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tool both to control CMV infection and to minimise the adverse
effects caused by antiviral drugs (ganciclovir: myelosuppression; Götz Ulrich Grigoleit is a senior physician in the Stem Cell Transplant Unit at the
foscarnet: renal toxicity) or drug resistance. Immunotherapeutic
Julius Maximilians University in Würzburg. His scientific work is mainly focused on
the specific immune response to cytomegalovirus (CMV) and self-antigens after
approaches include the transfer of CMV-specific cytotoxic T-
allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (alloHSCT). He has conducted
or a vaccination with antigen-pulsed professional immunotherapeutic clinical trials to control CMV infection after alloHSCT by dendritic
Novel antiviral agents without
cells and specific T-cell transfer. His main experience is in T-cell immunology and
modelling of immune responses post-alloHSCT to mediate disease control.
myelosuppression or renal toxicity (e.g. maribavir)
may, if the
ongoing studies confirm safety and efficacy for CMV prophylaxis, Markus Kapp is a resident physician in the Stem Cell Transplant Unit at Julius
offer new possibilities in the prophylactic treatment of CMV
Maximilians University in Würzburg. His main focus is on the establishment of
infection in the immunocompromised host.
methods to monitor tumour-associated-antigen (TAA)-specific T-cell responses.
Furthermore, he has evaluated the impact of CD8
T-cell responses directed to TAAs
in disease control after allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (alloHSCT).
CMV infection leads to a variety of direct and indirect effects. Due
Dr Kapp’s main experience is in T-cell immunology, especially the monitoring and
to the limited number of agents with anti-CMV efficacy, both
modelling of immune responses post-alloHSCT to mediate disease control.
prophylactic and pre-emptive therapies are applied and no clear
Hermann Einsele is a Full Professor of Internal Medicine and Director of Medical Clinic
advantage can yet be demonstrated for one of the therapies.
II at the Julius Maximilians University in Würzburg. He is an active member of various
Ongoing and new prospective studies will help to clarify the role of
scientific organisations and Chairman of the German Study Group on Multiple
Myeloma. In 2003, he received the van Bekkum-Award from the European Society of
prophylactic, pre-emptive and CMV-directed immunotherapy not
Blood and Marrow Transplantation. His research interests include multiple myeloma,
only to control CMV infection but also to prevent indirect CMV-
stem cell transplantation and T-cell therapy.
related complications. ■
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