Marcus Maurer is Professor of Dermatology and Allergy at the Allergie-Centrum-Charité, Department of Dermatology and Allergy, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany. He is also the Director of Research at the Department of Dermatology and Allergy, Associate Director of the Allergie-Centrum-Charité, and Head of the Specialty Clinics for angioedema, hereditary angioedema, urticaria, mastocytosis, pruritus, auto-inflammatory disorders and the Dermatological Allergology Laboratory. He trained in dermatology and allergology in Berlin and Mainz, and in experimental pathology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston from 1995 to 1998 and attained his board certification for dermatology in 2000 and allergology in 2003. His habilitation (“Why do we have mast cells?”) was undertaken at the University of Mainz in 2003.
Professor Maurer´s research focuses on physiological and pathological functions of mast cells. He has made numerous important contributions to the understanding of the role of mast cells in the pathogenesis of chronic inflammatory disorders as well as in the protection from infections. His clinical emphasis is on urticaria, mastocytosis, angioedema, hereditary angioedema, pruritus, and auto-inflammatory syndromes.
Lately, Professor Maurer’s team has also followed translational approaches using human in vivo and ex vivo models to investigate the functions of human mast cells, mostly skin mast cells. These investigations have led, among others, to the development of the concept of autoallergy in chronic urticaria, which was critical for the clinical testing and development of anti-IgE as a novel treatment option in chronic spontaneous urticaria, a treatment that was licensed for use in this disease in 2014. Professor Maurer’s team, over the past years, have built national reference centres for the investigation and treatment of urticaria, mastocytosis, hereditary angioedema, angioedema and other mast cell-driven diseases, and more than 30 randomized controlled trials (phase I through IV) were performed by him and his team since 2011.
Professor Maurer is the author of more than 300 publications in peer reviewed journals including Nature and the New England Journal of Medicine (>14,000 citations, h-index: 65).