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Siew Eng Choon, MBBS, FRCP
Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Monash University Malaysia
Johor Bahru, Malaysia
IPC Board Member

Dr. Choon Siew Eng is a senior consultant dermatologist at Hospital Sultanah Aminah, Johor Bahru, Malaysia and Associate Professor, Clinical School Johor Bahru, Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Monash University, Malaysia. She received her medical degree from the University of Malaya. She subsequently undertook postgraduate training in general medicine and obtained membership of the Royal College of Physicians (London, UK)and was elected a fellow in 2003. She was awarded a public service scholarship to pursue dermatology training and subsequently a fellowship to train in dermatopathology in St. John’s Institute of Dermatology, London, UK. Dr. Choon is a foundation member of Asian Academy of Dermatology and Venereology and an active member of the Malaysian Society of Dermatology as well as a member of the Malaysian Medical Association. Her research interests include chronic inflammatory skin diseases namely atopic dermatitis, psoriasis particularly pustular psoriasis, hidradenitis suppurativa and cutaneous adverse drug reactions. She is a member of International Psoriasis Council and an advisor of the Psoriasis Association of Johor.

Last Updated: Jan 26, 2022

Akimichi Morita, MD, PhD
Nagoya City University Graduate School of Medical Sciences
Nagoya, Japan

Vice Director, Nagoya City University Hospital /Professor and Chairman, Department of Geriatric and Environmental Dermatology, Nagoya City University Graduate School of Medical Sciences.

Professor Akimichi Morita graduated from Nagoya City University and received his M.D degree in 1989, he later received his Ph.D in basic immunology at Aichi Cancer Center. As a Humboldt Foundation fellow, he studied photobiology and photoimmunology at Duesseldorf University and underwent further training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Since then, he has introduced numerous standard phototherapies to Japan. He was appointed Professor and Chairman of the Department of Geriatric and Environmental Dermatology at Nagoya City University Graduate School of Medical Sciences in 2003 and currently holds the position of Vice Director of Nagoya City University Hospital.

He was the President of the Japanese Society of Investigative Dermatology (2018-2020) and has been involved in many other societies, such as the Japanese Society for Psoriasis Research. In 2004, Prof. Morita was an international honorary member of Deutsche Dermatologische Gesellschaft. He has been a key member in many medicals publications, especially the Journal of Dermatological Sciences (JDS) as Editor in Chief from 2008-2013. Currently, He serves as a chief-in-editor for Photodermatology, Photomedicine, Photoimmunology.

Last Updated: Jun 01, 2021


Hervé Bachelez, MD, PhD
Department of Dermatology, Hôpital Saint-Louis, Imagine Institute for Human Genetic Diseases, University of Paris
Paris, France
IPC Vice President/President Elect

Professor Bachelez is professor at the Department of Dermatology of the Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris Saint-Louis University Hospital in Paris, France. Since 2004, Professor Bachelez has been full professor of clinical dermatology at the Université Paris-Diderot/Université de Paris, where he received his Ph.D. in Immunology in 1999. Professor Bachelez’s clinical and research activities focus on inflammatory skin diseases, mainly psoriasis and psoriasis-related diseases, but also hidradenitis suppurativa, lichen planus among others. He is conducting his basic and translational research at the Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM U1163), in the Laboratory of Genetics of Skin Diseases at the Imagine Institute for Human Genetic Diseases in Necker Hospital, Paris. His areas of scientific research include immunogenetics and molecular mechanisms of the aforementioned immune-mediated and inflammatory skin diseases. Professor Bachelez has received several scientific awards, including the Robert Degos award. He is a member of several national and international scientific societies, including the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology and the European Dermatology Forum (EDF). He is the past president of the French society for Dermatological Research and of the Group for Research on Psoriasis of the French Society for Dermatology. Internationally, he is a board member of the International Psoriasis Council and is currently serving as President of the European Society for Dermatological Research (ESDR). Professor Bachelez has published more than 270 manuscripts in peer-reviews journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Clinical Investigation, the Lancet, and Arthritis and Rheumatism as leading author.

Last Updated: Feb 01, 2022

David Burden, BSc, MB, ChB, DTM&H, MD, FRCP
University of Glasgow
Glasgow, United Kingdom

Professor David Burden graduated from the University of Manchester Medical School in 1987. His doctoral thesis in 1997 concerned genetic susceptibility to psoriasis vulgaris. He was appointed Consultant Dermatologist in Glasgow in 1999 and Professor of Dermatology at the University of Glasgow in 2010. He has a longstanding clinical and research interest in psoriasis, including genetic susceptibility, immunopathogenesis, new treatments, and clinical guidelines. He co-authors the chapter on psoriasis in Rook's Textbook of Dermatology. Over the past ten years, his research has increasingly focused on pustular psoriasis.

