Dr Emek Kocatürk received her MD degree from Hacettepe University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey in 1999. She then completed her residency training at the Göztepe Training and Research Hospital in Istanbul between 2001 to 2004 and acquired the specialty of dermatology. Dr Kocatürk studied urticaria and allergic skin diseases in the Department of Allergology and Dermatology at the Charite University, Berlin, Germany under the supervision of Prof. Marcus Maurer in 2008. Since then she has maintained research interests in urticaria and published her work in peer reviewed scientific journals. Dr Kocatürk became Associate Professor in 2012 and the head of the Dermatology Department at Okmeydanı Training and Research Hospital in Istanbul in 2013. She is now running a specialist urticaria polyclinic and focuses on urticaria clinical studies and research in addition to teaching residents. Dr Kocatürk has over 70 national and international publications and serves as a reviewer for nearly 15 journals. Her main scientific interests are urticaria, atopic, occupational and contact dermatitis.