Short CV/Education and training

  • 1987
    Premedical Studies, Boston University, Boston, MA, USA

  • 1988 – 1994
    Medical School, University of Goettingen and Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany

  • 1994 – 2003
    Resident, Department of Dermatology / Group Immunobiology, University Hospital, Duesseldorf, Germany

  • 1999 – 2002
    Lise-Meitner Fellowship from the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Institute of Cell Biology, Center for Molecular Biology of Inflammation (ZMBE), University Hospital, Muenster, Germany

  • 2000
    Visiting Researcher, Department of Experimental Pathology, Lund University, Sweden

  • 2003
    Habilitation and Venia legendi, University of Duesseldorf, Germany

  • 2004 – 2005
    Heisenberg Fellowship from the German Research Foundation (DFG), Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine, Muenster, Germany

  • 2004 – 2008
    Senior Consultant, Department of Dermatology, University Hospital, Duesseldorf, Germany

  • 2005 – 2008
    Heisenberg Fellowship from the German Research Foundation, Division of Immunogenetics, Tumor Immunology Program, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg, Germany

  • 2007 – 2008
    Associate Professor, University of Duesseldorf, Germany

  • 2009 – 2013
    Senior Physician / Head, Study Center for Autoimmune Diseases, Department of Dermatology, University of Muenster, Germany

  • 2009 – 2016
    Associate Professor and Venia legendi, University of Muenster, Germany

  • 2011 – 2013
    «MBA Health Care Management», University of Bayreuth, Germany

  • 2013
    Administrative Director, ImmunoSensation Cluster of Excellence, and Senior Physician, Department of Dermatology, University of Bonn, Germany

  • 2005 – 2017
    Senior Group Leader of research group 'Autoimmune diseases of the skin', Division of Immunogenetics, Tumor Immunology Program, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg, Germany

  • 2014 – 2017
    Head, Interdisciplinary Center Clinical Trials (IZKS), University Medical Center Mainz, Germany

  • 2016 – 2017
    Associate Professor and Venia legendi, University of Mainz, Germany

  • Since 2017
    University Hospital Muenster, Germany

  • Since 2018
    Associate Professor and Venia legendi, University of Muenster, Germany

Selected publications

  • Original Articles (selection since 2010):

  • Loser K, Vogl T, Voskort M, Lüken A, Kupas V, Nacken W, Klenner L, Kuhn A, Föll D, Sorokin L, Luger TA, Roth J, Beissert S. The toll-like receptor 4 ligands Mrp8 and Mrp14 are crucial in the development of autoreactive CD8+ T cells.

    Nat Med 2010; 16, 713-717.

  • Kuhn A, Gensch T, Haust M, Meuth AM, Boyer F, Dupuy P, Lehmann P, Metze D, Ruzicka T. Photoprotective effects of a broad-spectrum sunscreen in UV-induced cutaneous lupus erythematosus: A randomized, vehicle-controlled, double-blind study. J Am Acad Dermatol 2011; 64, 37-48.

  • Kuhn A, Gensch K, Haust M, Schneider SW, Bonsmann G, Gaebelein-Wissing N, Lehmann P, Wons A, Reitmeir P, Ruland V, Luger TA, Ruzicka T. Efficacy of tacrolimus 0.1% ointment in cutaneous lupus erythematosus – A multicenter, randomized, double-blind, vehicle-controlled trial. J Am Acad Dermatol 2011; 65, 54-64.

  • Klein S, Kretz CC, Ruland V, Stumpf C, Haust M, Hartschuh W, Hartmann M, Enk A, Suri-Payer E, Oberle N, Krammer PH, Kuhn A. Reduction of regulatory T cells in skin lesions but not in peripheral blood of patients with systemic scleroderma. Ann Rheum Dis 2011; 70, 1475-1481.

  • Kuhn A, Wozniacka A, Szepietowski JC, Gläser R, Lehmann P, Haust M, Sysa-Jedrzejowska A, Reich A, Oke V, Hügel R, Calderon C, de Vries DE, Nyberg F. Photoprovocation in cutaneous lupus erythematosus: A multicenter study evaluating a standardized protocol. J Invest Dermatol 2011; 131: 1622-1630.

  • Ruland V, Haust M, Stilling R, Amler S, Ruzicka T, Kuhn A. Updated analysis of standardised photoprovocation in patients with cutaneous lupus erythematosus. Arthritis Care Res 2013; 65, 767-776.

  • Biazar C, Sigges J, Patsinakidis N, Ruland V, Amler S, Bonsmann G, Kuhn A, and the EUSCLE Co-Authors. Cutaneous lupus erythematosus: First multicentre database analysis of 1002 patients from the European Society of Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus (EUSCLE). Autoimmun Rev 2013; 13, 444-454.

  • Abeler-Dörner L, Kretz CC, Berger B, Weyd H, Gräf D, Pfrang S, H. Tarner I, Schwarting A, Lorenz HM, Müller-Ladner U, Krammer PH, Kuhn A. IFN-alpha abrogates the suppressive effect of apoptotic cells on dendritic cells in an in vitro model of SLE pathogenesis. J Rhumatol 2013; 40, 1683-1696.

  • Kuhn A, Wenzel J, Weyd H. Photosensitivity, apoptosis and cytokines in the pathogenesis of cutaneous lupus erythematosus: A critical review. Clin Rev Allerg Rev 2014; 47: 148-162.

  • Kuhn A, Sigges J, Biazar C, Ruland V, Patsinakidis N, Landmann A, Amler S, Bonsmann G and the EUSCLE Co-Authors. Influence of smoking on disease severity and antimalarial therapy in cutaneous lupus erythematosus: Analysis of 1002 patients from the EUSCLE database. Brit J Dermatol 2014; 171, 571-579.

  • Kuhn A, Bonsmann G, Anders HJ, Herzer P, Tenbrock K, Schneider M. Diagnostik und Therapie des systemischen Lupus erythematodes. Dtsch Ärztebl Int 2015; 112, 423-432.

  • Kuhn A, Landmann A, Patsinakidis N, Ruland V, Nozinic S, Perusquía Ortiz AM, Sauerland C, Luger TA, Tsianakas A, Bonsmann G. Fumaric acid ester treatment in cutaneous lupus erythematosus (CLE): A prospective, open-label, phase II pilot study. Lupus 2016; 25, 1357-1364.


Selected projects

  • Classification and epidemiology of cutaneous lupus erythematosus

  • Translation of new therapeutic strategies into clinical practice

  • Photoprovocation tests for developing photoprotective strategies in UV-induced diseases

  • Phenotype and function of regulatory T cells and sensitivity to apoptotic cell death in human autoimmune diseases

  • Apoptosis during immune response and peripheral tolerance in lupus erythematosus

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • European Society of Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus (EUSCLE): Chair

  • "AWMF Expert Group": "Guidelines for cutaneous lupus erythematosus": Chair

  • Subcommittee "Lupus erythematosus" of the "EDF-Guideline Committee – European Dermatology Forum": Chair

  • Lupus: Editorial Board

  • Lupus, Science & Medicine: Editorial Board

  • Journal of Autoimmunity Highlights: Editorial Board

  • Journal of Autoimmunity Reviews: Editorial Board

  • Journal of Autoimmunity Diseases: Editorial Board

Additional qualifications

  • Allergology

  • Laboratory Expertise

  • Principle Investigator of Clinical Trials (GCP)

  • Quality Management

  • Health Care Management

  • Clinical and Scientific Management


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