Research is the foundation of the specialty area vascular surgery. The Division of Vascular Surgery participates in a large number of research projects that involve the clinical area as well as basic research. The emphasis is on collaboration with other research institutions.

    Main research areas

    • Biomechanics of vascular walls: The biomechanical behavior of vascular walls is being examined in cooperation with Graz University of Technology (Institute of Biomechanics, Gerhard A. Holzapfel). The findings contribute to a better understanding of ruptured aneurysms and the development of vascular prostheses.
    • Use of ePTFE vascular prostheses in dialysis shunt surgery: The parameters that influence how the shunt remains open are under investigation.
    • Glomus tumor/carotid paraganglioma: We investigate the frequency and type of mutations and the probability of paraganglioma at other locations as well as the incidence of paraganglioma in close relatives.
    • Validation of aortic size index: This is used to improve the indication for elective correction of an infrarenal aortic aneurysm.
    • Growth of infrarenal aortic aneurysms: Certain markers of inflammatory processes (neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio, monocyte-to-lymphocyte ratio, platelet-to-lymphocyte ratio) serve as predictive indicators of the growth of infrarenal aortic aneurysms.
    • Quality assurance study: Follow-up on carotid artery surgery in patients over 80
    • Quality assurance study: Carotid artery revascularization during heart bypass surgery
    • Delirium and dementia: Prevention, diagnosis and therapy in a surgical setting
    • Single-cell sequencing of leukocytes in human arteriosclerotic plaque: Experimental study that analyzes white blood cells in plaque tissue