In the department of Anatomy & Embryology several applied anatomical research topics are investigated in collaboration with clinical departments, and are aimed at answering specific morphological questions with respect to diagnosis or therapy (Arno Lataster, Andreas Herrler).
In addition, several fundamental research topics are under study, including the role of nutrition in postnatal development and the maturation and function of the gut; the influence of macronutrient composition on liver steatosis; and the role of arginine metabolism in vascular relaxation (Leo Köhler).
Within the research program on the epidemiology of musculoskeletal disorders of the research school CAPHRI and the Centre of Evidence Based Physiotherapy (CEBP), one focus lies on the anatomical validation of modern imaging techniques (ultrasound, DT-MRI) (Judith Sieben).
In collaboration with the department of Anesthesiology, functional implications of the 3-D structure and histological morphology of the cervical nervous system are investigated (Thomas Verlinden).
Placental development in cases of preterm birth caused by chorioamnionitis or preeclampsia is analyzed, in collaboration with the department of Pediatrics. The focus lies on aspects of villous maturation, immunological competency and vascular development (Ulrike von Rango).
Recently, a new research line was started, with currently three PhD students, aimed at the 3-D reconstruction of human embryos. Major focus points are the development of the intestines, the kidneys, the diaphragm, the abdominal wall and the pelvic floor (Leo Köhler, Wout Lamers).
Students can apply for internships (e.g. major, junior, senior, WESP) in the department (Leo Köhler) to gain scientific experience through participation in these research projects.