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About IAF

  • The research of The Institute of Allergy Research (IAF) is focused on the understanding of mechanisms involved in the development of allergies and allergen tolerance in the context of genetic predisposition, immune system and environmental factors. As part of the Center of Allergy & Environment (ZAUM) the IAF conducts applied, clinical and basic research. The aim of the research is to understand the mechanisms of allergic diseases, to assess risks for the onset of allergy as well as to develop novel strategies for prevention und therapy. 

    The Center for Allergy & Environment (ZAUM) in Munich is a hybrid institution build by the IAF at the Helmholtz Zentrum Munich and the chair of Molecular Allergology of the School of Medicine, Technical University of Munich. This link of governmental research and university medicine, which is unique in the German research landscape, serves the interdisciplinary basic research and builds a link to the clinic and clinical studies. This translational approach enables new insights into molecular mechanisms of allergies and their translation into new strategies for their prevention and patient-tailored therapy.


27. September 2019: "Specific Immunotherapy" DGAKI Award Winner Dr. Jose Oteros

The German Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (DGAKI) presents an annual award in the field of "specific immunotherapy", which is sponsored by Allergopharma GmbH & Co. KG and endowed with 5000 euros. This year, the recipient of the award was Dr. Jose Oteros of the AG Prof. Buters (ZAUM). The award ceremony took place during the German Allergy Congress in Dresden on 27 September 2018. The DGAKI Award is granted for outstanding papers in the field of allergology and clinical immunology and is intended to support promising young scientists. The award was due to a recent publication of the group entitled: Artemisia pollen is the main vector for airborne endotoxin (Oteros et al., 2018, JACI. doi:10.1016/j.jaci.2018.05.040.).

18. July 2018: Renske de Jong receives prestigious Humbold fellowship

Renske de Jong was just awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt foundation. The foundation offers fellowships to high profile researchers from abroad that want to conduct a scientific project in a german institution of their choice. Renske de Jong is a current postdoctoral fellow in the Ohnmacht group at ZAUM where she will also carry out her project. The fellowship will cover her salary for two years together with some money for consumables. The aim of her study will be to identify pathways linking intestinal immunity to the risk of developing arteriosclerosis. For this purpose, Renske can rely on her previous expertise in arteriosclerosis research during her PhD and combine this knowledge with recent progress made in the regulation of intestinal tolerance and microbiome research. Thereby Renske hopes to identify novel strategies to prevent or treat arteriosclerosis and associated cardiovascular diseases in the future.

20. April 2018: ZAUM built the world-wide first Pollen Indikator

The Pollen Indikator shows on-line the most recent pollen flight in Munich with a 3hrs lag-time. Two novelties lead to this Indikator: 1. Bavaria is world-wide the first state that implemented a network of 8 robotic pollen monitors that by image reckognition determine how many pollen are in the air, and puts this data free for all on-line to download. 2. The Pollen Indicator connects to the pollen robot in Munich and displays the concentrations of different pollen currently in the air in Munich. Vertically the expected level of symptoms is displayed (for those allergic to this pollen), horizontally the exact concentration of airborne pollen is displayed.

ZAUM expects that with this Pollen Indicator Bavarian Citizens are enabled to better cope with their allergic diseases, and to create awareness by delivering actual pollen counts.

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