Welcome to MAARS
MAARS stands for ”Microbes in Allergy and Autoimmunity Related to the Skin”. It is an EU-funded, international and multicenter study that explores the nature and duration of microbial stimuli and associated changes in the epithelial barrier leading to the development of skin-related allergy and autoimmunity.
Two disorders of the human skin – atopic dermatitis and psoriasis serve as models for investigation of the programming of the immune system towards an allergic or autoimmune inflammation. The aim of the study is to identify microbe-host-interaction networks involved in the development and persistence of atopic dermatitis and psoriasis. The project will pave the way for progress in prevention, new diagnostic strategies and treatment options for allergy and autoimmunity related skin diseases.
This website provides background information about MAARS, atopic dermatitis and psoriasis, and a regular update about the progress and results of MAARS.