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


June 9 – 13, 2018 in Strbske Pleso, Slovakia


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




Prof. Hannes Stockinger has been appointed Adjunct Professor of Immunology by the Rector of the Yerevan State Medical University, Armenia.


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!


At the 8th Center's Retreat held on September 19, 2017, Florian Kellner, MSc., research group Molecular Immunology, Huppa Lab, was awarded a Best Presentation Prize.


At this year's summer school, held from 8 – 11 September 2017 in Lviv, Ukraine, 63 participants from 16 countries, especially from Eastern Europe, could benefit from lectures and workshops in basic and clinical immunology.


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