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Research Projects of the MedUni Vienna

The researchers at MedUni Vienna successfully acquired third-party funding, e.g. for the following projects.

EU-Projekte 2021-2027 (Horizon Europe, IHI, EU4Health et al.)
Acronyme and website Project lead at MedUni Vienna Project title
CLOCKrisk Schernhammer Eva Targeting the circadian clock in personalized disease prevention
CITRUS Windischberger Christian Closed-loop Individualized image-guided Transcranial Ultrasonic Stimulation
MRITWins Laistler Elmar Twinning of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Research Institutes
SECRET-DOCK Harkany Tibor Transient inactivation of hypothalamic hormone release to prevent post-traumatic stress sensitization
ALLPreT Epstein Michelle Allergenicity Prediction Toolbox for novel foods Bock Christoph A Coordination and Support Action to prepare platform
EU-CAYAS-NET Leiss Ulrike  EU Network of Youth Cancer Survivors
RadioVal Baltzer Pascal  International Clinical Validation of Radiomics Artificial Intelligence for Breast Cancer Treatment Planning
CLIMOS Kniha Edwin Climate Monitoring and Decision Support Framework for Sand Fly-borne Diseases Detection and Mitigation with COst-benefit and Climate-policy MeasureS
K-HEALTHinAIR Moshammer Hanns  Knowledge for improving indoor AIR quality and HEALTH
LactoVES Schabussova Irma Immunomodulatory properties of L. plantarum extracellular vesicles in airway allergy
PARC Gundacker Claudia  Partnership for the Assessment of Risks from Chemicals
PeptidesAndFear Melzer Sarah  Neuropeptidergic modulation of synaptic circuits in fear and anxiety
ISIDORe Kutalek Ruth Integrated Services for Infectious Disease Outbreak Research
OD4RD Voigtländer Till Orphanet Data for Rare Diseases
Horizon 2020, IMI2, 3rd Health Programme et al. (2014-2020)
Acronyme and webseite Project Lead at  MedUni Vienna Titel
VIP-2 Otsuka Shotaro Vienna International Postdoctoral Program
FOODFORLIFE Harkany Tibor Life-long cross-generational priming of the hypothalamus for obesity
VACCELERATE Zeitlinger Markus European Corona Vaccine Trial Accelerator Platform
CANCERLESS Grabovac Igor Cancer prevention and early detection among the homeless population in Europe: Co-adapting and implementing the Health Navigator Model
Imptox Epstein Michelle An innovative analytical platform to investigate the effect and toxicity of micro and nano plastics combined with environmental contaminants on the risk of allergic disease in preclinical and clinical
TTV GUIDE TX Bond Gregor Personalisation of immunosuppression by monitoring viral load post kidney transplantation - a randomised controlled phase II trial
INKplant Moscato Francesco Ink-based hybrid multimaterial fabrication of next generation implants 
LETHE Stögmann Elisabeth LETHE (λήθη) – A personalized prediction and intervention model for early detection and reduction of risk factors causing dementia, based on AI and distributed Machine Learning
REAP Liu Mengyang Revealing drug tolerant persister cells in cancer using contrast enhanced optical coherence and photoacoustic tomography
ICU4Covid Kimberger Oliver Cyber-Physical Intensive Care Medical System for Covid-19
BIGPICTURE Kain Renate Central Repository for Digital Pathology
T2EVOLVE Jäger Ulrich  Accelerating Development and Improving Access to CAR and TCR-engineered T cell therapy
H2O Stamm Tanja  H2O Health Outcomes Observatory
ROPES Jantsch Michael ROles of ePitranscriptomic in diseasES
RAPTOR Georg Dietmar Real-time Adaptive Particle Therapy of Cancer 
EvoGamesPlus Hanel Rudolf  Evolutionary games and population dynamics: from theory to applications
P4 FIT Stöckl Johannes Perspectives For Future Innovation in Tendon Repair
ENLIGHT-TENplus Ellmeier Wilfried  European Network Linking Informatics and Genomics of Helper T cells in Tissues
We project Grabovac Igor Promoting Work-Based Equality for LGBT+Q+ Youth
CORONADX Steininger Christoph Three Rapid Diagnostic tests (Point-of-Care) for COVID-19 CoronaThree Rapid Diagnostic tests (Point-of-Care) for Coronavirus, improving epidemic preparedness, public health and socio-economic benefits
SWIMMOT Drexler Wolfgang Switchable magneto-plasmonic contrast agents and molecular imaging technologies
SkinOptima Drexler Wolfgang Link Skin Morphology and Vasculature with Diseases using Optical Imaging
PHAST Leitgeb Rainer Photonics for Healthcare: multiscAle cancer diagnosiS and Therapy
DDREAMM Loizou Joanna Dna Damage REsponse: Actionabilities, Maps and Mechanisms
KILL-OR-DIFFERENTIAT Adameyko Igor Using cell-cell interactions to unlock new cancer treatments: Forcing neural crest tumors back onto the developmental path
NeuroTrans Stockner Thomas NEUROtransmitter TRANSporters: from single molecules to human pathologies
DC-ren Oberbauer Rainer Drug combinations for rewriting trajectories of renal pathologies in type II diabetes (DC-ren)
