Medizinische Universitaet Wien

Wien, Austria

The Medical University of Vienna (MUW) was founded in 1365 as Medical Faculty of the University of Vienna and became an autonomous university in 2004. It is the largest medical organization in Austria, hosting 5.500 employees among them 3.633 researchers in 30 university clinics and 12 centres. Research: MUW takes “Interdisciplinarity” and “Translational Research” seriously. Practically all of the organizational units are involved in medical science and medical diagnostic related research to provide a better understanding of disease mechanisms and to improve prevention, diagnosis and therapy. Teaching: MUW is Austria’s largest medical training centre, educating 6.500 MD and 1.400 PhD students each year. The MUW offers 18 postgraduate courses, 16 PhD doctoral degrees and 10 doctoral degrees of applied medical science courses. Clinical data: 1.600 medical doctors treat 100.000 inpatients and 550.000 outpatients each year, performing more than 50.000 operations each year.

Michelle Epstein (MD)

is a medical doctor graduated from the University of Alberta in Canada, who has specialised in Internal Medicine at the University of British Columbia and Allergy and Clinical Immunology at Yale University. She did post docs in basic immunology at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Yale University and at the National Institutes of Health. Her research is aimed at understanding the mechanisms of allergic disease from the perspective of a basic immunologist and clinical allergist. She has expertise with a variety of mouse models of asthma and materials science. M. Epstein is the coordinator of the EAACI Task Force on “Animal models of allergic disease” and is a member of the EFSA GMO Safety Panel.