Autoimmune Diseases and Therapeutic Approaches: Open Access

Editor In Chief: Giuseppe MurdacaPhD

Assistant professor

University of Genova
Address:Italy
Biography

Giuseppe Murdaca has received his PhD in Science and Space Engineering at the University of Genova (Italy) during the period of 2000-2003. Currently, he is working as Assistant professor in Internal Medicine University of Genova (Italy). His research has included Immunodeficiency Autoimmunity Neuro-endocrino-immunology Pharmacogenomics.

Based on this research and fellowship training he has received several awards and honors, such as: Prize for young researchers of the study, assigned by the GILS, with the following motivation: "Standardization of a method to assess impairment by skinfold thickness skin", delivered on the occasion of the "Day VII Italian to fight Scleroderma" (Milan, 17/3 / 2001)

Award for one of the three best oral presentations at the Ninth Congress of the Inter-SIMI Piemonte and Valle D'Aosta, Liguria (Genoa, 06.17.2004): Murdaca G., Fenoglio D., M. Setti, Brenci S., Villa R., Pontali E., A. Kunkl, Indiveri F., Puppo F. "Generation of CD4 + lines specific for Pneumocystis carinii and Candida albicans obtained from HIV + patients. Meaning of the coexpression of IFN-? and IL-4 " He is serving as an editorial member of several reputed journals.

Research Interests

Immunodeficiency
Autoimmunity
Neuro-endocrino-immunology
Pharmacogenomics

Publications
Scientific Activities

Editor In Chief: Rina AharoniPhD

Senior Staff Scientist
Department of Immunology
The Weizmann Institute of Science
Address:Israel
Biography

Rina Aharoni is a Senior Staff Scientist in The Department of Immunology, The Weizmann Institute of Science Israel. She received her Ph.D from The Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, and performed postdoctoral researchin Stanford University in USA. Her main research interests areimmunopathology and therapy of multiple sclerosis (MS) and its model experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), immunomodulation, neuroprotection and repair processes in the central nervous system,immune rejection,and inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). She published more than 50 papers and reviews on the above subjects

Research Interests

Immunopathology and therapy of multiple sclerosis (MS) and its model experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE)
Immunomodulation, neuroprotection and repair processes in the Central Nervous System
Immune rejection
Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD).

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Scientific Activities

Sulaiman Shams

Assistant Professor
Biochemistry
Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan
Address:Pakistan
Biography

Dr. Sulaiman Shams earned a BS (Hons) degree in Biotechnology from the University of Peshawar in 2006.  He completed his Doctorate in Molecular Biology (with specialization in Stem Cells Regenerative Medicine) from National Center of excellence in Molecular Biology (CEMB) in 2012.   In August 2012 he joined the faculty at the Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan (AWKUM) as an Assistant Professor in the Biochemistry Department. He established Stem Cells Regenerative Medicine Lab in AWKUM. He is the author of several papers and abstracts and reviewer of international reputed journals. Dr. Sulaiman research interests include Cell and Molecular Biology, stem cells and regenerative medicine, Liver fibrosis and stem cell transplantation, tissue engineering, in vitro and vivo disease models (disease in a dish) and gene therapy. 

Research Interests

Stem Cell, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology

Publications
  1. Sadia Mohsin, Sulaiman Shams, Ghazanfar Ali Nasir, Mohsin Khan, Sana Javaid Awan, Shaheen N. Khan and Sheikh Riazuddin. (2011). Enhanced hepatic differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells after pretreatment with injured liver tissue. Differentiation. 81:42-48.2.
  2. Ghazanfar Ali Nasir, Sadia Mohsin, Mohsin Khan, Sulaiman Shams, Gibran Ali, Shaheen N Khan and Sheikh Riazuddin. (2013). Mesenchymal stem cells and Interleukin-6 attenuate liver fibrosis in mice. Journal of Translational Medicine. 11:78.3.
  3. Gibran Ali, Sadia Mohsin, Ghazanfar Ali Nasir, Mohsin Khan, Sulaiman Shams, Shaheen N, Khan, Sheikh Riazuddin (2012). Nitric oxide augments Mesenchymal stem cell ability to repair liver fibrosis. Journal of Translational Medicine, 10:75.4.
  4. M. Arif Lodhi, Sulaiman Shams, M. Iqbal Choudhary, Atif Lodhi, Zaheer-ul-Haq, Saima Jalil, Sarfraz Ahmad Nawaz, K. Mohammad Khan, Sajid Iqba, Atta-ur-Rahman. (2014). Structural Basis of Binding and Rationale for the Potent Anti Urease activity of Biscoumarines. BioMed Research International. doi.org/10.1155/2014/935039.5
  5. Sulaiman Shams, Abdur-Rahman, Abdul Haq, Hammad Hassan, Sahib Gul Afridi and Abdul Wadood. (2014). Prevalence of Tuberculosis in District Khar Bajaur Agency, Khyb er Pakhtunkhwa Pakistan. Biochem Anal Biochem. 2014, 3:1.6.
  6.  Fawad Khan, Sulaiman Shams, Ihtesham ud Din Qureshi, Muhmmad Israr, Hayat Khan, Muhammad Tahir Sarwar, Muhammad Ilyas. (2011). Hepatitis B virus infection among different sex and age groups in Pakistani Punjab. Virology Journal. 8:225.7.
  7. Masaud Shah, Sulaiman Shams and Ziaur Rahman. (2012). Molecular Relationship between Field and Vaccine Strain of Measles Virus and its Persistence in Pakistan. Genetic Vaccines and Therapy. 10:1.8.
  8. Abdul Wadood, Muhammad Riaz, Amir ul Mulk, Momin Khan, Sobia Ahsan Haleem, Sulaiman Shams, Sahib Gul, Ayaz Ahmed, Muhammad Qasim, Farman Ali & Zaheer Ul-Haq.  (2014). Design of New and Potent Diethyl Thiobarbiturates as Urease Inhibitors: A Computational Approach. Bioinformation. 10(5): 299-307.9.
  9. Mukhtar Alam, Ziaur Rahman, Masaud Shah, Mian Sahib Zar, Sulaiman Shams, Faiz Ali, Muhammad Kazim Khan. (2012). Bioethics: Awareness, attitudes and opinions among University students and Faculty/Researchers. Pak J Med Sci. 28(4), 680-685.10
  10. Muhammad Ilyas, Ziaur Rahman, Sulaiman Shams, Mukhtar Alam, Muhammad Israr and Khalid Masood. (2011). Bioinformatics Analysis of Envelope Glycoprotein E epitopes of Dengue Virus Type. African Journal of Biotechnology. 10(18):3528-3533.11.
  11. Sulaiman Shams, Sahib Gul Afridi, Abdul Wadood, Marukh Iqbal, Mehwish Munir, Umaia Shams, Madiha Khan, Shumaila Yousaf. (2013). Frequency Distribution of Blood Groups ABO and RhD among the Students of Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, Pakistan (IJAVMS, doi: 10.5455/ijavms.25-1354125896).12.
  12. Nasrullah Shah, Shehla Farman, Zahid Hussain, Muhammd Balal Arain, Sulaiman Shams. (2013). Cold extraction strategy for crude dye extraction from Cucurbita Pepo leaves. Pakhtunkhwa J. Life Sci. 1 (3):130-144.13.
  13. Mehwish Munir, Sulaiman Shams, Muhammad Arif Lodhi, Zahida Parveen, Nazif Ulla. (2013). Prevalence of Hepatitis B in the Students, and Employees of Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan Shankar Campus. Pakhtunkhwa J. Life Sci. 1(3): 120-129.14.
  14. Abdul Wadood, Nasir Ahmad, Muhammad Riaz, Sulaiman Shams, Javed Anwar, Ayaz Ahmad. (2013), Homology Modeling and Molecular Dynamics study of Candida Albicans Heat Shock Protein 21, a Potential Target Protein for Antifungal Drug Development. International Journal of Science. 2: 10.15.
  15. Sahib Gul Afridi, Sulaiman Shams, Abdul Nasir, Muhammad Junaid, Ashfaq-ur-Rahman, Muhammad Naeem, Najum Saqib, Abdul Wadood. (2013). Prevalence of Hepatitis C in Shahbaz Ghari, District Mardan, Pakistan. Journal of Public Health and Biological Sciences. 2: 293-297.16.
  16. Muhammad Arif Lodhi, Sulaiman Shams, Khalid Mohammad Khan. (2013). Thiazolidine Esters: New Potent Urease Inhibitors. (Accepted in Journal of the Chemical Society of Pakistan. 17.
  17. Abdul Wadood, Ashfaq Ur Rehman, Sulaiman Shams, Momin Khan, Taj Ur Rahman, Syed Babar Jamal, Asifullah Khan, Ayaz Ahmad and Farman Ali. (2014). Homology Modeling, Molecular Dynamic Simulation and Phylogenetic Analysis of Human Transient Receptor Potential Melastatin 1 (TRPM1). International Journal of Computational Bioinformatics and In Silico Modeling 3(3) 2: 381-387.18.
  18. Abdul Wadood, Huma, Zahid ullah, Muhammad Riaz, Sulaiman Shams, Mehreen Gufran, Amir Fahira, Muhammad Naeem, Sahib Gul and Ayaz Ahmad. (2014). Structural Modeling and Molecular Dynamics Simulation Studies of Camel Milk Kappa Casein Protein" (2014).  International Journal of Computational Bioinformatics and In Silico Modeling Vol:3 pp:484-490.19.
  19. Sulaiman Shams, Ghazanfar Ali Nasir. “Mesenchymal stem cell pretreated with cytokines can reduce liver fibrosis in mice”. Stem Cell International. 2014 (In Press)
Scientific Activities

Researcher, Editor, Reviewer


Fatima AliPhD

Assistant professor
IMBB
The University of Lahore
Address:Pakistan
Biography

Fatima Ali received her Ph.D. degree in applied Molecular Biology National Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology (CEMB), University of the Punjab, Lahore in 2012. My field of research is stem cell therapy for regeneration of heart. Currently I am working an Assistant Professor in the Department of IMBB in The University of Lahore, Pakistan.

