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Prof. Dr. Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann

Director of the Institute of Environmental Medicine
+49 821 598 6424Email meBuilding/Room: Augsburg, Universitätsklinikum, Verwaltungsgebäude 3, Zi. 032

“Prevention is my greatest goal. I want to find out, which factors in our environment let us prosper and be healthy and which pave the way to chronic diseases such as allergies or atopic eczema. By prevention I want to reduce the number of allergic persons to about 10 per cent.”

“Prevention is my greatest goal. I want to find out, which factors in our environment let us prosper and be healthy and which pave the way to chronic diseases such as allergies or atopic eczema. By prevention I want to reduce the number of allergic persons to about 10 per cent.”

Academic Pathway and Research Areas

For Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann, practicing dermatologist, ski-ing instructor, singer, musician, author, wife, mother of two, and a passionate environmental health scientist, the word “multifaceted” is almost an understatement. Driven by a strong sense of empathy she hopes to literally “heal the world” by preventing diseases altogether. 

Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann (born 1970) studied medicine at RWTH Aachen. In 2013 she was appointed to the Chair of Environmental Medicine at TU Munich/UNIKA-T which was transferred to the University of Augsburg in 2021. In 2015 she became Director of the Institute of Environmental Health at Helmholtz Munich. Since 2020 she is speaker of the Board of CK CARE – Christiane Kühne Center for Allergy Research and Education, Europe’s largest privately funded research initiative aiming to improve the diagnosis and treatment of allergies.

As scientist she researches diseases caused and aggravated by environmental factors, especially allergies.  How do humans interact with their environment and how does this interaction then determine the state of health or illness in a person? Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann and her team were able to revolutionize the idea of how allergies arise and found new drivers for allergic immune responses in pollen. As a dermatologist she supports partners, not patients, on their way to a healthier future. With her international and interdisciplinary team, she works within national and multi-national networks and is widely consulted as an expert by media and politics.
In addition, Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann wants to spread awareness of the effects of climate change and what that would mean for the health of humanity at large. Her aim is to determine the influence of climate change on health, to develop possibilities to prevent diseases and strengthen resilience. She addresses the issue in her book, Überhitzt, and goes on to explain how climate change must be tackled at the earliest before it is too late. Within the network of KLUG e.V. she works for the vision of healthy people in a healthy environment. As a speaker she brings knowledge about climate change and health issues to listeners as diverse as elementary kids, Members of the Deutscher Bundestag and the WHO.

 

 

 

Fields of Work and Expertise

Allergy Atopic EczemaAllergy PreventionThunderstorm AsthmaFunctional MicrobiomicsAccessible Biomarkers  Climate Change and HealthBig Data Analysis  Personalized Prevention

Professional Career

2021

Chair of Envorinmental Medicine, University of Augsburg

2021

Vice Director of Center for Climate Resilience, University of Augsburg

2020

Speaker of Board of directors, CK-CARE

2017

Vice Director of ZIEL - Institute for Food & Health, Weihenstephan, TU München

2015

Director of the Institute Environmental Medicine, Helmholtz Munich

2014

Director of the Outpatient Clinic of Environmental Medicine, Universitätsklinikum Augsburg

 

2013

Director of Workpackage 1, CK-CARE, Christine Kühne - Foundation for Allergy Research and Education,

Davos, Switzerland

2013

Chair of Environmental Medicine, TU Munich

Honors and Awards

  • EAACI Fellow
    2020

  • ADF/ECARF Award: Forschung am Mikrobiom
    2019

  • DGAKI-forschungspreis
    2018

  • Oskar-Gans-Preis, DDG
    2015

  • Egon-Macher-Preis, AG Dermatologische Forschung ADF
    2011

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Publications

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2022 Review in Allergy

Agache, I. ; Sampath, V. ; Aguilera, J. ; Akdis, C. ; Akdis, M. ; Barry, M. ; Bouagnon, A. ; Chinthrajah, S. ; Collins, W. ; Dulitzki, C. ; Erny, B. ; Gomez, J.L. ; Goshua, A. ; Jutel, M. ; Kizer, K.W. ; Kline, O. ; LaBeaud, A.D. ; Pali-Schöll, I. ; Perrett, K.P. ; Peters, R.L. ; Plaza, M.P. ; Prunicki, M. ; Sack, T. ; Salas, R.N. ; Sindher, S.B. ; Sokolow, S.H. ; Thiel, C. ; Veidis, E. ; Wray, B.D. ; Traidl-Hoffmann, C. ; Witt, C. ; Nadeau, K.C.

Climate change and global health: A call to more research and more action.