babu et al. on the cover of the online edition of Science Signaling

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UCB Pharma Prize for Heidelberg physiologists


  • Young scientists at Heidelberg University recognised for their work on the development of varicose veins
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Evelyn Spalek of the team Vascular Medicine of UCB Pharma GmbH in Monheim (l.) and DGA President Prof. Ulrich Hoffmann (r.) presented the prize to Dr. Hannes Schröder and Anja Feldner.


Photo: Harald Auer






Protein causes varicose veins


  • Heidelberg scientists develop model for studying varicose veins / Results published in renowned journal
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Publication by the WG Korff featured on the cover of the FASEB Journal Dies ist ein externer Link

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24.10.2017       13:30   /   INF 327, Seminar Room 1


Hypoxia and uterine contractions: Something old and something new

Prof. Dr. Susan Wray

Dept. of Cellular and Molecular Physiology, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom


24.10.2017       18:00   /   INF 410 (Med. Clinic), Auditorium


Calcium in the heart: in and out of control

Prof. Dr. David Eisner

Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing, University of Manchester, United Kingdom

(seminar of Heidelberg University Hospital and German Center for Cardiovascular Disease (DZHK); host: Prof. Dr. M. Hecker, Inst. of Physiology and Pathophysiology, Heidelberg University)


Recent Publications


AP-1 Oligodeoxynucleotides Reduce Aortic Elastolysis in a Murine Model of Marfan Syndrome. Mol Ther Nucleic Acids. 2017 Dec 15; 9: 69–79. Epub 2017 Sep 20. doi: 10.1016/j.omtn.2017.08.014


Allosteric inhibition of carnosinase (CN1) by inducing a conformational shift. J Enzyme Inhib Med Chem. 2017 Dec;32(1):1102-1110. doi: 10.1080/14756366.2017.1355793.


Transcription factor decoy technology: a therapeutic update. Biochem Pharmacol. 2017 Nov 15;144:29-34. doi: 10.1016/j.bcp.2017.06.122. Epub 2017 Jun 19. Review.


Subtype-specific differentiation of cardiac pacemaker cell clusters from human induced pluripotent stem cells. Stem Cell Res Ther. 2017 Oct 16;8(1):229. doi: 10.1186/s13287-017-0681-4.


Heteromeric channels formed by TRPC1, TRPC4 and TRPC5 define hippocampal synaptic transmission and working memory. EMBO J. 2017 Sep 15;36(18):2770-2789. doi: 10.15252/embj.201696369. Epub 2017 Aug 8


NO-sGC Pathway Modulates Ca2+ Release and Muscle Contraction in Zebrafish Skeletal Muscle. Front Physiol. 2017 Aug 23;8:607. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2017.00607. eCollection 2017.

Institute of
Physiology and Pathophysiology

Heidelberg University

Im Neuenheimer Feld 326

69120 Heidelberg


Phone:+49 6221 54-4056
Fax:+49 6221 54-6364