As reflected by the research orientation of its former chairmen and by the Nobel prize of Prof. Walter Hess,
the Institute of Physiology established strong foundations in neurophysiology. With the creation in 1962 of the Institute of Brain Research (Hirnforschungsinstitut), the Institute became progressively reoriented towards vegetative physiology. Professor Erwin Koller introduced the low-pressure chamber in 1984 for oxygen physiology research and this was complemented at the cellular and molecular levels and extended to kidney-related hormone systems, namely erythropoietin and renin-angiotensin with Prof. Christian Bauer?s appointment. Prof. Heini Murer?s appointment in 1980, established membrane transport physiology as one of the Institute?s major research strengths, with particular emphasis on kidney solute transport . Finally,
the focus on vegetative physiology was augmented in 1988 by Prof. Eric Berger who introduced the field of glycosylation physiology.
Prof. Dr. François Verrey
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