Research Interests

My research interests are primarily in stem cells based therapies for the regeneration of damaged organ.

 

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Francisco dos SantosPhD

Chief Scientific Officer
Cell2b – Healthcare Therapies
Biocant Park
Address:Portugal
Biography

Francisco dos Santos completed his PhD in Biotechnology in 2011 at the Stem Cell Bioengineering Laboratory and Regenerative Medicine, Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Portugal, where he also did his postdoctoral training until 2013. During this period his research was focused on developing large-scale bioreactor systems for the expansion of human stem cells. He was also involved in a pioneer collaboration between the university and an oncology hospital in Lisbon, where patients with acute Graft-versus-Host Disease were treated with allogeneic mesenchymal stem/stromal cells. In 2010 he co-founded Cell2B Advanced Therapeutics SA, a company focused on developing new cell-based therapies for immunological diseases, where is currently Chief Scientific Officer.

Research Interests

Cell therapies for immunological/inflammatory diseases
Large-scale expansion of stem cells
Bioreactor technology

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Renjith P NairPhD

Project Scientist
Dental Products Laboratory
Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology
Address:INDIA
Biography

Dr. Renjith P Nair received his PhD from Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, India. During this period he worked on therapeutic potential of peripheral blood mononuclear cells, blood derived adult stem cells and biocompatible hybrid scaffolds for the development of a tissue engineered skin substitute. He has experience in peripheral blood stem cells, cell transplantation, molecular biology, flow cytometry and diabetic animal model. He is a member of The Cytometry Society, India and The Stem Cell Society ,Singapore. He received several awards and fellowships. He is currently working as a project Scientist at Dental Products Laboratory, Biomedical technology wing, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology. His research interests are stem cell transplantation, tissue engineering, wound healing and development of therapeutic approached for chronic wound healing.

 

Research Interests

Stem cell transplantation
Tissue engineering
Wound healing and development of therapeutic approached for chronic wound healing.

Publications
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Cheuk-KwanMD

Physician
Department of Emergency Medicine at E-Da Hospital

Address:Taiwan
Biography

Cheuk-Kwan Sun received his M.D. degree from Kaohsiung Medical University (Taiwan) in 1991 and his Ph.D. degree in Physiology at University of Otago (New Zealand) in 2004. He finished his post-doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (USA) and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (USA) in 2004 and 2005, respectively, before taking a faculty position as Research Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (USA) in 2005. He is currently an Attending Physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at E-Da Hospital (Taiwan). His major research interests are cardiovascular and circulatory physiology as well as translational research in medicine.

Research Interests

Stem cell research, circulation, cardiopulmonary pathophysiology, age- and diabetes-related cardiovascular changes, cardiovascular physiological signal interpretation.

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Danielle Jaqueta BarberiniMD

Researcher
Department of Veterinary Clinical
Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho
Address:Brazil
Biography

Dr. Danielle Jaqueta Barberini graduated in Veterinary Medicine from the Methodist University of São Paulo – UMESP - Brazil (2008); She completed a Residency in Medicine, Surgery and Reproduction of Large Animals in Universidade Estadual de Londrina – UEL - Brazil (2009-2011); She completed her Master Degree in Veterinary Medicine: Clinics from the Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho (2013) – UNESP - Brazil; She is a Specialist in Veterinary Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine (2013) and she is currently a PhD student from the Department of Veterinary Clinics FMVZ – UNESP - Brazil, focusing on regenerative medicine, stem cells and cell therapy in horses. She works with mesenchymal stem cells from umbilical cord, bone marrow and adipose tissue and their anti-inflammatory and regenerative properties.

Research Interests

Cell therapy for clinical use
Immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory properties of mesenchymal stem cells
Degenerative diseases
Neurological diseases 
Transdifferentiation potential of mesenchymal stem cells
Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine
Regenerative Medicine

 

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Shoaib Akhtar PhD

Assistant Professor and Head
Zoology Department
Dyal Singh College
Address:Pakistan
Biography

Shoaib Akhtar completed his PhD in the field of Molecular Biology while working in the stem cells & research wing of Punjab University, Pakistan during 2007 through 2011. His PhD thesis entitled” Potential of mesenchymal stem cells for the repair of diabetic heart failure”. His distinctions include first class first position in M.Sc in the subject of Zoology and first position at provincial level in the competitive evaluation for the post of Assistant Professor in Biology. Currently he is working as Assistant Professor and head of Zoology department at Dyal Singh College, Pakistan. He has authored papers regarding stem cells research in several reputed journals.

 

Research Interests

Animal disease models; mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) characterization under varied conditions such as exposure to high glucose, hypoxia, and caloric restriction; Effects of cytokine such as IGF-1, FGF-2, VEGF, Erythropoietin on MSCs; Invivo evaluation of MSCs on cardiac repair; cardiac stem cells (CSCs); induced pluropotent stem cells (iPSCs); Aedes mosquito cell line culturing and role of Wolbachia on viral inhibition.

 

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Exuperio Diez TejedorPhD

Professor
Head of Department of Neurology and Stroke Centre
Autónoma University of Madrid
Address:Spain
Biography

Prof. Exuperio Díez Tejedor has received his PhD in Autonomous University of Madrid at 1987.  Currently, he is working as Professor and Head of Department of Neurology and Stroke Centre in La Paz University Hospital / Autonomous University of Madrid. He is serving as an editorial member of several reputed journals like Cerebrovascular diseases, Stroke (Associate editor) and International Journal of Stroke. He has authored 327 publications in national and international journals (IF: 1600.240, number of citations: 6553, H index: 27) and 17 books and monographs. He is a member of Sociedad Española de Neurología, International Stroke Association, European Academy of Neurology, European Federation of Headache Society, American Academy of Neurology, American Neurological Association and Sociedad Iberoamericana de Enfermedad Cerebrovascular. He has honoured with “Rafael Hervada” Award of Biomedical Research (1996), Award of Clinical Research. Pfizer Fundation (2004), Nacional Award of Research “Ciudad de Zamora-Excmo. Ayuntamiento”: Stroke. Clinical and Basic Research (2006).

Research Interests

Clinical Neurosciences
Stroke, Migraine
Cognitive decline
Neuroimmunology.

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Giuseppe ScalabrinoPhD

Associate Professor
Department of Medicine and Surgery
Institute of General Pathology
Address:Italy
Biography

Prof. Giuseppe has completed his PhD on the radiosensitizing properties of aliphatic aldehydes in 1968. He has been on several positions on faculty of Institute of General Pathology, University of Milan. He is an Invited speaker at the round table on �Polyamines and Neoplastic Growth� at the Gordon Conference on Polyamines in Andover, NH (USA). Writer of a review on �Polyamines in Mammalian Tumors� to be published in �Advances in Cancer Research�. He was Selected to Corresponding Membership of the American Association for Cancer Research. The cover of the April issue of The Journal of the National Cancer Institute has been entirely addressed to the paper on the circadian rithm of hepatic ornithine decarboxylase during hepatocancinogenesis in the rat. He is a member of the Editorial Board of �Chinese Journal of Clinicians� (Electronic Edition).

Research Interests

Main research interests of Dr. G. Scalabrino are: pathogenesis of cobalamin-deficient neuropathy; pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis.

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Douglas P. Blackall

Professor
Department of Pathology
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Address:USA
Biography

Douglas P. Blackall is a holder of the MD degree and was formerly the Chief of Pediatric Pathology and Director of the Clinical Laboratories at Arkansas Children�s Hospital in Little Rock. He was also a Professor of Pathology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Most recently, Dr. Blackall completed a 2-year assignment as Director of the Clinical Laboratories at Oasis Hospital in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Dr. Blackall attended Medical School at the University of Arkansas and completed residency training in clinical pathology at the University of Pennsylvania. While in Philadelphia, he was also a Postgraduate Research Fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Steven Spitalnik and completed fellowship training in Transfusion Medicine.

Research Interests

Dr. Blackall's clinical and research interests are focused on immunohematology and transfusion practice.

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Kutty Selva NandakumarPhD

Associate Professor

Medical Inflammation Research in Karolinska Instit
Address:Sweden
Biography

Kutty completed his Ph.D. in the Department of Immunology, School of Biological Sciences, Madurai Kamaraj University. After his graduation, he joined in the Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, India as a postdoctoral researcher to work in the field of tumor immunology with a rat histiocytic tumor for two and half years. Since then he is in Sweden at first in Lund University and now in Karolinska Institute for several years working on animal models of Rheumatoid arthritis to understand the basic pathogenic mechanisms and genetics involved in arthritis development. He completed his Dr.Med.Sci. program from Lund University with the project entitled, "Analysis of effector pathways in arthritis" in the Department of Experimental Sciences, BMC. He joined as an assistant professor in Karolinska Institute in 2008 and became Docent (Associate Professor) in Medical Inflammation Research in Karolinska Institute, Sweden from December 2011 onwards.

