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Health care, teaching and research at the Institute of Pathology

When teaching students, pathology is an important, basic and cross-sectional subject in the training of human medicine and dentistry

In health care, modern pathology has a pilot function for determining the optimatherapeutic strategy, especially in personalised medicine. More than 75% of inpatient treatment strategies are based on an anatomical-pathological diagnosis. This is performed on specimen excisions, surgical specimens or cytological specimens with histological, immunhistological ,electron microscopic and more often also created with molecular pathological methods.

When teaching students, pathology is an important, basic and cross-sectional subject in the training of human medicine and dentistry. At the University of Regensburg, pathology is also an integral part of the degree programs of Molecular Medicine and Medical Informatics.

In research, Pathology is a bridge between basic research and clinical research. In vitro and in situ analyses as well as in animal models, scientific questions of the cellular mechanisms of disease development are analysed as well as questions on disease detection, disease differentiation, prediction and prognosis. The focus of our institute is the investigation of tumour diseases, regeneration and wound healing and graft-versus-host disease (GvHD).


Patient care

The Institute of Pathology offers comprehensive and high quality diagnostics for histological and immunohistological, cytological and immunocytological, molecular pathological, electron microscopic and autopsy problems.

Precision in diagnostics, timely delivery of findings and competent communication with clinical partners are our strengths.

In addition to the University Hospital of Regensburg, our diagnostic service also includes numerous clinics and established colleagues regionally and nationally.

Our methods in modern pathological diagnostics are always based on the highest scientific standard and are carried out according to the guidelines within the scope of an accredited quality management.


Research at the Institute of Pathology has been focused for a long time on tumour pathology. We even have our own research professorship for experimental tumour pathology. In addition, there is a focus on wound healing, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

Another area of ​​research is the investigation of the pathogenesis and the pathological diagnosis of graft-versus-host disease after allogeneic stem cell transplantation.

The projects are diverse in all areas and also deal with basic scientific and translational aspects. They also constantly affect the clinical areas. The investigations are carried out on human tissue samples, in cell cultures and in animal experiments, often simultaneously in a complementary approach.

Irrespective of its own focus, the institute, with its expertise in morphological and molecular tissue analysis, is pleased to be at the disposal of interested partners for scientific cooperation.

The entire methodological spectrum of histology and immunohistology is also carried out in an automated form by hand using standardized protocols. Experienced pathologists analyze the samples themselves or hire scientific staff from the cooperation partners.

Electron microscopy is also used . In research projects we work with standard diagnostic procedures as well as immuno-electron microscopic methods. We cooperate with research groups at the location as well as with national and international partners from the academy and industry in projects funded by third parties.

In molecular pathology, research projects are also generated that are predominantly application-oriented and address current issues. In particular, studies on colon and lung carcinoma focus, with the molecular pathology is also open to scientific issues of other tumor entities and collaborations.


Pathology translates as “The Doctrine of Suffering” or “Disease Theory”, which is an important basic and cross-sectional discipline in medical and dental education The systematic and nomenclature of disease entities as well as the basic mechanisms of disease development are taught in various further modules, closely linked to the clinical subjects, during the study of the most important special pathologies of the different organ systems on a macroscopic, histological and molecular level.

This is not only the training of students of human and dental medicine in the context of the regular curriculum, but also the care of Famulaturen or students in the practical year of medical studies, who are particularly interested in the pathology as a subject. In addition, the Institute of Pathology is involved in training in the study program ” Molecular Medicine ” and also gives students of other courses in the medical field (including medical informatics) insights into their work as pathologists.

Students from other universities, eg as participants in the ERASMUS program, are also always welcome and are well looked after in our friendly team.

Trainees and students of various nursing professions (eg aspiring surgical assistants) are also gladly acquainted with the tasks of pathology in the context of internships, just as regular students are allowed to complete their internships at the institute to become medical-technical assistants.

An insight into the histopathology and the possibility to train histo-pathological knowledge in quiz mode is provided by our free online microscope PATe with specific information texts for recognizing the disease entities.