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Andrea Olschewski CV



andrea2.jpgAndrea Olschewski, Univ. Prof. Dr.

Professor of Experimental Anaesthesiology

Dean for Doctoral Studies at the MedicalUniversity of Graz




Personal data:


Date of birth:          October 5, 1966

Place of birth:         Debrecen, Hungary

Nationality:              German

University education

1986-1992             Study of Medicine, MD, University of Debrecen, Ungarn

1999                      PhD thesis in Neurophysiology, University of Giessen, Germany


Professional experiences

1993-1999             Resident, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Giessen, Germany

1999                      Board certification in Anesthesiology

1999-2005             Senior physician, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Giessen

2000-2002             Postdoctoral Fellow of the German Research Foundation (DFG) at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA

2002                      Habilitation in Anesthesiology

2002-2005             Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Giessen, Germany

2002-2005             Deputy Director for academic affairs, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Giessen, Germany

2005                      Board certification in Pain Therapy

2006-present         Full Professor of Experimental Anesthesiology, Medical University of Graz, Austria

2010-present         Director, Ludwig-Boltzmann Institute for Lung Vascular Research, Graz


Externally funded national and international projects (2006-2011): German Research Foundation (DFG), European Union 6th Framework; Austrian National Bank (OenB); Ludwig Boltzmann Society

Career-related activities

2007-present         Member of Scientific Advisory Board of the von Behring-Röntgen-Foundation

2008-present         Dean for Doctoral Studies, Medical University of Graz, Austria


Invited referee for > 20 scientific journals and > 10 funding organizations

Honors and Awards

1999                      Fresenius Award of the German Society of Anesthesiologists

2000                      Fellowship of the German Research Foundation (DFG)

2001                      Cournand and Comroe Young Investigator Prize of the American Heart Association

2002                      Research Award of the JustusLiebigUniversity of Giessen

2006                      Research Award of the Austrian Society of Pneumology

2007                      Galenus von Pergamon Prize

2009                      Manfred Specker Medaille Award of the German Society of Anesthesiologists for Mentoring

Selection of publications

Olschewski A. 2011. Blocking potassium channels: a new principle for treating restenosis? Cardiovasc Res 89(2):255-7

Olschewski A. 2010. Targeting TASK-1 channels as a therapeutic approach. Adv Exp Med Biol 661:459-73

Auer-Grumbach M, Olschewski A, Papić L, Kremer H, McEntagart ME, Uhrig S, Fischer C, Fröhlich E, Bálint Z, Tang B, Strohmaier H, Lochmüller H, Schlotter-Weigel B, Senderek J, Krebs A, Dick KJ, Petty R, Longman C, Anderson NE, Padberg GW, Schelhaas HJ, van Ravenswaaij-Arts CM, Pieber TR, Crosby AH, Guelly C. 2010. Alterations in the ankyrin domain of TRPV4 cause congenital distal SMA, scapuloperoneal SMA and HMSN2C. Nature Genet 42: 160-164.

Tang B, Li Y, Nagaraj C, Morty RE, Gabor S, Stacher E, Voswinckel R, Weissmann N, Leithner K, Olschewski H, Olschewski A. 2009. Endothelin-1 inhibits background two-pore domain channel task-1 in primary human pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol 41: 476-483.

Weissmann N, Dietrich A, Fuchs B, Kalwa H, Ay M, Dumitrascu R, Olschewski A, Mederos y Schnitzler M, Ghofrani HA, Schermuly RT, Pinkenburg O, Seeger W, Grimminger F, Gudermann F. 2007. Classical transient receptor potential channel 6 (TRPC6) is essential for hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction and alveolar gas exchange. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A (PNAS) 103: 19093-19098.

Weir EK, Olschewski A. 2006. Role of ion channels in acute and chronic response of pulmonary vasculature to hypoxia. Cardiovasc Res 71: 630-641.

Hong Z, Hong F, Olschewski A, Cabrera JA, Varghese A, Nelson D, Weir EK. 2006. Role of store-operated calcium channels and calcium sensitization in normoxic contraction of the ductus arteriosus. Circulation 114: 1372-1379.

Olschewski A, Li Y, Tang B, Hänze J, Eul B, Bohle RM, Wilhelm J, Morty R, Brau ME, Weir EK, Kwapiszewska G, Klepetko W, Seeger W, Olschewski H. 2006. Impact of TASK-1 in human pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells. Circ Res 98: 1072-1080.

Olschewski A, Hong Z, Peterson DA, Nelson DP, Porter VA, Weir EK. 2004. Opposite effects of redox status on membrane potential, cytosolic calcium and tone in pulmonary arteries and ductus arteriosus. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol 286:L15-22

Hong Z, Weir EK, Nelson DP, Olschewski A. 2004. Sub-acute hypoxia decreases Kv channel expression and function in pulmonary artery myocytes. Am J Resp Cell Mol Biol  31:1-7 

Olschewski A, Hempelmann G, Vogel W, Safronov B. 1998. Blockade of Na+ and K+ currents by local anesthetics in the dorsal horn neurons of the spinal cord Anesthesiology 88:172-180

Olschewski A, Bräu ME, Olschewski H, Hempelmann G, Vogel W. 1996. ATP-dependent potassium channel in rat cardiomyocytes is blocked by lidocaine. – Possible impact on the antiarrhythmic action of lidocaine Circulation 93:656-659