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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: infoGwd9∂ibt kit edu

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Workshop "Integrated Heart Model"


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].



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.

Gordon Research Seminar 2019
Gordon Research Conference 2019

Three members of the IBT (Luca Azzolin, Axel Loewe, Giorgio Luongo) participated in the Gordon Research Seminar and Conference on Cardiac Arrhythmia Mechanisms in Lucca (Barga), Italy. They contributed with poster each and discussed their research with other leading experts in various fields connected with heart rhythm disorders: from computational modellers to electrophysiologists and experimentalists. It was a unique opportunity to listen to cutting-edge talks given by outstanding scientists reporting unpublished discoveries. Our member Luca Azzolin had the honour of winning one of the Deutsche Herzstiftung travel grants for his abstract and Axel Loewe co-chaired the Gordon Research Seminar together with Mathilde Rivaud from the Amsterdam Medical Center.

Girls’ Day 2019 am IBT
Girls’ Day 2019 at the IBT

On the 27th of April 2019, the Girls’ Day took place and the IBT was pleased to introduce the world of Medical Technologie to the visiting girls. 20 girls signed up for our workshop on „Technology in the Hospital - visualizing heart and lung activities“. Content was the Electrical Impedance Tomography, Photoplethysmography and the Electrocardiography. The short introduction into the methods and the following experiments created a diverse and exciting time for the girls and the presenters. The active participation and the experiments made it a great and funny event. We’d like to thank the organizers, supporters, participants and we are looking forward to the next Girls’ Day 2020!

IBT presents at SPIE Photonic West 2019

At the international conference SPIE Photonic West in San Francisco, CA, USA Andreas Wachter presents his currents results. The paper "Development of a real-time virtual reality environment for visualization of fully digital microscope datasets” was presented during the poster session.

Biophysical Society Meeting
IBT presents at Biophysical Society Meeting

Recent IBT research was presented at the 63rd Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society in Baltimore, MD, USA. Die work "Sinus Bradycardia Due to Electrolyte Changes as a Potential Pathomechanism of Sudden Cardiac Death in Hemodialysis Patients“ was featured with an Early Career Scientist Travel Award and well received in the poster session.

IBT represented at Honorable Reception of the President

Axel Loewe was credited during the Honorable Reception of the KIT president for his success in the Gips-Schüle junior scientist award. Around 80 invited guests experienced a 3 hour program together with a gala dinner in the casino of KIT campus north. Besides the presentation of the KIT doctoral prizes, those KIT members who won important prizes and grants were honored.