The Project
The Project
Merits of the project
Merits of the project

The Group - Consortium - Klinikum rechts der Isar der Technischen Universität München


ZAUM - Center of Allergy & Environment,
a joint institute of the Technische Universität München
and Helmholtz Zentrum München
Biedersteiner Str. 29
80802 Munich, Germany

Project Leader

Prof. Dr. Jeroen Buters Prof. Dr. Jeroen Buters
Phone: +49 (0)89 4140 3487 
Fax: +49 (0)89 4140 3453 
E-Mail to Prof. Dr. Jeroen Buters Contact  

Project Staff

Dr. Ingrid Weichenmeier
Pollen determinations 
Phone: +49 (0)89 4140 3478 
Fax: +49 (0)89 4140 3453 
E-Mail to Dr. Ingrid Weichenmeier Contact  

Gudrun Pusch (Dipl. Ing. (FH))
Data evaluation and quality control 
Phone: +49 (0)89 4140 3478 
Fax: +49 (0)89 4140 3453 
E-Mail to Gudrun Pusch (Dipl. Ing. (FH)) Contact  

Danijel Kupresanin (CTA)
Allergen determinations 
Phone: +49 (0)89 4140 3469 
E-Mail to Danijel Kupresanin (CTA) Contact  

Institute Presentation

ZAUM- Center for Allergy and Environment (Director Prof. Dr. Carsten Schmidt-Weber) is part of the Technische Universität München. The institute focuses on the influence of the environment on the etiology of allergic diseases. It is a multidisciplinary research center with a staff of medical doctors, biologists, toxicologists, electron microscopists and geneticists. The institute is also part of the Helmholtz Zentrum Neuherberg, which provides support from statisticians, epidemiologists and aerobiologists. The institute is part of three EU projects: it is a center of excellence in GA2LEN (Global Allergy and Asthma Local European Network), member of COST ES0603 EUPOL, and coordinator of HIALINE.

Additional funding for the measurements was provided by the Christine Kühne Foundation - Centre for Allergy Research and Education (Part A: Director Prof. Dr. Traidl-Hoffmann), Davos, Switzerland.

Specifically for the HIALINE project the institute has the expertise in monitoring pollens (all species) and simultaneously allergens in ambient air (Bet v 1 and Phleum p 5) and has also published on the influence of environmental pollution on allergen exposure.

1. Buters JTM, Weichenmeier I, Ochs S, Pusch G, Kreyling W, Boere AJ, Schober W, Behrendt H. The allergen Bet v 1 in fractions of ambient air deviates from birch pollen counts. Allergy 2010;65(7):850-8.
2. Buters JTM, Kasche A, Weichenmeier I, Schober W, Klaus S, Traidl-Hoffmann C, Menzel A, Huss-Marp J, Krämer U, Behrendt H. Year-to-Year Variation in Release of Bet v 1 Allergen from Birch Pollen: Evidence for Geographical Differences between West and South Germany. Int Arch Allergy Immunol 2008; 145:122-30.
3. Jeroen T.M. Buters, Michel Thibaudon, Matt Smith, Roy Kennedy, Auli Rantio-Lehtimäki, Roberto Albertini, Gerald Reese, Bernhard Weber, Carmen Galan, Rui Brandao, Celia M. Antunes, Siegfried Jäger, Uwe Berger, Sevcan Celenk, Lukasz Grewling, Bogdan Jackowiak, Ingrida Sauliene, Ingrid Weichenmeier, Gudrun Pusch, Hakan Sarioglu, Marius Ueffing, Heidrun Behrendt, Marje Prank, Mikhail Sofiev, Lorenzo Cecchi The HIALINE working group. Release of Bet v 1 from birch pollen from 5 European countries. Results from the HIALINE study. Atmospheric Environment 55 (2012);496-505.

The impact factor of the publications of the institute ZAUM in 2010 was over 120.

Prof. Dr. J. BUTERS, pharmacist, toxicologist, leads the ZAUM-laboratory of toxicology and exposure research since 2000. He is specialized in monitoring the allergens Bet v 1 and Phleum p 5 in ambient air by high volume ambient air sampling with a cascade impactor (Chemvol®) and analysis with ELISA since 6 years. He designed the proposed experimental set-up for the “Allergen in Ambient Air” work package of HIALINE and implemented this set-up for over 4 years in Munich, Germany. The work leading to these experiments was published in 2008 and 2010, and the results of the allergen monitoring were presented as invited speaker on several international conferences, and a paper is being submitted. Prof. Buters published over 50 papers in peer reviewed journals. His group consists of 5 permanent staff and 4 temporary members.

Dr. I. WEICHENMEIER, DVM, is an expert on pollen counting (all species) by the Burkard pollen trap and electron microscopy of pollen since 7 years.

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