In the DZL, doctors and scientists are concerned primarily with diseases that are today still considered to be incurable and therefore pursue concrete aims for the individual symptoms. Knowledge gained from basic research, for example, should be used in the development of biomarkers for improved phenotyping of patients and these, in turn, should influence the development of new therapies.


With its multifaceted range of specialization, the BREATH research network is involved in the research of all eight lung diseases on which the DZL focuses.


Due to the fact that there are overlaps in all of these diseases as far as the origin or development of the disease is concerned, the joint integrated procedure orients itself towards the following dynamic processes:

  • development – regeneration – repair
  • inflammation (infectious and non-infectious) – remission of the inflammation
  • benign and malignant hyperproliferation