HandheldOCT Drexler Wolfgang Handheld optical coherence tomography
PROSCOPE Unterhuber Angelika Point-of-care instrument for diagnosis and image-guided intervention of Colo-Rectal Cancer
SCANNER Luf Anton Understanding the dynamics and consequences of New Psychoactive Substances use in a rapidly changing (online) drug market
EU-PEARL König Franz EU Patient- cEntric clinicAl tRial pLatform
SUSINCHAIN Epstein Michelle SUStainable INsect CHAIN
TIPAT Zeitlinger Markus Training towards Personalized Antibiotic Treatment
NEUcrest Adameyko Igor Training European Experts in Multiscale Studies of Neural Crest Development and Disorders: from Patient to Model Systems and Back again.
SECRET Dolznig Helmut Exploitation of the SECRETory pathway for cancer therapy to address European research
CANCERPREV Wagner Erwin Innovative strategies for cancer prevention with focus on sex hormone signaling and chronic inflammation
GLU-IMAGE Bednarik Petr Glutamate dynamics during visual stimulation and ketamine challenge in the human brain
REAP Loizou Joanna Repair of DNA lesions induced by platinum drugs
AB-DiRecT Zeitlinger Markus Antibiotic Distribution and Recovery in Tissue
RespiriTB Zeitlinger Markus Progress new assets (one pre-new molecular entity and one first-time-in-human start) for tuberculosis that act synergistically with bedaquiline, cytochrome bc or cytochrome bd inhibitors
RespiriNTM Zeitlinger Markus Progress novel assets (one FIH start) for non-tubercular mycobacteria that may act synergistically with bedaquiline and cytochrome bc drugs
ECMO-BIOMARKER Schellongowski Peter Delivering ECMO-BIOMARKER – a ground-breaking ICT-enabled ECMO Biomarker system providing clinicians with bedside decision support for better care and reduced costs of severe ICU patients
NeuroDeRisk Ernst Margot Neurotoxicity De-Risking in Preclinical Drug Discovery
Natural BionicS Aszmann Oskar Natural Integration of Bionic Limbs via Spinal Interfacing
CANCER SCAN Pinker-Domenig Katja A Body Scan for Cancer Detection using Quantum Technology
triboREMEDY Sommer Regina The triboreactor as breakthrough remediation strategy for safeguarding human and environmental health
PIPPI Stamm Tanja Platform for Innovation of Procurement and Procurement of Innovation
I-LIVE  Simon Judit Living well, dying well. A research programme to support living until the end
HERA     Schernhammer Eva  Integrating Environment and Health Research: a Vision for the EU
SoNAR-Global    Kutalek Ruth A Global Social Sciences Network for Infectious Threats and Antimicrobial Resistance
NeuHeart Moscato Francesco A neuroprosthesis to restore the vagal-cardiac closed-loop connection after heart transplantation
HELICAL   Kain Renate HEalth data LInkage for ClinicAL benefit
IMPROVE-PD Aufricht Christoph Identification and Management of Patients at Risk – Outcome and Vascular Events in Peritoneal Dialysis
FoodEnTwin Epstein Michelle Twinning of research activities for the frontier research in the fields of food, nutrition and environmental ‘omics
PFC-AMY   Windischberger Christian  Functional networks underlying emotion processing
SCOUT Heinze Georg  Supporting Causal Conclusions from Observational Survival Studies
NeuroLSD Stulnig Thomas Neuro-metabolic, structural and functional hallmarks of Lysosomal Storage Diseases
MATURE-NK Von Haeseler Arndt MAnufacturing of TUmour-REactive Natural Killer cells
CSI-Fun Wagner Erwin Chronic Systemic Inflammation: Functional organ cross-talk in inflammatory disease and cancer
NPC-BUILD Köhler Alwin The Nuclear Pore Basket – Functional Architecture of a Membrane Remodeling Machine
ITCC-P4 Berger Walter ITCC Pediatric Preclinical POC Platform
HARMONY Druml Christiane Healthcare Alliance for Resourceful Medicines Offensive against Neoplasms in HematologY
BEAt-DKD Oberbauer Rainer Biomarker Enterprise to Attack DKD
PRECONFIG Langs Georg Learning and PREdiction based on the PREnatal CONnectome FInGerprint
MERLIN Pircher Michael  Multi-modal, multi-scale retinal imaging
BigMedilytics Prosch Helmut Big Data for Medical Analytics
OSTEOproSPINE Windhager Reinhard Novel Bone Regeneration Drug Osteogrow: Therapeutic Solution for Lumbar Back Pain
PECUNIA    Simon Judit ProgrammE in Costing, resource use measurement and outcome valuation for Use in multi-sectoral National and International health economic evaluAtions
RE-DEFINE Wancata Johannes Refugee Emergency: DEFining and Implementing Novel Evidence-based psychosocial interventions
EU-VIORMED Wancata Johannes European Study on Risk Factors for Violence in Mental Disorder and Forensic Care: a multicentre project
META-CAN Sibilia Maria Targeting the metabolism-immune system connections in Cancer
TRABIT Langs Georg Translational Brain Imaging Training Network
CaReSyAn    Heinze Georg Combatting the CardioRenal Syndrome: towards an integrative Analysis to reduce cardiovascular burden in chronic kidney disease
