The following sections inform you about important collaboration partners at the Chair and Institute of Environmental Medicine.
1. Hochgebirgsklinik Davos
The Hochbgebirgsklinik in Davos (HGK Davos) belongs to the most important collaboration partners of the IEM - Chair and Institute of Environmental Medicine, UNIKA-T. At the alpine environment of the clinic, patients that suffer from chronic, allergic diseases can begin the course of relief and possibly healing of severe dysregulations of the skin or the respiratory tract. What is more, holistic diagnoses become possible that can be used for the detection and cause analysis of further diseases. The reason for the beneficial climate is the alpine location of the HGK Davos in 1,560 m.a.s.l., which surrounds patients with a particular healthy air that exposes only little with pollen or air pollutants such as soot particles. Above the latter, the location surrounded by the Schweizer mountains with moderate and high altitude releases extra recovery powers. Stress as allergy trigger can thus be avoided.
Network between the HGK and the UNIKA-T
The network between environmental medicine at UNIKA-T and the HGK Davos exists on several levels: First of all, the HGK Davos is part of the allergy site in Davos, which as been initiated by Christine Kühne - Center for Allergy Research and Education (CK-CARE) in order to strongly link research and therapy. University Professor Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann firmly integrated the translational approach into the research objective of environmental medicine. This approach completely meets the expectations of the HGK. The clinic also relies on the latest finding from research in order to cotinually improve their therapy and recovery service. Secondly, head physician and researcher Traidl-Hoffmann – a. o. board certified for dermatology, venereology, allergology plus additional certified for environmental medicine – is director at CK-CARE for the workpackage 1 “Environment / Exposome / Reactome”. On a regular basis, she meets at the HGK Davos to support the planning of recovery measures in her function as project manager and by her expertise. Moreover, she gets informed about the most recent therapy strategies.
Research Network: Davos - Zugspitze - Augsburg
By translation, the circle closes, because research findings are adapted to patient therapy and results of therapy give the clue for further research projects. The connection between Davos and Augsburg rapidly forms a triangle if the Schneefernerhaus becomes integrated, too. But even this does not resemble the complete network: Augsburg is strongly linked to Munich and further international sites, the same is valid for Davos, and also the Schneefernerhaus is part of a supra-regional network that aims at health and climate research.
Website and Contact of the HGK Davos
CH 7265 Davos Wolfgang
Tel.: +41 81 417 44 44
Fax: +41 81 417 30 30
2. Environmental Research Station Schneefernerhaus
The environmental research station Schneefernerhaus – also „UFS“ – is an important research site in Europe and already part of the Virtual Alpine Observatory (VAO). By the alpine surrounding of the UFS, research on air parameters and more generally about the effects of climate change becomes possible as well as the study of symptom and relief in healthy individuals or patients within a special climatic environment.
3. Allergieinformationsdienst (Allergy Information Service)
By the establishment of the Allergieinformationsdienst (allergy information service), the Helmholtz Zentrum München (HMGU) substantially contributed to the public-oriented presentation of the topic “Allergy”. The support of the Federal Minstry for Health means in addition the backing from the political sector. That is of significance to our society because allergies cause a financial burden in three digit numbers through sick leaves and attendant illnesses such as Atopic Dermatitis.
Information and service on the website
On the one hand, the Allergy Information Service provides on its website valuable hints and advices with regards to diagnosis and therapy. On the other hand, scientific explanations on the development of an allergy or on the season and thus information about the pollen flight can be obtained online by patients, relatives, and interested people. Whether surveys, global issues such as the climate effect and change, or latest results from research, the Allergieinformationsdienst website offers a great variety of options for the improvement of life quality for allergic people.
Environmental Medicine as collaborator
For the Allergieinformationsdienst, environmental medicine provides an essential field of knowledge since external factors such as climate or air pollutants are studied as well as the microbiome and naturally immunological processes up to the study of the human genome. This multi-disciplinary orientation is especially realised at the IEM - Chair and Institute of Environmental Medicine, UNIKA-T, TUM and HMGU, under the direction of universtiy professor Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann, MD.
Website and Contact of the Allergieinformationsdienst:
Helmholtz Zentrum München
Ingolstädter Landstraße 1
4. CAI - Cluster Allergy and Immunity
The Cluster Allergy and Immunity (CAI) is based in Munich and enables an effective creation of synergies between various institutions for the study of
- in the field of atopic disease
A further CAI focus is on
The UNIKA-T is represented at the CAI via the environmental medicine just like the Technical University of Munich (TUM), the Helmholtz Zentrum München (HMGU), the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU), or the University Hospital Regensburg – each by their own fields in allergy research and therapy. To support the CAI in its tasks is of major concern for University Professor Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann, MD, who is director of environmental medicine at UNIKA-T and HMGU. This support becomes realized on the one hand by the network structure of UNIKA-T and thus important scientific contributions for the research society. On the other hand, the direct connection to the new university hospital in Augsburg puts the translational and immunological research on a high value within environmental medicine with the effect that newly obtained findings can be transferred via the CAI with even more purview.
