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Institute for Molecular Sports and Rehabilitation Medicine

Director: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dr. Josef Niebauer, MBA


The Institute for Molecular Sports and Rehabilitation Medicine was founded in September 2012 with the support of the state of Salzburg under the leadership pf Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dr. Josef Niebauer, MBA and Dr. rer.nat. Martin Schönfelder. With the close integration with the Institute for Sports Medicine of the State of Salzburg, a modern and supra-regional sports medicine research centre for patients, but also for the regular to high-performance sportsmen will be created. In this way, the care for the patients and the sportsmen will be significantly improved. The research laboratory of the institute works with the focus on the molecular biology methods in the boundary area of the sports and rehabilitation medicine, in order to understand the mechanical processes of body training better and thus to apply the training in a targeted manner.







Current research projects

In the laboratories of the institute, the training mechanisms of the heart and lung diseases must be researched in order to improve the understanding of the individual customised training. Another important aspect is the research of the re-entry in the ski sport in patients with cardiovascular risk profile. In addition, within the framework of an EU-supported multi-centre study, the effect of the body training on the sleeping behaviour and the circadian rhythmic in shift personnel is studied, because the work in shifts is related to increased risk for metabolic and cardiovascular diseases.

  • EuRhythDia ( Daytime-dependent life style intervention in the case of diabetes and obesity and its effect on the circadian rhythmic and the cardio-metabolic risk profile in European shift workers. Requirement: Seventh Framework Programme EU, Molecular and physiological effects of lifestyle factors on diabetes/obesity
    Information flyer

  • TAKE-HEART (Erasmus+, ERA-COPART - G.A. 2014-3140/002-001), Within the framework of the new EU-wide cooperation project, the University Institute for Preventive and Rehabilitative Sports Medicine increases representatively for Austria in the next two years the current level of the cardiological rehabilitation. In cooperation with four other European partners, examples for the "Good Clinical Practice“ from the area of the cardiological rehabilitation are collected and will be made available to the responsible authorities for the healthcare system, but also to the general population, by taking into account the cultural and social specific features of each country.

  • The health-stimulating effects of the alpine ski versus the cross-country skiing in older persons with cardiovascular risk factors (in cooperation with the IFFB sports and the kinesiology).
    Further information: Press release from 04/22/2014

  • Effects of the acute load on the miRNA profile in the blood

  • Influence of the physical and mental stress on the performance in biathlon (in cooperation with IFFB Sports and Kinesiology)

  • Comparison of the maximum-force training versus the endurance training in people with type 2 diabetes (in cooperation with the SALK diabetes outpatient clinic)

  • SCOPE (Salzburg Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary diseasE) study: Influence of the oxygen substitution during body trainings on the performance-relevant parameters in patients with COPD

Laboratory and methods


The research laboratory works primarily with molecular biology methods in the border area of sports- and rehabilitation medicine. The main focus of the molecular biology is predominantly the inner life of the individual cells, in order to make clear which mechanistic processes are running in the cell in response to an external impulse. Here, the focus is on the analysis of the structure, function and prevalence of the DNA (genetic information), the RNA (information bearer for the building of the proteins) and the proteins (control of the cell functions).

The laboratory is located on the grounds of the Salzburg University Hospital at 48 Müllner Hauptstraße, in the building of the Research Institute for Basic and Border Issues of Medicine and Biotechnology.


The following techniques are established in our laboratory:

  • DNA/RNA isolation
  • Quantitative and qualitative nucleic acid analytics
  • Quantitative realtime PCR (polymerase chains reaction)
  • ELISA (Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay)


The research institute is financially supported from the growth fund of the state of Salzburg. The necessary funds are made available for a period of three years.

Cooperation partner

The Institute of Molecular Sports and Rehabilitation Medicine is, for the purpose of research projects cooperatingwith the following institutions:

IGGMB – Research Institute for Basic and Border Issues of Medicine and Biotechnology
Univ.-Prof. Dr.Heinrich Magometschnigg, Mag. Dr. Christoph Augner

University Institute for Medical-Chemical Laboratory Diagnostics – Medical Microbiology Division
OA Dr. Markus Hell, Dr. Ilse Jekel

University Salzburg: Special subject area geoinformatics – Z_GIS

Technical University Munich: Institute for Preventive Paediatrics
Prof. Dr. med. Renate Oberhoffer

Inter-faculty Sports and Kinesiology Department of Paris-Lodron University Salzburg
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Erich Müller, Assoz. Prof. Dr. Thomas Stöggl

Christian Doppler Hospital – University Hospital of Paracelsus Medical Private University
Prim. Priv.-Doz. Dr. Reinhard Fartacek

University Hospital for Pneumology of Paracelsus Medical Private University
Prim. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Michael Studnicka

University Institute for Medical-Chemical Laboratory Diagnostics of Paracelsus Medical Private University
Prim. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Patsch, OA Dr. Janne Cadamuro

University Hospital for Internal Medicine III with haematology, internal oncology, haematostasiology, infectiology, rheumatology departments and oncology centre
Prim. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Richard Greil

University Hospital for Internal Medicine I of Paracelsus Medical Private University
Prim. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Bernhard Paulweber

Occupational health promotion

Step for step in a dynamic life!

As university institute for sports medicine, we would like to be a contact partner also for interested employees of the Salzburg university hospitals. On this ground, we have developed a concept to help interested SALK employees in three steps for healthy exercise.

Step 1: Sports-medicine health check

The sports medicine health check is offered during the entire year by the University Institute for Preventive and Rehabilitative Sports Medicine.

Appointment can be made through the Secretariat for Sports Medicine DW -4270.

Step 2: "Beginner's" running group

Coordination/course instructor: Mag. Bernhard Reich, DW -57306 (

Step 3: Running group for "advanced"

Coordination: Mag. Bernhard Reich
Kursleiter: BSc Christoph Schwarzl
DW -57306 (

All SALK employees can find further information about the occupational health promotion on the Intranet.

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