HYBRID Beyer Thomas Innovative Training Network towards raising and supporting the next generation of creative and  entrepreneurial cross-speciality imaging experts
RTCure  Steiner Günter    Rheuma Tolerance for Cure
LITMUS   Trauner Michael  Liver Investigation: Testing Marker Utility in Steatohepatitis
AllerScreening Untersmayr-Elsenhuber Eva Point-of-care device based on KETs for diagnosis of food allergies
ChipScope Geleff Silvana Overcoming the Limits of Diffraction with Superresolution Lighting on a Chip
ReGenHeart Pavone-Gyöngyösi Mariann Clinical development and proof of principle testing of new regenerative VEGF-D therapy for cost-effective treatment of refractory angina, A phase II randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled study
KidsAP Rami-Merhar Birgit The artificial pancreas in children aged 1 to 7 years with type 1 diabetes
MOON Leitgeb Rainer Multi-modal Optical Diagnostics for Ocular and Neurodegenerative Disease
ESOTRAC Drexler Wolfgang Hybrid optical and optoacoustic endoscope for esophageal tracking
CResPace Pavone-Gyöngyösi Mariann Adaptive Bio-electronics for Chronic Cardiorespiratory Disease
HBM4EU Moshammer Hanns European Human Biomonitoring Initiative
TEAM Akkaya-Kalayci Türkan Technology Enabled Adolescent Mental Health
FBI Leitgeb Rainer Multimodal, Functional Bio-Photonic Imaging
EN_ACTI2NG Huppa Johannes European Network on Anti-Cancer Immuno-Therapy Improvement by modification of CAR and TCR Interactions and Nanoscale Geometry
Secret-Cells Harkany Tibor Cellular diversity and stress-induced cell-state switches in the mammalian hypothalamus
TNT-TUMORS Sibilia Maria Therapeutic approaches to enhance innate immunity against Tumors
ID-LYME Stockinger Hannes A novel immunity-based test for early diagnosis of Lyme disease
GSAORI Pircher Michael Guide Stars Adaptive Optics for Retinal Imaging
SmartResilience Klimek Peter Smart Resilience Indicators for Smart Critical Infrastructures
EUR-HUMAN Hoffmann Kathryn EUropean Refugees - HUman Movement and Advisory Network
HYPMED Helbich Thomas Digital Hybrid Breast PET/MRI for Enhanced Diagnosis of Breast Cancer
MIB Drexler Wolfgang Multi-modal, Endoscopic Biophotonic Imaging of Bladder Cancer for Point-of-Care Diagnosis
ALBINO Klebermaß-Schrehof Katrin Effect of ALlopurinol in addition to hypothermia for hypoxic-ischemic Brain Injury on Neurocognitive Outcome
RELENT Kain Renate RELapses prevENTion in chronic autoimmune disease: common mechanisms and co-morbidities
U-PGx Samwald Matthias Ubiquitous Pharmacogenomics (U-PGx): Making actionable pharmacogenomic data and effective treatment optimization accessible to every European citizen
MURAB Helbich Thomas MRI and Ultrasound Robotic Assisted Biopsy
OCTCHIP Drexler Wolfgang Ophthalmic OCT on a Chip
FOLSMART Stockinger Hannes Folate-Target Nanodevies To Activated Macrophages For Rheumatoid Arthritis
ENLIGHT-TEN Ellmeier Wilfried European Network linking informatics and genomics of helper T cells
ALKATRAS Merkel Olaf ALK Activation as a target of TRAanslational Science (ALKATRAS): Break free from cancer
CaSR Biomedicine Kallay Enikö Calcium-Sensing Receptor (CaSR): Therapeutics for Non-Communicable Diseases
CORBEL Wolzt Michael Coordinated Research Infrastructures Building Enduring Life-science services
RD-ACTION Voigtlaender Till Promoting Implementation of Recommendations on Policy, Information and Data for Rare Diseases
OPTIMALZ Baumann Bernhard Optical imaging of ocular pathology in Alzheimer’s disease
CONCERT Dörr Wolfgang / Widder Joachim European Joint Programme for the Integration of Radiation Protection Research
STEMMING-FROM-NERVE Adameyko Igo Targeted Cell Recruitment During Organogenesis And Regeneration: Glia Makes The Tooth
ELASTISLET Epstein Michelle Tailored Elastin-like Recombinamers as Advanced Systems for Cell Therapies in Diabetes Mellitus: a Synthetic Biology Approach towards a Bioeffective and Immunoisolated Biosimilar Islet/Cell Niche
IgEPath Starkl Philipp IgEPath - Contributions of IgE-antibodies and IgE effector cells to host defense against pathogenic bacteria
Ritrain Wolzt Michael Reseach Infrastructures Training Programme
ICare Karwautz Andreas Integrating Technology into Mental Health Care Delivery in Europe
BRIDGE Health Simon Judit BRidging Information and Data Generation for Evidence-based Health Policy and Research
IDEAS König Franz Improving Design, Evaluation and Analysis of early drug development Studies
SCIENCE Pavone-Gyöngyösi Mariann Stem Cell therapy in IschEmic Non-treatable Cardiac diseasE (SCIENCE)
Special Research Programmes
Titel Project lead at MedUni Vienna Lifetime
Immunometabolism Thomas Weichhart, Institute of Medical Genetics 01.03.2021 - 29.02.2025
RNAdeco: decorating RNA for a purpose Michael F. Jantsch, Center for Anatomy and Cell Biology 01.03.2020 - 29.02.2024

