Mission Statement / Aims of the Institute
Respiratory diseases are accounting for 3.9 million annual deaths worldwide, which makes them – beside cardiovascular diseases, cancer and diabetes – one of the 'Big Four' of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) targeted by the WHO Global Action Plan for Control and Prevention of NCDs. To effectively combat respiratory diseases, it is crucially important to gain a thorough understanding of the complex interrelations between genetic, physiological, environmental and behavioural factors guiding the development of the healthy and the diseased lung.
With its extensive research programs, the LBI for Lung Health aims to contribute to this field of research. The close collaboration of physicians, scientists and clinical staff from different disciplines enables high-quality, interdisciplinary research. Through the teaching activities of our researchers at the Sigmund Freud University and the Medical University of Vienna, the training of future physicians is another important cornerstone of the institute. This makes it possible to bring current knowledge closer to young colleagues and to support them in their scientific work with practical experience. Due to a number of international cooperations, such as the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands, the LBI for Lung Health also offers the possibility of a scientific research doctorate, which is completed with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.).
We feel obligated to our staff members of the institute as well as to our cooperation partners to show consideration for each other and always act with appreciation. We pursue a policy of non-discrimination, emphasize diversity and place great value on co-determination in internal decision-making processes. Fair and healthy working conditions and opportunities for further development are a matter of course for the LBI for Lung Health.