Our centre with a focus on textiles and medicine.

As a centre for textile health research, the Hohenstein Health Center concentrates on all aspects of health research whose focus is on textile products with implications for the health of people. This may be clothing and textile products but also processes. In doing this, the Hohenstein Health Center takes an interdisciplinary approach. This means it deals with all disciplines and research institutes related to health. In addition to textile research, this specifically includes medicine, hygiene, physiology and nursing science. In doing this, new findings and medical knowledge about marketed textile products or textile products to be marketed is maintained and promoted and also distributed to the textile industry, to doctors and to consumers.

You too can benefit from so much concentrated knowledge.

The activities of the Hohenstein Health Center enable the benefits and risks of textile products in each application to be estimated and evaluated in the best possible manner. In doing this, doctors from all disciplines, textile developers and end consumers are shown options for dealing with the products. The aim of these efforts is to improve the health of the population through health promotion, prevention and restoration using textiles. Furthermore, the information work relating to medical science that is conducted by the Hohenstein Health Center enables all people to have a greater degree of self-determination regarding their health and thus to strengthen their health.  

Think of tomorrow today.

The Hohenstein Health Center works scientifically. This means that the conclusions reached refer to a scientifically reliable data situation which is based on internationally recognised principles and evidence-based studies. The available knowledge should always be formulated according to target groups and be displayed in a clear and fully justified way for external parties - doctors, nursing staff, textile manufacturers and consumer groups. 

The Hohenstein Health Center also functions as a link between doctors, society and industry. However, this is only successful because the Centre combines clinical understanding regarding work processes and standards as well as options open to the consumer and pathophysiology with extensive textile knowledge. This specific combination also enables the Hohenstein Health Center to act as a trend-setter for textile innovations with health implications or textile-based innovations for medical applications.

You too can use the Hohenstein Health Center to optimise your products today ready for tomorrow.

A strong network.

From data exchange, project meetings to workshops and joint publications to grant applications: the Hohenstein Health Center offers numerous interfaces to industry and doctors. A cooperative venture with the Hohenstein Health Center is possible in all phases of the development, be it in Research & Development, evaluation and assessment, the product phase or maintenance. Within the scope of our medical network, we assess the clinical relevance and feasibility of the developed textile solutions.
The Hohenstein Health Center strives for continuously good visibility in the scientific and clinical research community. This includes regular participation in clinical conferences, publication in subject-relevant journals, and also membership in specialist societies, associations and working groups, for example:

  • Forschungskuratorium Textil e.V.
  • BioRegio STERN
  • innBW
  • AFBW
  • Network NanoSilver
  • Zuse Association
  • Institute of Microbiology at the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany
  • University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern, Zweibrücken Campus, Germany
  • Textile Science, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Institute for Biomaterials, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität, Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
  • University Clinic for Plastic Surgery and Severe Burn Injuries, Centre for Hand Surgery, Operational Reference Centre for Limb Tumours BG University Clinics Bergmannsheil, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
  • Clinic for General and Visceral Surgery, Ludwigsburg, Germany
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology (IGB), Straubing, Germany
  • University Hospital in Tübingen, MEG Centre (UKT), Tübingen, Germany
  • University of Education, Freiburg, Germany


Original work on the initiative of the Hohenstein Health Center.

  • Höfer D, Berner-Dannemann N, Marquardt C, Hammer T: Resistance of commercial bed covers against faecal pellets of house dust mites: Behaviour of seams and zippers. Journal of Textile Science and Technology 5: 27-37


  • Höfer D: A real-life based evaluation of the effectiveness of antibacterial fabrics in treating atopic dermatitis. Dermatology Research and Practice: Article ID 7043438. https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/7043438
  • Hammer T, Gerhardts A, Höfer D: A fast test system to evaluate the physical protection potential of textiles against blood-sucking insects. Journal of Textile Science and Technology 4: 79-84
  • Gerhardts A, Höfer D: A new approach for a practical assessment of antimicrobial surfaces base on a stamp assay to quantify transfer routes of pathogens. Tenside. Surf. Det. 55: 404-409


  • Fischer M., Gebhard F., Hammer T., Zurek C., Meurer G., Marquardt C., Hoefer D. (2017):
    Microbial alginate dressings show improved binding capacity for pathophysiological factors in chronic wounds compared to commercial alginate dressings of marine origin. J. Biomat. Appl. Vol 31, issue 9: 1267–1276
  • Hirsch T, Laemmle C, Behr B, Lehnhardt F, Höfer D, Kückelhaus M:
    An implant for autologous soft tissue reconstruction based on an adipose-derived stem cell colonised alginate scaffold. Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery (2017), doi 10.1016/j.bjps.2017.08.009


