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.
At the 36th Annual Meeting of the Austrian Society for Hygiene, Microbiology and Preventive Medicine (ÖGHMP), held 4 – 7 June 2018 in Graz, both the Austrian Microbiology Award and the Austrian Hygiene Award 2018 were awarded to employees of ICC Water & Health.
WWTF funds a project submitted by our post-doc Sílvia Cervero-Aragó (ICC Water & Health, Water Hygiene) and her collaborators from the Medical University of Vienna and ICC Water & Health with an amount of 649.990 Euros!