Kühne Foundation
Collected sample and data packages from patients (approx.) in 2020
Allergy training days in 2019/2020



In 2009, the Kühne Foundation established the non-profit “Christine Kühne – Center for Allergy Research and Education” (CK-CARE), with headquarters in Davos and further locations in Augsburg (DE), Bonn (DE), St. Gallen (CH) and Zurich (CH). The main pillars of the initiative are highly qualified and well-connected research activities on allergology and atopic dermatitis in particular, as well as the training of medical specialists based on the latest scientific findings. Renowned research teams work together with cooperation partners across borders to eliminate deficits in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of allergy sufferers and thus make an important contribution to the sustainable well-being of patients. With the establishment of CK-CARE, one of the largest private initiatives in the field of allergology in Europe was created. Today, the focus is on a database and biobank in which information and biospecimens from patients and healthy control persons are collected. This makes analyses possible that serve the development of drugs and treatments of so-called precision medicine. The aim of this is to create treatment methods that can take into account the very specifically individual conditions and reactions of each patient.

In 2022, 45 researchers of the CK-CARE network were involved in 30 different ongoing projects. At the 3-day “Global Allergy Forum” in September, CK-CARE brought together renowned experts for an intensive scientific exchange at the Medicine Campus Davos.

CK-CARE’s network comprises five renowned scientists:

•    Prof. Dr. med. Cezmi Akdis, Director of Swiss Institute of Allergy and Asthma Research (SIAF) Davos,
•    Prof. Dr. Dr. med. Thomas Bieber, Chairman and Director of Dermatology and Allergy, University of Bonn,
•    Prof. Charlotte Brügge, Endowed Professorship, University of Zurich
•    Prof. Dr. med. Roger Lauener, Physician-in-Chief, Children's Hospital of Eastern Switzerland, St. Gallen,
•    Prof. Dr. med. Peter Schmid-Grendelmeier, Head of the Allergology Unit, University Hospital, Zurich
•    Prof. Dr. med. Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann, Director, Institute of Environmental Medicine, University Centre at the Klinikum Augsburg (UNIKA-T), Technical University of Munich (TUM)

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