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University of Munich Children's Hospital, Munich, Germany

Prof. Erika von Mutius Prof. Erika von Mutius (MD, PhD)

Erika von Mutius is the coordinator of the EFRAIM project. She is head of the Asthma and Allergy Department of Munich University Children’s Hospital in Munich, Germany. Professor von Mutius completed her internship and residency training in the Department of General Pediatrics, Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care at this hospital. From 1992-1993 Erika von Mutius was a research fellow at the Respiratory Sciences Center at the University of Arizona, Tucson, USA, with Professor Fernando Martinez, and also received training in Clinical Effectiveness at Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, USA. In 2004 she was appointed as Professor of Pediatrics at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, one of only nine Centres of Excellence in Germany.

Her research interests have been focused on the epidemiology of paediatric respiratory and allergic diseases for many years. She has worked in several multicentre and interdisciplinary projects addressing the potential role of genetic and environmental determinants of atopic illnesses and has a 20 year experience with design, implementation and data analysis of large multicentre epidemiological studies on paediatric respiratory diseases and allergies, including birth cohort studies.

Professor von Mutius has been the recipient of several prestigious awards. She serves on a number of international committees and is an active editorial board member of national and international journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

Bianca Schaub (MD)

Bianca Schaub

Bianca Schaub is deputy head of the Allergy-Immunology research group and senior physician of the Asthma and Allergy Department and Pulmonary Department of Munich University Children´s Hospital, Munich, Germany. After studying medicine in Munich, Germany, Dundee, Scotland and Melbourne, Australia, she completed her internship and residency training in Pediatrics. From 2002-2004 she was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Harvard University, Brigham and Women´s Hospital with Patricia Finn (immunology, Pulmonary) and Diane Gold/Scott Weiss (epidemiology). After her return, she established the immunology-allergy research group in 2004. In 2009 she became Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich. Her main clinical focus is pediatric pulmonary & allergic diseases. The main research interest of her group is to identify immunological mechanisms in the development of allergic diseases in childhood. Ongoing projects in several national and international birth cohort studies include the influences of regulatory immune responses of the infant immune system in the development of allergic diseases in childhood. Dr. Schaub has a strong interest in the effect of early maternal and environmental factors on the development of the fetal and infant immune system and subsequently the allergic phenotype. PD Dr. Schaub has received the Klosterfrau Research Award 2009, and the Pediatric Respiratory Research Award from ERS 2010. She is scholar of the Comprehensive Pneumonology Center (CPC, a collaborative project of LMU Munich, Helmholtz Zentrum and Asklepios) in Munich.