Mission Statement

Institute for Hygiene and Applied Immunology

The Institute for Hygiene and Applied Immunology of the »Center for Pathophysiology, Infectiology and Immunology is an 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 hygiene and infection prevention, the effectiveness of disinfectants, their methods and further development, via the diagnosis of pathogens, to the understanding of the molecular processes of the body's own natural prevention system, the immune system.

The aim of this interdisciplinary institute is to recombine the knowledge and techniques of the experts of the research groups for Antigen Recognition, Immunology of Infection and Microbiology, Medical-technical Hygiene, Molecular Immunology, Water Hygiene and Water Microbiology in order to develop and introduce hygiene 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 8 – 11, 2019, Austria Trend Parkhotel Schönbrunn, Vienna, Austria – under the auspices of the Austrian Society for Hygiene, Microbiology and Preventive Medicine (ÖGHMP).


September 27 - 30, 2019 in Pristina, Kosovo


3. Juli 2019, 11 Uhr, Hygiene-Institut, Kinderspitalgasse 15, Hörsaal 1


March 18 – 22, 2019, Marseille, France




As part of the microbiological research program Joint Danube Survey 4, Assoc. Prof. Alexander Kirschner – with the Interuniversity Cooperation Center Water & Health – analyzed the Danube water for fecal loads.


Das Symposium am 3. Juli 2019 war mit ca. 150 TeilnehmerInnen ein großer Erfolg.


At the 15th YSA PhD-Symposium of the MedUni Vienna, held from 13 – 14 June 2019, Markus Kraller was awarded a Best Oral Presentation Prize and Ada Petre a Poster Prize.


Due to her excellent achievements, Ass.-Prof. Priv.-Doz. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Miranda Suchomel, head of the Research Group for Medical-technical Hygiene, was appointed Associate Professor by the Rector of the MedUni in June 2019.


Das Gründungssymposium des interuniversitären Kooperationszentrums Wasser und Gesundheit (ICC Water&Health – ICC W&H) wurde am 20. Mai 2019 im Rahmen der Gesprächsreihe "Gesundheitsperspektiven" an der Karl Landsteiner Privatuniversität für Gesundheitswissenschaften (KL) begangen.