Erika von Mutius
Erika von Mutius is Professor of Pediatric Allergology and holds a degree in Epidemiology from Harvard School of Public Health, USA. She is head of the Asthma and Allergy Clinics at the University Children’s Hospital in Munich and the Munich University Asthma and Allergy Research Group (www.asthma-allergy.de). She is a Fellow of the European Respiratory Society and a member of the Editorial Board of the New England Journal of Medicine. In June 2010 she was awarded the honorary doctorate from the University of Helsinki and in 2013 the Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation which is the most important research award in Germany. Prof Dr von Mutius’ working group has been actively involved in design, implementation and data analysis of many large, Pan-European multicenter and interdisciplinary projects, including birth cohort studies, addressing the potential role of genetic and environmental factors for the development of allergic diseases. Considerable effort has been devoted to improving the quality and standardisation of methods for research in pediatric allergy epidemiology. The group has furthermore developed expertise and gained excellence in the conduct of studies aiming at elucidating the role of microbial exposures for the development of allergies and asthma.