Science and Research

Lung Environment Interaction

Coordinators: Stefan Karrasch and Susanne Krauss-Etschmann

The working group Lung Environmental Interaction will elucidate shared pathophysiological denominators of the relationship between respiratory status and environmental influences across the range of different lung and airway diseases and their precursor states. The spectrum of considered environmental factors reaches from air pollution, allergens, infectious agents, and lifestyle factors to the impact of medical procedures and treatment. We anticipate that this approach will allow for the identification of both adverse and protective endogenous and exogeneous factors during lung development, maintenance, and ageing and for the identification of targets for personalized prevention and therapy beyond disease-specific pathogenetic trajectories. To achieve this goal, around 50 clinical and basic researchers across DZL Disease Areas and Partner sites have teamed up within this working group.

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