Quelle: Helmholtz Zentrum München

Dr. Joachim Heinrich
Senior Consultant


Academic education

  • 1982 - 1986: Postgraduate Training in  Biomathematics and Statistics in Medicine, Berlin, Germany
  • 1970 – 1974: Study of Mathematics, Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena, Jena

Scientific degrees and employment

  • 2011 - 2014: Acting director of Institute of Epidemiology I, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Neuherberg/Munich
  • 1992 - 2011: Group leader, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Institute of Epidemiology, Neuherberg/Munich
  • 1990 - 1992: Scientist, University of Wuppertal    
  • 1983 - 1989: Group leader, Department of Preventive Cardiology, Medical School Erfurt
  • 1982: PhD in Epidemiology, Medical School Erfurt
  • 1974 - 1983: Scientist, Medical School Erfurt

Research area

  • Long-term and short-term effects of ambient air pollution on several health parameters
  • Measurement and monitoring of ambient air pollution and assessment of exposure to ambient air pollution
  • Determinants of asthma and allergies (including indoor biocontaminants, dietary factors, life-style related factors)
  • Longitudinal data analysis


  • Lecturer in Environmental Epidemiology at Ludwigs-Maximilians University, on Epidemiolgy at Technical University München and University of Mainz
  • Supervisor of doctoral students


  • Member of several Review Panels for German Ministries such as the BMBF, the German Research Foundation, the EU, the Wellcome trust, several national research funding institutions, WHO and other funding agencies
  • Associate editor and member of editorial boards of several scientific journals
  • Reviewer for numerous scientific journals such as The Lancet, Environmental Health Perspectives, JACI, Allergy, etc
  • Member of steering committee of several national and international scientific research projects and consortia
  • International ranking of worldwide leading researchers on asthma on rank 16; top 10 ranking in air pollution epidemiology authors (Zell et al J Occup Med Toxicol. 2010; 5: 5.)


more than 400 papers in peer reviewed journals

Scientific Collaborations

Long-lasting collaborations with University of British Columbia, Vancouver (M. Brauer) and US EPA, Capel Hill (L. NEAS), CREAL, Barcelona (JM Anto, J. Sunyer, M. Kogevinas), Imperial College London (P. Burney, D. Jarvis), Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm (G. Pershagen), University of Utrecht (B. Brunekreef, G. Hoek) and several further European and German research institutions.