Mission Statement

Institute for Hygiene and Applied Immunology

The Institute for Hygiene and Applied Immunology of the » Center for Pathophysiology, Infectiology and Immunology is a new interdisciplinary enterprise of the » Medical University of Vienna having its history in the former Institute for Hygiene and the Department for Molecular Immunology. The Institute’s mission statement is a comprehensive understanding of the prevention of diseases starting from the biounderstanding and the analysis of water, the most important substance for the human body by the experts of water hygiene, via the testing of disinfectants and sterilizators by the Medical-technical Hygiene Unit, the diagnosis of pathogens in particular bacteria by the Infectious Immunology Unit, to the understanding of the molecular mechanisms of the natural intrinsic prevention system of the human body, the immune system, by the Molecular Immunology Unit. By combing the interdisciplinary expertise of the Units, we are aiming to develop novel hygienic measures as well as to identify novel immunomodulatory substances as basis for innovative therapeutic strategies to treat infections and immunological diseases including autoimmunity and allergy.

co-organized Events


September 24 – 26, 2017, Austria Trend Parkhotel Schönbrunn, Vienna, Austria – under the auspices of the Austrian Society for Hygiene, Microbiology and Preventive Medicine (ÖGHMP). Organisers ÖGHMP and ESGBOR/ESCMID Study Group for Lyme Borreliosis.


September 17 – 20, 2017, Dubrovnik, Croatia


8 – 11 September 2017 in Lviv, Ukraine


6 – 8 September 2017, University Clinic of Dentistry, Vienna




The Badge of Honour of the Danylo Halytsky Lviv National Medical University was conferred to Hannes Stockinger in recognition of distinguished scientific achievements.


In the frame of the 5th HOW-DEAD-IS-DEAD Conference that took place in Vienna from Sep 6–8, Thomas Glassner (research group Alexander Kirschner) was awarded the shared 2nd best poster prize.


Thomas Forster – Molecular Immunology Unit – successfully defended his diploma thesis


Mag. Christian Machacek – Molecular Immunology Unit – has completed his docotoral thesis.


As part of a recent study conducted by Anna-Margarita Schötta from the Institute for Hygiene and Applied Immunology and Center for Pathophysiology, Infectiology and Immunology of MedUni Vienna, an inventory has been made of the various pathogens carried by ticks in all parts of Austria.