Effective Therapies against lung diseases: Giving new breath

Partnerships and project funding

Well established partnerships and projects funded by renowned organizations strengthen expertise and reputation of Helmholtz Zentrum München in the field of lung research. 

Partner in the German Center For Lung Research (DZL)

The German Center for Lung Research (DZL) is one of the indication-specific national centers for health research launched by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. DZL is aiming at contributing to new ways in prevention, diagnosis and therapy of severe chronic lung diseases in a joint translational approach. 
Website of DZL

Comprehensive Pneumology Center (CPC)

In cooperation with Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Munich University Hospital and Asklepios Pulmonary Hospital in München-Gauting.

Cooperation with universities

Universities of Giessen and Marburg Lung Center, Freiburg University Hospital, University of Erlangen, Imperial College London (UK), University College London (UK), University of Thessaloniki (Greece), Harvard Medical School (USA), Northwestern University (Chicago, USA), University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (USA)

Cooperation with INSERM (Institut de la Santéet de la Recherche Médicale), Paris

Strategic partnership, among others with a joint graduate school

Partnerships with industry

Roche, Böhringer Ingelheim, Activaero, Inamed, Pari Pharma

Renowned journals and scientific societies

Extensive networking: representation on editorial boards of renowned journals and in scientific societies

Project funding (selection)


  • EU-funded projects: CASCADE – Chemicals as Contaminants in the Food Chain (Subproject on Pulmonary Hypertonia until January 2010), ENGAGE – European Network for Genetic Epidemiology, eurIPFnet – Pathomechanisms of Lung Fibrosis, EvA study (Emphysema versus Airways Disease), ECRHS – European Multicenter Study with focus on lung diseases, ERC Starting Grant for Lung Regeneration, GABRIEL (a multidisciplinary study to identify the genetic and environmental causes of asthma in the European Community)

  • BMBF-funded Projects:
    Competence Network Asthma and COPD, GOLDnet – German Network for Parenchymal Lung Diseases, NGFN – National Genome Research Network, Excellence Cluster m4 – Personalized Medicine and Targeted Therapies – a New Dimension in Drug Development, cohort studies KORA, KORA-age, KORINNA, KORA-Lung, COSYCONET COPD-Register, SysMBo – Systems Biology of Metabotypes

  • Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG):
    Collaborative Research Centers (SFB 22) on Allergic Immune Responses of the Lung and (SFB 36) on the Principles of Adoptive T-Cell-Therapy; Priority Program 1313 on the Biological Responses to Nanoscale Particles

Education and Training

HELENA – Helmholtz Graduate School of Environmental Health together with Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität and Technische Universität München as well as the Helmholtz Research School of Lung Biology and Disease together with Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München are setting new standards in doctoral education and training.