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The seventh Webinar.

The seventh webinar in the Naked Immunology series is now scheduled on April 8, 2024 at 8 a.m. (PST), 11 a.m. (EST), 5 p.m. (CET). The webinar is open to English-speaking participants with a solid scientific background. Featured speaker is Dr. Marcus Maurer, MD, Professor of Dermatology and Allergy, Co‐Director for the Fraunhofer Site for Immunology and Allergology of the Fraunhofer Translational Medicine and Pharmacology ITMP and Executive Director for the Institute of Allergology, Charité ‐ Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany.

Naked Immunology webinar april 2024 Prof Marcus Maurer
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In this webinar, Prof. Maurer will focus on the dual role of mast cells in health and inflammatory diseases.

Mast cells are tissue-resident effector cells of the innate and adaptive immune system and major drivers of inflammatory responses. When these responses are directed to pathogens and other environmental threats, mast cells have an important role in maintaining health and preventing disease. When mast cell inflammation is aimed at allergens or autoantigens, these cells significantly contribute to the morbidity of chronic inflammatory disorders. Here, we will review recent findings that better define and characterize the role of mast cells in both, beneficial and detrimental inflammation.

The focus will be on skin mast cells, and examples of their health-promoting functions will include their shielding role in wound healing and the protection they provide from toxins and venoms. As for mast cells and their contribution to the pathogenesis of inflammatory diseases, we will discuss their role and relevance in urticaria and mastocytosis. Pathways of mast cell activation and mediator effects can be analyzed in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo, in mice and humans, and we will discuss the most common and helpful approaches to do so and what we can learn from their use, from cellular assays to proof of concept studies. Finally, we will review how the insights on novel inflammatory pathways of mast cell-driven pathology are being used to develop novel and better treatments, from the inhibition of mast cell mediators, to blocking signature activators, to mast cell silencing and depletion.

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About the speaker:

Prof. Maurer is a Dermatologist and Allergologist, who trained in experimental pathology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston (1995‐1998); Board certification for Dermatology (2000) and Allergology (2003). Originally Assistant Professor at the Allergie‐Centrum‐Charité at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin in 2004, Prof. Maurer is, since 2005, full professor at Charité. He is also a coordinator of the Global Allergy and Asthma European Networks of urticaria and angioedema centers of reference and excellence, UCARE and ACARE.

His areas of clinical interest include angioedema, urticaria, mastocytosis, pruritus, skin infections, and allergic diseases. His research is focused on the biology of mast cells, neuroimmunology, inflammation, innate immunity and tolerance. He has supervised more than 150 clinical trials, phase 1 through 4. Prof. Maurer has contributed to more than 1436 publications in peer‐reviewed journals (H Index 100, cumulative factor 5780) and 55 books and book chapters.

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