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Prof. Dr. Regina Betz

Member, Steering-Committee Member

Institute of Human Genetics

Medical Faculty, University of Bonn University Hospital of Bonn Sigmund-Freud-Strasse 25 53127 Bonn

+49 228 28751023


The aim of our research is the identification and functional characterization of genes for monogenic and genetically com-plex hair loss disorders with a major focus on the autoimmune disorder alopecia areata (AA). We have the largest sample of AA patients available worldwide, which includes a current total of more than 2.200 individuals of middle European origin. We have been able to demonstrate the contribution of the HLA-complex and the genes PTPN22, TRAF1/C5 , CTLA4, IL13 and KIAA0350 to the disease risk using candidate gene studies. By the use of genome-wide association studies, meta-analyses, immunochips and functional studies, we just recently identified HLA-DR as a key etiologic driver for AA as well as two loci outside the HLA-region: ACOXL/BCL2L11 and GARP. Future analyses and functional studies will contribute to a comprehensive understanding of AA.