Medical University of Graz is a leading clinical centre in cardiovascular medicine, with a special focus on pathophysiology of early disease. The Department of Cardiology is a tertiary health care provider for patients with cardiovascular diseases. Their research programs focus on the identification of novel biomarkers for the early detection of cardiovascular diseases, the pathophysiology of late complications, and the investigation of new pharmaceutical approaches for the treatment of cardiovascular disease.
Within sysVASC, the Medical University of Graz will contribute clinical datasets and samples as well as overall project management of the consortium. Medical University of Graz is the Coordinator of sysVASC.
Prof. Burkert Pieske, MD
Burkert Pieske was professor of Medicine and Cardiology and Head of the Department of Cardiology at the Medical University of Graz; he additionally served as the head of the Ludwig-Boltzmann Institute for Translational Heart Failure Research. Since the start of the sysVASC project he has moved to Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin (partner 18). He currently holds a part-time position at the Medical University of Graz where he fulfils the role of representative of the Coordinator. Burkert Pieske is the principal investigator of several ongoing inpatient and outpatient cohorts and clinical phase I to IV trials with a primary focus on heart failure. He is additionally experienced with internationally funded projects as both coordinator and partner.
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