  • Gerhardts A, Bockmühl D, Kyas A, Hofmann A, Weide M, Rapp I, Höfer D:
    Testing of the adhesion of herpes simplex virus on textile substrates and its inactivation by household laundry processes. Journal of Biosciences and Medicines, Volume 4 (2016), Page 111-125
  • Höfer, D., Müller K.M., Handel. M. and Hammer, T.R.:
    Electroencephalographic study showing that fabrics of mixed qualities elicit different event-related potentials. Skin Research & Technology. Volume 22, Issue 4 (2016), Page 470-478
  • Gerhardts, A., Henze, SV, Bockmühl, D, Höfer, D:
    Fabric-skin models to assess infection transfer for impetigo contagiosa in a kindergarten scenario. Eur. J. Clin. Microbiol. Infect. Dis. Volume 34, Issue 6 (2015), Page 1153-116
  • Höfer, D., Schnepf, J.K., Hammer, T.R., Fischer, M. and Marquardt, C.:
    Biotechnologically produced microbial alginate dressings show enhanced gel forming capacity compared to commercial alginate dressings of marine origin, Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine: 26(4): 5492
  • Marquardt, C., Koppes, P, Kross, U., Mahres, A., Paglinawan, R., Höfer, D., Schiedeck, T.:
    Negative pressure wound therapy using PHMB gauze for the management of postoperative subcutaneous surgical site infections. Coloproctology. 2014 36(5):364
  • Lämmle, C., Handel, M., Hammer, T.R., Jacobsen, F., Lehnhardt, M., Höfer, D. and Hirsch T.:
    Etablierung eines mit porkinen adipogenen Stammzellen (pASC) besiedelten Implanates auf Alginatbasis für den autologen Weichgewebeersatz, Zeitschrift für Wundheilung 19 (2014)
  • Höfer, D., Handel, M., Berner-Dannenmann, N., Reichart, J., Hammer, T.R. and Marquardt, C.:
    A novel mattress with inboard heating fabric prevents the build-up of the dust mite allergen Der p1 in a 2-year in-home field study, (2014) Journal of Applied Medical Science 3(1): 2241-2336
  • Handel, M., Hammer, T.R., Nooeaid, P., Boccaccini, A.R. and Höfer, D.:
    45S5-Bioglass-based 3D-scaffolds seeded with human adipose tissue-derived stem cells (hASC) induce in vivo vascularisation in the CAM angiogenesis assay, Tissue Engineering Part A 19: 23-24
  • Hammer, T. R., Berner-Dannenmann, N. and Höfer, D.:
    Quantitative and sensory evaluation of malodour retention of fibre types by use of artificial skin, sweat and radiolabeled isovaleric acid, Flavour and Fragrance Journal 28(4): 238-244


  • Claßen E., Stauche K., Sigmund I (2012):
    New Antimicrobial Cellulose Fibres for Work Wear for the food processing industry. Lenzinger Berichte 90: 43-50
  • Bernt I., Beringer J. (2012):
    Functional viscose fibre for cold protective clothing. Lenzinger Berichte: 37-42
  • Handel, M., Hammer, T. R. and Höfer, D. (2012):
    Adipogenic differentiation of scaffold-bound human adipose tissue-derived stem cells (hASC) for soft tissue engineering, Biomedical Materials 7(5): 054107
  • Gerhardts A., Mucha H., Höfer D. (2012):
    Testing linen disinfection procedures in practice with phage-charged bioindicators, In: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance. Vol 25, No.6, 519-531
  • Gerhardts A., Mucha H., Hammer T.R., Höfer D. (2012):
    Welche Rolle spielen textile Oberflächen in der Infektionskette? In: Hygiene & Medizin 10: 400-403
  • Höfer D., Hohn G., Berner-Dannenmann N., Schulze T., Niemz F.-G., Hammer T.R. (2012):
    A novel in situ self-dissolving needle web based on medicated cellulose hollow fibres with drug delivery features, In: The Open Medical Devices Journal Volume 3, 1 – 8
  • Gerhardts A., Hammer T.R., Balluff C., Mucha H., Höfer D. (2012):
    A model of the transmission of microorganisms in a public setting and its correlation to pathogen infection risks, In: Journal of Applied Microbiology 112(3): 614 – 21
  • Hammer T.R., Mucha H., Höfer D. (2012):
    Dermatophyte susceptibility varies towards antimicrobial textiles, In: Mycoses 55(4): 344-351


