About us

The Institute for Heart Research of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (IHR SAS) is an organization with history lasting more than 55 years. At present, the main interest of the Institute is the basic medical research in the area of cardiovascular system diseases. The aim of this research is the knowledge and understanding of regulatory mechanisms of heart functioning during serious civilization diseases on cellular, subcellular and molecular levels. Emphasis is placed on myocardial ischemia, hypoxia, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, heart injury during ionising radiation, inflammation, dislipidemia, cardiomyopathy as a result of tumor treatment and consequential heart complications. The primary objective of the Institute is the study of protective mechanisms and adaptation of cardiovascular system to acute and chronic pathological impulses. Within their scope, mechanisms of ischemic preconditioning and intracellular signalling, properties and function of membrane transport systems, the role of connexin channels during heart arrhythmias and new mechanisms of some selected cardioprotective drugs are studied. These themes are solved within grant projects at the Institute, within extensive cooperation with other Institutes of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, national universities and international scientific Institutes as well.

Since 2010, the Institute is one of the cooperative organizations of EU Structural Funds „Center of Excellence for Glycomics“. Chemical Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences is the co-ordinator of the project.

As to the methodological and personal representation, the Institute has a multidisciplinary character. Methods of physiology, biochemistry, light and electron microscopy and molecular biology used at the Institute allow to solve scientific issues on a complex level – from the molecular level to the level of integrated organism.

In 1991, the Slovak League for Prevention and Treatment of Cardiovascular Diseases – Heart to Heart has been established at the Institute. At present, it is very active in contributing to popularization of the results of the Institute and prevention of cardiovascular diseases in Slovakia. The activities of the League are supported and made public also by the European Cardiovascular Society, the European Heart Network and the World heart Federation.

In 1993, the Slovak Histochemical Society has been established at the Institute. It regularly organizes and co-organizes international scientific meetings in the area of morphology and histochemistry.

Since 2010, the Institute is one of the cooperative organizations of EU Structural Funds Center of Excellence for Glycomics. Chemical Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences is the co-ordinator of the project.

As to the methodological and personal representation, the Institute has a multidisciplinary character. Methods of physiology, biochemistry, light and electron microscopy and molecular biology used at the Institute allow to solve scientific issues on a complex level – from the molecular level to the level of integrated organism.

In 1991, the Slovak League for Prevention and Treatment of Cardiovascular Diseases – Heart to Heart has been established at the Institute. At present, it is very active in contributing to popularization of the results of the Institute and prevention of cardiovascular diseases in Slovakia. The activities of the League are supported and made public also by the European Cardiovascular Society, the European Heart Network and the World heart Federation.

In 1993, the Slovak Histochemical Society has been established at the Institute. It regularly organizes and co-organizes international scientific meetings in the area of morphology and histochemistry.