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Environmental Health Center Asthma and Allergy Prevention

Asthma is an inflammatory disease of the airways of the lung. It is not one disease but a syndrome consisting of many so far not well characterized and delineated genetic and environmental determinants. The focus of our work is to develop novel strategies of asthma and allergy prevention and to characterize in depth asthma phenotypes.

Asthma is an inflammatory disease of the airways of the lung. It is not one disease but a syndrome consisting of many so far not well characterized and delineated genetic and environmental determinants. The focus of our work is to develop novel strategies of asthma and allergy prevention and to characterize in depth asthma phenotypes.

Research Areas

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The Farm-Effect – Protection for children

Why and how are children growing up on traditional farms protected from asthma. And what role is playing the microbiome in the gut or bacteria on skin and in the nose? Scientists at IAP try to disentangle microorganisms or their interactions which are associated with allergic diseases.

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Farm Effect Findings – Translation to families

Our studies on the farm effect show how relevant microbiome-derived functional agents are to protect children from asthma. But how can we translate these findings to children and their families? With ongoing both experimental and human population-based studies and projects we aim to develop innovative and effective prevention strategies to stop asthma and allergies.

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Alliance All Age Asthma Cohort

ALLIANCE – Identify asthma subtypes

What are the different forms of asthma and how can we identify biomarkers (signal transducers) that will make it possible to identify these subtypes as early as possible? To answer this question is the aim of the ALL AGE ASTHMA COHORT (ALLIANCE) of the German Center for Lung Research (DZL). The large-scale study has been running since 2011 with now more than 1200 patients throughout Germany.

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Scientists

Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h.c Erika von Mutius

Director and Head of Research Group View profile

Dr. rer. med. Sabina Illi

Statistikerin, stellv. Leitung

Prof. Dr. Heiko Adler

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter

Dr. rer. biol. hum. Martin Depner

Biostatistiker

Prof. Dr. Markus Ege

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter

Professor Jonathan Grigg

Gastwissenschaftler, MD, FRCPCH, FFPH, Professor of Paediatric Respiratory and Environmental Medicine, Queen Mary University of London

Birgit Langer

Datenmanagerin

Dr. med. Nicole Maison

Ärztin/Wissenschaftl. Mitarbeiterin

Dr. Jimmy Omony

Biostatistiker

Dr. Giulia Pagani

Bioinformatikerin

PD Dr. sc. hum. Sonali Pechlivanis

Epidemiologin

Ursula Rambold

Doktorandin

Bettina Rankl

Koordinatorin Arzneimittelentwicklung

Elisabeth Schmaußer-Hechfellner

Datenmanagerin

Selected Publications

Networks & Affiliations

Director

Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h.c Erika von Mutius

Director and Head of Research Group

Assistant

Dorkas Anette Hartl

Assistant

Helmholtz Munich - Institut für Asthma- und Allergieprävention - Ingolstädter Landstr. 1 - 85764 Neuherberg