Nils-ilja-richter award 2015 goes to Markus Kleinewietfeld

5 April 2016
​The German Society for Autoimmune Diseases (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Autoimmunerkrankungen e.V., DGfAE) has presented the 2015 Nils-Ilja-Richter Award to Markus Kleinewietfeld(VIB/UHasselt).

The award, which comes with prize money of EUR 5,000, recognizes outstanding achievements in the research of pathophysiological mechanisms involved in the development of autoimmune diseases or the development/testing of new therapeutic concepts.

Markus Kleinewietfeld – since recently the Group Leader at the VIB and Hasselt University – conducted in the framework of an interdisciplinary and international team ground-breaking work on the impact of environmental factors on autoimmunity. The team discovered that dietary salt could impact adaptive immunity and in particular Th17 cell responses in an experimental model system for Multiple Sclerosis. Th17 cells play a fundamental role in the development of autoimmune diseases. The findings could also present essentially new routes towards therapeutic approaches to autoimmune diseases.


Markus Kleinewietfeld (VIB/UHasselt) in the middle
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