Margit Zeher 1957-2018


Margit Zeher, director of the Institute of Internal Medicine 3rdDepartment of Medicine, Building C, head of Department of Clinical Immunology has passed away at the age of 62.

Margit Zeher was born on 2 August 1957 in Sátoraljaújhely. She graduated at the Sátoraljaújhely Kossuth Lajos High School. She studied at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Debrecen between 1975 and 1981. She graduated with “summa cum laude”.


Brief biography:


1981: MD University of Debrecen

1997: PhD University of Debrecen

2001: DSc Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest


Faculty Appointments:

1981: Medical Doctor – University of Debrecen

2009: Health Service Manager – University of Debrecen


Hospital Appointments: 3rd  dept.

1981-86: Clinical assistant in the 3rd Department of Medicine

1987-90: Assistant lecturer in the 3rd Department of Medicine

1991-95: Assistant professor in the 3rd Department of Medicine

1996-2002: Associate professor in the 3rd Department of Medicine

2001-2018: Head of Clinical Immunology Division

2002-2018: Full Professor of Medicine in the 3rd Department of Medicine

2002-2012: Director of the 3rd Department of Medicine

2012-2018: Director of the C Building



1992: “Award for Young Researchers” by Oláhné Mezei Róza Foundation

1999: “The Best Medical Article of the Year” –University of Debrecen Award

2001: Honorable Mention of the Vice Rector for Scientific Affairs

2003: Markusovszky Award (Hungarian)

2003, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016 : “Excellent Medical Research and Teaching Work ” University of Debrecen Award

2004: “Best Poster of the Congress”- Hungarian Allergology and Clinical Immunology Society (leader)

2004-2012: “Best Lecture of the Congress” –  Hungarian Allergology and Clinical Immunology Society (leader)

2005: Lege Artis Medicinae Award (Hungarian)

2005: Teacher of the year of the University of Debrecen

2005: “Best Poster of the Congress” III World Congress on Immunopathology, Thailand, Pattaya

2006: Lege Artis Medicinae Award (Hungarian)

2009: Lege Artis Medicinae Award (Hungarian)

2009: Batthyány-Strattmann László Award (Award by the Ministry of Health)

2010: Lege Artis Medicinae Award (Hungarian)

2015: Petrányi Gyula Award (Hungarian)


Professional Societies:

2015: President of the Petrányi Gyula Doctoral School for Clinical Immunology

2010: Hungarian Apheresis Society (member of Board)

2010: Hungarian Society of Internal Medicine (member of Board)

2009-2015: President of the Hungarian Professional Board of Clinical Immunology & Allergology

2007: President of the Hungarian Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology

2007: European Allergy and Clinical Immunology Society (EAACI – UEMS member of Board)

2006: Petrányi Gyula Doctoral School for Clinical Immunology –Leader of the Immunology Program

2004: Member of European Sjögren Syndrome Study Group


Scientific Activities:

Co- Editor –  “Klinikai Immunológia” Book  /Hungarian

Editor – “Sjögren’s syndrome and associated disorders“ Book /English

Organiser – Congress of Hungarian Allergology and Clinical Immunology Society, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Organiser – EAACI National Village, 2009, 2010, 2011

Organiser – Österreichische Gesellschaft für Allergologie und Immunologie – ÖGAI 2010

Co-organiser – 2nd Joint Meeting of Middle-European Societies for Immunology and Allergology – Opatija 2013

Organiser – Interdisciplinary Forum of the Clinical Immunology (KIIF) „Hot” points of the internal medicine and frontier clinical immunology 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017

Organiser – 3rd Meeting of Middle European Society for Immunology and Allergology, December 1-4. 2016 Budapest


Editorial Boards:

Allergia és Klinikai Immunológia (Hungarian),

Magyar Immunológia (Hungarian),

Lege Artis Medicinae (Hungarian),

Focus Medicinae (Hungarian),

The Open Autoimmunity Journal (English)

Immunológiai szemle (Hungarian),

IBIMA Publishing Journal- Member of the International Editorial Board

International Journal of Medical and Clinical Research


Reviewer activity:


Annals of Rheumatic Diseases,


Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology

Human Immunology

International Journal of Immunogenetics

Journal of Rheumatology

Autoimmune Diseases

Histology and Histopathology

Acta Physiologica Hungarica

Expert Review of Clinical Immunology

Inflammation Research

Annals of Haematology

Clinical and Developmental Immunology

American Journal of Kidney Diseases

International Journal of Clinical Rheumatology

Immunology Letters

Expert Review of Dermatology

BMC Immunology

Diagnostic of Pathology

Expert Review of Clinical Immunology

Rheumatology International

Pathology Oncology Research

Journal of Clinical Immunology


Review for Acta Oncologica

Expert Opinion On Biological Therapy

Seminars in arthritis and rheumatism

Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences (CMLS)



Peer-reviewed papers: 378

Impact factor: 343,866

Citation: 5883

Book, book-chapters: 42

Hirsch index: 36

Co-editor: “Klinikai Immunológia” (Hungarian book)

Editor: “Sjögren’s syndrome and associated disorders“ (English  book)


Fields of Interest:

Systemic autoimmune and immunoinflammatory diseases, especially:

  • Sjögren’s syndrome,
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Systemic sclerosis

Molecular basis of immune-inflammatory processes

Transplant Immunology


Her burial will take place at the Debrecen Public Cemetery at 11.00 on 12 November 2018.

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