Research Interests

At present interested in understanding the pathogenic mechanisms and genes underlying arthritis disease development using animal models, pre-clinical research. Developed acute and chronic arthritis mouse models in our lab. To understand the pathogenic mechanisms and genes involved at the effector phase of arthritis using IgG antibodies; To study specific cleavage of IgG as new avenue for treating inflammation; To characterize biocompatible and biodegradable thermo-responsive polymers as new adjuvants; To develop vaccine for arthritis by targeting complement factor 5; To explore pathogenic and protective autoantibody interactions with chondrocytes; To investigate how estrogen affects antibody synthesis, glycosylation and effector functions in arthritis.

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Cantarini LucaPhD


Unit of Rheumatology
University of Siena
Address:Italy
Biography

Dr. Cantarini Luca was born in Siena-Italy on January 14th, 1974. He graduated in 2002 at the University of Siena (Italy) in Medical School: 110/110 �summa cum laude�, and specialized in Rheumatology at the University of Siena, in 2006: 70/70 �summa cum laude�. He was a Rheumatology Fellow at The Rayne Institute, Lupus Research Unit, Guy�s and St Thomas Hospital Trust, London, U.K in 2003. Qualification in Pediatric Rheumatology, University �La Cattolica�, Rome (Italy), in 2007. He received his PhD in Biomedicine and Immunologic Sciences, section of Experimental Rheumatology from 2006 to 2009. He worked as the Organizer of the XII Italian Congress of Pediatric Rheumatology (15-18 May 2013) and Member of the Scientific Committee of the 50� Congress of the Italian Society of Rheumatology. He is also the Member of the following scientific societies: Italian Society of Rheumatology (2006), Italian Society of Pediatrics (2009), International Society for Behcet's Disease (2009), International Society for Autoinflammatory diseases (2009), PRINTO (Pediatric Rheumatology International Trials Organization) (2009). He is the Member of the Editorial Board of the Annual Supplement devoted to Beh�et's and Autoinflammatory Conditions? of Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology.

Dr. Cantarini is the Referral physician for genetic testing in Autoinflammatory Disorders at the Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo, Brazil, since January 2012 and has been assigned 600 teaching hours on the genetics of Autoinflammatory disorders at the same University. External Lecturer and Tutor at the PhD School of Medical, Clinical and Experimental Sciences, (Rheumatological Sciences) at the University of Padova. He is involved in clinical and laboratory research with his 88 publications (15 manuscripts in press) on International Journals with Impact Factor. Other 18 manuscript are currently submitted or accepted with revision on International Journals with Impact Factor. His publications are mainly dedicated to rare disorders.

Research Interests

Genetic, pathogenetic, clinical and therapeutic aspects of Systemic Autoinflammatory Disorders (Monogenic periodic fever syndromes and Bechet�s Disease), Autoimmune Disorders (eg. Recurrent Idiopathic Pericarditis and Uveitis) and to Paediatric Rheumatology.

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Paolo CravediPhD



School of Medicine,New York
Address:USA
Biography

He received his PhD degree from Open University, London UK in the year 2009. He completed his Masters degree from University of Milan, Milan, Italy in 1999. He is working on projects aimed to understand the role of local complement signaling on human T cell function in autoimmune diseases and transplantation. He worked as Head, Laboratory of Clinical Pathophysiology of Renal Disease and Transplantation, Mario Negri, Institute for Pharmacological Research, Bergamo, Italy in 2009. He was the Staff scientist at the Mario Negri Institute for Pharmachological Research, Bergamo, Italy. He is the Editorial Board Member of Global Journal of Immunology and Allergic Diseases since 2013, World Journal of Nephrology (since 2011), The Open Hypertension Journal (since 2009). He has the membership in in Societies like, The European Renal Association - European Dialysis and Transplant Association (since 2012), World Journal of Clinical Urology (since 2012), World Journal of Nephrology (since 2012), The American Society of Nephrology (since 2011), The American Heart Association (since 2011). He published more than 30 papers and reviews many articles.

Research Interests

A prospective study to evaluate therelationship between histological features and vascular resistances assessed bypulsatile machine perfusion in kidneys from older donors and the predictive valueof these two parameters on graft outcomes, the diabetic nephropathy , Organ Transplantation, The Donor�s Surgeon

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Christopher ChangPhD

Chief of the Division of Allergy
Asthma and Immunology at Nemours
Delaware
Address:USA
Biography

Dr. Christopher Chang is Division Chief of the Division of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology at Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware, USA. He is program director of the allergy and immunology fellowship program at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He obtained his PhD in Chemistry and his MD from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, USA. He completed a pediatric residency at Children�s Hospital of Los Angeles and an allergy and immunology fellowship at the University of California at Davis. He is board certified in pediatrics and in allergy and immunology. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) and is founder and president of the International Association of Chinese Allergists and Immunologists (IACAI). He is an honorary international advisor to AllergyHK, a patient advocacy group. He is the author of numerous publications on allergy, asthma, immunology and autoimmune diseases. He is a member of the editorial boards of Clinical Reviews in Allergy and Immunology and Autoimmunity Reviews. He is a national and international speaker on a variety of allergy and immunology topics.

Research Interests

Asthma and Immunology, The effect of pollution on allergic diseases, Asthma and Immunology, Vitamin D and the Immune System, Food testing in Atopic Dermatitis.

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Tomo YonezawaPhD

Assistant Professor

Tokyo University of Science
Address:Japan
Biography

Tomo Yonezawa, received his PhD from Department of Animal Physiology, Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan during 2004-2007. He completed his Master degree in agriculture as specialization from Department of Animal Physiology, Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan. He has submitted his thesis on Screening of fatty acids-induced novel functional genes in mammary epithelial cells. He has published more than 30 papers and given many good presentations. He worked as Research Assistant Professor from Department of Systems BioMedicine, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Japan. Currently, he is working as Assistant Professor from Research Institute for Biomedical Sciences, Tokyo University of Science. He is engage in examining the phenotype of Knock-out mice using Collagen-induced arthritis, or Experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis. He is the member of the Japanese Society of Animal Science, Member of The Molecular Biology Society of Japan and also The Japanese Society for Immunology.

Research Interests

The molecular mechanism of pathogenesis for metabolic and autoimmune disorders, especially linking relationships between metabolic disorder and chronic low-grade inflammatory condition. His main career is of examining the phenotype of DCIR-deficient mice, which is spontaneously shown to have symptoms resembling auto immune diseases such as Rheumatoid arthritis, Sj�gren's syndrome.

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Shunbin NingPhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Cell biology
Miami FL
Address:USA
Biography

He received his Ph.D from Wuhan University, China in the year 1996-2001. He completed his Postdoc from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He worked as Research Assistant Professor in University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2002-2007. Currenty, he is working as Assistant Professor, Department of Cell Biology, Sylvester Com in 2011. He is the Editorial Board member of World Journal of Virology, Journal of Oncobiomarkers ,Journal of Antimicrobial Drug Design and Therapy. He is member of ASM (American Society for Microbiology) membership, AAI (American Association of Immunologists) membership and ASH (American Society of Hematology) membership. He was honored with many awards and prizes. He received Award from the ASM International Professorship Program and Outstanding Service to the International Board of the ASM. He published more than 40 papaers and abstract.

Research Interests

I am interested in the interaction between the tumor viruses and the host innate immune system. Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV/HHV4), as the first identified human tumor virus, has been established as a paradigm for the study of host-virus interaction. Human T-cell Leukemia Virus 1 (HTLV1), as the first identified oncogenic retrovirus, is a retroviral oncogenic agent etiologically associated with Adult T-cell Leukemia/Lymphoma (ATLL), an aggressive and often fatal malignancy of CD4+ T cells. Interferon (IFN) Regulatory Factors (IRFs), a small family of transcription factors, play important roles in many cellular processes including innate immune responses and oncogenesis. Of special interest, several IRFs, including the three oncogenic IRFs, IRF7, -2, and -4, as well as IRF5, intimately interact with EBV latency, which is associated with a large spectrum of lymphomas and carcinomas. Importantly, IRF4 is also overexpressed in HTLV1-infected cell lines and associated ATLL. Deciphering the molecular events controlling the interaction between EBV/HTLV1 and IRFs will help us understand the role of host IFN immune response in viral oncogenesis and may identify potential targets for immunotherapeutic treatment for virus-associated diseases and cancers. Deciphering the molecular events controlling the interaction between EBV/HTLV1 and IRFs will help us understand the role of host IFN immune response in viral oncogenesis and may identify potential targets for immunotherapeutic treatment for virus-associated diseases and cancers.

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Margareta Jernas

Associate Professor
The Sahlgrenska Academy
University of Gothenburg
Address:Sweden
Biography

Associate Professor Margareta Jern�s is trained at the Institute of medicine, University of Gothenburg and her thesis, �Microarray analysis of gene expression in adipocytes and adipose tissue� was focusing on obesity and metabolic diseases. Her research group was the first European academic group who received the Affymetrix DNA microarray system in year 2000, and she have been a Laboratory Manager and a project coordinator for this system since then. As a post doc and at present as a Researcher she is focusing on autoimmune diseases and her research field is studies of susceptibility genes, molecular mechanisms and biomarkers in autoimmunity. Autoimmune diseases result from the failure of normal self-tolerance mechanisms and collectively they affect approximately 5-7 % of the population, often with debilitating effects. Patients within a specific autoimmune disease can be very heterogeneous in the response to treatment indicating that different disease mechanisms may coexist. Her group were the first to demonstrate conclusive evidence that T-cell mediated cytotoxicity is involved in the pathogenesis of both Immune thrombocytopenic purpura (Olsson B. 2003 Nature Medicine) and Multiple sclerosis (Malmestr�m C. 2008 J Neuroimmunol.). Furthermore, her groups were the first group to demonstrate that there are molecular differences between children with newly diagnosed and chronic ITP. Ass. Prof. Jern�s has been a member of the Board of Core Facility at the University of Gothenburg 2006-2011, has had many commissions on peer review journals and has collaborations� with academic groups worldwide.

