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 27 - 30, 2019 in Pristina, Kosovo


September 8 – 11, 2019, Austria Trend Parkhotel Schönbrunn, Vienna, Austria – under the auspices of the Austrian Society for Hygiene, Microbiology and Preventive Medicine (ÖGHMP).


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


March 18 – 22, 2019, Marseille, France




At the 16th International Medical Postgraduate Conference, held from 21 - 22 November 2019 in Hradec Králové, Czech Republic, Markus Kraller was awarded a Best Presentation Prize


The Forum Water Hygiene awards the Science Prize 2018/19 for our latest work on the relevance of VBNC (viable but nonculturable) Legionella, which was recently published in the number 1 journal in the water sector "Water Research".


The 20th symposium of the IWA Specialist Group Health-Related Water Microbiology, organized by ICC Water & Health and the Austrian Society for Hygiene, Microbiology and Preventive Medicine in Vienna (September 15–20, 2019, Campus University of Vienna), was a great success.


At this year's summer school, held from 27 – 30 September 2019 in Pristina, Kosovo, 65 participants from 15 countries, especially from Eastern Europe, could benefit from lectures and workshops in basic and clinical immunology.


At the 10th Retreat of the Center, held on September 24, 2019, 74 projects were presented as short presentations and posters.