Last Updated: Jun 17, 2022

Francesca Capon, PhD
Guy's Hospital
London, England, United Kingdom

Dr. Capon obtained a BSc in biological sciences (1992) and PhD in medical genetics (1999) from La Sapienza, University of Rome, Italy.  Her interest in the genetics of psoriasis brought her to the United Kingdom. She first moved to the University of Leicester as a Wellcome Trust Traveling Research Fellow (2001), then took on a Lectureship in human molecular genetics at University College London (2004). She joined King’s College London in 2006 as a lecturer, was promoted to senior lecturer in 2014, and to reader (associate professor) in 2018. Her main research interest is the genetic basis of psoriasis. In recent years, the Capon lab has been concentrating on two main research lines: the identification of disease genes in pustular forms of psoriasis and the role of interleukin-36 in the pathogenesis of pustular and plaque psoriasis. This research has been published in high-impact journals including the American Journal of Human Genetics, the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, and Science Translational Medicine.

Last Updated: Oct 09, 2018

Johann Gudjonsson, MD, PhD
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
IPC Board Member

Dr. Johann Gudjonsson, MD, PhD is the Arthur C. Curtis Professor of Skin Molecular Immunology at the University of Michigan. Dr. Gudjonsson graduated from the University of Iceland Medical School and completed his internship and dermatology residency training at the University of Michigan. In 2008, Dr. Gudjonsson joined the faculty of the University of Michigan Department of Dermatology. Dr. Gudjonsson sees general dermatology patients at the University of Michigan Taubman Center. Dr. Gudjonsson came to the U-M in 2003 as part of an innovative research residency training program. Dr. Gudjonsson's primary research focus is basic immunological and genetic research on psoriasis and other inflammatory diseases of the skin, with projects directed at improving the diagnosis and treatment of psoriasis. Dr. Gudjonsson is the Frances and Kenneth Eisenberg Emerging Scholar of the Taubman Medical Research Institute. He received the Young Investigator Award from the American Academy of Dermatology in 2007 and his work has earned several research awards, including from the American Skin Association, the Dermatology Foundation, Doris Duke Foundation and the NIH. He is a director of an NIH sponsored Skin Biology Research Center at Michigan, and a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) and serves on the Board of Scientific Counselors to NIAMS.

Last Updated: Jan 26, 2022

Peter van de Kerkhof, MD, PhD, Chief Medical Officer
International Psoriasis Council
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Professor Peter van de Kerkhof served as head of the department Dermatology at the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, The Netherlands, since 1992 and is currently a Professor Emeritus there. He graduated in medicine from the Catholic University of Nijmegen in 1978 and trained in Dermatology at the St. Radboud Hospital, Nijmegen. In 1983 and in 1990 he completed his theses in the faculty of medicine and faculty of sciences resp. Between 1980 and 1984 he completed his training as a dermatologist. Research interests of Professor van de Kerkhof are psoriasis, disorders of keratinization, inflammation and clinical pharmacology of the skin. He has been president of major European Dermatological societies such as European Society of Dermatological Research and European Dermatology Forum. He is member of the editorial board of several international dermatological journals. He is an author or coauthor of more than 600 peer reviewed dermatological journals. He joined the IPC Staff as Chief Medical Officer in July 2018.

Last Updated: Jan 09, 2019

Min Zheng, MD
Zhejiang University School of Medicine
Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China

Dr. Zheng is professor and chief of the dermatology department at the Second Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine, in Hangzhou, China. After completing his medical degree at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, he finished his postgraduate training in dermatology at the Christian-Abrecht University in Kiel, Germany. After returning to China in 1996, he was promoted to the position of associate professor at Zhejiang Medical University. Dr. Zheng is vice president and executive committee member of the Chinese Society of Dermatology and a scientific committee member and Chinese national coordinator in the Psoriasis International Network (PIN). He has served as chairman of the Chinese Society for Psoriasis Research and as vice president of the Chinese Psoriasis Committee. He is an editorial board member of Experimental Dermatology and many Chinese dermatology journals, and has written for more than 320 publications. His research interests include mechanisms of inflammation, chemokine biology, and angiogenesis in inflammatory skin diseases. He is particularly interested in the psoriasis pathogenesis and management and in clinical trials.

Last Updated: Jan 26, 2018

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