Research Interests

Affymetrix DNA microarray system, Focusing on autoimmune diseases, susceptibility genes, molecular mechanisms and biomarkers in autoimmunity, T-cell mediated Cytotoxicity.

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Trevor Stuart ArcherPhD

Professor

Madrid University
Address:Spain
Biography

At 7 years I was sent to St. Joseph�s College (school), North Point, Darjeeling, and from 15-17 years I attended Wallington Grammar School, Wallington, Surrey, UK. On completion, I was offered a position at the Institute of Animal Physiology, Babraham, UK, and took my HND qualification at Cambridge Polytechnical College, Cambridge, UK (1971). Thereafter, I obtained an Honour�s degree (Psychology and Physiology) at Newcastle-upon-Tyne University (1974), and a PhD, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden (1979). From 1978 to 1988 (Dec), I was employed by Astra L�kemedel AB with the position of Head of CNS Drugs when I left to take up my appointment as Professor and Chair of Biological Psychology. I have the position of Guest or Visiting Professor at: University of Hawaii at Manoa, �rebro University, Karlstad University, Kalmar University, Madrid University and received an Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award from St. Joseph�s College, North Point (2010), and Honorary Doctorship, Professorship and Membership Awards from the Polish Academy of Science Pharmacological Society (2013).

Research Interests

Gene-Environment, Implications of Co-morbidity for Neuropsychiartic Disorders, Neuronal Substrates of Co-morbidity, Beyond Neuropsychiatric Diagnostics: Symptoms not Disorders.

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Shoichiro IkuyamaPhD

Associate Professor
Department of Internal Medicine
University of Gothenburg
Address:Japan
Biography

He received his Ph.D. from Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. He completed his M.D from Graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. He worked as Associate Professor in the Division of Clinical Immunology Kyushu University Hospital at Beppu, Beppu, Japan. Currently he is working as Associate Professor in the Division of Rheumatology, Hematology and Metabolic Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, Kyushu University Beppu Hospital. He is the member of many organization and societies. He is the member of Japanese Society of Internal Medicine, Japan Endocrine Society, Japan Diabetes Society, Japan Thyroid Association, Japan Society for Hypothalamic and Pituitary Tumors and The Endocrine Society, USA. He published more than 50 papers and abstract.

Research Interests

Rheumatology, Hematology and Metabolic Diseases, Internal Medicine, Molecular cloning of thyrotropin (TSH) receptor cDNA and characterization of the promoter of TSH receptor gene, pituitary adenomas and TSH receptor, Study on the protein which promotes intracellular lipid-droplet formation (ADRP), Study on the complementary and alternative medicine using molecular biological methodology, disclosed that the expression of ADRP, one of lipid droplet proteins, is regulated by Ets/AP-1 element on its promoter in macrophages, disclosed that Pycnogenol suppresses TLR4-mediated ADRP expression in macrophages.

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Giuseppe Maurizio CampoPhD

Professor
Department of Biochemistry and Medical Chemistry
University of Messina
Address:Italy
Biography

Giuseppe Maurizio Campo graduated in Biological Sciences. In the years 1989-1991 he worked as scientific consultant of FIDIA Research Laboratories in acooperation project between FIDIA and the Institute of Pharmacology for the study of new activemolecules in the cardiovascular system. In 1998 he obtained the Ph.D degree by discussing the topic �Free radical in medicine: study of thelipid peroxidation during experimental myocardial ischemia/reperfusion injury; evaluation of new antioxidant compounds�. He worked as Professor at the Department of Biochemical, Physiological and Nutritional Sciences. From December 1998 he is Aggregate Professor of Biochemistry and Medical Chemistry in the Medical Faculty of the University of Messina. He is a member of Teaching Staff of Medical Chemistry and Biochemistry of the University of Messina since 1999.He is a member of the follow Scientific Societies: Italian Society for the Study of Connective Tissue (SISC), Italian Society of Biochemistry (SIB), Society for Free Radical Research (SFRR), Italian Society of Toxicology (SITOX).His attention in scientific research was continuous and progressively growing and it becameconcrete with about 160 full publications and 160 participation to a Congress.More than 90% of papers have been published on qualified international journals.

Research Interests

The scientific researches of Prof. Giuseppe Maurizio Campo are focalised on the physiopathological study of the glycosaminoglycans into the more common human pathologies and in pathological experimental models in animals. He has been set up several pathological experimental models in rodents such as acute cirrhosis, rheumatoid arthritis, hepatic fibrosis and pancreatitis in order to study and to evaluate the effective role of glycosaminoglycans with the aim to apply these studies in humans.

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Toshiyuki YamamotoPhD

Professor

Fukushima Medical University
Address:Japan
Biography

Yamamoto has received his MD in 1988 and PhD in 2000 in Tokyo Medical and Dental University. Currently, he is working as Professor and Chairman in Fukushima Medical University. He is serving as an editorial member of several journals like Journal of Dermatology, Journal of Dermatological Science, and The Open Allergy Journal. He is a member of Japanese Dermatological Association, Japanese Society for Investigative Dermatology, German-Japanese Society for Dermatology, and so on.

Research Interests

Scleroderma, Rheumatic disease, Psoriasis, Palmoplantar pustulosis, Sarcoidosos Bechet�s disease.

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Cristoforo ComiPhD

Assistant Professor
University of Eastern Piedmont
Amedeo Avogadro
Address:Italy
Biography

Cristoforo Comi has been an Assistant Professor of Neurology since 2006. He obtained a Ph.D. degree in molecular medicine, University of Eastern Piedmont Amedeo Avogadro, Novara, Italy from 2002 till 2006. He is a Member of both the Italian Society of Neurology and the Italian Association of Neuroimmunology. He has been working in collaboration with the Interdisciplinary Research Center on Autoimmune Diseases, University of Eastern Piedmont Amedeo Avogadro, Novara, Italy since 1998. He is an Associate Editor of Journal of Alzheimer�s Disease and he is a Member of the Editorial Board of International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, American Journal of Neurodegenerative disease, ISRN Neuroscience, Asian Journal of Neuroscience. Dr. Comi works as an Ad Hoc Reviewer of journals and scientific societies including Annals of Neurology, Neurology, Archives of Neurology, European Journal of Neurology, Expert Review of Clinical Immunology, Neurological Sciences, Journal of Alzheimer�s Disease, Current Aging Science, Journal of Neuroimmunology,and The Parkinson's Disease Society of the United Kingdom.

Research Interests

His research areas include neuroimmunology, inflammation in neurodegenerative diseases.

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Brandi Maria Luisa

Professor of Endocrinology

University of Florence
Address:Florence, Italy
Biography

She worked as Associate Professor of Endocrinology at University of Florence, Italy. She was the MD of University of Florence, Italy in 1977 and Visiting Scientist in Metabolic Disease in National Institutes of Health (NIH ) USA during 1984-1990. She was President, Fondazione Italiana Ricerca sulle Malattie dell�Osso in 2007. She was awarded with many awards and prizes. She received Roussel Italia Award in 1988, The European Foundation Awardi 1989, Schering Award, Italian Endocrine Society in 1990. She is Editorial Baord Member in Journal of Endocrinological Investigation, Diabetes, Nutrition and Metabolism, Calcified Tissue International, Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs and Endocrinology, Clinical Cases in Bone and Mineral Metabolism. Her publications are vast which include over 500 papers in peerly reviewed journals and 200 chapters and books. She is the member of many professional societies like American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists; Endocrine Society; International Bone and Mineral Society; Italian Society of Endocrinology; Italian Society of Internal Medicine; International Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Committee; Member, Education Committee.

Research Interests

Genetics and Clinics of Osteoporosis; Pathogenesis of Parathyroid Disorders; Genetics of Paget�s Disease of Bone; Bone Cell Biology; Epidemiology of Osteoporosis; Bone Inherited Disorders.

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Mario LosenPhD

Professor
Department of Biochemical Engineering
RWTH-Aachen
Address:Germany
Biography

Mario Losen received his PhD degree from Maastricht University, the Netherlands in the year 2006. He worked as Research assistant at the Department of Biochemical Engineering, Currently he is working as professor at RWTH-Aachen, Germany. He published more than 40 papers. He is associated with many organization like Oxford University, UK; Collaboration on European FP5 and FP6 project.

Research Interests

Myasthenia gravis and Alzheimer�s disease.

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Paul A. Rufo

Asst. Professor
Departments of Pediatrics
Boston University
Address:USA
Biography

Paul A. Rufo worked as Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Currently, he is working as Asst. Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics, Boston University, USA. He is the Member of many societies and association like American Gastroenterology Association, Crohn�s and Colitis Foundation, Society for Pediatric Research. He is the Editorial Board Member of Annals of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, World Journal of Gastroenterology and Physiology. He received many awards and prizes like Robert Winthrop Scholar from Harvard College and Mentor of the Year. He published more than 50 papers.

Research Interests

My clinical research is focused on the development of novel treatments and diagnostic tools for use in the management of children and adults with inflammatory intestinal diseases (IBD).

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Eric GeorgePhD

Asst. Professor
Dept of Physiology and Biophysics
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Address:USA
Biography

Eric George received his PhD from the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2010 before beginning a post-doctoral fellowship at the same institution from 2010-2013. He has recently joined the faculty of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center as an Assistant Professor, where he is focused on the maternal inflammatory response during preeclampsia and in the development of novel therapeutics for the management of hypertension during preeclampsia. He is the author of over 25 publications, several book chapters, and is active in both the American Physiological Society and the American Heart Association.

