DISEASES IN FOCUS: HYPERTENSION - ISCHEMIC HEART DISEASE- CHRONIC HEART FAILURE - HEART ARRHYTHMIAS - CHRONIC KIDNEY FAILURE
Research in the cardiovascular field includes studies on the mechanisms of the development, therapy and prevention of serious cardiovascular diseases, such as ischemic heart disease, hypertension and chronic heart and kidney failure. Particular attention is devoted to the development of cardiac adaptation to oxygen deprivation and mechanisms of cardiac protection. Studies on the mechanisms of blood pressure regulation, vascular contractions and development of the conductive system represent a basis for new therapeutic approaches to hypertension and cardiac arrhythmias. The genetic approach deals with modifications or defects of selected genes responsible for cardiovascular diseases. Work is also being done on the development of biomaterials that may be suitable for synthetic vascular replacements.