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Science & Research

As a medical association, we are dedicated to promoting research and expanding the body of scientific knowledge in the fields of pulmonology and respiratory medicine, and focus on applied practice. To deepen and provide access to the constantly growing body of knowledge, we support professional exchange between researchers and attending physicians in all areas of pulmonology. The DGP annual congress is the biggest and most important forum for this exchange. Our aim is to improve basic research, clinical research and treatment, and overall parameters in the field of pulmonology, and thus ensure optimal patient care. The German Center for Lung Research (DZL), which the DGP has supported from the start, also follows this approach. Over the past several years, the DZL has quickly grown into an internationally renowned and highly competitive research facility; today it is a true success story for pulmonology in Germany. We are pleased that members of our association have positions of leadership in the DZL and other networks and study groups, and that they publish regularly. The knowledge generated through research is the foundation of our evidence-based guidelines and recommendations, which provide support for doctors when making medical decisions.

The DGP has established 15 scientific sections to cover the enormous breadth of our field. They conduct the scientific work of our association, incorporate the latest research and clinical findings in their fields, and pass them on.

Publications in English

In-House Publications

Pulmonary Medicine during National Socialism


Oxygen Therapy in the Acute Treatment of Adult Patients
J. Gottlieb et al.
Translation of June 2021 update
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Prolonged Weaning: S2k Guideline Published by the German Respiratory Society
B. Schönhofer, J. Geiseler, D. Dellweg et al.
Translation of December 2019 update
Respiration, online first

German National Guideline for Treating Chronic Respiratory Failure with Invasive and Non-Invasive Ventilation: Revised Edition 2017
W. Windisch, M. Dreher, J. Geiseler et al.
, Issue 96 (2018)
pp. 66-97 and pp. 171-203

S2K Guideline for Diagnosis of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
J. Behr, A. GĂĽnther, F. Bonella et al.
Respiration, in press

To all DGP Guidelines (in German).


Prolonged Weaning from Mechanical Ventilation: Results from Specialized Weaning Centers - A registry-based study from the WeanNet Initiative
W. Windisch, D. Dellweg, J. Geiseler, M. Westhoff, M. Pfeifer, S. Suchi, B. Schönhofer
Dtsch Arztebl Int 2020; 117: 197-204.