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Professor of Pharmacology and Director of the Institute of Pharmacology of the University of Bern (Switzerland)

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Hans-Uwe Simon is one of the leading international scientists in the field of the molecular mechanisms of inflammation, cell death, and carcinogenesis. His work in the domain of hypereosinophilic syndromes laid the foundations for a new classification of these conditions. Apart from that, with the direct participation of the researcher's group, an anti-eosinophilic drug, mepolizumab, was developed and registered as a medication. The drug is the first in its class. Among other achievements of Prof. Simon are the development of a new corticosteroid therapy method for eosinophilic esophagitis that is currently the main approach to the treatment of this disease.


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Leading scientist's research interests: eosinophils, neutrophils, cell death, apoptosis, necroptosis, autophagy, asthma, allergology, neutrophil extracellular traps.

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Awards and achievements:

2017 — Honorary doctorate of the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia).

2013 — Member of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences.

2009 — Member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

2003 — Pfizer Research Prize.

2000 — Georg Friedrich Götz Prize by the University of Zurich (Switzerland).

1998 — Professor Hans Storck Scientific Award by the Department of Dermatology of the University of Zurich (Switzerland).

1998 — Pharmacia Allergy Prize by the Pharmacia Allergy Research Foundation.

1997 — Paul Martini Prize for medical research by the Paul Martini Foundation.

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