CK-CARE, Christine Kühne - Center for Allergy Research and Education, Davos

CK-CARE, Christine KühneCenter for Allergy Research and Education, was set up by the Kühne Stiftung in summer 2009. At the beginning, the locations of the internationally strongly networked initiative were Davos, Zurich (both: Switzerland), and Munich (Germany). Augsburg, Bonn (both: Germany), and St Gallen (Switzerland) were established as further locations in 2014. The intitiative´s main focus is on allergy research as well as on the education of physicians, researchers, and scientists, but also of specialist staff of clinics and medical offices. 

Professor Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann is board member in the CK-CARE executive board, and she is head of the research assignment Workpackage 1 (WP1; see below). Since its foundation, CK-CARE has been annually organizing the Allergy Forum, Davos, Switzerland (one among many other projects of CK-CARE). At this forum, young scientists plus long established groups of well-experienced scientists from all over the world meet for an exchange of knowledge and for the planning of new projects. The IEM participates in these conferences on a regular basis and is proud to have CK-CARE as a reliable partner by its side.

The close relationship between the IEM and CK-CARE is based on a perennial and successful cooperation unit. Both partners continue to exchange information on a regular basis, to increase their international alignment and stay in close contact with each other through their agreement on a common goal achievement - the therapy and eventually the prevention of allergies.

Information about Workpackage 1

Professor Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann is in charge of Workpackage 1 (WP1) at CK-CARE. The main locations for the corresponding research units are Munich and Augsburg (both: Germany).

Workpackage 1 researches about “The influence of the environment on atopic diseases". The chief aim hereby is to identify and to analyze those environmental factors which cause allergies and which exert an influence on the progression of this disease. Especially the study of pollen and spores is of great importance, and is first of all conducted under greenhouse conditions in climate chambers but also directly in the nature.

It is only this intensive research activity which makes it possible to develop strategies for the early treatment and for a complete prevention of allergies in the future. For this purpose, CK-CARE provides an extraordinary support. The combination with the other Workpackages (2-5) creates synergetic effects which enable us to introduce the most recent research results directly into the respective teaching program.