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Experimental Environmental Medicine

Head: Priv. Doz. Dr. rer. nat. Dipl.-Biol. Rudolf Jörres


The research group focuses on three main topics, the first of them being the characterisation of patients suffering from respiratory disease and comorbidities. This is done by means of advanced functional procedures as well as non-invasive methods in order to monitor cellular activation and inflammation. In particular this includes the analysis of exhaled air using electronic noses and other methods. Furthermore, experimental exposure studies in humans involving the afore-mentioned measurement procedures or corresponding cooperations are conducted. The most recent study of the institute focused on the potential emission effects of nanoparticles of laser printers. These approaches are supplemented by cell culture experiments mechanistically investigating the influence of noxious agents. In the past, early cellular ageing has been of particular interest, whereas the current focus is the validation of biomarkers which can then be determined non-invasively within patients.