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Professor Dr. Leena Bruckner-Tuderman

Vice President of the DFG since 2012

Professorin Dr. Leena Bruckner-Tuderman

Professor Dr. Leena Bruckner-Tuderman

Born 1 September 1952 in Oulu, Finland

Prof. Bruckner-Tuderman is the Medical Director and Specialist Consultant for dermatology and venereology at the University Clinic at Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg.

Academic qualifications and professional history

YearDescription
1971 - 1976Medical degree, University of Oulu, Finland
1976Licence to practise medicine
1977Doctorate, University of Oulu, Finland
1976 - 1977Research assistant, Institute of Biochemistry, University of Oulu, Finland
1977 - 1980Post-doctoral fellow, Instructor and Adj. Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Rutgers Medical School, CMDNJ, N.J., USA
1980 - 1983Post-doctoral researcher, Department of Structural Biology, Biozentrum, University of Basel
1983Visiting physician, Orthopaedic University Hospital, Basel Cantonal Hospital
1984 - 1987Resident, Dermatological Clinic, University Hospital Zurich
1988 - 1993Assistant Medical Director, Dermatological Clinic, University Hospital Zurich
1989Habilitation, University of Zurich, Priv. Doz. for dermatology and venereology
1990 - 1994SCORE Fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation
1993 - 2002Assistant Medical Director, Clinic for Skin Diseases, University of Münster
1994 - 1999Heisenberg Fellow of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation)
1994Reassignment of habilitation to University of Münster, Priv. Doz. for dermatology and venereology
1994Licence to practise medicine awarded by district president of Münster
1995Recognition as consultant in dermatology and venereology, Westfalen-Lippe Medical Association
1995Apl. Prof. for dermatology and venereology, University of Münster
1998Call to the Chair (C4) of Dermatology and Venereology at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm: declined
2000 - 2001Visiting Professor in Dermatology, Harvard Medical School
2002Call to the Chair of Dermatology and Venereology at Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg im Breisgau
2003C4 Professor and Medical Director at the University Dermatology Clinic, University of Freiburg
2005Call to the Chair of Dermatology and Venereology at University Hospital Zurich: declined
2007 - 2013Internal Senior Fellow at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies FRIAS, Deputy Director of the School of Life Sciences - LifeNet 2007 - 2010, Director of the School of Life Sciences – LifeNet at FRIAS 2010 - 2013

Membership of bodies at the University of Freiburg

  • Member of the Council of the Faculty of Medicine 2003 - 2007 and 2010 - present

  • Member of the extended budget committee of the Faculty of Medicine 2004 - 2006

  • Chair of the Library Task Force of the Faculty of Medicine 2004 - 2010

  • Member of the Library Committee of the University of Freiburg 2004 - 2008

  • Chair of the Strategy Committee of the Faculty and Hospital 2006 - 2008

  • Vice Dean for Strategic and Development Affairs of the Faculty of Medicine 2006 - 2008

  • Deputy Spokesperson of the Spemann Graduate School for Biology and Medicine, initiated through the Excellence Initiative, 2007 – 2012

  • Member of several appointments committees in the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Biology

  • Internal university member of the FRIAS steering committee 2015 -

Membership of professional associations and learned societies

  • Deutsche Dermatologische Gesellschaft DDG, German Dermatological Society

  • Arbeitsgemeinschaft Dermatologische Forschung ADF, German Dermatological Research Council

  • European Society for Dermatological Research (ESDR)

  • European Academy for Dermatology and Venereology (EADV)

  • Society for Investigative Dermatology (USA)

  • International Society for Matrix Biology

  • Arbeitsgemeinschaft Pädiatrische Dermatologie der DDG (DDG Paediatric Dermatology Working Group)

  • Arbeitsgemeinschaft Dermatogenetik der ADF (ADF Dermatogenetics Working Group)

  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Matrix Biologie (German Society for Matrix Biology)

  • Swiss Society of Matrix Biology

  • American Society for Matrix Biology

Academic and policy activities

  • Interessengemeinschaft Epidermolysis Bullosa, IEB Deutschland (interest group): member of the Medical Advisory Board since 1994

  • Arbeitsgemeinschaft Dermatologische Forschung ADF, German Dermatological Research Council: 1994 - 1999 member of the board; 1996 - 1998 President

  • European Society for Dermatological Research (ESDR): 1994 - 2001 member of the finance committee; 1996 - 2002 member of the board; 1998 - 2001 Secretary General; 2001 - 2002 President; 2002 - 2003 “Past President”

  • Society of Investigative Dermatology (SID): 1998-2002 representative of ESDR on the board; 1998 - 1999 Committee to Select a Publisher, 2000–2001 Committee to Search for a Journal Editor

  • Deutsche Dermatologische Gesellschaft DDG, German Dermatological Society: 2005 – member of the board

  • International Society for Matrix Biology: 2000 - 2003; 2006 - 2009 member of the board

