Research

Our Department’s Scientific Projects

Cardiac Medicine Under Development

Doctors and scientists of the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery are involved in different research projects. The aim is to translate the results of our research into medical practice as soon as possible, so that the patients benefit. Here you can read more about our research projects.

Selected Projects

Biofilm Center

“Biofilm” is a layer of slime in which bacteria and fungi can be embedded. According to the US National Institutes of Health, about 80 percent of all infections can be traced back to biofilms. The Biofilm Center, headed by Dr. Annette Moter, researches and diagnoses biofilm infections and other infections that are difficult to identify.

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Tissue Engineering

In recent years the experimental research of the DHZB has concentrated on the artificial cultivation of complex tissue, known as tissue engineering. The aim of tissue engineering is to produce tissue and organs in vitro and thus to open up new treatment possibilities.

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Berlin-Brandenburger Center for Regenerative Therapies (BCRT)

The human heart has only very limited ability to regenerate. When heart muscle cells die, they are replaced only to a small extent. The aim of research at the BCRT is to develop a treatment that will enable long-term recovery of heart muscle tissue. To this end we are researching the regenerative potential of stem cells from different sources (neonatal and induced pluripotent stem cells). 

The “Zurich Heart” Project

Mechanical circulatory support systems serve to bridge the waiting time to heart transplantation in patients with incurable heart failure. Due to the shortage of donor organs these support systems are increasingly becoming a permanent alternative to heart transplantation. In cooperation with University Medicine Zurich the DHZB is researching new circulatory support concepts.

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