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Portrait Prof. Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann
Helmholtz Munich | ©Micha Pawlitzki Photography

Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann: A sought-after expert

Awards & Grants, IEM,

Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann was newly appointed to the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) by the German Federal Cabinet on December 21, 2022. Since the summer of 2022, she has also been a member of the „Environmental Public Health” commission of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI).

Traidl-Hoffmann, an environmental physician, represents the field of medicine on the nine-member WBGU panel to which she has been appointed. The WBGU produces scientific analyses, concepts, and solutions for global sustainability through independent and interdisciplinary work. The focus is on the dialogue with politics, society, and international organizations in order to make ways for a major transformation visible. Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann succeeds Sabine Gabrysch, who left the WBGU for health reasons. Sabine Gabrysch: “I have very much enjoyed working in this wonderfully interdisciplinary group of experts and I am incredibly sorry that I can no longer do so. Unfortunately, this happened before we completed our expert report on Planetary Health, which is very close to my heart. But I am glad that WBGU has been able to find a strong successor who combines health expertise with a planetary perspective.”

Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann was also appointed as a member of the “Environmental Public Health” commission of the RKI. The term of office is four years. The task of the commission is to advise the RKI and the Federal Environment Agency on current issues in the field of environment and health as well as environmental medicine. The commission consists of a multidisciplinary team of seventeen recognized experts from the field of public health science, environmental epidemiology and environmental medicine.

Medical scientist Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann is Director of the Institute of Environmental Medicine at Helmholtz Munich and holds the Chair of Environmental Medicine at the University of Augsburg. With her work, Traidl-Hoffmann seeks to understand which environmental factors make us ill and which protective factors from the environment keep us healthy. Her focus is on diseases that occur more frequently or show more severe symptoms due to the effects of climate change. The clinical focus is on chronic inflammatory diseases, such as allergies and atopic dermatitis. The overall goal of her work is the prevention and therapy of environmental diseases and the climate resilience of the healthcare system.