IUF – Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine

Targeted prevention

Research mission

Our research mission is the targeted and personalized prevention
of environmentally-induced aging and associated diseases.

We achieve this by elucidating causal mechanisms in the effects of environmental toxicants of global relevance – including particles, chemicals and radiation (also taking into account climate change). As part of this mission, we develop cutting-edge models for risk assessment and for the identification of innovative strategies for prevention and intervention. The ultimate translational steps are achieved by advising regulatory authorities and by cooperating with industry.

Research fields

Environmentally-induced pulmonary aging

This research field investigates the mechanisms by which man-made and natural particles trigger degenerative and aging processes in the lungs.

WG Schikowski
WG Schins
JRG Sahm
JRG Staerk
Team Unfried

Environmentally-induced skin aging

This research field investigates the mechanisms by which non-ionizing radiation and particulate matter contribute to skin aging, skin inflammation, and skin carcinogenesis.

WG Esser
WG Haarmann-Stemmann
WG Krutmann
WG Schikowski
JRG Sahm
JRG Staerk

Environmentally-induced disturbances of the nervous system

In this research field, the influence of neurotoxic substances (e.g. chemicals and particles) on the developing, adult, and aged nervous systems is studied.

WG Koch
WG Krutmann
WG von Mikecz
WG Schikowski
WG Schins
JRG Staerk
LG Ventura

Environmentally-induced disturbances of the immune system

In this research field, the molecular mechanisms and their immunological consequences triggered by organic environmental pollutants, particles and UV radiation are investigated.

WG Esser
WG Koch
WG Haarmann-Stemmann
WG Krutmann
WG Schikowski
WG Schins
JRG Staerk
LG Weighardt

The research mission of the IUF is the targeted and personalized prevention of environmentally-induced aging and associated diseases.

News

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    Young talent award for research into the health effects of Saharan dust

    Gerrit Bredeck was awarded the Rudolf Buchheim Prize of the German Society for Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology (DGPT) for his work on the health effects of Saharan dust. He conducted his research as doctoral student in the working group of Dr. Roel Schins at the IUF – Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine...
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    Lady Mary Montagu series – Online lecture on autophagy

    Prof. Charlotte Esser will host the next lecture in the Lady Mary Montagu series on 20.03.2024 from 4-6 pm. The guest is Prof. Katja Simon from Berlin who will give a talk about autophagy . This lecture series of the Commission on Gender Equality and Career Development of the German Society for Immunology provides a...

Job offers

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