Professor of Pulmonary Medicine at the Univeristy of Montpellier. Former Director of the INSERM Laboratory for the Immunopathology of Asthma & former chairman of the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA). Founder & Chairman of ARIA (Allergic Rhinitis & its Impact on Asthma). Chairman of the WHO Global Alliance against Chronic Respiratory Diseases (GARD). Former President of the Societé Française dAllergologie et dImmunologie Clinique. Former EiC of the journal Allergy.
Prof. of Immunology and Director of INSERM UMRS 940. Head of the 'Jean Dausset' Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics Laboratory at Saint-Louis Hospital. Former President of the International Histocompatibility council (IHC), former chairman of the 12th International Histocompatibility Workshop & Conference (IHWC) & former President of the European Foundation of Immunogenetics (EFI). Founder President of HLA & Medicine & founding member of the European Institute for System Biology & Medicine.
Head of Section, Allergy and Clinical Immunology at National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College and Honorary Consultant Physician in Allergy and Respiratory Medicine at Royal Brompton Hospital London. The immediate Past President of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Member Steering Committee and head of Allergy Consortium, Immune Tolerance Network/NIAID, USA.
Early studies (Oxford University) on DNA damage, DNA repair, mutagenesis in yeast. Current 50% Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre, Mutagenicity testing to predict carcinogenesis, 50% Discipline of Nutrition and Dietetics, The University of Auckland. Studies gene-diet interactions in the development of chronic disease (e.g. Inflammatory Bowel Disease, prostate cancer). 2004-2014, Programme leader of Nutrigenomics New Zealand, bringing nutrigenomics tools to food development in New Zealand.
Chairman of the Dept. of Pediatrics at National Jewish Health in Denver. Vice-Chairman of the Dept. of Pediatrics at the Univ. of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Recipient of the Mead Johnson Award for Research in Pediatrics, the McLaughlin Foundation Edward Gallie Professorship of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the Lifetime Achievement Award from National Jewish, and the Honorary Fellow Award from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
Joachim Heinrich is an epidemiologist and Director of the Institute of Epidemiology I at Helmholtzzentrum München, The German Research Centre for Environmental Health. He has authored more than 500 publications and has been involved in numerous national and international epidemiological research projects examining a broad spectrum of common chronic diseases, specifically the relationship between air pollution and respiratory health.
Sandra Kleinau obtained her Ph.D. in clinical immunology from Uppsala University (UU), Sweden and performed postdoctoral studies at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and later at UU. She established her own research group in 1997, received a permanent position at UU in 2004 and became Professor of Biology in 2008. Dr Kleinau has a research interest in autoimmunity, particularly autoimmune arthritis, with focus on exploiting B cells, antibodies, Fc receptors and complement.
Main research Interests:
A) Asthma is a major cause of morbidity in the Western world but curative therapies do not exist. Hence, we aim to understand how early life environmental exposures modify lung development development and the risk of developing asthma throughout life. We use animal models of prenatal exposure to tobacco/nicotine products and human samples.
B) The importance of a steady-state balance of resident and non-resident bacterial communities for human health is increasingly appreciated. Yet, factors driving the composition of such microbial communities remain poorly understood. Therefore, we currently investigate the influence of smoke on the structure and functionality of the lung microbiome and its interaction with the lung health.
Currently Funded Projects
2012 – 2016 Chair of COST Action BM1201 “Developmental origins of Chronic Lung Disease” http://www.cost-early-origin-cld.eu/
2013 – 2016 Understanding the role of the lung microbiome for human health and diseases”, HMGU Environmental Health Projects, Co-PI until move to University of Kiel; Project currently continued on a collaborative basis.
Since 2013 – 2018 PI within German Center for Lung Research www.dzl.de
2016 - 2018 Chair of “The lung Microbiota at the Interface between airway epithelium and the environment” funded by the Leibniz Association
Professor of Cutaneous Medicine, University of Manchester and Professor of Dermatology and Experimental Dermatology, University of Luebeck. Editor, Epxerimental Dermatology.
Professor in Clinical Allergy Research and head of the Translational Immunology Unit, Karolinska Institutet. Member of the Board of Medicine and Health within the Swedish Research Council and Member of the Nobel Assembly Karolinska Institutet.
Professor in Immunology, Stockholm University. Present Secretary of the Scandinavian Society for Immunology.
I completed my Ph.D dissertation at the University of Zurich, Switzerland where major focus of my PhD research project was the study of endogenous feline leukemia virus (enFeLV) in cats during exogenous feline leukemia virus (FeLV) infection. My interest in retroviruses led me into the HIV research after Ph.D. My postdoctoral research project at University of California, San Francisco was on HIV immunology. On completion of my Post Doc, I joined Dr Ndhlovu’s new laboratory at the University of Hawaii to pursue studies on HIV and Aging based on my expertise and experience to address a new area of HIV research in which have interest.
Currently my research work as an Assistant Professor at JNU, New Delhi, India is focused on aging in HIV-1-infected people. Approximately one in five individuals living with HIV infection in the United States is 50 years of age or older. This proportion continues to increase as HIV incidence remains stable and potent antiretroviral therapy has reduced the morbidity and mortality associated with HIV infection. However, premature aging and non-AIDS related morbidity including cancer seem to be a new big problem in HAART era. Chronic inflammation in treated HIV-1-infected subjects seems to play an important role in non-AIDS –related complications. The main goal of my research is to investigate the mechanism of HIV mediated accelerated aging/inflammation in HAART-suppressed HIV-1 infected people.