  • Hammer T.R., Fischer K., Müller M., Höfer D. (2011):
    Effects of cigarette smoke residues from textiles on fibroblasts, neurocytes and zebrafish embryos and nicotine permeation through human skin, In: International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health 214(5): 384-391
  • Höfer D., Hammer T.R. (2011):
    Antimicrobial active clothes display no adverse effects on the ecological balance of the healthy human skin microflora In: ISRN Dermatology Volume 2011, Article ID 369603
  • Hammer T.R., Müller M., Höfer D. (2011):
    Fibre-bound stem cells on scaffolds induce vascularization in the modified in vivo HET-CAM angiogenesis model (conference abstract). In: Tissue Engineering Part A 17(3-4)
  • Gerhardts A., Mucha H., Höfer D. (2011):
    Testing linen disinfection procedures in practice with phage-charged bioindicators. In: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance 25(6): 519-531
  • Hammer T.R., Mucha H., Höfer D. (2011):
    Infection risk by dermatophytes during storage and after domestic laundry and their temperature-dependent inactivation. In: Mycopathologia 171: 43-49
  • Hammer T. R., Mucha H., Höfer, D. (2011):
    Dermatophyte susceptibility varies towards antimicrobial textiles, In: Mycoses.55(4): p. 344-51
  • Hammer T.R., Müller M., Höfer D. (2011):
    Biologisierte Textilimplantate für die personalisierte Regenerationsmedizin, In: Deutsche Zeitschrift für Klinische Forschung 1/2 2011: 22-23
  • Marquardt C., Matuschek C., Bölke E., Gerber PA., Peiper M., Seydlitz-Kurzbach J., Buhren BA., van Griensven M., Budach W., Hassa M., Kukova G., Mota R., Höfer D., Orth K., Fleischmann W. (2010):
    Evaluation of the Tissue Toxicity of antiseptics by the Hen’s egg test on the Chorioallantoic membrane (HETCAM). In: European Journal Medical Research 15: 1-6
  • Gerhardts A., Wilderer C., Mucha H., Höfer D. (2009):
    Prüfung der Wirksamkeit desinfizierender Waschverfahren gegen Viren mittels Einsatz phagenhaltiger Bioindikatoren mit dem Surrogatvirus MS2, Teil 1, In: Hygiene & Medizin 7/8: 272-281
  • Höfer D. (2006):
    Antimicrobial textiles, skin-borne flora and odour, In: Probl Dermatol, 33: p. 67-77
  • Höfer D. (2006):
    Antimicrobial textiles – evaluation of their effectiveness and safety, In: Curr Probl Dermatol. 33: p. 42-50
  • Höfer D., Mecheels S. (2004):
    i-wear for health care and wellness – state of the art and future possibilities, In: Stud. Health Technol Inform 108: 70-74
  • Höfer D., Swerev M. (2003):
    Medical Textiles and Skin Equivalents, In: JTATM – Journal of Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management Volume 3, issue 2: 1-3
  • Höfer D., Swerev M. (2003):
    The future of Medical Textiles: High-tech for the Well-being of the patient, In: JTATM – Volume 3, issue 2: 1-3

Scientific projects.

This selection of current and completed research projects from the field of textile health research gives you an insight into the variety of application areas for medical textiles.

Funding body/financing: Ministry for Economic Affairs, Employment and Housing for Baden-Württemberg
Duration: 2015 to 2018
Cooperation partner: InnBW Institute

Funding body/financing: ZIM
Duration: 2014 to 2016
Cooperation partner: Dr. Merck Laboratory

Funding body/financing: FKT-AiF
Duration: approved
Cooperation partner: University Clinics Tübingen

Funding body/financing: ZIM
Duration: 2015 to 2017
Cooperation partner: InnBW - NMI Reutlingen

Funding body/financing: ZIM
Duration: 2015 to 2017
Cooperation partner: Edelweiss Maschenstoffe Herter GmbH

Funding body/financing: BMBF
Duration: 2012 to 2015
Cooperation partner: BRAIN KG, Kelheim Fibres, Rökona


Funding body/financing: FKT AiF
Duration: 2016 to 2017
Cooperation partner: Fraunhofer Institut IGB, Straubing


Funding body/financing: FKT AiF
Duration: 2017 to 2019
Cooperation partner: ITA, Aachen

Funding body/financing: FKT AiF, approved
Duration: 2017 to 2019
Cooperation partner: N.N.


Funding body/financing: ZIM
Duration: 2015 to 2016
Cooperation partner: Beluga, Zellner