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

12. July 2021

Basophilic granulocytes promote healing after a heart attack

Dr. Gabriele Schramm, a scientist at the DZL site ARCN, has discovered that basophilic granulocytes are important for rapid and efficient recovery after a heart attack.
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3. June 2021

Research Awards for DZL Scientists

The DZL scientist Prof. Thomas Bahmer from Kiel received this year’s Clinical Research Award of the German Respiratory Society (DGP).
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11. May 2021

DZL Scientists Honored at Annual Meeting of the Society for Pediatric Pneumology

Prof. Dr. Klaus Rabe and Prof. Dr. Tobias Welte received the ‚Ehrenpreis‘ of the Society for Pediatric Pneumology (GPP) for the year 2020 which was awarded for the first time.
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