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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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Recent Publications


15-Deoxy-Δ12,14-Prostaglandin J2 Reinforces the Anti-Inflammatory Capacity of Endothelial Cells with a Genetically Determined Nitric Oxide Deficit. Circ Res. 2019 Jun 19. doi: 10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.118.313820. [Epub ahead of print]


Angioneurins-key regulators of blood-brain barrier integrity during hypoxic and ischemic brain injury. Prog Neurobiol. 2019 Jul;178:101611. doi: 10.1016/j.pneurobio.2019.03.004. Epub 2019 Apr 7. Review.


Marfan syndrome: A therapeutic challenge for long-term care. Biochem Pharmacol. 2019 Jun;164:53-63. doi: 10.1016/j.bcp.2019.03.034. Epub 2019 Mar 27.


Characterization of the Subventricular-Thalamo-Cortical Circuit in the NP-C Mouse Brain, and New Insights Regarding Treatment. Mol Ther. 2019 May 16. pii: S1525-0016(19)30222-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ymthe.2019.05.008. [Epub ahead of print]


TRPC channels are not required for graded persistent activity in entorhinal cortex neurons. Hippocampus. 2019 Apr 19. doi: 10.1002/hipo.23094. [Epub ahead of print]


Priming of microglia with IFN-γ slows neuronal gamma oscillations in situ. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2019 Feb 19. pii: 201813562. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1813562116. [Epub ahead of print]


Reduction of Transplant Vasculopathy by Intraoperative Nucleic Acid-based Therapy in a Mouse Aortic Allograft Model. Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2018 Oct 23. doi: 10.1055/s-0038-1673633. [Epub ahead of print]

Institute of
Physiology and Pathophysiology

Heidelberg University

Im Neuenheimer Feld 326

69120 Heidelberg


Phone:+49 6221 54-4035
Fax:+49 6221 54-4038