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Gastein Research Institute

Director: Univ. Prof. Dr. Markus Ritter

Scientific operative manager:
Mag. Dr. scient. med. Martin Gaisberger



The Gastein Research Institute (FOI) is an institute of Paracelsus Medical Private University and is affiliated with the Institute for Physiology and Pathophysiology. The primary task of the FOI is the independent performance and coordination of clinical and basic research studies which contribute to the understanding, the quality assurance, the further and new development as well as to the presentation of the public image of the Gastein healthcare offers, in particular those in the areas of balneology, physical therapy, healing and rehabilitation research as well as in the pain (therapy) research.

The FOI fulfils its tasks in close cooperation with and under involvement and active co-shaping of the institutions and competence bearers of the Gastein valley in the healthcare field, in cooperation with the university hospitals and institutes of Paracelsus University, as well as with national and international universities and research institutions.

Research

The research focuses of the Gastein Research Institute (FOI) are rheumatic diseases and degenerative diseases of the joints. The areas of highest level of specialisation are, on the one hand, radon as a therapeutic product in its various application forms and, on the other hand, the ankylosing spondylitis (Morbus Bechterew) as well as the degenerative osteoarthroses.

The openess of the FOI research fields makes sure that despite the reasonable specialisation several areas of the subjects that are relevant to the Gastein health research can be processed. In the basic research area, the effect of the radon treatments on the cell culture systems, the inflammation occurrences, and the cytokine profile in arthritis and arthrosis models are researched.

In clinical studies, the effect of the combined hyperthermal/radon therapy in the Gastein healthcare facilities on the immune system of the patients with arthrosis, morbus Bechterew, rheumatoid arthritis and other rheumatic diseases is researched.

The FOI performs, along with its own studies, also other studies of the Gastein healing and rehabilitation facilities, as well as such of external research institutions (Paris-Lodron University Salzburg, Erlangen University, the Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research in Darmstadt, among others).


Research projects

Research funds – FOI project support

The Gastein Research Institute (FOI) awards financial means annually in a competitive peer-review procedure for the support of scientific research projects. In this way, the independent development and coordination of clinical and basic research studies, which contribute to the understanding, quality assurance, further and,if necessary, new developments as well as to the public image of the Gastein healthcare offers, are supported.

Cooperation

The Gastein Research Institute FOI performs, along with its own studies, also other studies of the Gastein healing and rehabilitation facilities, as well as such of external research institutions (Paris-Lodron University Salzburg, Erlangen University, the Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research in Darmstadt, among others).


Cooperations and partners


Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft
Salzburger Nachrichten
Physicians exclusive

Salzburg Province Hospitals, University Hospital for Nuclear Medicine and Endocrinology
Prof. Christian Pirich


Natural Science Faculty of Paris-Lodron University Salzburg; molecular biology speciality, Department for Allergology and Immunology, Prof. Josef Thalhamer

Natural Science Faculty of Paris-Lodron University Salzburg; cell biology speciality, Department for Cellular & Molecular Neurobiology, Prof. Hubert Kerschbaum

Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen, Institute for Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, AG Prof. DDr. Herrmann

Healing medicine Russia
Federal State Budgetary Institution, Research Institute of Rheumatology named after V.A. Nasonova, Moscow, Russia
International University of Restorative Medicine, Moscow, Russia
Russian treatment specialists make info-visit in the Gastein Research Institute


Institutions and work groups subsidise through FOI project support

Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ions Research, Department of Biophysics, GSI, Darmstadt, Germany, AG Doz. Dr. Fournier

Natural Science Faculty of Paris-Lodron University Salzburg; molecular biology speciality, Department of Allergology and Immunology, Doz. Mag. Dr. R. Weiss, AG Prof. Dr. Thalhamer

Institute for Tendons and Bone Regeneration, Paracelsus Medical Private University, AG Priv.-Doz. Mag. Dr. Andreas Traweger (Prof. Dr. Bauer)

Institute for Clinical Immunology and Rheumatolog of Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen, AG Prof. DDr. Herrmann

University Hospital Graz, Department for Rheumatolog and Immunology, Prim. Dr. Graninger

Gastein healthcare companies

Alpentherme Bad Hofgastein

Badehospiz

Felsentherme

Gesundheitszentrum Bärenhof

Gasteiner Heilstollen

Kur & Gesundheitspartner Gastein

Kurzentrum Bad Hofgastein

Radon-Thermal Dunstbad

Teaching

Paracelsus Medical Private University links the physician competence bearers of the Gastein valley and the researchers of the Gastein Research Institute (FOI) in their academic teaching.

Along with the teaching activity in the study of human medicine, FOI mentors students of Paracelsus University within the framework of the research trimester, the doctorate study program in molecular medicine (Ph.D.) as well as the doctorate study in medical sciences (Ph.D.).

In addition, students from Paris Lodron University Salzburg are mentored in the master and Ph.D. education.

Publications

Publications

Team and contact

Standorte:

Institut für Physiologie und Pathophysiologie
Forschungsinstitut Gastein
Strubergasse 22
5020 Salzburg
Tel.: +43 662 2420-80510
Fax.: +43 662 2420-80509

Forschungsinstitut Gastein
Wilhelm Magnus Netzer-Labor
Schareckstraße 4
5640 Bad Gastein

Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. univ. Markus Ritter
Institute for Physiology and Pathophysiology | Salzburg and Nuremberg
Gastein Research Institute

Director

Phone: +43 662 2420-80500
Mobile: +43 699 14420026
Mail: markus.ritter@pmu.ac.at
Publications
Mag. Dr. scient. med. Martin Thomas Gaisberger
Institute for Physiology and Pathophysiology | Salzburg
Gastein Research Institute

Head of Gastein Research Institute

Phone: 0043662242080510

Publications
Dr. scient. med. Heidemarie Dobias , MA. rer. nat.
Institute for Physiology and Pathophysiology | Salzburg
Gastein Research Institute

Research Associate

Phone: +43 662 2420-80508
Mail: heidi.dobias@pmu.ac.at
Publications
Julia Fuchs, MSc
Institute for Physiology and Pathophysiology | Salzburg
Gastein Research Institute

Research Associate

Phone: +43 662 2420-80511
Mail: julia.fuchs@pmu.ac.at
Publications
Dr. Martina Winklmayr
Institute for Physiology and Pathophysiology | Salzburg
Gastein Research Institute

Senior Research Scientist Ludwig Boltzmann Cluster Rheumatology, Balneology and Rehabilitation

Phone: +43 662 2420-80511
Mail: martina.winklmayr@pmu.ac.at
Publications
Dr. Celina Ablinger
Institute for Physiology and Pathophysiology | Salzburg
Gastein Research Institute


Phone: +43 662 2420-80511
Mail: celina.ablinger@pmu.ac.at