Professor and Chairman
Department of Dermatology, Division of Immunology, Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Medical University of Vienna
Since 1992, Georg Stingl has been Professor and Chairman of the Department of Dermatology within the Division of Immunology, Allergy & Infectious Diseases (DIAID) at the Medical University of Vienna. During his career he has received several prestigious awards such as the William Montagna Award and the Stephen Rothman Award of the Society for Investigative Dermatology and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Skin Association. In 1999, he received the Honorary Doctorate from the Semmelweis Medical University in Budapest. He is honorary member of the two leading societies of dermatological research, i.e. The Society for Investigative Dermatology and the European Society of Dermatological Research and Member of the Presiding Committee of the Austrian and the German Academy of Sciences.
His major scientific accomplishments include the discovery of Langerhans cells as immunocytes and their role as targets of physicochemical agents, drugs and HIV; the first identification of the indigenous T cell population of rodent skin; the detection of anti-FcεR1 autoantibodies in the sera of patients with chronic urticaria; the use of genetically modified melanoma cells as vaccines for patients with far advanced disease; the induction of lytic molecules on dendritic cells after stimulation with TLR 7/8 ligands. These and other findings are documented in more than 250 original publications, 200 reviews and book chapters as well as four books. Over the years, Stingl has appeared as Guest Professor at several medical universities and as invited speaker at many symposia and conferences. He is member of the Board of several scientific societies and organizations, advisory panels, scientific journals and committees.
Stingl earned his M.D. from the University of Vienna Medical School in 1973. After his internship and residency training at the Department of Dermatology I of Vienna's University Medical School, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Dermatology Branch of the National Cancer Institute (1977-1978) and as a guest scientist at the Laboratory of Immunology, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (1985-1986) of the National Institutes of Health. From 1978-1981 he served as Faculty member of the Department of Dermatology of Innsbruck's University Medical School and from 1981-1992 as Staff Member and Full Professor of Dermatology at the Department of Dermatology I, University of Vienna Medical School.
- ISTA: Institute of Science and Technology - Austria (April 19, 2006)