Asthma and Allergy

Asthma is the most prevalent chronic respiratory disease in children and is also very common in adults. Although the clinical manifestations of asthma in children and adults are rather uniform (e.g. wheezing, shortness of breath, and cough), population-based clinical and genetic studies suggest that asthma is not one but many diseases. Thus, a single “one-size-fits-all” treatment approach is unlikely to work to tackle this important health problem. In order to design personalized treatment approaches for asthma patients, there is urgent need to elucidate the particular molecular mechanisms underlying the various types of asthma. The decoding of such mechanisms and their translation to the individual patient is the aim of the Disease Area Asthma and Allergy of the DZL.

Scientific Coordinators of the Disease Area

Prof. Dr. Susanne Krauss-Etschmann (ARCN)
Prof. Dr. Erika von Mutius (CPC-M)

Administrativer Coordinator of the Disease Area

Dr. Jörn Bullwinkel (ARCN)

Participating DZL Partner Sites


All Age Asthma Cohort (ALLIANCE)

The ALLIANCE cohort now comprises more than 1,000 patients and healthy subjects aged between six months and 84 years.

News about Asthma and Allergies

2. November 2020

Farms protect from childhood asthma

Children growing up on a farm have a lower risk of developing asthma than children not living on a farm. A group of researchers clarified how the children’s gut microbiome is involved in the protection process.
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19. October 2020

One breath of air for asthma diagnosis – is that possible?

DZL scientists published results on asthma diagnosis through breath analysis in the European Respiratory Journal. The results were disappointing, but the conclusions are important.
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5. August 2019

Correlation Found Between miRNAs and Asthma Development

MicroRNAs, also called miRNAs or miR, play an important role in cell communication and affect gene activity in various ways.
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