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Joost Smit
Department of Pathology, University of Michigan Medical School. Ann Arbor, MI, USA


We recently moved to Ann Arbor (Michigan, USA) from the Netherlands, I will try to update this page frequently.
Right now I'm a postdoctoral researcher at the Pathology department of the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor (MI), USA. I work in this lab.
During Halloween we look like this .
More fotos will appear here soon.
Have a look at Ann Arbor, or Michigan online.

My PhD research was done in the Department of Pharmacology and Pathophysiology at the Utrecht University Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, in collaboration with the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in the Netherlands. If interested, you can take a look at my thesis "Mycobacteria and the Nramp1 gene in asthma" online. The cover of this thesis was drawn by René Follet .

Curriculum vitae:


J. J. Smit, H. van Loveren, M.O. Hoekstra, G. Folkerts, F.P. Nijkamp.
Prophylactic treatment with heat-killed M. vaccae (SRL172) in a mouse model for allergic asthma
In: Clinical Immunology and Allergy in Medicine, Proc. 21st EAACI Congress 2002, Naples, 2003. G. Marone (Ed.), JGC Editions, Naples :385-396.
J. J. Smit, H. Van Loveren, M. O. Hoekstra, P.A.A. Van der Kant, G. Folkerts, F. P. Nijkamp.
Therapeutic treatment with heat-killed M. vaccae (SRL172) in a mild and severe mouse model for allergic asthma.
Eur. J. Pharmacol. 2003 470:193-9.
J. J. Smit, H. Van Loveren, M. O. Hoekstra, M. A. Schijf, G. Folkerts, F. P. Nijkamp.
M. vaccae administration during allergen sensitization or challenge suppresses asthmatic features.
Clin. Exp. Allergy, 2003. 33:1083-89.
J. J. Smit, H. Van Loveren, M. O. Hoekstra, F. P. Nijkamp, N. Bloksma.
Influence of the macrophage bacterial resistance gene Nramp1 (Slc11a1) on the induction of allergic asthma in the mouse
FASEB J. 2003. 17: 958-60.
J. J. Smit, H. Van Loveren, M. O. Hoekstra, K. Karimi, G. Folkerts, F. P. Nijkamp.
The Slc11a1 (Nramp1) gene controls the efficacy of mycobacterial treatment of allergic asthma.
J. Immunol. 2003 171:754-60.
J. J. Smit, G. Folkerts, F. P. Nijkamp.
Mycobacteria, genes and the Hygiene Hypothesis. Review.
Curr. Opin. Allergy Clin. Immunol. 2004 4:57-62
J. J. Smit, G. Folkerts, F. P. Nijkamp.
Ramp-ing up allergies: Nramp1 (Slc11a1), macrophages and the hygiene hypothesis. Review.
Trends Immunol. 2004 25:342-347 .

J.J. Smit, J.T. Schonewille, A.C. Beynen.
Transient Lowering of Plasma Vitamin B12 Concentrations in Ouessant Sheep Fed on a Potassium-Rich Ration.
Int. J. Vitam. Nutr. Res. 1999 69: 273-6
L.M. Knippels, A.H. Penninks, J.J. Smit, G.F. Houben.
Immune-mediated effects upon oral challenge of ovalbumin-sensitized Brown Norway rats: further characterization of a rat food allergy model.
Toxicol. Appl. Pharmacol. 1999 156: 161-9.

Read my official Curriculum vitae here (not frequently updated!).

Web links:

Till recently we lived in Utrecht, a city in the middle of the Netherlands. Utrecht is known for its beautiful Dom Tower and the canals.
In Utrecht I worked at the department of Pharmacology and Pathophysiology, where people look like this:

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I made a list of most used scientific journals.

A selection of other scientific sites (I'm sorry, not up to date...):

Allergy, immunology and asthma:

Astmafonds Dutch Asthma organisation.
American Lung Association
American Thoracic Society (ATS)
Doctor's Guide to the internet
Allergy ABC's - Allergy Basics Center
Allergy Learning Lab
Allergy society of South Africa
Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Online
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunol.
Bugs in the News! Immune System molecules
Claritin homepage
Food Allergy; Immune System; Digestive Disease.
The Food Allergy Network
The National Jewish Medical and Research Center allergies
The Macrophage Home Page
The Society of Mucosal Immunology
The EAACI Society


Mycobacterial Diseases
Mycos Research, LLC
Tuberculosis Contract Home Page
Environmental Mycobacteria
Introduction to the Genus Mycobacteria
National Jewish Medical and Research Center mycobacteria
SR pharma company

Scientific journals: Immunology, Allergy and Asthma

Visit a complete list here .

The Immunology Today WWW Environment
European journal of immunology
Journal of Immunology
Clinical and Experimental Allergy
International Archives of Allergy and Immunology
International Immunology
Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
Clinical Immunology
International Archives of Allergy and Immunology
Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
Research in Immunology
International Reviews of Immunology
The Journal of Infectious Diseases
Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology

Scientific journals:

Scientific magazines online
Impact factor of Journals
Elsevier Trends Journals
Science magazine
Journal of Experimental medicine
American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
British Medical Journal
Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
Archives of disease in childhood
Journal of Medical Genetics
Journal of Leukocyte Biology
Journal of Clinical Investigation
The Lancet Interactive
New Scientist
Scientific American
Applied and Environmental Microbiology
International Journal of Systematic Bacteriology
Nature Genetics On-Line

Other sites:

Faculty of Pharmacy
Cell and Molecular Biology Online
Medscape. A search site for scientific research purposes (Medline)
Ritox. A Toxicology research institute
TNO Nutrition Research
Utrecht University
Wentkruyt. A magazine of the Biology faculty
Zoology site
Encyclopedia Britannica
Glossary of medical terms
On-line Medical Dictionary

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