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Alexander Kapp (dermatologist and allergist)

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Nationality  German
Fields  dermatology, allergy

Name  Alexander Kapp
Residence  Germany

Born  February 28, 1955 (age 60)Heidelberg (1955-02-28)
Institutions  Medical University of Hannover.
Known for  Pathophysiology of inflammatory skin diseases (atopic dermatitis, psoriasis)
Notable awards  Herbert-Herxheimer-Advancement Award (1993/96), Herbert-Herxheimer Memorial Award (1999), Erich-Fuchs Award (2013)
Role  Dermatologist and allergist

Alexander Kapp (born 28 February 1955 in Heidelberg) is a German dermatologist and allergist. He is chairman and medical director of the department of dermatology and allergy at the Medical University of Hannover. He is known for his work in the field of pathophysiology of inflammatory skin diseases (atopic dermatitis, psoriasis), his research on neuro-immunological interactions in allergic inflammation and on the role of eosinophilic granulocytes in allergy and dermatology.



Kapp studied human medicine at the University of Heidelberg; Germany, from 1974 to 1980 and qualified in 1980 as medical doctor with his thesis on “ T-lymphocyte function in atopic dermatitis”. He then spent research fellowships at the University of Heidelberg, the University of Freiburg, and the Max-Planck-Institute of Immunobiology in Freiburg. After the residency in dermatology at the University of Freiburg, he received board certification in dermatology and allergy in 1987. In 1988, he became Associate Professor for Dermatology and Venereology and in 1990 head of the section Allergy and Immunological Diagnostics at the University of Freiburg. Since 1994, he has held the position of Professor, Chairman and Director of the Department of Dermatology and Allergy at the Hannover Medical University.

Alexander Kapp (dermatologist and allergist)

Scientific contribution

Kapp worked in the field of in vitro diagnostics of allergic diseases. However, his main research interest lies in the pathophysiology of inflammatory skin diseases, particularly atopic dermatitis and psoriasis. His main focus in allergy research is in the field of insect allergies and allergic rhinitis, particularly the specific immunotherapy of these diseases, as well as diagnostic and treatment of urticarial. Genetics, diagnostic and treatment of malignant skin tumours are also in the focus of his scientific work. Kapp participated in the development of national and European guidelines on allergy. He was clinical investigator in various clinical studies as well as study director of national and European clinical multicenter studies in the field of dermatology and allergy as well as conductor and coordinator of various in vitro studies in the field of inflammation research and allergy.


Among others Kapp is member in the following scientific associations: German Society for Dermatology, German-Japanese-Society for Dermatology (GJSD), German Society for Dermopharmacy, European Dermatology Forum (EDF), European Society for Dermatological Research (ESDR), German Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology (DGAKI), European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI), Ärzteverband Deutscher Allergologen (AeDA), Collegium Internationale Allergologicum (CIA), Fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI).

Honors and awards

  • 1993 Herbert-Herxheimer-Advancement Award of the German Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology (DGAKI) (together with W. Czech, J. Krutmann, A. Budnik and E. Schöpf)
  • 1996 Herbert-Herxheimer-Advancement Award of the German Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology (together with T. Werfel, M. Hentschel and H. Renz)
  • 1999 Herbert-Herxheimer Memorial Award of the German Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology (together with B. Wedi, U. Raap and H. Lewrick)
  • 2013 Erich-Fuchs Award of the Ärzteverband Deutscher Allergologen e.V. for Kapp's extraordinary merits in the area of allergy, clinical immunology and dermatology.
  • References

    Alexander Kapp (dermatologist and allergist) Wikipedia

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