  • DEBRA International (Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Association): member of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Panel 2000 - 2015; Deputy Chair 2008 - 2010, Chair 2011 - 2015

  • Deutsche Stiftung Sklerodermie (German Scleroderma Foundation): member of the Scientific Advisory Board since 2001

  • Gordon Research Conference on Basement Membranes, USA: 2000 Vice Chair, 2002 Chair (responsible organiser)

  • DFG Collaborative Research Centre 492 "Extracellular Matrix: Biogenesis, Assembly and Cellular Interactions", Münster: principal investigator, deputy spokesperson 2000 - 2002

  • DFG Priority Programme "Genetic and Molecular Analysis of Basement Membranes and Basement Membrane Anchorage": 2000 - 2007 co-initiator , co-coordinator and principal investigator

  • Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) "Epidermolysis bullosa" Network: Coordinator of the National Competence Network in Germany, 2003 - 2011

  • DFG Review Board for Medicine: 2004 - 2008 Chair and 2008 - 2011 member of Section IV "Genetic and Metabolic Basis of Human Diseases"

  • Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF ) Scientific Committee of the Health Research Council: member and Deputy Chair 2005 – 2010

  • ERC, reviewer and panel member in the call for Young Investigator Grants 2007

  • Gordon Research Conference on Collagen, New London, N.H., USA: 2007 Vice Chair, 2009 Chair (responsible organiser)

  • E-Rare Network "International Kindler Syndrome Network - Kindlernet", Coordinator of the European competence network, 2008 - 2011

  • Freiburg Zentrum für Seltene Erkrankungen (Freiburg Centre for Rare Diseases), Coordinator 2009 -Orphanet Deutschland: member of the Scientific Advisory Board 2009 -

  • ERA-NET: member of the Scientific Advisory Board 2009 -

  • DFG Collaborative Research Centre 850 "Control of Cell Motility in Morphogenesis, Cancer Invasion and Metastasis ", Freiburg, principal investigator and board member 2010 -

  • ACHSE (Allianz für chronische seltene Erkrankungen, Alliance for Chronic Rare Diseases): member of the Scientific Advisory Board 2010 -

  • NAMSE (Nationales Aktionsbündnis für Menschen mit seltenen Erkrankungen, National Action Alliance for People with Rare Diseases): Chair of Working Group 3 "Care, Centres and Networks", 2010 – 2013

  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG, Vice-President for Medicine since 2012; Chair of the DFG Senate Commission on Key Questions in Clinical Research since 2013

  • Fritz Thyssen Stiftung (Fritz Thyssen Foundation): member of the committee Molecular Basis of the Development of Disease 2014 -

  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation: member of the selection committee for the awarding of the Alexander von Humboldt Professorship 2014 -

  • Berlin Insitute for Health (BIH): member of the Scientific Advisory Board 2013 -

  • Private Excellence Initiative Johanna Quandt: member of the Scientific Advisory Board 2013 -

  • E-RARE Program "Development of Innovative Therapeutic Approaches for Rare Diseases": Coordinator the European research network "Repurposing biomolecules for the treatment of epidermolysis bullosa" 2015 - 2018

Awards and prizes

YearDescription
1987Sauter Prize for Research in Dermatology of the Swiss Society of Dermatology and Venereology
1990 - 1994SCORE Fellowship of the Swiss National Science Foundation
1992Corresponding member of the Finnish Dermatological Society
1992Cloetta Prize of the Prof. Dr. Max Cloetta Stiftung, Zurich
1993Research award of the Friedrich Götz -Stiftung of the University of Zurich
1994 - 1999Heisenberg fellowship of the DFG
1997Corresponding member of the Swedish Dermatological Society
1998Visiting Professor, University of Hong Kong
2000 - 2001Visiting Professor in Dermatology, Harvard Medical School
2001Honorary member of the Hungarian Dermatological Society
2003Corresponding member of the Swiss Dermatological Society
2007Maria Duran Prize for Women in Dermatology
2007Member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
2008Rudi Cormane Lecture of the European Society for Dermatological Research
2009Eva Luise Köhler Research Prize for Rare Diseases
2009Stanley Davidson Lecture, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
2009Honorary member of the Finnish Society for Connective Tissue Research
2009Joseph von Plenck Commemorative Lecture, Austrian Society of Dermatology and Venereology
2010Member of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities
2012Member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities
2014Distinguished Investigator Award, International Society for Matrix Biology
2015Karl Herxheimer Commemorative Lecture, University of Frankfurt

Editorial Boards

YearDescription
1991 - 1994Journal of European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology
1997 - 2002Journal of Investigative Dermatology (Associate Editor)
2002 - 2007Journal of Investigative Dermatology (Section Editor)
2012 - 2017Journal of Investigative Dermatology (Associate Editor)
Since1999Acta Dermato-Venereologica
Since 2006Matrix Biology