Cystic Fibrosis (CF)

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is the most common genetically determined, early onset and still lethal disease. CF affects approximately one in 2,500 newborns in Germany. With improvements in symptomatic therapies and standardized CF medical care, the median survival age of CF patients in Germany has risen to approximately 40 years. However, despite recent breakthroughs in disease-modifying therapies for a small subgroup of patients with specific CF geno types, there are currently no therapies available to the majority of patients that target CF lung disease at its root. The overall aim of the DZL CF research program is to advance the current understanding of the pathogenesis of CF lung disease and to use this knowledge to improve CF diagnostics, to develop more sensitive tools for monitoring of disease activity, and novel strategies for the effective prevention and therapy of CF lung disease.

Scientific Coordinators of the Disease Area

Prof. Dr. Marcus Mall (BIH)
Prof. Dr. Burkhard Tümmler (BREATH)

Administrative Coordinator of the Disease Area

Dr. Birgit Teucher (TLRC)

Participating DZL Partner Sites


News about Cystic Fibrosis (CF)

3. June 2019

New Gene-Delivery Systems Raise Hope for Patients with Cystic Fibrosis

Although research is advancing with great strides, the life expectancy of people with cystic fibrosis (CF) is still significantly reduced.
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21. March 2019

Research Prizes for DZL Scientists at the 60th DGP Congress in Munich

The DZL was represented with an information desk at the 60th Congress of the German Respiratory Society (DGP), which took place in Munich from March 13–16, 2019.
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6. October 2017

Cystic Fibrosis: prevention of chronic lung infections

Chronic infections with the pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa change the lung microbiome in CF-patients.
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