Foundation & Development
The University Center for Health Sciences at the Klinikum Augsburg, UNIKA-T, is a research association between the Universitätsklinikum Augsburg (University Hospital Augsburg), the University of Augsburg, the Technical University of Munich (TUM), and the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU), located in Augsburg. The participating universities – each represented by a chair(holder) – conduct research on Health Care Operations/Health Information Management, Environmental Medicine, and Epidemiology.
- December 22: Foundation of the UNIKA-T
Upon approval by the Bavarian Minister of State for Education and Cultural Affairs, Science and Arts, Dr. Wolfgang Heubisch, the representatives of the Augsburg Clinic and the presidents of the participating universities sign the cooperative agreement on the UNIKA-T, by which the foundation of the latter is officially established.
- March 1: Chair of Health Care Operations/Health Information Management is filled
Professor Jens O. Brunner, PhD, takes up the Chair of Health Care Operations/Health Information Management, which is affiliated to the Faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Augsburg. Hence, the first of three UNIKA-T-chairs in total is filled. Further information on the chair can be found here.
- November 1st: Chair for Environmental Medicine is filled
Professor Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann, MD, PhD, takes up the Chair of Environmental Medicine, which is affiliated to the TUM School of Medicine. Further Information on the chair can be found here.
- October 1: Professor Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann, MD, PhD, takes charge of the Outpatient Clinic for Environmental Medicine at the Augsburg Clinic
Professor Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann becomes head physician for Environmental Medicine at the Klinikum Augsburg. The Outpatient Clinic for Environmental Medicince takes care of all the patients who suffer from physical or psychological afflictions when getting in contact with the enviornment. Methods of biomonitoring allow for measuring the pollutant burden. The Outpatient Clinic for Environmental Medicince makes a (if applicable interdisciplinary) diagnosis. Furthermore, it gives advice with respect to the right handling of environmental influences at work and at home. The underlying, modern understanding of the environment is of holistic nature: Environment is understood as everything except for the person in question themselves; i. e. everything, we distance ourselves from and we interact with.
- April 27: UNIKA-T inaugural lectures
On occassion of the filling of the Chairs of Health Care Operations/Health Information Management (University of Augsburg) and Environmental Medicine (Technical University of Munich,TUM), Professor Jens O. Brunner and Professor Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann give their inaugural lectures in the main auditorium of the Augsburg Clinic. After welcoming speeches by Professor Peter Henningsen (Dean of the TUM Medical School), Professor Peter Welzel (Dean of The Faculty for Economics and Business Administration of the University of Augsburg), Professor Wolfgang von Scheidt (Head of the Medizinische Gesellschaft Augsburg (Medical Society Augsburg)) and Dr. Kurt Gribl (Mayor of the City of Augsburg), Professor Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann and Professor Jens O. Brunner give talks on the topics „Environmental medicine – challenges and perspectives“ and „Process optimization in clinics – potentials, opportunities and risiks“, respectively.
- April 29: Inauguration of the pollen-monitor
The Chair and Institute of Environmental Medicine and the Chair of Health Care Operations/Health Information Management launch a joint reserach project on the monitoring of pollen.
An innovative pollen-sampler (type BAA500, Company: Helmut Hund GmbH) has been brought into service on the Campus of the Bayerisches Landesamt für Umwelt (the environmental agency of the Federal State of Bavaria). This sampler automatically identifies and registers allergologically relevant pollen (such as hazel, alder, or birch) from the ambient air with an accuracy of more than 90 %.
About 12 million people in Germany suffer from urgent allergic reactions during the pollen-season, ranging from hayfever to life-threatening anaphylactic shocks. Updated daily information on pollen count is essential for allergy sufferers to adjust their planning of medication and outdoor activities. Moreover, the basic medical research depends on a precise coverage of the pollen count in order to delve into the causalities between the exposition to pollen and allergic reactions, which serves as a basis for developing preventive measures. Former, conventional methods of pollen-sampling do not allow for such a precise coverage due to the associated, excessive effort.
The implementation of the pollen-monitor is not only highly relevant in terms of medical research. It also comprises various problems which are of high interest from an economic or business administration perspective, such as the optimal positioning of one/several monitors in Augsburg, the statistical analysis of the raised pollen-data (comparative analysis of algorithms and methods) or possibilities of utilization in terms of business or health economics – think of allergy sufferers (information supply), public health authorities (behavioral control and preventive measures and (pharma-) industries (concepts of medication).
July 1: First regular handing-over of the executive directorship
After Professor Jens O. Brunner has headed the UNIKA-T as executive director for two years, the first regular handing-over of this post took place on July 1, 2016. Based on an unanimous vote of the "Kollegiale Leitung" on May 12, 2016, Professor Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann takes over the executive directorship of the UNIKA-T until June 30, 2018; during that period, Professor Brunner will serve as deputy executive director.
The executive director is the UNIKA-T's most important person of contact and is responsible for the UNIKA-T's business affairs, especially in terms of finance and staff.
July 1, 2016: Professor Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann is the UNIKA-T's new executive director until June 30, 2018, Professor Jens O. Brunner serves as deputy executive director.