News and Reports


Research Groups

(Cezmi Akdis)

(Mübeccel Akdis)

Molecular Allergology
(Katja Bärenfaller)

Molecular Allergology
(Reto Crameri)

Molecular Immunology
(Liam O‘Mahony)

Vaccine Development
(Claudio Rhyner)


International Networks

Diagnostic Routine





The Swiss Institute of Allergy and Asthma Research (SIAF) is a department of the foundation Swiss Research Institutes for High Altitude Climate and Medicine Davos (SFI) and an affiliated institute of the University of Zurich and member of the Life Science Zurich Graduate School. The institute in its current form arised from the medical department of SFI in 1988. Since this time the research activities at SIAF are focused on basic research in the field of allergies and asthma.

1905 Tuberculosis Research Institute Davos
Medical Society Davos, Community of Davos, K. Turban
1907 Physical-Meteorological Observatory Davos, C. Dorno
1922 Swiss Research Institute for High Altitude Climate and Tuberculosis
1922-1933 A. Loewy, High Altitude Physiology
1934-1937 F. Roulet, Chemistry of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis
1938-1954 W. Berblinger, Pathology of Tuberculosis
1954-1960 W. A. Vischer, Resistance to Mycobacterium Tuberculosis
1961 Swiss Research Institute for High Altitude Climate and Medicine
1961-1985 E. Sorkin, Neuroendocrine-Immune Interactions
1985-1987 H. Basedowsky, Neuroendocrine-Immune Interactions
1988 Swiss Insitute of Allergy and Asthma Research (SIAF)
1988-2006 K. Blaser, Mechanisms of Allergy and Asthma
2006- C. A. Akdis, Mechanisms and Novel Methods for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Allergy and Asthma



Currently at SIAF, there are working 45 - 50 academic people. The work at SIAF during the last year generated a total of 55 scientific publications (exclisive abstracts), of which 51 appeared in reviewed international journals. The total average impact is 6.675, which is in the range of recent years. A total of 56 abstracts were presented at different international and national congresses. Members of the SIAF were invited to 93 seminars or lectures at international congresses, universities and other research institutions. Several members of SIAF have teaching responsibilities at the Universities of Zurich and Salzburg and play a role in 24 editorial board and editorship activities.  

Even as an institute with relatively small resources, compared to some well-known and highly acknowledged institutions and universities, the SIAF can compete in number of publications. The more are the selection of projects, their originality and news content important for the institute’s success. The SIAF has contributed with original work and key findings in all fields of allergology and in some cases has changed the view of current understanding of the mechanisms leading to allergic inflammations. Accordingly, most publications are often cited and in terms of citations per publication the SIAF ranges among the world leading institutes in clinical research, as taken from the ISI Web of Science. Currently there are 52 publications from SIAF that are cited more than 100 times. In total, the published work of SIAF in all fields was cited by 27‘325 times. The average citation per item is 33.6 and the h index is 73. 

For further information about the current research activities of SIAF members see our SIAF Annual Report 2016.