Vascular / Neurobiology

Research in the Vascular / Neurobiology Research Area is divided into three research streams aiming at understanding the underlying mechanisms of healthy and pathological nervous system function. The first research stream is focused on vascular physiology and mechanisms of disease in large vessels and capillaries (e.g. arterial hardening, diabetic retinopathy, stroke). Moreover, research is aiming to define the molecular mechanisms for chronic itch and pain, and develop novel analgesics and antipruritics. Lastly, research is focused on understanding the contribution of specialised glia cells called astrocytes to the pathophysiology of neurological and neuropsychiatric diseases and on developing novel gene-therapeutic interventions that target these cells.

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