Research Interests

My research interests are primarily in the molecular and physiological mechanisms linking chronic placental ischemia to maternal hypertension during preeclampsia, especially the pathways which cause the maternal inflammatory response.

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Nizar SouayahPhD

Assistant Professor of Neurology
Drexel University Medical School
Philadelphia, PA
Address:USA
Biography

He completed his M.D, Medical School of Tunis, Tunisia. He has done Clinical and Research Fellowships Neuroscience: Neuroinflammation in Neurodegenerative Disorders, Timothy Cunningham Ph.D, Drexel Medical School, Philadelphia, PA. He worked as Assistant Professor of Neurology, Drexel University Medical School, Philadelphia, PA during 2004-2005. He received many awards and prizes like Top Scoring Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine Doctor in 2012, Teaching Award, Neurology Residents, New Jersey Medical School in 2011. He is the member of Committee Assignments In Professional Societies, Memberships In Professional Societies. He is the Editorial Board Member of Journal of Vaccines & Vaccination and Journal of Neurology & Neurophysiology. He published more than 40 papers and abstract.

Research Interests

Electromyography/Neuromuscular Disease, Neuroscience: Neuroinflammation in Neurodegenerative Disorders, Neurology.

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Vincenzo BassiPhD

ASL Na 1 Centro
Via F. M. Briganti
S. Giovanni Bosco Hospital
Address:Naples, Italy
Biography

Vincenzo Bassi M.D, Ph.D, was born in Naples-Italy on June 11th, 1961. He graduated in 1986 in Medical School and specialized in Endocrinology at the University of Naples, �Federico II� (Italy) in 1989. He attended with a grant award at University of Pisa (Italy), Endocrinology directed by prof. Aldo Pinchera in 1989-1990. He attended as Ph.D. student at University of Naples (Italy), Endocrinology, directed by prof. Gianfranco Fenzi. He obtained his PhD in Endocrinology and Metabolism in 2004. From 2004 to today he is working at S. Giovanni Bosco Hospital, U.O.C. of Internal Medicine, ASL Na 1 Centro, Naples (Italy). He specialized in Internal Medicine University of Naples, �Federico II� (Italy) in 2009. He is author of publications in national and international Journals and reviewer in several international journals in the endocrinological field.

Research Interests

Endocrinology and metabolism, in particular, the thyroid autoimmunity such as Graves� and Hashimotos� Diseases and the possible correlation with infective bacteria. Moreover, Hyponatremia and syndrome of inapproprate antidiuretic secretion.

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Felice BedfordPhD


Department of Psychology
University of Arizona
Address:USA
Biography

Felice Bedford received her B.A, M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. She has been on the faculty at the University of Arizona for more than 20 years. Work has included theoretical and empirical research on how psychological interventions such as guided imagery and mindful meditation can produce physical changes and how the immune system is the 6th perceptual sense. Her unique perspective from the field of perception in Psychology has added a new element to psychoneuroimmunology. Recent studies have included mitochondrial DNA, using visual illusions as a tool in AI rheumatological disorders and her classic work has been on space perception, visual-motor coordination, and generally, perceptual plasticity.

Research Interests

Genetic predispositions to autoimmunity, integrative theories of autoimmunity, connective tissue disorders, Sjogren�s Syndrome, Lupus, RA, MS, Reiter�s syndrome, nutrition, meditation, guided imagery, toxicology, psychoneuroimmunology, immune system as a sensory modality.

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Naoki HosakaPhD

Associate Professor
Department of Pathology
Kansai Medical University-Kori Hospital
Address:Japan
Biography

Dr. Hosaka completed his M.D. at Kansai Medical University, and received his Ph.D. from Kansai Medical University, Moriguchi, Japan (1990 � 1993). He is a certified member of the Japaese Board of Pathology in anatomic pathology (1994) and worked as Associate Professor in the First Department of Pathology, Kansai Medical University (2005 � 2011). Currently, he is working as an Associate Professor at the Department of Pathology, Kansai Medical University-Kori Hospital, Neyagawa, and the Department of Clinical Sciences and Laboratory Medicine, Kansai Medical University, Hirakara, Japan. He is a member of the Japanese Society for Immunology, Japanese Cancer Association, and Japanese Society of Pathology.

Research Interests

Dr. Hosaka�s main research interest is allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and thymus transplantation as treatment for many intractable diseases, including cancer and autoimmune diseases. He is also interested in pathology of the thymus and diagnostic pathology.

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Hong ZanPhD

Senior Research Scientist
Institute for Immunology
University of California, Irvine
Address:USA
Biography

Dr. Hong Zan received his Ph.D. from Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology (SIBCB), Chinese Academy of Sciences. He completed his Postdoc from Weill Medical College of Cornell University in 1999 and continued work in Weill Cornell Medical College until 2003. He moved to University of California, Irvine as a research scientist since 2003. Dr. Zan has extensive experience on immunology, Molecular Biology and autoimmunity. He has made significant contributions to the understanding of CSR and SHM in antibody and autoantibody responses. He has published more than fifty papers, most of them are in high-profile journals, including Nature Immunology, Immunity, Cell Reports, Nature Struct. Mol. Biol., Nature Commun.,Nature Rev. Immunol., EMBO J., J. Exp. Med., Trends Immunol. Dr. Zan serves as an Associate Editor of Autoimmunity since2003. He is also anEditorial Board member of The Scientific World Journal.

Research Interests

Dr. Zan has been working on B cell differentiation with emphasis on the molecular mechanisms of immunoglobulin gene expression, somatic hypermutation, class-switch DNA recombination, plasma cell differentiation, as well as antibody engineering, for over 20 years. He is also interested in the mechanism of autoantibody response in autoimmune diseases. He currently works on epigenetic regulation in antibody and autoantibody responses, and epigenetic modulators as therapeutics for autoimmune diseases, such as systimic lupus.

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Elise E. DrouinPhD


Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Address:USA
Biography

Biography: Elise Drouin completed her PhD in the department of Biology at Boston University studying the role of DNA sequence context in the profile of mutations induced by the polycyclic hydrocarbon (+)-anti-benzo[a]pyrenediol epoxide. She now studies the molecular mechanisms that lead to infection-induced autoimmunity and how immune dysregulation contributes to breaks in immunologic tolerance.

Her studies focus primarily on patients with Lyme arthritis, a late stage manifestation of Lyme disease which results from infection with the spirocheteBorreliaburgdorferi. For most patients, treatment with antibiotics leads to complete resolution of arthritis (antibiotic-responsive Lyme arthritis). However, in a subset of patients, their arthritis persistsdespite antibiotic treatment and apparentspirochetalkilling (antibiotic-refractory Lyme arthritis). This latter outcome is believed to result from infection-induced autoimmunity. A comparison of immune cells between these two patient groups identified immunologic defects in patients with a refractory outcome that contribute to chronic inflammation. Additionally, she was a key player in the development of an innovative and unbiased methodology for the identification of novel disease-relevant autoantigens. Using this approach, endothelial cell growth factor (ECGF) was identified as the first autoantigen known to induce T and B cell responses in patients with Lyme disease. This discovery resulted in a patent for the diagnostic screening of anti-ECGF autoimmune responses in these patients (U.S. patent pending 13/823,126). ). She is now using this same approach to identify autoantigens associated with rheumatoid arthritis. Finally, she is an integral member of a cross-disciplinary collaboration between the Lyme Disease Program at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Mass Spectrometry Resource Center at Boston University School of Medicine.

Research Interests

Defining the molecular mechanisms behind the development of pathogenic autoimmunity and identifying the role infection plays in this outcome. Identifying disease-relevant autoantigens associated with either Lyme arthritis or rheumatoid arthritis for use as biomarkers to assist in therapeutic decision-making or in the design of targeted therapies.

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Anmar KhadraPhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Physiology
McGill University
Address:Canada
Biography

Anmar Khadra obtained his Ph.D. degree in applied mathematics from the University of Waterloo and received his postdoctoral training in computational and mathematical biology from the University of British Columbia and from the National Institutes of Health. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiology and an associate member of the Department of Physics & Department of Mathematics and Statistics at McGill University. He made significant contributions to the understanding of T-cell population dynamics during autoimmune responses in the context of type 1 diabetes. His research interests include quantitative immunology, diabetes systems biology and computational neuroendocrinology. His work is currently focused on analyzing various quantitative aspects of autoimmune and endocrine diseases at the molecular & cellular levels.

Research Interests

Mathematical modeling.
Quantitative immunology.
Computational electrophysiology and endocrinology.
Nonlinear dynamics and synchronization.
Stability analysis and differential equations.
Impulsive control methods and delayed impulsive systems.

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Bruna AmorinPhD

Post-doctorate

Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul
Address:Brazil
Biography

Bruna is a Biomedical and completed her P.h.D in Medical Sciences at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. During this period she worked with cell therapy clinical trial for treatment of acute GVHD, which continued this line of research in the post-doctorate. Currently she is a member of the research group from the cell therapy center at the Hospital de Clinicas de Porto Alegre where she is studying about cell therapy and regenerative medicine for hematological malignancies.

