Dr. Nicolle Kränkel

Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

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Nicolle Kränkel is a vascular biologist at the Charité University Hospital Berlin. Her work focuses on the interplay between inflammation and the vascular wall in the pathogenesis of coronary artery disease. In particular, Dr. Kränkel in interested in the „Janus face“ of cells of the innate immune respones – monocytes, macrophages and neutrophils. Those cells are very flexible in their function and can mediate healing responses, as well as the initiation of atherosclerosis or the rupture of an atherosclerotic plaque, finally resulting in an acute myocardial infarction. The aim of Dr. Kränkel´s research is to make use of the intrinsic regenerative effects of innate immune cells, while limiting their „misguided“ deteriorative effects on the vascular system in patients with cardio-vascular diseases.

At Future Medicine 2017 she will speak about „Neutrophils in Acute Myocardial Infarction – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde