Skin and mucosal immune-dysregulation and its role in Autoimmunity

27. January 2022
12:00 til 13:00

BMC Seminar Thursday 27th of January at 12:00 on Zoom:

Speaker: Dr. Björn Rúnar Lúðvíksson, MD., PhD., Professor of Immunology, Faculty of medicine University of Iceland; Head of the Department of Immunology, Landspitali Reykjavík; President of the Scandinavian Society of Immunology.

Title: Skin and mucosal immune-dysregulation and its role in Autoimmunity

Dr. Björn Rúnar Lúðvíksson, MD., PhD., Professor of Immunology

Profile picture: Dr. Lúðvíksson is the Professor and Head of the department of immunology at the University Hospital in Iceland. Prior to his current post he held positions in Allergy/Immunology Mucosal Immunology Section, L.C.I, N.I.A.I.D. (N.I.H., USA) from 1996 – 1999. He graduated from medical school from University of Iceland. Got his speciality in Internal medicine from The University of Wisconsin, Madison USA and then in Allergy/immunology from NIH Bethesda, Maryland USA.  Dr. Ludviksson's expertise is in clinical immunology and mucosal immunology, the development of new models of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, and the development of novel clinical decision support systems.

Research:  Basic research:  The regulation of immune response. Main focus upon the effect of innate immunity and co-stimulation on the T-cell effector cell differentiation. The immunopathology of Psoriasis and the pathways involved governing the treatment effectiveness of biologics in autoimmunity with emphasis on Rheumatoid arthritis and Psoriasis.

Clinical science: The epidemiology, genetics and clinical phenotypes of MBL, Ficolin and IgA deficiency. The epidemiology and genealogy of primary immune diseases and vasculitis. The use of clinical decision support systems in medicine.