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City of Vienna Bürgermeisterfonds finances numerous MedUni Vienna research projects

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(Vienna, 31 March 2017) The "Medical-scientific fund of the Mayor of the federal capital Vienna" is once again supporting numerous MedUni Vienna research projects. A total of 27 research project are being financed from the charitable fund.

The "Medical-scientific fund of the Mayor of the federal capital Vienna" is a charitable fund set up in 1978 by the Mayor at the time, Leopold Gratz. Research projects can be submitted to the fund twice a year. The fund is chaired by the Executive Councillor of the Business Group for Social Affairs, Health and Women's Affairs, Sandra Frauenberger. The funding grants average between 20,000 and 80,000 euros gross.


The following research projects from different areas of human medicine are being conducted at MedUni Vienna:


Cell-free donor DNA as a predictor of rejection and cardiac allograft vasculopathy
Project leader: Martin Andreas
Department of Surgery, Division of Cardiac Surgery

Genomic instability and progression of aortic aneurysm induced by immune-mediated LINE-1 activation
Project leader: Thomas Aschacher
Department of Surgery, Division of Cardiac Surgery

The activation and contribution of endothelial motility proteins during tumour intravasation
Project leader: Zsuzsanna Bago-Horvath
Department of Pathology

Prospective study to determine feasibility and acceptance and to describe the effects of an intervention with the smovey® vibroswing among female Turkish migrants with breast cancer – a pilot study
Project leader: Richard Crevenna
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

The Role of LMO3 in human adipocyte energy metabolism
Project leader: Elisa Einwallner
Division of Medical-Chemical Laboratory Diagnostics

Design and compilation of a case register for the Forensic Child and Adolescent Survey Center: scientific assessment and project evaluation
Project leader: Susanne Greber-Platzer
Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Head

Influence of interval training in cardiac rehabilitation on physical performance and platelet function
Project leader: Stefan Heber
Institute of Physiology, Center for Physiology and Pharmacology,

Evaluation of intratympanic n-acetylcysteine hydrogels on protective effects in cisplatin-induced hearing loss
Project leader: Clemens Honeder
Department of Ear, Nose and Throat Diseases, Division of General Ear, Nose and Throat Diseases

Psychosocial resource assessment – Development of a survey instrument for multidisciplinary use in oncological practice
Project leader: Elmar Armin Joura
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of General Gynecology and Gynecologic Oncology

Circulating tumour cells as biomarkers in castration-resistant prostate cancer
Project leader: Lukas Kenner
Department of Pathology

Janus kinase directed mesenchymal tissue response to inflammation in arthritis
Project leader: Hans-Peter Kiener
Department of Medicine III, Division of Rheumatology

Computerised layer control in 2D infant sonography
Project leader: Alexander Kolb
Department of Orthopedics

Proteomic Profiling to Reveal Novel Diagnostic Markers for Intestinal Complications in Critical Ill Patients
Project leader: Konstantin Krychtiuk
Department of Medicine II, Division of Cardiology

Geometric morphometrics – Manifestations of rare diseases in clinical dentistry
Project leader: Ulrike Kuchler
Department of Dentistry

Music as complementary medicine: Objectification of therapeutic possibilities
Project leader: Klaus-Felix Laczika
Department of Medicine I, Division of Oncology

Circulating microvesicles and microRNA profiles in patients with periodontitis before and after treatment – Effects of smoking and gender-related aspects
Project leader: Markus Laky
Department of Dentistry Vienna, Division of Preventive Dentistry and Periodontology

Clinical and radiological long-term study of uncemented alloclassic Zweymüller hip prostheses with metal-on-metal articulations - Analysis of the systemic serum concentration of metal and comparison with local periprosthetic changes in the MRI twenty years after the operation
Project leader: Richard Lass
Department of Orthopedics

CT colonography with fecal tagging: effect of electronic subtraction of contrast-agent-tagged fecal residues, "electronic cleansing", on the detectability, size and morphology of colorectal polyps; a retrospective data analysis
Project leader: Thomas Mang
Department of Biomedical Imaging and Image-guided Therapy, Division of General and Pediatric Radiology

Development of peak bone mass and muscle mass in inbred mouse strains: a pilot study
Project leader: Peter Pietschmann
Institute of Pathophysiology and Allergy Research, Division of Cellular and Molecular Pathophysiology

Zirkus Empathico: Training of socio-emotional skills in five to ten-year-old children on the autistic spectrum using a computer-based training programme
Project leader: Luise Poustka
Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Effects of hyperoxia on haemostasis, inflammation and oxidative stress
Project leader: Sibylle Pramhas
Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, Division of General Anesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine

Pathophysiology of Aortic Dissections: Cell-based proteomic analyses and biological characterization of human vascular smooth muscle cells
Project leader: Bernhard Scharinger
Department of Surgery, Division of Cardiac Surgery

Is there a rationale for the treatment with immune-checkpoint inhibitors in patients with uterine leiomyosarcoma?
Project leader: Richard Schwameis
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of General Gynecology and Gynecologic Oncology

Sleep disturbances and circadian misalignment in the elderly - a longitudinal analysis of sleep-wake cycle, rest-activity rhythm and cognitive decline
Project leader: Stefan Seidel
Department of Neurology

Asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA) as a biomarker for pulmonary hypertension
Project leader: Nika Skoro-Sajer
Department of Medicine II, Division of Cardiology

Thiosemicarbazones as inhibitors of ribonucleotide reductase in human leukemia cells: Synergism with arabinofuranosylcytosine
Project leader: Kristina Tendl
Department of Pathology

Structural properties of the cortex and its influence on dopamine release in schizophrenia – a PET/MRI investigation
Project leader: Matthäus Willeit
Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Division of Biological Psychiatry