N°12 – Medizinische Universität Insbruck (IMU)

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Innsbruck Medical University hosts the largest university hospital in western Austria and is primarily involved in medical research, medical teaching and patient care. The Dept. of Physiology Innsbruck has a long history in renal and epithelial physiology producing several world experts in the field.


  • Key staff involved in the project (For more detailed information see Who-is-Who-Book)


Prof. Dr. Walter Pfaller is a specialist in renal physiology and had been working in the field for more than 40 years with over 100 peer reviewed publications. Prof. Pfallers interests include ischemia, organotypic cell culture and in vitro toxicology. He is a member of the American Society of Nephrology, the Nephrological Society, the editorial board of ALTEX and of the ECVAM Scientific advisory board – ESAC.




Priv Doz. Dr. Paul Jennings, born 1974 in Dublin Ireland. Graduated with a honours Bachelor of Science degree in 1996 from University College Dublin. PhD thesis was conducted under Prof. Michael P. Ryan at the Dept. of Pharmacology, Dublin, entitled "Novel approaches for in vitro nephrotoxicity testing". Graduated with PhD in 2001. Completed his habilitation in 2009 at the Physiology Dept. of the Innsbruck Medical University, entitled "Epithelial Cell Cultures as tools to study human disease and the adverse effects of pharmaceuticals and chemicals"
Currently working primarily investigating underlying mechanisms of chronic renal disease. Dr. Jennings is a principal investigator in the 7th Framework Project Predict-IV and the 6th Framework Project Carcinogenomics. Dr. Jennings is also the principal investigator in the Medizinische Forschungsförderung Innsbruck (MFI) funded project, "Investigation of immune mechanisms in uromodulin associated kidney disease".



Other persons involved:

Dr. Anja Wilmes, Post Doc In vitro toxicity, transcriptomics and proteomics
Mrs. Edna Nemati, Technician Electron Microscopy
Dr. Judith Lechner, Staff scientist, Inflammation and barrier function
Prof. Gerhard Gstraunthaler, Staff scientist,  Cell culture and acid base balance


Further information : http://physiologie.i-med.ac.at/jennings/