Current research topics


Some examples of possible research topics for your Minor Internship, Major Internship or Literature Study:

  • Diastolic Heart Failure: Our extensive collaborative research endeavour will achieve a better understanding of diastolic heart failure, improved diagnostic algorithms, and novel therapeutic inroads.
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: It is of the utmost clinical and societal importance to identify the cause of transition from mutation to cardiac remodelling and failure.
  • Right Ventricular Failure in PAH: Our studies focus on the mechanisms and treatment of right ventricular failure and pulmonary arterial hypertension, and as such bridge the two main ICaR-VU themes.
  • Cardiovascular Imaging: Advanced imaging is essential for non-invasive diagnosis of cardiovascular diseases and for monitoring response to therapy.
  • Acute Coronary Syndrome and Repair: A unique feature is the use of porcine models combined with MRI imaging, which allows us to closely mimic the procedures encountered in the hospital.
  • Aneurysm: Our translational studies have resulted in the implementation of a new surgical technique for our standard patient care.
  • ReproductionandVascularFunction: Pregnancy provides a unique window of opportunity for exposing the hidden risks of vascular disease in women at the earliest stage possible.
  • Diabetes Mellitus and Obesity: Only a multi-disciplinary approach can fully explore the most promising pathways to prevent, treat and cure diabetes and its cardiometabolic complications.
  • Nutrition Research: Optimization of nutritional support during the first postnatal weeks may reduce occurrence of metabolic syndrome and associated cardiovascular disease.
  • Chronic Kidney Disease: Cardiorenal interaction and related metabolic pathophysiological mechanisms are being studied in newly developed animal and cellular experimental models and multicenter intervention studies.
  • Acute and Perioperative Care: Optimization of vital functions plays a central role during surgery or in the setting of intensive care requires. Clinical and experimental studies focus on haemostasis and tissue perfusion in distinct settings.