The Department of Physiology at Amsterdam UMC (location VUmc) studies (patho)mechanisms of the cardiovascular system. We are particularly interested in molecular mechanisms that control (loss of) function in the heart, the microcirculation and muscle. Our research projects focus on diastolic heart failure, inherited (cardio)myopathies, strategies to improve tissue reperfusion and prevent vascular dysfunction in various clinical pathologies (such as diabetes and Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension). The majority of our research projects is performed together with investigators from other (clinical) departments, and is embedded in the Amsterdam Cardiovascular Sciences, one the Research Institutes within Amsterdam UMC.


Within Amsterdam UMC, our main education tasks are linked to the bachelor program of the Faculty of Medicine, where we give lectures in many different courses and organize a large series of practicals. In addition, we are heavily involved in the Cardiovascular Sciences track of the Master Biomedical Sciences, which is organized by Amsterdam UMC together with the University of Amsterdam. At the VU (Vrije Universiteit)-campus, we coordinate several cardiovascular and medical physiology courses for the Faculty of Sciences (Beta). Finally, our department provides (patho)physiology courses with lectures and practicals for students of the Amsterdam University College (AUC).