15. August 2023 in ECARF News


Allergens are proteins which most commonly originate from pollen in the air. But also in dust mites, their excrements or even in animal hair. So far, eight different allergens have been found in cats. Of these, Fel d 1 (Felis […]

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9. August 2023 in ECARF News


According to a standardised market research survey, there were over 15 million cats in Germany in 2021. As the number of cats in German households continues to rise, so does sensitisation to them – in both children and adults . […]

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22. March 2023 in Column

How are pollen forecasts made?

In Germany, almost one in seven adults suffers from a medically diagnosed allergy, with pollen being one of the most common triggers. A simple but effective treatment for pollen allergies is to reduce or avoid allergen contact. The pollen forecast […]

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20. March 2023 in ECARF News

Facts, figures, and news about ALLERGIES

Allergies are constantly on the rise. In children and young adults, but also in the elderly. But when exactly do we consider something an allergic disease, what can we be allergic to and how do we recognise an allergy? Find […]

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1. January 2023 in ECARF News

Franz Bayertz is the new CEO

As of 8 January 2023, Franz Bayertz is the new CEO of ECARF Institute GmbH.   He is responsible for the strategic and operational development of ECARF GMBH, the wholly owned subsidiary of the European Centre for Allergy Research (ECARF), and reports to […]

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7. October 2022 in ECARF News

The challenge of food labelling?

Not always easily legible: the small print on packaging. This can become a problem for people with food intolerances. Much has been achieved for them in recent years – after all, there are now 14 main allergens that must be […]

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2. March 2022 in ECARF News

Asthma expert Jean Bousquet in talks with ECARF

The leading international guideline methodologist Prof. Jean Bousquet visits the ECARF Foundation for talks. In addition to asthma research, his research interests focus on the digital transformation of health and care, the mechanisms of allergies and the multimorbidity of allergic […]

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18. January 2022 in ECARF News

Gaming against asthma

Gaming inside a digital immune system: The strategy game Inflammania helps people understand the workings of asthma and other inflammatory diseases.

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15. December 2021 in ECARF News

Get started now: hyposensitisation

People with pollen allergies should begin allergen-specific immunotherapy in autumn – even at the end of autumn is not too late. This gives the body time to build up its defences for pollen season.

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23. November 2021 in ECARF News

Heating season is dust mite season

Once the heating season begins, the symptoms of people with house dust mite allergies become more severe. Drugs can help manage these symptoms – and so does keeping dust in the home to a minimum.

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8. November 2021 in ECARF News

Asthma in children: biomarker discovered

Immune cells in the blood of children with allergic asthma are composed differently to those in healthy children. Individual characteristics of the immune cells can be measured in the blood. Presumably, this will make it possible to assess allergic asthma […]

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20. October 2021 in ECARF News

Antibody injection for cat hair allergy

When people with a cat hair allergy receive an injection of special antibodies, they develop a tolerance to the cat hair allergen. But the treatment is not yet approved. Studies are still needed in order to determine how long the

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17. August 2021 in ECARF News

Plant + light = rash

Many plants contain substances that, when activated by the UV light of the summer sun, can cause severe skin irritation. The best-known example is giant hogweed, but other acanthus species have a similar effect.

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1. July 2021 in ECARF News

The One Health Concept

Cow’s milk can cause allergies, but raw milk protects against allergies. Why is that? People, animals, plants and the environment usually all come into play when an allergy develops. Allergology is teaming up with many other sciences to investigate these

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25. June 2021 in ECARF News

Obituary: Prof. Dr. Marek L. Kowalski

It is with great sadness that we have received the news that our ECARF ambassador for Poland and esteemed friend, Professor Marek Kowalski (1952-2021), has passed away.   Marek has been head of the Department of Immunology and Allergy at […]

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23. October 2020 in ECARF News

Cooked carrots can trigger allergies

Allergies to raw carrots are common. But cooked carrots can also trigger allergies, as researchers in Bayreuth have recently discovered. People who are allergic to carrots should therefore avoid carrots altogether.

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1. September 2020 in ECARF News

What to do when masks cause itching

‘Maskne’ – a combination of the words mask and acne – is one of the new buzzwords emerging from COVID-19 times. But acne is rarely the reason behind the itching and rashes that occur underneath masks.

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Ein Smartphone, das in einer Halterung neben einem Autolenkrad befestigt ist zeigt ein durchgestrichenes Männchen. Darüber steht COVID-19.
3. June 2020 in ECARF News

COVID-19: Does pollution play a role?

Pollution causes disease. High levels of pollution may also be one of the reasons why more people are dying from the novel coronavirus in certain regions. A geoscientist from Halle has made this discovery.

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15. February 2018 in ECARF News

‘Allergy Girl’ Gets an Allergy Test

Kortney has suffered from numerous food allergies since she was a child. Her last allergy test was more than twenty years ago. Are the recommendations she received back then still valid? A test will provide new answers. ECARF accompanied the

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11. January 2017 in ECARF News

We have a busy year ahead of us!

2016 was an exciting year for ECARF. For our new website, we did a lot of research, worked on a new design and spoke with many people. For our retirement home project, we toured Berlin and gathered information from caregivers

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