Research Interests

Cell therapy for clinical use
Immunomodulation mesenchymal stem cell studies
Cultivation of mesenchymal stem cells in a hypoxic environment

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Claudio Lera OrsattiPhD

Associate researcher
Federal University of Triangulo Mineiro

Address:Brazil
Biography

Graduated in Biomedicine at the University Center of Araraquara (2005), master's degree in General Biology and Applied by the Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho (2009) and Ph.D. in Gynecology, Obstetrics and Mastology the Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho (2014). He is currently associate researcher at the Federal University of Triangulo Mineiro's Research Laboratory of Biology of Physical Activity (Bioex) and Postdoctoral Faculty of Medicine of Botucatu in the Department of Gynecology, Obstetrics and Mastology. He has experience in clinical analysis and Immunology, with emphasis on cellular and Immunogenetics Immunology, acting on the following topics: women's health in pre and postmenopausal women, exercise, herbs, stress. (Text informed by the author)

Research Interests

Clinical Analysis and Immunology
Immunogenetics, Immunology cell
Immunomodulation in women's health in pre and post-menopausal
Exercise
Herbs
Stress in the modulation of immunity

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Komenan KassiMD

Assistant professor

University of Abidjan Cocody
Address:Ivorian
Biography

Dr KOMENAN KASSI, MD, is Assistant professor at the year department of dermatology and infectiology, at the Houphouet Boigny -Felix medical school university of Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He is a dermatologist, skin sucker public and health specialist, he is expert in dermatologic surgery, skin diseases tropical, Buruli ulcer, skin cancer, general dermatology, dermatologic autoimmune diseases. Dr. HH Humphrey KASSI WAS fellow at Emory University in Atlanta, plastic and aesthetic surgery clinic at St-Luc in Belgium, and Got His dermatology specialist certificate and the doctorate in general medicine at the school of medicine in Côte d'Ivoire

Research Interests

He is expert in dermatologic surgery, skin diseases tropical, Buruli ulcer, skin cancer, general dermatology, dermatologic autoimmune diseases, skin sucker public and health specialist.

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Mohan C. Vemuri DirectorPhD

Director
Life Sciences Solutions
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Address:India
Biography

Dr. Mohan C Vemuri is the Director of Research and Development for Cell Biology at Thermo Fisher Scientific. In this capacity, Dr. Vemuri leads R&D activities in stem cell product development in the areas of human iPSC, adult stem cells, immune cells and cell lineagespecific differentiation in GMP environment for research use and subsequently for use in cell therapy with regulatory compliance.
Prior to this role, Dr Vemuri served on the faculty at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where his research efforts focused on developing improved methods for fetal transplantation of engineered hematopoietic stem cells for blood and bone marrow transplantation. Dr. Vemuri previously served on the faculty at Thomas Jefferson Medical School, where he developed cell screening assay systems for Parkinson’s disease drug discovery. Dr Vemuri collaborates with researchers in academia and industry, striving towards the successful utilization of stem cells inregenerative cell therapies. He holds a Ph.D in Cell Biology from Sri Venkateswara University inIndia and performed his postdoctoral work at the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Vemuri has authored over 50 publications and has edited or co-edited several stem cell focused books, including Stem Cell Assays, Regulatory Networks in Stem Cells, MSC assays and applications, MSCs and Cell Therapy, Neural Development and Stem Cells and most recently, Pluripotent Stem Cell Assays by Springer Press.

Research Interests

Dr. Vemuri leads R&D activities in stem cell product development in the areas of human iPSC, adult stem cells, immune cells and cell lineagespecific differentiation in GMP environment for research use and subsequently for use in cell therapy with regulatory compliance.
his research efforts focused on developing improved methods for fetal transplantation of engineered hematopoietic stem cells for blood and bone marrow transplantation.

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Akaitz Dorronsoro GonzalezPhD

Paul Robbins Laboratory
Metabolism & Ageing Department
The Scripps Research Institute
Address:USA
Biography

I received my B.S. in Biology in 2006 and a B.S. in Biochemistry in 2007, both from the University of Navarra. I received my Ph.D. from the University of the Basque Country in 2012 for a job done in Trigueros C. Lab in Inbiomed research foundation. After a post-doctoral period in Inbiomed I joined Robbins Lab in The Scripps research Institute in 2013 as a Research Associate.

Research Interests

The main aim of my research is to explore the therapeutic properties of Mesenchymal Stromal Cells (MSC), principally focus in their immunomodulative features and their capacity to secret regenerative factors. During my Ph.D. training we described the role of NF-?B signaling pathway in the immunosuppressive capacity of MSCs. Now a days, we are focused in ageing and more specifically in how it affects MSC. Additionally, we are trying to prolong the life span of progeria mouse model using stromal cell therapy.

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Francesco CasoPhD

Medical Doctor
Clinical and Experimental Sciences-Rheumatologic S
University of Padova
Address:Italy
Biography

Dr. Francesco Caso graduated in Medical School at the Second University of Naples (Italy). He attended at the Rheumatology Unit of the Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University Hospital Federico II of Naples. He specialized in Rheumatology at the University of Naples Federico II: 50/50 cum laude. He was a Rheumatology Fellow at the Rheumatology Unit of the Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine of the University Hospital of Padova (Italy). From January 2012, he is PhD Fellow at the Graduate School of Medical, Clinical and Experimental Sciences - Address: Rheumatologic Sciences, University of Padova.

Currently, he is working on research project at the Research Center of Systemic Autoimmune and Autoinflammatory Diseases and Behcet's Disease Clinic, Rheumatology Unit, University of Siena (Italy).

He is a member of the Italian Society of Rheumatology.

He is author and coauthor of scientific papers (abstracts, articles and chapters in full) on clinical and pathogenetic aspects of spondyloarthritis, autoinflammatory and autoimmune diseases.

Research Interests

Psoriatic Arthritis
Behçet Disease
Autoinflammatory Diseases (Blau Syndrome; TRAPS).

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Gustavo Ferreira SimoesPhD

Assistant Professor
Federal University of São Carlos
UFSCAR
Address:Brazil
Biography

Graduated in Full Degree in Physical Education from the Federal University of Espírito Santo (2002) and Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University Center of Vila Velha (2006). Master of Anatomy obtained in 2009 from the Program of Cellular and Structural Biology at the Institute of Biology, UNICAMP. PhD in Anatomy with the Program of Cellular and Structural Biology at the Institute of Biology, UNICAMP. He is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Morphology, Faculty of Medical Sciences of Santa Casa de São Paulo (FCMSCSP), and Senior Researcher at the Institute of Biology, UNICAMP, working in the area of Neurobiology. Has experience in the area of Neuroscience, Neuroimmunology and morphology, with emphasis on anatomy, working mainly in the following areas: cell culture, transmission electron microscopy and three-dimensional reconstruction eletrontomografia, immunohistochemistry, immunocytochemistry, functional and morphological analysis of the sciatic nerve, spinal cord and changes in central nervous system and peripheral interface with the muscular skeletal system MDX mice, an animal model for the study of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Currently a member of SBNeC (Brazilian Society of Neuroscience and Behavior).

Research Interests

Neurodegenerative Diseases Studies using techniques Nanobiofísica.
Neuron-glia communication and plasticity of nerve tissue on the peripheral injury and inflammation Plasticity and nerve regeneration.
In vitro studies of spinal cord neurons and glial cells by pharmacological treatments.

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Kenneth Craig

Director of Kompass Health Associates
Centre of Medical Shockwave Therapy and Rehabilita

Address:New Zealand
Biography

Director of Kompass Health Associates – Centre of Medical Shockwave Therapy and Rehabilitative Research, Auckland, New Zealand. Pioneered the use of extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) in Austral Asia since 1999 and is an active member of the International Society of Medical Shockwave Therapy. Research interests include: diabetes management, pain management, musculoskeletal progenitor cell mechanotransduction, sports performance and injury management, electromyography and motion studies, and nutrition. Woking with a multidisciplinary team of health professionals both domestically and internationally, our research partners include the: Auckland University of Technology, Medical University of Milan, VU University of Amsterdam, The New Zealand Professional Golf Association, and the German Sports University Cologne.

Research Interests

Diabetes management, pain management, musculoskeletal progenitor cell mechanotransduction, sports performance and injury management, electromyography and motion studies, and nutrition

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Li YaoPhD

Assistant Professor

Wichita State University
Address:United states
Biography

Dr.Yao completed his PhD in Biomedical Science at the University of Aberdeen, UK in 2006. His postdoctoral work was carried out at the National University of Ireland, Galway and the Mayo Clinic, Minnesota. Dr. Li Yao is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Wichita State University and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Medical Sciences at The University of Kansas Medical Center Wichita campus. His lab research interest is neural regeneration based on the application of biomaterials scaffolds, gene therapy, stem cells and electric signals.

Research Interests

1.Electric fields guided migration of neural cells and stem cells.
2.Spinal cord repair and regeneration, and peripheral nerve repair and regeneration.

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Majid Ghayour-Mobarhan

Associated Professor
Cardiovascular Research Centre
Avicenna (Bu-Ali) Research Institute, Mashhad Univ
Address:Iran
Biography
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Qing YanPhD

Chief Scientist


Address:USA
Biography

Dr. Yan has extensive research experience in translational biomedical informatics and immunology, including more than 12 years as a group leader in the biopharmaceutical industry. Dr. Yan has published many research papers and edited five biomedical books, including "Systems Biology in Drug Discovery and Development: Methods and Protocols", "Pharmacogenomics in Drug Discovery and Development", and "Psychoneuroimmunology: Methods and Protocols". Dr. Yan received a Ph.D. degree in Biological and Medical Informatics from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF).

Research Interests

Psychoneuroimmunology, bioinformatics, health informatics, medical informatics, systems biology, pharmacogenomics, immunology, immunoinformatics, neuroscience, neuroinformatics, translational medicine, personalized medicine.

