Who we are

LMU is the leading teaching and research university in Germany, ranking 1st in Germany in the latest Times Higher Education World University Ranking. With the neighbouring Max-Planck, Helmholtz, and Technical University institutions, it can be regarded as a major European life science hub. LMU is a distinguished beneficiary of the German excellence initiative and has hosted a total of more than 90 ERC grants. In the Seventh EU Framework program (FP7) LMU was recipient of 225 projects, acting as the coordinating institution in 22 of these. In Horizon 2020 the LMU has already received more than 150 grants, 24 of them in the Societal Challenge 1. LMU is located in Munich, the capital of the federal state of Bavaria. In 2013, Munich was awarded an “excellence cluster personalised medicine and targeted therapies” by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). This initiative brings together hospitals and academic institutions, BioTec and pharmaceutical companies and the cluster management society BIOM to work towards targeted drug discovery and production. In addition, the TTU-Tuberculosis of the German Center of Infection Research (DZIF) recently launched a personalised medicine work package in which Dr Ulrich von Both is playing an active role in since 2016. Finally, the Dr von Hauner Children’s hospital is a member of the distinguished European Children’s Hospitals Organisation (ECHO, https://www.echohospitals.org/members).

Our role in DIAMONDS

The local principal investigator (Dr Ulrich von Both) and his team at the Dr von Hauner Children’s hospital at LMU will predominantly serve as an important site for clinical recruitment of both paediatric and adult patients with presumed infectious diseases or inflammatory conditions (WP1), including patients with cystic fibrosis and chronic lung disease (coordinated by Prof. Mathias Kappler). Recruitment of patients will also take place at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (coordinated by Dr Irene Alba-Alejandre) and the adult infectious diseases unit of LMU (coordinated by Dr Michael Seilmaier). LMU will also render support and input to activities in other work packages, such as WP 4, 7, 10 and 12.

Our team

The Dr von Hauner Children’s Hospital at LMU is one of the oldest German paediatric hospitals (1882). The Division of Paediatric Infectious Diseases runs specialist clinics (i.e. HIV, TB, cCMV), an antibiotic stewardship program, offers routine daily ward rounds for ICUs and a 24/7 consultative service for general wards, and includes a diagnostic microbiology laboratory. The adult ID department offers tertiary care to local and imported infectious diseases, runs a 24/7 service for malaria diagnostics, and the management of viral haemorrhagic fevers, HIV and tuberculosis. The Obstetrics & Gynaecology department has more than 2,400 deliveries annually and extensive experience in managing high­risk pregnancies.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 848196