History

In Munich there is a long tradition of allergy research at TUM, especially in the Department of Dermatology and Allergy, but also in other hospitals and institutes as well as in numerous institutes of Helmholtz Zentrum München. The clinical cooperation group Environmental Dermatology and Allergy was founded in 1995 through a cooperation agreement between TUM and Helmholtz Zentrum München.

The Bavarian State Government decided to promote allergy and environmental research already back in 1997 and allocated funds from its initiative “Offensive Zukunft Bayern” (Offensive for the Future of Bavaria) in order to create the Center of Allergy & Environment (ZAUM) at TUM. To a large extent, the financing of ZAUM as a research institution is based on the aforementioned cooperation agreement between TUM and Helmholtz Zentrum München. The allergy expertise of TUM and Helmholtz Zentrum München has not only been reflected in many national and internationally funded research projects, but also through participation in large research networks such as the National Genome Research Network (NGFN), other projects and research groups of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), as well as in the European framework.

The Department of Dermatology and Allergy at TUM’s university hospital on the Biederstein Campus and the Center of Allergy & Environment (ZAUM) comprise an “excellence center” within the scope of the “Global Allergy and Asthma European Network GA2LEN” program “Centers of Excellence” of allergy research in the EU. Besides various departments of the Faculty of Medicine (Dermatology and Allergy, Microbiology, Hygiene and Immunology, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Toxicology and Environmental Hygiene, Psychosomatic Medicine) at TUM, institutes of other faculties are also involved, such as Physics, Medical Technology, Ecoclimatology, Plant Genetics and Nutrition Sciences, including research departments of the Center of Life and Food Sciences Weihenstephan.

Within the scope of the project-oriented funding (POF) programs of the Helmholtz Association, Helmholtz Zentrum München has identified research on allergy as one of its research priorities.