The IUF’s major task is to carry out molecular preventive medical research of environmentally-induced disorders. The main objective is to improve health care with regard to environmental pollution and to develop preventive strategies.
The IUF carries out research projects addressing the biological effects that pollutants of global relevance (in particular particles, non-ionizing radiation and chemicals) have on humans. Environmentally-induced aging processes of the cardiovascular system and the skin as well as environmentally-induced disturbances of the immune system and damages to the brain are in focus. T
The IUF bundles scientific expertise in the fields of toxicology, immunology, molecular aging research and epidemiology. Besides in vitro examinations on cultured cells and (partly genuinely at the IUF developed) human 3 dimensional organic model systems, in vivo examinations are conducted in animal models as well as in humans using a specially established research unit for this purpose. Using this technological expertise, the IUF develops cutting-edge models for risk assessment and for innovative strategies of molecular prevention and therapeutic intervention. The ultimate translational steps are achieved by advising regulatory authorities and by cooperating with clinicians and industrial partners.