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Rami Mohamed Elsaid ElshazliPhD

Clinical Biochemist Specialist

Talkha Central Hospital
Address:Egypt
Biography

I received my Ph. D. degree from the Department of Biochemistry at the Faculty of Science, University of Tanta, Egypt in the year 2014. During my studies on molecular biology and genetics, i gained a lot of experiences in these fields. I published about 4 papers.

Research Interests

Genetics (Molecular Genetics).
Molecular Biology.
Clinical Biochemistry.
Clinical Microbiology.
Medical Statistics.

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Vijay Kumar KutalaPhD

Associate Professor
Dept of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Nizams Institute of Medical Sciences
Address:India
Biography

Dr. Vijay Kumar Kutala has obtained Ph.D. degree from the Department of Biochemistry, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India in 1993 and joined as Consultant and Head of Biochemistry, Kamineni Hospitals, Hyderabad, after working for 4 years, moved to the department of Biochemistry, Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad in the year 1997 as Assistant Professor and later promoted to Additional Professor. During the period 2003 to 2007, he was the visiting Research Scientist, at the Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA. During this period, he got expertise in the application of EPR spectroscopy; ischemia-reperfusion models both ex-vivo and in vivo and during this period he has published 30 papers in peer-reviewed journals and also awarded the James V Warren most outstanding researcher award in the year 2005. He has returned to India after obtaining the Ramanujan Fellowship awarded by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, New Delhi in the year 2007.

Research Interests

Biomarkers for prediction and prognosis
Genomics
Epigenetics
Pharmacogenomics
Autoimmunity
Immunogenetics
cancer and cardiovascular biology
Molecular markers for early detection of acute rejection in organ transplant patients
Development of pharmacogenomic algorithms for the immunosuppressive drugs based on the pharmacogenetics. Evaluation of cyclophosphamide toxicity based on pharmacogenomic approaches in lupus nephritis
DNA based HLA typing

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Dr. Giacomo Emmi

Medical Doctor
Center for Systemic Autoimmune Diseases
Careggi Hospital
Address:Italy
Biography

Dr. Giacomo Emmi graduated in 2007 in Medical School and specialized in Clinical Immunology at the University of Florence in 2012; currently he works at the Center for Systemic Autoimmune Diseases at Careggi Hospital in Florence. Its main scientific interests are pathogenetic mechanisms of systemic vasculitis (in particular Behçet syndrome and ANCA-associated vasculitis) and autoimmune diseases, such as Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and antiphospholipid antibody syndrome. 

 

Research Interests

Pathogenetic mechanisms of systemic vasculitis
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Antiphospholipid antibody syndrome

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Maria Maslinska

Deputy Head
Institute of Rheumatology

Address:Warsaw Poland
Biography

Designation : Deputy Head of Early Arthritis Clinic ;Institute of Rheumatology in Warsaw 

and deputy editor and feature editor - Reumatologia journal.                                

Career: to 2005 Assistant, Senior Assistant the Department of Internal Medicine, Szpital 

Praski, Warsaw.  In years   2005 – 2009  Senior Assistant the Department of Connective 

Tissue Diseases; Institute of Rheumatology in Warsaw.  From 2009  the Early Arthritis 

Clinic; Institute of Rheumatology in Warsaw.                                                

                                                                                          

Research Projects: Institute of Rheumatology: Unclassified arthritis, Spondyloarthropathies 

Grant National Science Centre - 2012/05 / N / NZ5 / 02,838 Effect of B-cell on clinical 

picture of primary Sjogren's syndrome - Immunohistochemical evaluation, serological and 

regulating the activity of the cytokine profile of these cells - in progress                

                                                                                            

2009 - Third Degree Group Award of the Rector of the Medical University of Warsaw  for 

scientific achievements in the field of research related to the pathomechanism of 

inflammation                                                                               

Member of the Polish Society of Rheumatology and the Polish  Union of  Writers' Doctors and 

delegate to the Regional Medical Chamber in Warsaw.                                         

She has authored and co-authored articles , as well as chapters in books. She  has 

participated as investigator in clinical trials of phase II and III, randomized, 

controlled, double-blind, multicenter studies. In addition, she has participated as a 

lecturer at numerous courses, seminars and conferences for general practitioners and 

rheumatologists.            

Research Interests

Autoimmune diseases
clinical picture
treatment
Special interest in Sjögren’s syndrome 
Early arthritis

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Catherine HuPhD


Critical Care Medicine

Address:China
Biography

Catherine Hu,

female, 30 years old, M.D. and Ph.D.,attending of department of critical care 

medicine in Chinese PLA General Hospital.Majoring in inflammation and immunological 

disorder in sepsis and acute kidney injury. Main research that mesenchymal stem cells 

attenuate ischemic acute kidney injury by inducing regulatory T cells through splenocyte 

interactions was published in kidney int (2013; 84(3): 521-531). Being good at treatment of 

heatstroke, severe sepsis and autoimmune related critical diseases.

Research Interests

regulaotry T cells
Inflammation 
sepsis

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Mahmood S Choudhery

Assistant Professor
Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Laborator
King Edward Medical University
Address:Pakistan
Biography

Dr. Choudhery earned a BS (Hons) degree in Zoology from the University of Punjab in 2007.  He completed his Mphil and Doctorate in Molecular Biology (with specialization in regenerative medicine) from National Center of excellence in Molecular Biology (CEMB) in 2012.  He completed a part of his research work in Professor David Harris’s Laboratory at College of Medicine, Department of Immunology, The University of Arizona, Tucson, USA. Dr. Choudhery worked as a Post-Doctorate Fellow at the College of Medicine, Department of Immunology, The University of Arizona, Tucson, USA.  In December 2012 he joined the faculty at the King Edward Medical University as an Assistant Professor in the Advanced Center of Research in Biomedical Sciences. Dr Choudhery established the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Laboratory at King Edward Medical University. He is the author of several papers and abstracts. Dr Choudhery’s research interests include stem cells and regenerative medicine, cardiovascular research and stem cell transplantation, caloric restriction, tissue engineering, in vitro disease models (disease in a dish) and gene therapy. 

Research Interests

Dr Choudhery’s research interests include stem cells and regenerative medicine, cardiovascular research and stem cell transplantation, caloric restriction, tissue engineering, in vitro disease models (disease in a dish) and gene therapy. 

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Carmen CiavarellaPhD


Department of Experimental, Diagnostic and Specialty Medicine
University of Bologna
Address:Italy
Biography

Dr Carmen Ciavarella graduated at the University of Bologna (Italy) in Biology (Bachelor’s degree) in 2008 and in Health Biology (Master’s degree) in 2010.  In 2012 she won the PhD program in “Research methodologies in vascular surgeries”-Surgical Sciences Doctorate School in Bologna. Currently she is working at the Department of Experimental, Diagnostic and Specialty Medicine as PhD student. Her PhD project is aimed to investigate the behaviour of mesenchymal stem cells resident in the vascular wall and the molecular mechanisms involved in the development of abdominal aortic aneurysm.

Research Interests

Mesenchymal stem cells
Immunomodulation
Inflammation
Cardiovascular diseases

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Farah M. Khalifeh

Chief Research and Development Officer
Stem cell therapy
Stem Cells of Arabia
Address:USA
Biography

Farah Khalifeh received a BS degree in medical laboratory technology and laboratory sciences at Jordan University in 2009. She then received her master of science in immunology and microbiology at the American University of Beirut in 2011, and is currently running several research projects as a chief research and development officer at Stem Cells of Arabia (SCA) in Amman-Jordan. A strong advocate of hands-on and intellectual research, she involves all of her team members in a variety of research projects and problem solving patterns that provide cutting edge up-to-date knowledge in the immunology and stem cells fields. Her professional interests focus on novel medical approaches for treating chronic diseases generally and cancer particularly, and her current projects include studying new populations of stem cells in the bone marrow niche, and identifying the most potent types for future clinical translation; in addition to developing diagnostic procedures and protocols for several scientific issues. She is also involved in the strategic planning of the biological aspects of devices that are developed by the bioengineering team at the facility. In addition, she is a member of the editorial board at SCA, and an assistant editor, reviewing and editing manuscripts, standard operating procedures, and quality control reports. She has several ongoing researches and publications that are submitted to a number of journals. She was a speaker at the International Association of Neurorestratology (IANR) VI and 10th global college of Neuroprotection & Neuroregeneration (GCNN) Annual Conference, with a strong interest in presenting some of her research ideas to the scientific community in upcoming and future conferences. 

 

Research Interests

Stem cells

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Kiranpreet KaurPhD

Scientist
Molecular Biology
Norwegian University
Address:Norway
Biography

I am a Molecular biologist. I did my Bachelors and Masters in Human Genetics from Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India. I am a Gold Medalist holder for both the degrees.
I got the national scholarships from * Council for Scientific and Industrial Research- Junior Research (UGCJRF) fellowship* in November 2002 and * Council for Scientific and Industrial Research- Senior Research (UGCSRF) fellowship* in February 2005. This aid me to pursue my interest in research, and I did my PhD in Molecular genetics from LV Prasad Eye institute, Hyderabad affiliated to BITS Pilani Rajasthan, 2003-2008.

My PhD research was on a childhood disease called Primary congenital glaucoma (PCG). It is an autosomal recessive disease and has very high prevalence in southern parts of India, attributed to high degree of consanguineous marriages. My role was to find the genetic associations of this disease. I could successfully identify changes in 3 genes (of which 2 were novel) to be strongly associated with PCG. Besides, we could determine the functional association of one of the genes with disease pathology. 

