Environmentally-induced aging processes of the skin are often induced by non-ionizing radiation. In this context, the IUF was the first to show that besides UV also infrared radiation is involved. However, epidemiological studies of the IUF in Germany and China indicate that skin aging can also be induced by air pollutants. In contrast to mainly genetically defined, intrinsic aging processes, extrinsic aging processes can be preventively influenced. The research projects deal with the elucidation of underlying molecular mechanisms of extrinsic aging processes and the development of corresponding molecular-based preventive strategies.
The following working groups contribute to research field 2: