Current research projects

Digital Health Nudging - Can daily text messages to smartphones increase exercise behavior in adolescents with congenital heart disease?

Through so-called "nudging" - a nudge through digital text or picture messages to the smartphone - the intervention group with patients with a congenital heart defect will be encouraged over three months to be physically active. In doing so, we expect this intervention group to remain more active over the 3-month observation period than a control group.


Consulting and psychological support during pregnancy

Several studies on consulting and psychological care in pregnancy.


Longitudinal Development of motor performance, vascular stiffness and Quality of Life in Children and adolescents with congenital heart defects - The "FOOTLOOSE" cohort

The project is designed as a longitudinal study and investigates how sports motor skills, vascular stiffness and quality of life develop during childhood and puberty. We have already been studying these so-called functional parameters since 2014 and are aiming for a total of 10 years of follow-up.


Web-based exercise intervention to improve motor skills and their sustainability in children with congenital heart disease

This project aims to investigate whether motor skills improve in children with congenital heart disease through a six-month, web-based and supervised exercise intervention. The project is designed as a randomized controlled intervention trial with crossover.


Cardiac Morphology e-learning Teaching Course

With the support of the TUM Global Incentive Fund, a learning platform on the topic of congenital heart defects is to be established in the long term in cooperation with Imperial College London. This will be an e-learning course at both locations (Munich, London) to help medical professionals develop a three-dimensional understanding of the complex anatomy of congenital heart defects.

SUGAR - Study gestation diabetes

What is the impact of physical activity during pregnancy on cardiovascular function in mother and child?


Fetal magnetic cardiography: a non-invasive method for the detection of fetal cardiac arrhythmias

Fetal magnetic cardiography will be established as part of the project. A special focus is on the identification of high-risk pregnancies in relation to congenital arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death. The project takes place in cooperation with the Center for Rare Congenital Heart Diseases at the German Heart Center of the Technical University of Munich and the Center for Rare Arrhythmia Syndromes and Structural Heart Diseases at the University Hospital Rechts der Isar of the Technical University of Munich.


Exercise during pregnancy: cardiovascular prevention of mother and child

Exercise planning for an athletically active pregnancy in the area of endurance and strength as well as for the prevention of pregnancy-related muscular complaints.


"Connect2Move" - Valorization of natural cardio hiking trails through open innovation for the sustainable promotion of intergenerational, health-oriented tourism

The aim of the project is to valorize natural and evidence-based cardio-trekking trails through Open Innovation methods for the sustainable promotion of intergenerational, health-oriented tourism. With special consideration of the alpine region, including its cultural heritage (e.g. eco-model region (D), mountaineering villages (D), Roman region (D), alpine and high-altitude trails (AT)), existing hiking trails are to be designed into themed trails and digitally remapped, in which cardiovascular stress intensities are marked in addition to the usual description of length, altitude meters, trail characteristics and duration. More information can be found by visiting the project homepage.

Vascular health of adolescents with depressive disorder

The presence of depression is a significant risk factor for cardiovascular mortality in adulthood. The prevalence of mental illness in adolescence has increased substantially in recent years. This study aims to detect a possible risk already in adolescence using new diagnostic methods in micro- and macrocirculation.


BISp-projekt „TuM Do Be"

In close cooperation with Prof. Dr. Michael Schaffrath, head of the Media and Communication Department, the project "(Top) coaches and the media: an analysis of the perception and evaluation of doping reporting and the impact on training work" (TuM Do Be) was initiated. It is funded by the Federal Institute for Sport Sciences (BISP). The aim is to provide concrete indications of how the exchange with sports journalists can be improved from the point of view of elite sports to also make the anti-doping fight more successful together.


PAKTan: Physical activity in daycare centers age-appropriate benefit

Starting in March 2020, "PAKT an" aims to reduce the health opportunity inequality of children up to twelve years of age in daycare centers (KiTas) of the AWO Oberbayern and to support physical activity in an age-appropriate way. The aim of the joint project with the Chair of Sports and Health Didactics of Prof. Dr. Filip Mess and Dr. Florian Kreuzpointner, Head of the Prevention Center, is to reduce the existing inequalities of children in the two life situation dimensions socially and health-wise through specific interventions in the living environment KiTa, in order to sustainably improve the living situations and future opportunities of these children. It is financed within the framework of the Landesrahmenvereinbarung (LRV) Prävention Bayern, a sub-project, the evaluation of the scientific work, by the Bayerisches Landesamt für Gesundheit und Lebensmittelsicherheit (LGL).


Student Health Management/TUM4Health

The project is about the development of a student health management at TUM. The project is financed and supported by the Techniker Krankenkasse for 5 years. A holistic and scientific approach is chosen, which includes medical examinations as well as classical measures in the field of prevention, namely: exercise, nutrition, stress and addiction. The measures are based on the analysis of the real problems of the students. For more information, please visit this website.

SATEY – Seasonal Adaptions to exercise in the young

In cooperation with Landesstützpunkt München (Bayerischer Schwimmverband e.V.), this one-year pilot study aims to find out whether the adolescent body adapts physiologically according to the planned training goal and to what extent this coincides with the seasonal peaks. In addition, the short questionnaire Recovery Stress (REGman - study) will be used to record the stress state of the athletes on a weekly basis in order to be able to respond flexibly to possible overloads of individual athletes. The SATEY study represents a link between sports practice and sports science and thus makes an important contribution to the scientific support of young athletes.


