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

Director of the Institute of Asthma and Allergy Prevention, Head of the Department “Environmental Health”

“I am a passionate pediatrician scientist. My research focusses on the roots of asthma and allergy development with the aim of ultimately preventing these diseases in children at risk."

“I am a passionate pediatrician scientist. My research focusses on the roots of asthma and allergy development with the aim of ultimately preventing these diseases in children at risk."

Academic career and research areas

Erika von Mutius completed her internship and residency training in the Department of General Pediatrics, Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care at the Dr. von Hauner Children’s Hospital at LMU Munich. After her residency, she spent a year as a research fellow at the University of Arizona, Respiratory Science Center, with Professor Fernando Martinez, where she caught fire for science.

She added a Master of Science Degree in Epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health to her medical training. As a senior physician and professor of pediatric allergology and pneumology, Erika von Mutius heads the Department of Asthma and Allergy at the Dr. von Hauner Children’s Hospital and, since 2017, also the Institute of Asthma and Allergy Prevention at Helmholtz Munich.

Under Erika von Mutius leadership, numerous interdisciplinary, multicenter population-based studies have investigated the role of genetic and environmental risk and protective factors for childhood asthma and allergic diseases, both nationally and internationally. The most prominent studies are the so-called farm studies in which she and her team unravel the relevant exposures and underlying mechanisms conferring such strong protection from asthma and allergies.

Erika von Mutius is furthermore Member of the Board of Directors of the German Centre for Lung Research (DZL), Director of the Munich site (CPC-M) of the DZL and coordinator of the Disease Area Asthma & Allergy within DZL.

Focus areas, skills and expertise

Pediatrics AsthmaAllergy Prevention Epidemiology 

Facts and Figures

since 2021

Head of the Department “Environmental Health Center” at Helmholtz Munich

since 2017

Director of the Institute of Asthma and Allergy Prevention at Helmholtz Munich

since 2017

Member of the Board of Directors of the German Centre for Lung Research (DZL) and Director of the Munich site (CPC-M) of the DZL

since 2004

Professor of Pediatric Allergology, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU Munich)

since 1993

Head of the Asthma and Allergy Department, University Children’s Hospital Munich, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU Munich), Germany

Honors and Awards

  • Balzan Prize
    awarded for “Pathophysiology of Respiration: from Basic Sciences to the Bedside”
    2019

  • Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz Prize
    of the German Research Foundation (DFG)
    2013

  • ERC Advanced Grant
    2010

  • Member of the Editorial Board of the New England Journal of Medicine
    2006 - 2018

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Publications

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Networks and Affiliations

University of Arizona (USA)

University of Chicago (USA)

Ghent University (Belgium)

University Leiden (The Netherlands)

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU Munich)

University of Zurich, Children's Hospital, Zurich (Switzerland)

Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, Kuopio

University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio