Prof. Michael Tamm discusses with a colleague before a lung scan


The Department of Pulmonology conducts large clinical trials to improve patient care based on new findings. Translational research uses tissue samples to develop human cell culture models in order to investigate the disease mechanisms of the lungs in more detail. Research focuses on asthma, COPD, lung infections and interstitial lung diseases.

Clinical research

The ongoing clinical studies are focusing on the following topics, among others:

  • Efficacy and optimal use of inhalation medications for asthma and COPD
  • New diagnostic methods for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Rapid diagnosis and thus targeted treatment using viral and bacterial PCR in bronchoscopy, especially in patients with impaired immune defenses
  • Studies on the optimal use of sleeping pills during bronchoscopy to keep the complication rate extremely low
  • New therapeutic approaches for severe chronic cough
  • Collaboration in national and international registries, e.g. cystic fibrosis, lung transplantation, pulmonary arterial hypertension, pneumonia, etc.

Translational research

The staff of the Pulmonary Cell Research Laboratory in the Department of Biomedicine work with human lung tissue cells taken during bronchoscopies to investigate various disease mechanisms:

  • Behavior of bronchial muscle cells in asthma and COPD
  • Effect of inhaled cortisone- and non-cortisone-containing drugs at the cellular level
  • Mechanism of excessive connective tissue formation in the lungs
  • Analysis of the diagnostic value of biomarkersv