Helmholtz Zentrum München is the German Research Center for Environmental Health. It investigates important common diseases which develop from the interaction of lifestyle, environmental factors and personal genetic background, focusing particularly on diabetes mellitus and chronic lung diseases.

Helmholtz Zentrum München is a research institution of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Free State of Bavaria. It belongs to the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers.


Our mission

  • We face one of the biggest challenges in our society: improving people’s health.
  • We conduct research in order to achieve a better understanding of how health and our environment are connected.
  • We then develop basic principles and applications to enable medicine to treat chronic diseases in the future.

Our vision

We make substantial contributions to research at the top international level and thus improve human health.

Our values

Five values guide our cooperation:

  • Respect
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Responsibility
  • Integrity
  • Commitment