Welcome to the Institute for Biomedical Aging Research

Worldwide, the segment of the population aged 60 or over is increasing rapidly. In the year 2006, in Austria, more than one-fifth of our population has been over 60 years of age. In 2030 this segment will amount to one third. These senior citizens will place an enormous personal and socioeconomic burden on their families and on our society unless we act quickly to develop better prevention and treatment programs for many of the physical and mental ailments associated with old age.

The goal of biomedical research on aging is to help people grow old with dignity and in good health.

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University of Innsbruck
Institute for Biomedical Aging Research
Rennweg 10
A-6020 Innsbruck

Phone: +43 512 507 50801
E-Mail:  iba@uibk.ac.at
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Birgit Weinberger



Open Positions

Students and Teaching

Research Groups

Bir­git Wein­ber­ger

Immunosenescence and Vaccination

Age-associated changes in the immune system (immunosenescence) contribute to increased incidence and severity of infections and decreased immunogenicity and clinical efficacy of many currently used vaccines in older adults. We investigate how T cells change with age and study the immune responses after vaccination with licensed vaccines to develop improved vaccination strategies.

Emma­nuel Derud­der

Humoral Immunity

B lymphocytes are central players in adaptive immunity and the sole producers of antibodies. While efficient B cell development and responses occur in young organisms, aging causes a decline in production and remodeling of functionality. We are investigating the regulatory mechanisms permitting optimal gene expression during the B cell life cycle to shed light on B cell aging.

Pid­der Jan­sen-Dürr/ Maria Cavi­nato

Cellular Senescence in Aging and Disease

We investigate the molecular mechanisms of cellular senescence in various human cell types. This includes the role of mitochondrial proteins in senescence, age-associated metabolic dysregulation, and the impact of FAHD1 on healthy aging. 
In addition, we explore the relationship between cellular senescence and age-related diseases, emphasizing intercellular communication in aging and disease.

Alex­an­der Weiss

Mitochondrial Metabolism and Cellular Senescence

Research interest in mitochondrial metabolism and cellular senescence aims to uncover the intricate interplay between these two processes, exploring how dysfunctional mitochondria contribute to cellular aging and senescence, and identifying potential interventions to mitigate age-related decline and diseases.

Wer­ner Zwerschke

Cell Metabolism and Differentiation Research

The major research goals of the Zwerschke-Group are to better understand the importance of adipose tissue in obesity and aging. Moreover, we study nutritional anti-aging interventions.

Mar­tin Wid­schwend­ter

European Translational Oncology Prevention & Screening (EUTOPS)

Our vision is to integrate cutting-edge research in systems biology and oncology to enable real-world implementation of the concepts of P4 medicine (predictive, preventive, personalised and participatory). The EUTOPS Institute is ideally placed for collaborative research in the heart of Europe.

News and Events

Looking for blood donors

We're looking for blood donors for our biomedical research.
It takes about 15 minutes and youre making a valuable contribution to research in the field of immunology.
Should you be interested and between 18 and 99 years old, please contact us for more information or to make an appointment.

E-Mail: Michael.Keller@uibk.ac.atPhone: +43 512 507 50812

Celebrating the new head of the institute

At March 1st, 2024 Univ.-Doz. Dr. Pidder Jansen-Dürr is giving the tasks as the head of the insitute to Univ.-Prof. Dr. Birgit Weinberger. This was celebrated at the institute.

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