Various factors relevant to the physiology of work can influence the activity of the immune system. A resulting weakening of the immune system can have serious consequences for the health and thus the performance of the individual. It is therefore important to research the connections between work and the immune system. The group is investigating which factors relevant to the physiology of work influence the immune system. By avoiding the relevant factors, a disturbance of the immune system could thus be counteracted. However, it is also a matter of understanding in what way the immune system is disturbed and what the molecular connections are. Such an understanding could specifically counteract the negative influence of unavoidable factors on the immune system.
The Immunomodulation group bridges the gap between basic research from the Immunophysiology group and application-oriented implementation. Due to its complex structure, the immune system can be influenced in its function by a variety of factors. The researchers are investigating the influence of factors relevant to the physiology of work, such as stress, shift work, nutrition, chemical exposure and age factors.
- Determination and functional relevance of the immune age
- Influence of epinephrine on NK cell function
- Use of an e-health application to improve immune function
- Antibody responses after corona infection and vaccinationCurrent projects