The Lancet  Neurology Autoimmune Disorder Conference


Hartmut Wekerle, Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology, Germany

Hartmut Wekerle was born in 1944, in Waldshut, Germany. He studied medicine at the University of Freiburg. As a post-doctoral researcher, he worked at the Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel) and the Max Planck Institute for Immunobiology in Freiburg. Afterwards, he led the Research Group for Multiple Sclerosis of the Max-Planck-Society at the University Hospital of the University of Würzburg. In 1988, he was appointed director at the Max Planck Institute for Neurobiology. Since his retirement as director (2012), he holds a Hertie Foundation Senior Professorship and leads an Extended Emeritus Group at the Max-Planck-Institute.

Hartmut Wekerle’s scientific research is focused on the mechanisms initiating and driving diseases that arise from autoimmune attacks against the nervous system, most importantly multiple sclerosis and its experimental models. Wekerle’s work led to the identification of brain reactive autoimmune T lymphocytes in the immune system. Most recently, he identified the commensal bacterial gut flora as a factor triggering the pathogenic potential of these immune cells. He develops and uses new imaging approaches to detail the mechanisms of autoimmune T cell migration into the brain.

Wekerle received several awards including the Jung Prize, Zülch Prize, Koetser Prize, Charcot Award (MS International Federation), Louis D Grand Prix (Institut de France), and a Koselleck Award (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft). He holds an Honorary Professorship of the University of Munich and an Honorary Doctorate of the University of Hamburg. He is a member of the German Academy of Science (Leopoldina).

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