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Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences carries out translational and clinical research into selected areas of health studies and human medicine. Our internationally competitive research focuses on the innovative field of biomedical engineering, water quality, psychology, psychodynamics and a wide range of clinical topics.

As part of a wider research community based at Campus Krems, and of a network comprising hospitals in St. Pölten, Krems and Tulln, the University targets joint research projects and links with academic and business partners in Austria and abroad. Karl Landsteiner University aims to generate third-party funding from domestic and international projects, EU programmes, and through its involvement in innovative research collaborations with industry partners in selected areas of health science.

Key research areas

As part of a groundbreaking, holistic approach which sees health as the cornerstone of physical, mental and spiritual well-being, we focus on niche areas in science and research that have a decisive impact on health policy.

Research Area Biomechanics

Biomechanics is an interdisciplinary science which is linked to anatomy, physiology, motion analysis, sports science, rehabilitation and orthopedic biomechanics. The focus at the KL is mainly on the investigation of musculoskeletal diseases and injuries of the musculoskeletal system (for example osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, fracture treatment)

Research Area Water Quality and Health (WQ&H)

WQ&H focuses on the development, evaluation and application of future-oriented procedures for the analysis of health-related microbiological water quality. Research has a focus on water quality in the Central European Danube Region, but methods and findings can be applied to relevant clinical systems (e.g., dialysis waters, water in the clinical area).

Research Area Clinical Research

Psyche & Nervous System

A strength in the field of clinical research lies in neurological and neurosurgical areas. The extensive surgical and medical expertise as well as the outstanding facilities for psychiatry and the stroke unit form the basis.

Oncological Medicine

The vast amount of clinical data (oncological information system) and endeavors in the areas of basic research, clinical studies and palliative medicine create a high level of competence for students, clinicians and patients.

Research Area Psychology

In addition to medicine, psychology is an important aspect of human health. Modification of experience, decision-making and behavior is examined in different aspects at KL. The importance of cognitive, emotional and social competencies is explored to improve the diagnosis and treatment of various mental disorders. Moreover, there are direct links to the research of psychodynamic psychotherapeutic sciences at KL.

Departments and Divisions

At the KL there are currently five departments conducting cross-disciplinary research into health-related niche fields of medicine and health sciences.


  1. 21 Jun

    Lunchtime Seminar Series: TBA

    21. June 2023, 12:00 - 13:00
    Karl Landsteiner Privatuniversität, TBA
  2. 04 Jul

    The Mirage of Biosocial Complexity: Critique and Collaboration Around the Tools of Epigenetics

    04. July 2023, 17:00
    Vienna BioCenter, IMBA lecture hall, Dr.-Bohr-Gasse 3, 1030 Vienna. (It will be possible to participate online.)
  3. 05 Jun

    Queer Movie Night

    05. June 2023, 18:00 - 22:00
    Kino im Kesselhaus