Helmholtz Zentrum München is the German Research Center for Environmental Health. It investigates important common diseases which develop from the interaction of lifestyle, environmental factors and personal genetic background, focusing particularly on diabetes mellitus, allergies and chronic lung diseases.

Helmholtz Zentrum München is a research institution of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Free State of Bavaria. It is a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers.


What causes diseases? What impact do environmental factors and lifestyle have? At the Helmholtz Zentrum München, we aim to find answers to these questions. The knowledge we gain forms the foundations of tomorrow’s medicine – right through to personalized medicine. To this end, Helmholtz Zentrum München systematically promotes translation and value creation in order to deliver concrete benefits to society and to improve human health.

In order to be able to provide specific benefits for society …

  • we link the research areas of biomedicine and environmental research

  • we rely on excellent basic research, international experimental platforms, clinical cooperation groups and centers for translational medicine in cooperation with Munich’s universities and other leading national and international institutes

  • we attach special importance to promoting young, up-and-coming scientists and to personal development

  • we pursue a number of measures to promote equal opportunities for men and women

  • we make our scientific expertise available to political leaders, legislators and the public

  • we encourage scientific exchange and value creation and promote the commercial use of new technologies and application of results

  • Helmholtz Munich is part of Helmholtz Health. Together with five other Helmholtz centers, we develop solutions for a healthier society in a network of cutting-edge biomedical research that is unique in Europe. Our mission is to translate research results as quickly as possible into advances for our society, our healthcare system and the economy. In order to continuously expand the transfer portfolio, to further increase the speed of transfer and to make essential contributions more effectively, Helmholtz Health is jointly pursuing a seven-point charter across the centers.