Histone deacetylases as regulators of T-cell-mediated immunity

Wilfried Ellmeier, Center for Pathophysiology, Infectiology and Immunology 01.03.2019 - 28.02.2023
Cellular Mediators Linking Inflammation and Thrombosis Johannes Schmid, Center for Physiology and Pharmacology 01.03.2014 - 31.01.2022
Research Groups
Titel Project lead at MedUni Vienna Lifetime
AI-Based Retinal Image Analysis Research Group Ursula Schmidt-Erfurth, Department of Ophthalmology and Optometry


The tumor microenvironment as target and regulator of anticancer (metal) drug response Petra Heffeter, Department of Medicine I 2020/04/01- 2025/03/31
TitelProject LeadLifetime
Integrative Structure BiologyTimothy Skern01.01.2016 - 31.12.2019
Molecular, cellular and clinical allergology, MCCA Winfried Pickl01.03.2013 - 28.02.2021
Inflammation and Immunity (IAI) Maria Sibilia01.07.2007 - 31.12.2019
RNA Biology Andrea Barta01.06.2007 - 31.12.2019
Cell Communication in Health and DiseaseStefan Böhm01.09.2006 - 30.06.2020
TitelProject lead at MedUni ViennaLifetime
Medical Neuroscience Johannes Berger2018 - 2022

Molecular and Cellular Control of Tissue Homeostasis in Health and Disease – TissueHome

Karl Kuchler2018 - 2022
Malignant DiseasesGergely Szakacs2019 - 2024


Project Lead

Company partner


CD-Laboratory for  Immunometabolism and Systems Biology of Obesity Related Disease (InSpiReD) Omar Sharif Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH 01.10.2022 - 30.09.2029
CD Laboratory for MR Imaging Biomarkers (BIOMAK) Wolfgang Bogner Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics GmbH, Vitaflo Deutschland GmbH, Brainlab AG 01.10.2022 - 30.09.2029
CD Laboratory for Inner Ear Research: Function Preservation and Regeneration

