> Rudolf Valenta

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Rudolf Valenta graduated from the Medical University of Vienna in 1987 and received a M.D. degree. From 1993 to 1998, he studied as postdoc at the Department of General and Experimental Pathology, University of Vienna. Since 1993, he has been the Head of the group “Molecular Immunopathology” in the Division of Immunopathology.

Rudolf Valenta has been working in the field of allergy research for more than 30 years. Starting with the molecular and immunological characterization of important allergens, he continued to develop recombinant allergen-based diagnostic tests as well as therapeutic allergy vaccines based on recombinant allergens and genetically engineered hypo-allergens and advanced them into clinical application. He has been awarded several prestigious national and international awards, among them the START Award of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), the International Pharmacia Award and the Sarstedt Award. Rudolf Valenta’s work is highly cited (h-index: 98, 35300 citations according to Scopus June 22, 2021), he has published more than 700 original scientific publications, reviews and book chapters, more than 140 patents/patent applications and introduced recombinant allergens into diagnosis and treatment of allergic diseases.

Key Memberships/Offices in National and International Societies

A key member of over 12 National and international societies. These include his presidency of the Austrian society of Allergology and Immunology and Vice presidency of EACCI. During the 2012-2013, Rudolf Valenta used to be the member of WAO Scientific Clinical Issues Council. Currently He is membership of American Association of Immunologists and a Corresponding member of the German Society for Allergology and Clinical Immunology.

Most Important Scientific/Scholarly Research Achievements

Rudolf Valenta’s research achievements include International Distinguished Fellow (IDF) Award of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) in 2016, the Paul Ehrlich Award for Experimental Research of EAACI in 2009. A Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences the Alois Sonnleitner Award for Immunology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in 2001, the International Sarstedt Award in 2000, START Award of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and International Award of the Pharmacia Allergy Research Foundation.

Professional Awards and Honors (since 2016)

Rudolf Valenta’s most recent awards and Honors include the Erich Fuchs Award of the German Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology; Guest Professor at Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences, Krems, Austria; “Golden Fortune Award” of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine; the Global Allergology and Immunology Award of the Center for Pathophysiology, Infectiology and Immunology of the Medical University of Vienna and Director of the new WAO Center of Excellence at Med University of Vienna, which comprises the SFB F46 allergy research program, the Molecular, Cellular and Clinical Allergology (MCCA) PhD program and coordinates the international post-graduate teaching network INUNIMAI. Also, numerous awards from the Russian federation including, Megagrant recipient of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, the Medal 'Labour Glory' of the Ukraine Academy of Sciences and he serves as foreign adjunct Professór for Allergy at the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm Sweden.