The Institute for Vegetative Physiology studies multiple physiological functions in health and pathology. We investigate system physiology at multiple levels, from a single molecule to a living organism. The research at our institute ranges from i) neuroscience to ii) metabolism, iii) mitochondrial function and (iv) regulation of contractile processes of cardiac, skeletal and vascular and visceral smooth muscle. The overarching goal of our research groups is to characterize mechanisms of these physiological processes and understand the impact of disease and ageing on neuronal circuits, metabolic, contractile and mitochondrial function. Combining basic and a clinically oriented research, we use various animal models, tissue from patients and patient-derived iPS cells (the latter in collaboration with the Institute for Neurophysiology).
We have intense intramural collaborations with the Institute of Neurophysiology, the Institutes of Biochemistry I and II, the Institute of Anatomy, the Institute of Neuropathology, the Clinic of Dermatology, and Pediatric Clinic and Pediatric Cardiology as well as with extramural national and international groups.