BREATH Director:

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Prof. Dr. Tobias Welte

Kliniken d. Med. Hochschule Hannover (Hannover Medical School)
Zentrum Innere Medizin, Abt. Pneumologie
Carl-Neuberg-Str. 1
D-30625 Hannover

Tel.: +49 (0)511 - 532-3531
Fax: +49 (0)511 - 532-3353
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  • Director of the Clinic for Pneumology, Hannover Medical School
  • Chairman of the German Sepsis Society
  • Speaker for the Clinical Study Center Hannover (KS-MHH; established by the BMBF)
  • Member of the Presidium of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (DIVI)
  • Chairman of the Board of Trustees, CAPNETZ-Foundation
  • Head of the Competence Center for Infectious Diseases
  • Director of the Competence Network ASCONET
  • ERS President Elect 2017/2018

BREATH Manager:

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Dr. Annegret Zurawski

Medizinische Hochschule Hannover (Hannover Medical School)
Biomedical Research in Endstage and Obstructive Lung Disease (BREATH)
(OE 6876)
Carl-Neuberg-Str. 1
D-30625 Hannover

Tel.: +49 (0)511 - 532-5192
Fax: +49 (0)511 - 532-18515
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BREATH Partner Institutions

BREATH Research Profile

In the BREATH research network, doctors and scientists from Hannover Medical School (MHH), the Fraunhofer Institute for Toxicology and Experimental Medicine (ITEM),  the Center for Health Economics Research Hannover (CHERH) of the Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH), and the CAPNETZ Stiftung have come together to carry out research in the field of lung diseases with the aim of optimizing the care structure for patients, including gaining new knowledge, developing and expanding current therapeutic measures, stemming and reducing mortality in this field and generally improving the quality of life of patients with lung diseases.  There is also close cooperation with the REBIRTH Cluster of Excellence.  A major focus of BREATH is clinical research, particularly in the fields of lung transplantation and stem cell therapy.  In 2012 at the Hannover Medical School, DZL scientists from BREATH were involved in the first living lung donation in Germany.

The Department of Respiratory Medicine at MHH is engaged in the lung transplantation program and conducts research in the fields of infectious disease, allergic disease, and pulmonary hypertension. Basic research on infectious diseases focuses on inflammatory cells in the pulmonary system and on proteolytic enzymes in connection with infection. In cooperation with Fraunhofer ITEM, research scientists investigate the pathophysiology of allergic diseases and have access to the cutting edge pollen exposure room at ITEM.  Researchers at LUH bring significant expertise in the fields of health services and health economics to the DZL.  Finally, the nation-wide research network, CAPNETZ  (Network of Excellence Community Acquired Pneumonia), is now integrated into the DZL.  CAPNETZ connects clinical, microbiological and basic research in order to gain knowledge about the pathogenesis of community acquired pneumonia (CAP), a significant public health challenge.  CAPNETZ is the most comprehensive CAP database in the world.