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Allergic Disease Epidemiology

We investigate the longitudinal development of common chronic diseases, focusing on allergic diseases, such as asthma, allergic rhinitis and atopic dermatitis. In this context, we examine the roles of environmental and life-style factors, genetic markers, and metabolic processes.

We investigate the longitudinal development of common chronic diseases, focusing on allergic diseases, such as asthma, allergic rhinitis and atopic dermatitis. In this context, we examine the roles of environmental and life-style factors, genetic markers, and metabolic processes.

About our Research

The research group Allergic Disease Epidemiology aims to investigate how our environment and life-style play a role in the onset and progression of common chronic health problems, with a focus on allergic diseases.

We apply epidemiological statistical modelling techniques to understand the complex interplay of environmental and life-style factors with metabolic and immunological processes, and further, to determine whether their associations with chronic diseases are caused or modified by genetic variants.

The group uses data from questionnaires and biosamples collected in two ongoing birth cohort studies (GINIplus and LISA). These data, covering the period from birth to young adulthood, can be combined with information collected in the adult KORA study, allowing for a life-course approach.

People at Allergic Disease Epidemiology

Dr. Marie Standl

Head of Research Group 'Allergic Disease Epidemiology', Head (ad interim) of Research Group 'Lung Epidemiology', Statistician View profile

Lika Palabiyik

Study Nurse

Ines Trentinaglia

Data Manager

Sarah Wagner

PhD Student

Lisa Maier

PhD Student

Carla Harris

Research Fellow

Maike Ferland

B.Sc., Data Manager

Birgit Schmuck

Study Doctor

Elke Luxenburger

Technician

Megi Vogli

Research Fellow

Mingming Wang

PhD Student

Dr. Elisabeth Thiering

Postdoc, Statistician

Sonja Braun

Doctoral Student

Claudia Zeller

Technical Assistant

Our Projects

Funded by ERC starting grant | 2021-2026

ALLERGENE

The aim of ALLERGENE is to understand the complex interplay of genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors, and to identify involved mechanisms that distinguish between young adults free of allergic diseases and those suffering from allergic multimorbidity. 

Funded by BMBF | 2021-2024

ABROGATE

ABROGATE aims to develop novel diagnostic and therapeutic approaches of food allergies.  At Helmholtz Munich, the role of genetics and epigenetics as well as the influence of lifestyle factors on the development of food allergy are being investigated in large epidemiological cohort studies.

Funded by DFG | 2021-2024

STAMCARH

The project aims to understand whether early-life risk factors determine the levels of steroid hormones (both adrenal and gonadal) in adolescence, and how these hormones in turn relate to metabolism and cardiometabolic health outcomes. 

Funded by DFG | 2021 - 2024 

COVGENAIR

The aim of COVGENAIR is to assess the role of chronic diseases, environmental and genetic variation and their interplay on the risk of infection with SARS-CoV-2 and the long-term post-COVID-19 health outcomes on the respiratory, cardiometabolic and neurological system.

Funded by | Duration?

EAGLE

The Early Genetics and Lifecourse Epidemiology Consortium is a consortium of pregnancy and birth cohorts that aims to collaborate to investigate the genetic basis of phenotypes in antenatal and early life and childhood. EAGLE covers a broad range of pathways and phenotypes.

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Dr. Marie Standl

Head of Research Group 'Allergic Disease Epidemiology', Head (ad interim) of Research Group 'Lung Epidemiology', Statistician

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