Recent Publications

Our Division members’ research is frequently accepted for inclusion in the most prestigious peer-reviewed scientific journals. Below you will find the most recent publications. Abstracts are updated daily.

Schwann cells are essential for peripheral nerve regeneration but, over short distances in acellular nerve grafts, extracellular matrix (ECM) molecules can support growth. The ECM molecules are present also on denervated muscle surfaces where they can support nerve growth. In this study, we addressed the efficacy of the ECM molecules of denervated muscle to support nerve fiber regeneration and muscle reinnervation. In the hindlimb of Sprague-Dawley rats, the proximal stump of the transected...
Aim: The Austrian Competence Level Catalogue for Medical Skills clearly states the importance of teaching communicative and social competence in the different subject areas of undergraduate medical and dental education. This paper aims to present an overview of the academic courses at the Medical University of Innsbruck that explicitly address the promotion of communication and social skills in medical students. Method: This paper focuses on educators' descriptions of how communicating with...
CONCLUSIONS: Psychosocial outcomes are not improved with contralateral prophylactic mastectomy in women with unilateral breast cancer. Our data may inform women considering contralateral prophylactic mastectomy.
CONCLUSION: The validated bloodstream infection screening tool in patients with acute burn injury has excellent predictive ability to assist in the identification of patients for whom blood cultures should be requested.
CONCLUSIONS: The decision-making experiences of youth with brachial plexus birth injury illustrate the complexity of paediatric preference-sensitive decisions and the significance of social and emotional factors on these shared decisions.
The aim of this multicentre retrospective cohort study was to describe and categorize the types of ocular and adnexal anomalies seen in patients with craniofacial microsomia (CFM) and to determine their prevalence. In addition, the relationship between the OMENS-Plus and Pruzansky-Kaban classification for each patient and the presence of ocular anomalies was investigated. A total of 881 patients with CFM from four different craniofacial centres were included. Data on ocular anomalies were...
CONCLUSIONS: In the setting of avulsion of 1 upper-trunk root, nerve reconstruction by grafting of the upper trunk from the other upper-trunk root provides improved movement, high Active Movement Scale scores, and satisfactory function according to the Brachial Plexus Outcome Measure. These data provide support for a strategy that ensures the entire upper trunk is adequately reconstructed in the setting of upper-trunk lesions.