Centre on Clinical Stroke Research

R&D Centre

VASCage is a new and unique R&D Centre on Vascular Ageing and Clinical Stroke Research.

Science meets industry

We combine the international expertise of top scientists and leading research companies.

Our vision

is to extend the healthy lifespan in the ageing community by promoting vascular health.

Our strengths

  • outstanding clinical and epidemiological expertise
  • the alliance with several large hospitals
  • broad access to patients
  • an own clinical trial platform

Our shareholders

  • Medical University of Innsbruck
  • University of Innsbruck


  • ambitious prevention programs
  • improving diagnosis, therapy and rehabilitation
  • enabling better coping with the effects of stroke

News & Events

PhD student Sophia Mair wins prestigious DOC fellowship  – a strong boost for her scientific career. Currently she is conducting her VASCage research in Canada.

VASCage PhD student Sophia Mair is awarded a Doctoral Fellowship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (DOC) that now further supports her research for the next two years. In her research, she is looking for new ways to treat calcifying aortic valve disease. More specifically, she wants to find the trigger that causes heart valve cells to turn into bone-forming cells. This inflammatory process leads to calcification of the aortic valves and, without surgical treatment, eventually to death. Sophia Mair's research is supervised by Dr Can Gollmann-Tepeköylü and Prof Johannes Holfeld at the Medical University of Innsbruck.

VASCage project ACTpatient: Mild stroke – difficult life afterwards

Surprising results are delivered by a scientific pilot project, which was carried out by stroke patients themselves: What the medical classification only defines as a "light" stroke is perceived by many patients as a quite severe limitation in their daily life.

As part of the VASCage research project ACTpatient, stroke patients and their relatives designed questionnaires on the topics of aftercare and clinical research. They then provided these to 75 other patients. These were people who had suffered a stroke a year ago and whose condition was assessed as good, i.e. only slightly limited, according to the usual medical classification. The results of the survey are now available. They show that many of those affected and their families feel a heavy burden.