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After a successful first funding phase, the HELICAP research group (FOR 2959) "Health Literacy in Early Childhood Allergy Prevention: Parental Skills and Public Health Context in the Face of Changing Evidence" was able to start a second, three-year funding phase in June 2024 with the approval of the German Research Foundation (DFG). The spokesperson for the HELICAP research group is Prof Dr Christian Apfelbacher, Director of the Institute of Social Medicine and Health Systems Research (ISMG) at Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg.


The aim of HELICAP is to investigate health literacy in early childhood allergy prevention in five different sub-projects. We want to create a bridge between research and practice in the field of early childhood allergy prevention. This will be achieved through user-friendly design of the healthcare system and the provision and dissemination of reliable and comprehensible information, with the aim of strengthening the health literacy of parents.


HELICAP is an association of leading scientists at six locations in Germany.
In addition to Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, the University of Education Freiburg, the University of Regensburg, the Brandenburg Medical School, the Hannover Medical School and the Mainz University Medical Centre are involved in the interdisciplinary HELICAP research group.

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