The University for Continuing Education Krems with its Faculty of Health and Medicine offers an integrated and structured PhD program incorporating taught and research elements to provide high-level training in theoretical and practical aspects of regenerative medicine.

Combined with an expertise that ranges from basics in regenerative medicine to extracorporeal therapies and from stem cells to bone and cartilage regeneration, we offer a strong interdisciplinary research environment to support the development of our students towards independent researchers and scientists.

The PhD program Regenerative Medicine includes the following topics:


  • Methods of organ support and extracorporeal blood purification
  • Pathophysiology of sepsis and investigating inflammatory mechanisms
  • Interaction of blood and/or tissue with biomaterials
  • Regeneration of articular surfaces (cartilage transplants, therapy with growth factors, implanting mesenchymal stem cells)
  • Immune regulatory mechanisms of mesenchymal stem cells
  • Tissue and organ replacement/regeneration using stem cells
  • Neuro-rehabilitation
  • Geriatric rehabilitation and nursing science

Regenerative Medicine - PhD

Research in the field of regenerative medicine at Danube University Krems focuses on two areas: organ support by means of extracorporeal methods, and developing and improving therapies for orthopedic problems in the musculoskeletal system. This research involves examining biomaterials with respect to their biocompatibility and cell-matrix interactions.

Module 1: Methodology


Scientific Work and Good Scientific Practice

Ethics in Science

Scientific Presentations and Publications

Medical Biostatistics and Mathematics

Project Management

Study Design

Translation: From Theory to Clinical Application

Module 2: Biomedical Remedial Course


Cell Biology

Molecular Biology, Signal Transduction


Module 3: Regenerative Sciences: Principles and Methods


Principles of Regenerative Medicine

Principles of Tissue Engineering

Biology of Stem Cells and Cell-Based Therapy

Inflammation and Sepsis

Inherited and Acquired Immunity

Flow Cytometry and Imaging (Microscopy, SEM, AFM, LSM etc.)

Cell Culture Models in Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering

Module 4: Biomaterials


Biomaterials: Overview and Chemistry


Polymer Materials in Blood Purification

Blood/Material Interaction

Module 5: Advanced Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering


Liver: Regeneration and Support

Degeneration and Regeneration of the Nervous System

Cartilage Regeneration

Applied Cell Therapy

Module 6: Journal Club and Degree Candidates Seminar


Journal Club

Doctoral Degree Candidates Seminar


All students are involved in collaborative research projects providing cross-disciplinary experience. Each student is assigned a primary and secondary supervisor with appropriate independent expertise in the project area. The progress is monitored by a PhD Committee that includes the two supervisors and at least one additional senior scientist, who meet to provide feedback on regular written and oral presentations.

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