Expert bioUniversitätsklinikum Erlangen, Friedrich–Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen, Germany
Georg Schett is Professor of Internal Medicine and Head of the Department of Internal Medicine 3 – Rheumatology and Immunology at Universitätsklinikum Erlangen, Friedrich–Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany. He has held this position since 2006. Professor Schett graduated from the University of Innsbruck in Austria in 1994. After graduating from medical school, he worked as a scientist at the Institute of BioMedical Aging Research of the Austrian Academy of Science in Innsbruck; 2 years later, he joined the Department of Medicine at the University of Vienna, where he completed his postgraduate training in internal medicine and subsequently in rheumatology. In 2003 he was promoted to the post of Professor of Internal Medicine. He worked as a scientist in the USA for 1 year before accepting his position as Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine 3 in Erlangen.
Professor Schett’s scientific work covers a broad spectrum of clinical and immunological issues, particularly the molecular basics of immune-inflammatory diseases. Initially, he investigated the immunology of atherosclerosis and focused on antibody-mediated endothelial cell damage. In 2007, his research work led to the understanding of the phenomenon of lupus erythematosus (LE) cells. He was awarded the renowned START Award in 2002 and established a research group for arthritis in Vienna.
In 2008, in collaboration with colleagues, Professor Schett initiated the priority programme IMMUNOBONE, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). IMMUNOBONE aims to elucidate the interactions between the skeletal and the immune systems. Since 2015, he has led the DFG Collaborative Research Centre 1181 “Checkpoints for resolution of inflammation” in Erlangen. Additionally, he coordinates the project METARTHROS, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, which investigates the impact of the metabolism on arthritis. His scientific work has been honored with several awards, including the Carol-Nachmann Prize for rheumatology from the German city of Wiesbaden. He has published over 650 peer-reviewed papers.
EM-48296 - Date of preparation: November 2020