Childhood, Allergy, Nutrition and Environment

The goal of the CARE Childhood Study is to better understand allergies in order to effectively curb them so that fewer children will have to suffer from allergies in the future.

The CARE study is an observational-only study that examines the natural development of the immune system and the development of allergies from birth to at least three years of age. In particular, the relationship between nutrition and allergy development is investigated. There is evidence that the course of allergies is set in early childhood. The gastrointestinal tract is particularly important.

With the help of the collected data, specific nutritional components or nutritional models will be identified that can provide protection against allergic diseases and thus help to develop new recommendations in allergy prevention.

Further information about the CK-CARE CARE Study can be found on our German Site. Click here

A routine test of allergy diagnostics is the skin prick test:



If you are interested or have any questions, please contact our CARE study team at:
Tel. 077 473 55 37


If you have any questions about the CARE study, please contact our team at: Tel. 077 473 55 37 or

  • Prof. Dr. Roger Lauener, Head of Paediatrics at the Ostschweizer Kinderspital St.Gallen and Member of the Board of Directors of CK-CARE, Christine Kühne – Center for Allergy Research and Education
  • Dr. med. Caroline Roduit, Specialist in paediatrics and adolescent medicine, allergology and clinical immunology, Children’s Hospital Zurich and East Switzerland Children’s Hospital St.Gallen
  • Dr. Eugen Bersuch, Resident in further training to become a specialist in paediatrics and adolescent medicine, University Hospital Zurichh
  • Neeta Bühler, Nursing specialist in the gynaecological clinic at the Cantonal Hospital St.Gallen
  • Petra Schürmann,Chief Medical Secretary at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Switzerland St.Gallen
  • Dr. Remo Frei, Biologist at SIAF (Swiss Institute for Allergy and Asthma Research) Davos
  • Dr. Ruth Ferstl, Biologist at SIAF (Swiss Institute for Allergy and Asthma Research) Davos
  • Susanne Loeliger,Medical bioanalyst at the Children’s Hospital Zurich