Thomas F. Mueller, M.D., is a physician and has received his training in internal medicine, nephrology and intensive care at the Clinic of Medicine of the Philipps-University of Marburg, Germany where he worked until spring 2000. Then he worked as a Research Fellow at the Division of Nephrology at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. Since Nov 2004 he has taken an appointment as Assistant Professor in the Division of Nephrology and Immunology at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, where he is working as a clinician scientist.

Gilbert Reibnegger, M.Sc., D.Sc., enjoyed his education as a postdoc at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, and since fall 1994, is Professor of Medical Chemistry at the Institute for Medical Chemistry and Pregl-Laboratory at the Karl-Franzens-University of Graz, Austria. From 1994 to 2001 he was Chairman of this institute; since 2001 he is Dean of Studies of the Medical Faculty.