Martin Stradner is a specialist in clinical rheumatology and immunology investigating the molecular and cellular basis of autoimmunity in rheumatic diseases. Being both a clinician and a basic scientist he uses a translational research approach centered on the human immune system. He has developed a rodent model to study the human immune system in vivo. In this way the individual immunopathology of a patient suffering from autoimmunity can be assessed. This allows new and exciting insights into the pathogenesis of autoimmune rheumatic diseases and may ultimately result in personalized treatment for these painful disabling diseases. Other topics of his research group are the aging immune system and leucocyte cytokine signaling in autoimmunity.