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Head of Institute:
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Olaf Dössel 
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Werner Nahm

Postal address:
Kaiserstr. 12
76131 Karlsruhe

Visitor / Delivery address:
Building 30.33
Fritz-Haber-Weg 1
76131 Karlsruhe

Fon: +49 721 608-42650
Fax: +49 721 608-42789
E-Mail: infoTwf9∂ibt kit edu

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Engineering for Health

Welcome to the web page of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBT) at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). For more than 50 years we have been active in research and teaching in the field of biomedical engineering.

In interdisciplinary projects together with medical doctors and medical industry, we investigate new technical systems that help to diagnose diseases earlier and more accurately as well as systems that make therapies more successful.

The main focus of the research program of Prof. Dr. Olaf Dössel is the analysis of biosignals from the heart (ECG and electrograms), the imaging of electrophysiological sources in the heart (ECG imaging). Moreover, we are working on impedance tomography for lung perfusion and hypothermia in stroke patients [more].

The area of research of Prof. Dr. Werner Nahm's group is optical systems in medicine and life sciences. Current projects are focussing on surgical visualization and optical diagnosis [more].

The group of Dr. Axel Loewe develops computational models of the heart and applies them to cardiological problems. We focus on cardiac electrophysiology and elastomechanics to contribute to answer clinical questions such as the genesis of e.g. cardiac arrhythmias and appropriate treatment strategies [more].



International Conference on Computational and Mathematical Biomedical Engineering
International Conference on Computational and Mathematical Biomedical Engineering

The conference took place in June in Sendai City, Japan. The Cardiac Modeling Group of IBT presented their work "The Inverse Problem of Cardiac Mechanics Estimation of Cardiac Active Stress from Endocardial Motion Tracking“ as an invited talk in the minisymposium „Mathematical and Numerical Modeling of the Heart Function“.

First German Conference on Research Software Engineering

From June 4-6, the first German Conference on Research Software Engineering took place on Telegraphenberg in Potsdam. The IBT-coordinated SuLMaSS project presented a poster and was signifanctly involved in the organization of the workshop "Challenges for the sustainable development, provision, and maintenance of research software in Germany". Many of the projects that were funded in the scope of the DFG call "Sustainable Research Software" were present and discussed lively during three hours in a "World Café". The results of the workshop will serve as the basis for a whitepaper that will be developed during a DFG round table in autumn. If you are interested in contributing, please get in touch with Axel Loewe.

Collaborative Research Centre „Wave phenomena“ extended

The grant committee of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) decided to extend the funding for the collaborative research centre 1173 „wave phenomena: analysis and numerics“ for 4 more years. Together with our mathematics partners, we work on project B7 "Dynamics of electro-cardiac depolarization waves“. An new aspect to be tackled during the second funding period starting in July will be the coupling of the heart’s natural pacemaker, the sinus node, with the surrounding cardiac tissue.

First MY-ATRIA newsletter

The first newsletter of MY-ATRIA consortium, “Introducing MY-ATRIA”, has been issued. This is a presentation of the project, the beneficiaries, partners, and the PhDs involved in it.  It also describes the introductory event held in Milan in October 2018, and some interesting facts about Marie Curie.
Soon there will be the second newsletter about the winter school held in Lund in January 2019. For the moment, it is possible to enjoy a video about it.

DGK 2019 Mannheim
Annual DGK congress in Mannheim

The PhD students Laura Unger and Mark Nothstein from the IBT participated in the annual congress of the German Society for Cardiology (DGK) in Mannheim together with Prof. Olaf Dössel. The pronounced clinical focus of the congress presented a perfect opportunity to gain insight into the open questions and problems of clinicians. While Laura Unger attended several project meetings as part of the congress Mark Nothstein represented the association project (KIT, Universitäts-Herzzentrum Freiburg / Bad Krozingen, Städtisches Klinikum Karlsruhe) with a poster presentation giving him the chance to discuss his approach towards quantifying pathological substrate with the clinical experts in the field. His contribution was selected to be published as an interview on the online platform “esanum”.

Workshop Herzmodellierung 2019
Workshop on cardiac modeling

Coupling relevant physiological aspects of cardiac modeling in the right way – that was the subject of a three-day workshop. About 50 scientists from various teams from different European countries met from April 15th to April 17th in Bad Herrenalb. The workshop was partly organized by the IBT. Among others, invited speakers gave insight to the current state and the developments of their research. Besides, there of course was enough room for discussions and exchange.