Christoph Arnoldner

MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geräte GmbH 01.07.2022 - 30.06.2029
CD Laboratory for Artificial Intelligence in Retina Hrvoje Bogunovic Heidelberg Engineering GmbH 01.01.2021 - 31.12.2027
CD Laboratory for Personalized Immunotherapy Matthias Preusser Roche Austria GmbH 01.10.2020 - 30.09.2027
CD Laboratory for Skin Multimodal Analytical Imaging of Aging and Senescence Florian Gruber Chanel Parfums Beauté 01.09.2020 - 31.08.2027
CD Laboratory for Portal Hypertension and Liver Fibrosis Thomas Reiberger Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH 01.02.2020 - 31.01.2027

CD Laboratory for Applied metabolomics

Alexander Haug, Lukas Kenner

Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc

01.11.2018 - 31.10.2025

CD Laboratory for Arginine Metabolism in Rheumatoid Arthritis and Multiple Sclerosis

Gernot Schabbauer

Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH

01.01.2018 - 31.12.2024

CD Laboratory for Molecular Stress Research in Peritoneal Dialy

Klaus Kratochwill

Zytoprotec GmbH

01.03.2016 - 28.02.2023

CD Laboratory for Clinical Molecular MR Imaging (MOLIMA)

Siegfried Trattnig

Siemens AG Österreich

01.02.2015 - 31.01.2022

CD Laboratory for Innovative Optical Imaging and its Translation into Medicine

Rainer Leitgeb

Carl Zeiss Meditec Inc., Exalos AG

01.01.2015 - 31.12.2021

01.01.2022 - 31.12.2022

Titel Coordinator
LBI for Digital Health and Patient Safety Harald Willschke, Maria Kletecka-Pulker
LBI for Cardiovascular Research Johann Wojta
LBI Applied Diagnostics Markus Mitterhauser
LBI Arthritis and Rehabilitation Tanja Stamm (Guenter Steiner until end of 2021)
LBI for Hematology and Oncology Peter Valent
LBI for Rare and Undiagnosed Diseases Kaan Boztug


Project lead at MedUni Vienna



Being Equipped to Tackle Epidemics Right Tanja Stamm Public Health 2023–
Prototyping a serious game intervention promoting mental health literacy in children and adolescents Michael Zeiler Public Health 2023–
Improvement and protection of women's health at a population level by Value Based Breast Screening in Vienna Pascal Baltzer Public Health 2023–
Establishing a Reference Unit Costs catalogue for the optimized evaluation and planning of mental healthcare in Vienna Judit Simon Public Health 2023–
Less is More: De-Prescribing Pharmaceuticals for Patient Safety and Sustainable Public Health Igor Grabovac
Lead: University of Vienna
Public Health 2023–
Retinomics for precision profiling of coronary heart disease risk Ursula Schmidt-Erfurth Public Health 2023–
Decoding cellular senescence in glioblastoma (GlioAge) Adelheid Woehrer Precision Medicine 2021– 2024
Combating Viral Susceptibility in Premature Infants Lukas Wisgrill Precision Medicine 2021– 2024
Genomics-based immunological risk stratification in kidney transplantation Rainer Oberbauer Precision Medicine 2021– 2024
PIMIENTO PrecIsion Medicine in IntravENTricular hemorrhage for Outcome prediction Monika Resch Precision Medicine 2021– 2024
Precision medicine for breast cancer: multi-omics towards predicting complete remission and avoiding surgery Georg Langs Precision Medicine 2021– 2024
Closing the Loop in Hemodialysis: A Precision Medicine Approach Manfred Hecking Precision Medicine 2021– 2025
Tracking Nutrient Metabolism and Cellular Partitioning by Multimodal Molecular Imaging Martin Krssak Multimodal Imaging 2020– 2023
Deciphering breast cancer heterogeneity and tumor microenvironment with correlative imaging Katja Pinker-Domenig Multimodal Imaging 2020– 2024

Prefrontal circuits for cognitive flexibility in an extradimensional set-shifting task for mice and humans

Thomas Klausberger

Cognitive Sciences 2019– 2023
Combination cell therapy for immunomodulation in kidney transplantation Thomas Wekerle Linking Research and Patients' Needs 2019– 2023
A novel macrophage precursor in adult bone marrow Wolfgang Weninger Linking Research and Patients' Needs 2019– 2023
Beyond lipid lowering - defining residual risk of cardiovascular events Irene Lang Linking Research and Patients' Needs 2019– 2023
Protecting vascular barrier function across discipline and disease boundaries Klaudia Schossleitner Linking Research and Patients' Needs 2019– 2021
Systems medicine analysis of sarcoidosis by targeting mTOR in a co-clinical trial in patients and mice Georg Stary Linking Research and Patients' Needs 2019– 2023