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Medizinische Universität Graz

Univ.-Prof.in Dr.in med.univ. Andrea Olschewski

Andrea OLSCHEWSKI is an anesthesiologist and electrophysiologist with a major interest in the regulation of the pulmonary circulation. She has described a novel ion channel – TASK-1 – that is responsible for the regulation of pulmonary vascular tone in human pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells as well as how this channel is regulated by vasoactive and pro-inflammatory agents. To elucidate the inflammatory alterations of the pulmonary vessels and their role in the development of the disease she uses both human tissue bank material and animal models. At present she aims to uncover and characterize novel inflammatory pathways that are the basis of pulmonary hypertension and to identify distinct targets for a reverse-remodeling approach of the diseased vasculature. Andrea Olschewski is Director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Lung Vascular Research (http://lvr.lbg.ac.at/team/administration-coordination)

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