What are the aims of CAI?
The aim at CAI is among others to initiate collaborations between the single institutions, to coordinate the actions, and to provide structural support to the involved scientists or medical staff. This could be, for example, the preparation of a joint motion. Moreover, scientific results about the topic “allergies” are provided by the CAI for the research community via publications as well as (virtual) seminars. What is more, the CAI organizes scientific events, such as a panel of experts for the topic “bioinformatics”. The clinical sector is also clearly highlighted by means of the presentation patient cohorts and the respective (clinical) studies. Finally, the broadening of the research network is one task at the CAI, to which environmental medicine at UNIKA-T freely makes a contribution, but surely will have its benefits from it, too.
Website and Contact of the CAI - Cluster Allergy and Immunity
CAI Cluster Allergy and Immunity
Dr. Katja Landgraf-Rauf
Biedersteiner Straße 29
Phone: +49 (0)89 4140 3161
5. Helmholtz Zentrum München
The Institute of Environmental Medicine at the Helmholtz Zentrum München
The Helmholtz Zentrum München (HMGU) provides lab space, offices, and technical devices on the highest level and allows for environmental medicine of University Professor Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann, MD, at the site Neuherberg a research focus in the special field of Translational Immunology. Since 2016, the Institute of Environmental Medicine (IEM) has started its work there and forms an interface between pure research and the translational approach, which a. o. allows for the direct application of research results into therapy and product development. The required patient cohorts are partly recruited at the Outpatient Clinic for Environmental Medicine, Klinikum Augsburg, but are also available via the Hochgebirgsklinik in Davos and further clinical associations at the IEM - Chair and Institutee of Environmental Medicine.
Interdisciplinary and international staff at the IEM
The environmental medicine team at the HMGU is formed by highly motivated researchers who perform in vivo and in vitro allergy models at the newly established laboratory premises (see news from 09.08.2017). Other employees of the IEM - Chair and Institute of Environmental Medicine, UNIKA-T, spend research time at the HMGU. Likewise, the UNIKA-T lab facilities are open for research experiments and tests of the Munich staff. By means of this close connection between Augsburg and Munich, into which the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has been integrated, a fully operational and effective research network exists within the field of environmental medicine, allergology, and immunology.
Collaboration partners of the IEM at HMGU
1. Institute for Diabetes and Obesity (IDO)
Director: Professor Matthias H. Tschöp
2. Institute of Experimental Genetics (IEG)
Director: Professor Martin Hrabĕ de Angelis
3. Institute for lung biology (iLBD) / Comprehensive Pneumology Center (CPC)
Head: Dr. Antje Brand, Dr. Anne Hilgendorff, Dr. Ali Önder Yildirim (fltr)
4. Research Unit Lung Repair and Regeneration (LRR)
Head: Professor Melanie Königshoff
5. Institute for Asthma and Allergy Prevention (IAP)
Director: Professor Erika von Mutius
6. Institute of Allergy Research (IAF)
Head: Professor Carsten Schmidt-Weber
7. Institute for Stem Cell Research (ISF)
Director: Professor Magdalena Götz
8. Institute for Epidemiology (EPI)
Director: Professor Annette Peters
9. Institute of Health Economics and Health Care Management (IGM)
Director: Professor Reiner Leidl
10. Institute for Computational Biology (ICB)
Director: Professor Fabian Theis
11. Institute of Virology (VIRO)
Director: Professor Ulrike Protzer
12. Institute for Biochemical Plant Pathology (BIOP) + Research Unit Environmental Simulation (EUS)
Director: Professor Jörg Durner
13. Institute of Network Biology (INET)
Head: Professor Pascal Falter-Braun
14. Research Unit Analytical BioGeoChemistry (BGC)
Head: Professor Philippe Schmitt-Kopplin
Website of the HMGU and Contact:
Helmholtz Zentrum München
German Research Center for Environmental Health (GmbH)
Institute of Environmental Medicine
Ingolstädter Landstraße 1
6. Helmholtz Association
The Helmholtz Association „HGF“ is a supra-regional, German, and internationally active, registered association that initially paves the way for a vivid research community within the various fields of science. The name of the HGF refers to the famous universal scientist Hermann von Helmholtz (1821 Potsdam; 1894 Berlin-Charlottenburg) whose effigy decorates the entrance area of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The findings of the versatile scientist were the clues for numerous follow-up studies and this future-oriented characteristic of his work is the reason why his name was given to the institution. With her research, University Professor Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann also points the way ahead. That is why she is supported by the Helmholtz Association especially in the fields of immunology and inflammable processes with regards to allergic diseases and the ongoing climate change.
Website and Contact of the HGF
Geschäftsstelle (Office) Berlin