I moved to United States of America in 2009 and worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Cancer Biology and Pharmacology, Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, till May 2010. I worked on the umbilical cord blood stem cells as a therapeutic agent against Glioblastoma. Our studies clearly revealed that umbilical cord blood stem cells have a great potential to inhibit the growth, migration and angiogenesis of tumor cells. Besides, stem cells could induce apoptosis in the tumor cells. This was shown both at the in vitro (using cell lines) and in vivo (using mouse model) levels.

Then after my marriage, I moved to Norway in 2010. I worked at the Department of Immunology and Transfusion Medicine, Oslo University Hospital, from October 2010 till March 2012. Here, I worked on the ex vivo expansion of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs). I could clearly show the effect of two agents (3',4'-dimethoxyflavone (3'4'-DMF) and valproic acid (VPA) on ex vivo expansion of HSCs without losing their self-renewal property. This study for the first time, presented an in vitro evidence for a new and relevant effect of 3'4'-DMF on human HSCs. In addition, the results suggested a potential clinical use of 3'4'-DMF and VPA in HSC therapy.

At present I work at the Norwegian University of life sciences (NMBU). Since April 2012, I work on a parasite, called Salmon louse which eats Salmon fish. This has become a serious issue for the Norwegian industry (Norway being the biggest exporter of salmon fish). The parasite has become resistance to almost all the chemotherapeutants that are being used. My goal is to find the biological mechanisms involved in salmon louse’s resistance. Recently, I identified and molecularly characterized the mutated gene, which is the culprit behind salmon louse’s resistance against one of the most commonly used chemotherapeutant, organophosphate (OP). In collaboration with our industry partner, we developed a simple assay for the high throughput screening of salmon louse resistance. I have been awarded the *Young scientist Award* for this work at the 10th International Sea lice Conference, held in September 2014.

Research Interests

1.Exploring genetic basis of diseases especially the complex diseases.
2.To unravel the biochemical mechanisms involved in disease pathogenesis.
3.Finding new therapeutic agents (like stem cells).
4.To design simple and easy assays for the diagnosis of diseases.
5.Epidemiological studies to determine the prevalence of diseases.

 

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Mariarosaria MilosoPhD

Assistant professor
Department of Surgery and Translational Medicine
University of Milano-Bicocca
Address:Italy
Biography

Mariarosaria Miloso has graduated in Biological Science. She has obtained a PhD in “Biology and Molecular Pathology” from School of Medicine, University of Napoli Federico II characterizing the rho genes of Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Salmonella typhimurium. She worked as researcher (with a fellowship) c/o Laboratory of Molecular Oncology DIBIT-HSR (San Raffaele Hospital, Milano) focusing her studies on the role of Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) in different biological processes and on the properties of EGF receptor (EGFR) analyzing the specific signaling pathways activated by the receptor. Then she worked as Technician c/o Institute of Human Anatomy, School of Medicine, University of Milan and c/o Department of Neurosciences and Biomedical Technologies, University of Milano-Bicocca. In this time she studied signaling transduction pathways involved both in neuronal differentiation and in the effects of neurotoxic and/or neuroprotectice substances. Moreover she studied the biological action of resveratrol on nervous cells. 
Currently she is Assistant Professor of Anatomy c/o Department of Surgery and Translational Medicine, University of Milano-Bicocca and her interest is focused on: a) biology and differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells derived from different sources, b) antitumorigenic effects of natural compounds; c) molecular mechanisms involved in antineoplastic-induced peripheral neurotoxicity. 
She is reviewer for several international peer-reviewed journals. She is member of Società Italiana di Anatomia ed Istologia. She published more than 35 papers and 70 abstracts. 

 

Research Interests

Study of biological properties and differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells from different tissues (bone marrow, periodontal ligament, dental pulp, adipose tissue, skin).

Effects of Valproic Acid, Valpromide, Hibiscus sabdarifa, Berberine, Resveratrol e Baicalin on mesenchymal stem cells adipogenic and osteogenic  differentiation and studies of signal transduction pathways involvement.

In vitro study of antitumorigenic effects of Hibiscus Sabdarifa and Baicalin and studies of signal transduction pathways involvement.

Study of molecular mechanisms involved in antineoplastic-induced peripheral neurotoxicity.

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Mohsin KhanPhD

Associate Scientist
Center for Translational Medicine
Temple University
Address:USA
Biography

I did my PhD from National Center of Excellence in Molecular Biology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan in 2003. After my PhD, I joined Dr Mark Sussman’s lab at San Diego State University as a postdoctoral researcher while working on elucidating role for adrenergic signaling in regulating cardiac stem cell based regenerative mechanisms in the heart.  Following completion of the postdoctoral program, I joined Dr Raj Kishore’s lab as an Associate Scientist in 2014 at Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, USA.

 

Research Interests

I have been working the field of cardiac regeneration for the past several years. The focus of my research has been to develop and understand stem cell based therapies for cardiac repair. In particular, I have experience working cardiac stem cells in context of repair and regeneration of the heart after myocardial infarction as highlighted in my recent publications. Presently, I am working on pluripotent stem cell derived exosomes and their effect on heart disease. I have a broad background in Molecular Biology, with specific training in the key aspects of the proposed study. I fully understand the aims of the project and its responsibilities. The current application builds reasonably on my prior work and I intend to achieve the proposed goals of the project with the utmost dedication and hard work.

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Sabrina ValentePhD

Scientist
Laboratory of Clinical Pathology
University-Hospital St. Orsola-Malpighi
Address:Italy
Biography

Sabrina Valente (18/04/80) took Master's degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Bologna in Italy in 2006. In 2006, she took the qualifying examination as Biologist and in 2010 she registered as Biologist in Italy. She received her PhD in Surgery Science - Project “Research Methodologies in Vascular Surgery” at University of Bologna discussing a PhD thesis on “Vascular wall stem cells. Selection and conditioning of progenitors useful to cell therapy. A pathological case study”. In 2010, she worked as Biologist for a research project at University Hospital St. Orsola Polyclinic of Bologna in Italy. In 2011, she won a post-doctoral research fellow at University of Bologna. In 2013, she worked as collaborator in a research project at DIMES - University of Bologna. Currently, she is working as post-doctoral fellow in a research project aimed to potentiate the in vitro functional effects of HGF on human vascular wall-mesenchymal stem cells at DIMES - University of Bologna.
From January 2010 to date, she makes frontal lessons and practice laboratories in the Degree Course in Biomedical Health Technician at School of Medicine of the University of Bologna. She participated at Research Projects founded by University of Bologna, Regione Emila-Romagna and Miur. She received many honors and awards. She was honored with a Research Award Lions Club Bologna as the best recent PhD Thesis of the University of Bologna. She is member of the Scientific Society “Stem Cells Research Italy (SCR Italy)”. She is an Editorial Board Member/Reviewer of Journal of Stem Cells Research, Reviews & Reports. She is author of 23 scientific papers on international journals and more than 30 proceeding (abstracts and posters).

Research Interests

Dr. Valente research interests are focused on cell biology of human vascular wall resident mesenchymal stem cells isolated from variously-size arteries to define stemness potential, multi-lineage differentiation, immunomodulatory effects and their application in regenerative medicine; functional effects of HGF on human vascular wall-mesenchymal stem cells to promo and enhance the healing of vascular ulcers; interaction between human mesenchymal stem cells, cancer cells and nanomaterial for regenerative medicine.

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Fan XiuboPhD

Senior Research Scientist
Department of Clinical Research
Singapore General Hospital
Address:Singapore
Biography

I received my PhD degree in Dalian University of Technology in 2008. Since graduation, I joined in Singapore General Hospital, Singapore as a research scientist to work in the field of cord blood ex vivo expansion as well as mesenchymal stromal cell immunomodulation on graft versus host disease and autoimmune disease. 
I have the membership in Societies like, Singapore Society of Hematology, Singapore Society of Transplantation and Singaporean Society of Immunology. I have published 12 papers in international peer reviewed journal. 

 

Research Interests

1. Mechanism research on immunomodulatory role of mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) in GVHD and autoimmune disease
2. Evaluation and optimization of an appropriate therapeutic cocktail with MSCs in a pre-clinical mouse model of GVHD and autoimmune disease
3. In vitro and in vivo induction of human hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) from embryonic stem cells (ESCs)

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Delia GolettiPhD

Head of the laboratory of the Translational Research Unit
Department of Epidemiology and Preclinical Research
National Institute for Infectious Diseases
Address:Italy
Biography

Delia Goletti MD, PhD, Infectious Diseases specialist. In 1992 she joined the Laboratory of Immunoregulation at the National Institutes of Health (chief Dr Fauci) working on HIV pathogenesis. In 1999 she joined the National Institute for Infectious Diseases in Rome where from 2001 she is responsible of the Translational Research Unit. She works on tuberculosis (TB) research focusing on immune pathogenesis, TB immunodiagnostic tests, biomarkers, autophagy, impact of Heminths infection on HIV and TB disease, impact of immune suppressive therapy on the infectious diseases development. She has ongoing collaboration with several groups worldwide (India, Africa, Europe) working on the translational aspects of TB immune assays. She also collaborates with the World Health Organization (WHO) and European Respiratory Society (ERS) for the project on TB elimination in low incidence countries.

Research Interests

Immune aspects of tuberculosis
Tuberculosis and HIV coinfection
Latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI)
Experience in dealing with implementation/upgrading/EQA of immune diagnostic tests in immune and microbiological research laboratories in different setting and health systems.
Contribution to promoting action for TB control with WHO, ERS, ECDC.
Contribution to metanalysis and several consensus statement for the TBNET in the field of tuberculosis.
Contribution to understand the impact of the therapy with biologic on the reactivation of tuberculosis and hepathitis.
Cistic Echinococcus disease

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