Short CV/Education and training

  • 1963 – 1969
    Primary school and Cycle d'orientation (secondary school) in the French-speaking region of Switzerland

  • 1969 – 1976
    St. Irmengard Gymnasium (grammar school) in Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany

  • 1976 – 1984
    Studied medicine at Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, Germany

Selected publications

  • Ege, M.J. et al.: Exposure to environmental microorganisms and childhood asthma. In: The New England Journal of Medicine 364(8), 2011. S. 701-709.

  • von Mutius, E., Vercelli, D.: Farm living: effects on childhood and allergy. In: Nature Reviews Immunology 10, 2010. S. 861-868.

  • Moffatt, M.F. et al.: A Large-Scale, Consortium-Based Genomewide Association Study of Asthma. In: The New England Journal of Medicine 363, 2010. S. 1211-1221.

  • Schaub, B. et al.: Maternal farm exposure modulates neonatal immune mechanisms through regulatory T cells. In: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 123(4), 2009. S. 774-782.

  • Braun-Fahrländer, C. et al.: Environmental exposure to endotoxin, atopy and asthma in school-aged children. In: The New England Journal of Medicine 347, 2002. S. 869-877.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • The role of cleanliness and hygiene in the home in the development of asthma and allergies in children in Bavaria (Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Public Health)

  • DIABIMMUNE – Pathogenesis of type 1 diabetes: testing the hygiene hypothesis (European Commission)

  • EFRAIM – Mechanisms of early protective exposures on allergy development (European Commission)

  • FORALLVENT – Forum for Allergy Prevention (European Commission)

  • GA2LEN – Global Allergy and Asthma European Network (European Commission)

  • GABRIEL – A multidisciplinary study to identify the genetic and environmental causes of asthma in the European Community (European Commission)

  • GALTRAIN – Exposure to microorganisms and suppression of allergic diseases: A European research training scheme (European Commission)

  • HERA – Host-environment interactions in the protection from asthma and allergies (European Research Council)

  • International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC) (various funding sources)

  • Isolation and identification of asthma- and allergy-protective bacteria on farms (Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Public Health)

  • Transregional Collaborative Research Centre SFB/TR 22 – Pulmonary allergies (German Research Foundation)

  • SOLAR II – Study on Occupational Allergy Risks II: Manifestation of allergic diseases in young adults in connection with their entering a career – Investigations into their dependence on work-related factors, taking into consideration previous illnesses, disposition and environmental factors outside the workplace and developing suggestions for improving prevention

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the National Academy of Science Leopoldina, seit 2014

  • Co-editor, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, since 2010

  • Member of the editorial board, New England Journal of Medicine, since 2006

  • Member of the scientific advisory board of the CHILD (Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development) Study, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada, since 2005

  • Member of the scientific advisory board of CREAL (Research Centre for Environmental Epidemiology), Hospital del Mar Research Institute (IMIM) Barcelona, Spain, since 2005

  • Member of the Commission for Ecology of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities, since 2005

  • Member of the editorial board, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 2003 – 2008

  • Co-editor, European Respiratory Journal, 1999 – 2004

  • Member of the steering committee of ISAAC (International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood), since 1994

Additional qualifications

  • Additional specialisation in allergology

  • Additional specialisation in paediatric pneumology

  • Master of Science in epidemiology, Harvard University, USA


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