Iris Hovens


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Research interests

An estimated ten percent of the elderly surgical patients develops long-lasting postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD) , with serious consequences for their quality of life, dependency on social services and prognosis. In patientstudies and experimental studies in an animal model we investigate the underlying mechanisms, in particular the involvement of neuroinflammation, of surgery-induced impairment of specific brain regions and cognitive functions. Additionaly, we research potential (preventive) therapies for POCD. 


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