The mission of the theme Vascular damage is to prevent and treat cardiovascular disease by deciphering causes and consequences of vascular wall pathology.
The theme is centered around three lines of research:
- Pathogenesis of atherosclerosis and its consequences
- Pathogenesis of genetic, metabolic and endocrine causes of vascular damage
- Personalized diagnostics and treatments of atherosclerosis and its consequences
- We aim to unravel how traditional and novel cardiovascular risk factors induce a pro-atherogenic phenotype of these cells by performing in vitro and ex vivo studies on cells of the innate immune system.
- We plan to develop and improve noninvasive vascular imaging techniques to detect vulnerable plaques and vascular inflammation.
- We aim to develop and implement techniques to study inflammation and its impact on atherosclerosis in humans in vivo.
- Using animal models, we aim to develop and validate biomarkers to study the impact of inflammation on progression of atherosclerosis in humans in vivo.
- We aim to investigate the role of inflammation in the pathogenesis of the metabolic syndrome.
- We plan to study the mechanisms by which inactivity results in cardiovascular injury and evaluate interventions to prevent or reverse this.
- We want to improve diagnosis and treatment of the adrenal causes of hypertension and to explore mechanisms of vascular injury specifically related to these disorders.
- We aim to explore the role of gender differences in atherogenesis.
- We will study promising strategies to prevent ischemia-reperfusion injury, such as pharmacological and ischemic conditioning.
- We will study how current cardiovascular guidelines can be implemented most effectively.