Ass.-Prof. Marietta Zille, PhD

Ass.-Prof. Marietta Zille, PhD


Research

Cerebrovascular diseases, such as stroke, brain hemorrhage, and dementia, are the leading causes of death and disability and present an enormous socioeconomic burden worldwide. Current estimates predict that their prevalence will further increase as 25 % of the population will be over 65 years of age by 2030.

Current explicative models of these diseases account for signs and symptoms that are already present in affected patients. However, we now know that these diseases are life-spanning processes that start silently at least 20 to 30 years before symptoms are perceived. It is therefore difficult to identify real cause from mere consequences.

Our research group aims to identify the underlying etiology of cerebrovascular disease and brain aging in addition to studying its pathophysiology in order to identify novel targets and to develop innovative therapies for prevention, cytoprotection, regeneration, and recovery of motor and cognitive function that are limited in patients suffering from these devastating diseases.

Publications