The VRONIplus study is embedded in the Digimed Bavaria funded VRONI study ("Screening for Early Detection of Familial Hypercholesterolemia). The Vroni study aims to offer screening for the diagnosis of FH to all children in Bavaria, as part of the preliminary examinations U9 to J1 (5-14 years), or as part of any other pediatrician visit at the age of 5-14 years. As an intervention study, VRONIplus serves to generate a point of contact immediately after diagnosis. The Chair of Preventive Pediatrics is involved in the conception and implementation of the mainly psychoeducational training as a cooperation partner of the Chair of Social Pediatrics (Prof. Volker Mall). Here we are responsible at the chair as experts for the components medicine training and movement training.

MobybyTUM - Outpatient obesity therapy

In cooperation with MobyKids (GbR), the Chair of Preventive Pediatrics has developed a concept for an outpatient obesity therapy for adolescents. This training is being evaluated long-term throughout Germany as part of the cooperation by the Chair in order to prove the effects and effectiveness of the training.


Effects of specific strength training on exercise-related activities of daily living (ADLs) during treatment of leukemia or non Hodgkin's Lymphoma in Childhood and Adolescence

The disease, therapy, and possible associated physical inactivity may result in reduced strength capacity in young patients. Accordingly, limitations in performing activities of daily living (ADLs) (e.g., moving, climbing stairs, carrying objects) and impairments in normality, mobility, and independence may occur. Therefore, a randomized controlled trial with patients aged 4-18 years is investigating whether there is a difference between a standard exercise program, a specific strength training and a control group without exercise interventions.


Influence of vigorous physical activity on structure and function of the cardiovascular system in young athletes – the MuCAYA-Study

The positive effect of sport on the development and health of children and adolescents is undisputed. Sport and physical activity in childhood and adolescence contribute to a positive influence on body weight and reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases later in life. However, young competitive athletes train between 10 and 20 hours per week at intensities that far exceed the WHO recommendations of at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day in the endurance and strength areas. As a result, the cardiovascular system of these young athletes is subjected to greater strain and must increase its workload by a factor of about 5 to 6. This greater strain on the cardiovascular system can occasionally lead to negative consequences, which have been described in adult competitive athletes as a result of many years of intensive athletic training. The Munich Cardiovascular Adaptation in Young Athletes Study (MuCAYA-Study) therefore aims to examine adolescent young athletes on an annual basis in order to detect and respond to changes in the cardiovascular system during the course of athletic development at an early stage. Another goal of the study is to explore a dose-response relationship between athletic training load (frequency and intensity) and cardiovascular system adaptations. The study includes about 200 athletes per year and is subsidized for the first 2 years by the German Foundation for Heart Research with almost 60,000 Euros.

Cardiovascular screening at the German Heart Center Munich

The survival age of adults with congenital heart disease is constantly increasing due to steadily improving patient care. Consequently, these patients are affected by age-related cardiovascular diseases, such as atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease. A study funded by the Friede Springer Heart Foundation enables patients at the German Heart Center Munich to undergo an examination in addition to their regular outpatient routine examinations, which analyzes decisive risk factors of possible vascular diseases. Risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus, lipid metabolism disorders, overweight and obesity are recorded and compared with the normal population. An ultrasound examination of the carotid artery and activity measurement over one week with wearables complete the comprehensive cardiovascular screening. Based on these data, a decision can be made on the need for further screening methods to improve both the quality of life and life expectancy of adults with congenital heart defects.

"KidsTUMove"- a sustainable program for children and adolescents with chronic diseases

[Translate to en:] Das Ziel des Projektes ist Kindern und Jugendlichen mit angeborenem Herzfehler in einem Stufenmodell (stationär und ambulant) eine Möglichkeit zu eröffnen, ihre körperliche Leistungsfähigkeit zu verbessern. Ziel der stationären Phase ist es unmittelbar postoperativ den Einstieg in ein „bewegtes Leben“ zu ermöglichen. Aufgrund von Unkenntnis, Angst vor Risiken und Überbehütung werden diese Kinder/ Jugendlichen trotz verbesserter therapeutischer Erfolge immer noch von sportlicher Aktivität in Schule und Freizeit ausgegrenzt. Folgen der körperlichen Inaktivität sind motorische Defizite, Übergewicht, Mangel an Selbstbewusstsein und soziale Ausgrenzung. In der anschließenden ambulanten Phase (Integrative Sportgruppe / KidsTUMove Sommercamp, Vereinssport) nimmt die sportliche Belastung zu. Belastungsintensitäten und -modalitäten sollen für die einzelnen Stufen entwickelt werden und in Leitlinien münden.

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The project aims to provide children and adolescents with chronic diseases the opportunity to improve their physical performance in a phased model (inpatient and outpatient). The inpatient phase aims to enable children to start an "active life" immediately after surgery or therapy. Due to a lack of knowledge, fear of risks and overprotection, these children/adolescents are still excluded from sporting activity in school and leisure time, despite improved therapeutic success. Consequences of physical inactivity are motor deficits, overweight, lack of self-confidence and social exclusion. In the subsequent outpatient phase (integrative sports group / KidsTUMove summer camp, club sports), the sporting load increases. Load intensities and modalities are to be developed for the individual stages and result in guidelines.

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