Welcome to EMBRN

President: Prof. Francesca Levi-Schaffer, PharmD, PhD, Isaac and Myrna Kaye Chair in Immunopharmacology

Welcome to the website of the European Mast Cell and Basophil Research Network (EMBRN). EMBRN currently has more than 300 members and friends, in and outside of Europe, many of whom are leaders in experimental mast cell and basophil research.

During the 8 years of our existence, EMBRN has emerged as the leading global network on mast cell and basophil biology and mast cell and basophil-driven diseases. The research conducted by EMBRN members has lead to a better understanding of the physiological and pathological functions of mast cells and basophils and to better treatment options for patients with mast cell and basophil-driven diseases.

Please check out our activities and join us for our meetings. If you would like to become a member of EMBRN, please apply.

If you have any questions or would like to get in touch with EMBRN, please contact me or any of the council members directly. EMBRN is looking forward to having you join our activities and Meetings! See you soon.


Series of 90-minute webinars, every 2-3 months, starting on Monday 11th January 2021

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The 2021 EMBRN meeting scheduled for Utrecht has been postponed to the summer of 2022 due to COVID-19.

In the meantime, we would like to host a series of 90-minute webinars, every 2-3 months, with a keynote speaker and presentations from MSc, PhD students and postdoctoral researchers, who will be completing their studies, or other graduate students with very interesting results. This will give them a chance to present their results as there are currently no opportunities to present in person at scientific conferences.

We ask EMBRN members with junior researchers to select one person from their group to submit an abstract to the webinar that fit the theme of the research best (Title, Authors (Surname & initials), Affiliations, max. 100-200 words main text) for consideration to be included in the first webinar. Seven students will be selected to make presentations of 8 minutes each (plus 2 minutes Q&A). If many abstracts will be sent, the chance is that many will also unfortunately not be able to be selected. Please, do not be too disappointed if your abstract is not selected. We will provide an additional opportunity to present your work at our next EMBRN meeting in 2022.

The theme of the first webinar is Mast cells as targets for novel treatments (Chair: Prof. Marcus Maurer)

Date of webinar: Monday 11th January 2021, 17:00 CET


Abstracts relevant to this theme should be submitted to the webinar chair marcus.maurer [at] charite.de no later than the 20th December 2020.

Further webinars are planned in March and June next year on “Basophils in health and disease” and “Mast cell functions in allergies and infectious diseases”. A separate call for these topics will be sent at a later date.

We look forward to your abstracts and hope, despite the difficult circumstances, that our webinars will provide a stimulating forum for presenting your research.

Kind regards,

Francesca Levi-Schaffer & EMBRN Council

Our council members

Marcus Maurer, MD, Professor of Dermatology and Allergy Director of Research
Past President: Marcus Maurer, MD, Professor of Dermatology and Allergy Director of Research
apl. Prof. Dr. Bernhard F. Gibbs
Vice-president: apl. Prof. Dr. Bernhard F. Gibbs
Stephan C. Bischoff, M.D, Professor of Medicine
Past-President: Stephan C. Bischoff, M.D, Professor of Medicine
Jenny Hallgren Martinsson, PhD, Associate Professor
Secretary: Jenny Hallgren Martinsson, PhD, Associate Professor
Treasurer: Frank Siebenhaar, MD, Assistant Professor
Treasurer: Frank Siebenhaar, MD, Assistant Professor
Joana Vitte, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Immunology and Allergology
Communication officer: Joana Vitte, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Immunology and Allergology
Frank Redegeld, PhD, Associate Professor
Corporate sponsor, liaison officer: Frank Redegeld, PhD, Associate Professor
Prof. Carlo Pucillo, MD
Scientific integration officer: Prof. Carlo Pucillo, MD
Miroslava Kardosova, PhD student
Junior member, liaison officer: Miroslava Kardosova, PhD student

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