List of Publications

Materials for students in English (Lecture Notes):
-Heart and Circulation
-Renal Pathophysiology
-Nutrition and Digestion
-Hepatic Pathophysiology
-Bone Metabolism
-Pathophysiology of Muscle

Materials for students in German (Skripten):
-Herz und Kreislauf
-Pathophysiologie d. Niere
-Ernährung & Verdauung

Arno Helmberg

Biocenter, Division of Molecular Pathophysiology,
Medical University of Innsbruck,
Innrain 80,
A-6020 Innsbruck

Speech at Graduation Ceremony 2014 (pdf, in German)

Image Arno Helmberg

Helmberg Family Homepage


I enjoy teaching, and I enjoy writing, so I combined the two in writing lecture notes in German and in English.
In addition, I wrote a textbook chapter on the mechanisms of carcinogenesis, Maligne Neoplasien, in the German textbook Pathophysiologie. Below is a link to for this book:

link to textbook "Pathophysiologie" at



I was born in Innsbruck, Austria in 1961, but grew up and attendend primary school in the Netherlands. Back in Austria, I completed secondary and high school, then enrolled at the School of Medicine of the Leopold-Franzens-University at Innsbruck in 1980, graduating MD in 1986.

I am married to a physician. We have three children.

I speak German, English, some Dutch and a little Italian.


1987 – 1992:
Post-doctoral Fellow ("Assistent") at the Department of General and Experimental Pathology, School of Medicine, University of Innsbruck (Chair: Prof. Dr. Georg Wick), from 1988 in the Department of Molecular Biology (Head: Prof. Dr. Reinhard Kofler).

"Habilitation" as "Dozent" in General and Experimental Pathology. Title of the habilitation thesis: A contribution to understanding the molecular basis of congenital adrenal hyperplasia: novel gene defects of steroid-21- and steroid-11-beta-hydroxylase.

1992 – 1994:
Visiting Scientist at the Department of Pharmacology, University of California, San Diego (UCSD) with Prof. Dr. Michael Karin. Main interest: Oncology.

1995 – 1996:
Residency ("Gegenfach") in Internal Medicine (mandatory for Board certification).

Board certification in Pathophysiology.

1995 - present:
Associate Professor at the Department of Pathophysiology, School of Medicine, University of Innsbruck. In 2004, Austria separated the medical branches from its Universities and established Medical Universities. Therefore, I am now at the Biocenter, Division of Molecular Pathophysiology, Medical University of Innsbruck.

2004 - 2015:
Vice Director of the Division of Molecular Pathophysiology, Medical University of Innsbruck.

2015 - 2020:
Acting Director of the Institute of Pathophysiology, Medical University of Innsbruck.



BIOCHEMIE-Award (BIOCHEMIE/ Novartis; University of Innsbruck)

Marius Tausk Award (German Society for Endocrinology)

Preis der Landeshauptstadt Innsbruck (City of Innsbruck Award)



2011 - 2015:
Vice Chair of Academic Senate, Medical University of Innsbruck


Last modified: 04.12.2020