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Program Chairs

Jonathan Barker, MD, FRCP, FRCPath
St John’s Institute of Dermatology
London, England, United Kingdom
IPC President

Jonathan Barker is Professor of Medical Dermatology and Academic Head of Department at St John's Institute of Dermatology, King's College London. He is Co-Director of the Skin Therapy Research Unit and the Psoriasis Service at the Institute, a large tertiary referral service for patients with severe disease. His research interests extend from genetic discovery through to clinical outcome measurement. As such he is a key investigator in international consortia aiming to map psoriasis susceptibility genes and heads the International Psoriasis Council (IPC) exome consortium. He is deputy director of a multi-centre MRC stratified medicine programme in psoriasis outcomes to biologic therapy (PSORT) and heads its genetics working group. Professor Barker has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers, authored and edited several books including the new edition of the 'Rook Book'. Highly cited publications include those in Nature Genetics, American Journal of Human Genetics and New England Journal of Medicine. He sits on the editorials boards of several dermatology journals. He is past President of the European Dermatology Forum. Currently he is President of IPC.

Last Updated: Oct 04, 2018


Christopher EM Griffiths, OBE, MD, FRCP, FMedSci
University of Manchester
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
IPC Board Member

Chris Griffiths qualified in Medicine from St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School, London. He trained in Dermatology at St Mary’s Hospital, London, and at the University of Michigan, USA. He was appointed to the Foundation Chair in Dermatology at the University of Manchester in 1994 and is an honorary consultant dermatologist at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. He founded the Manchester Dermatopharmacology Unit and Manchester Psoriasis Service in 1994. Chris is an NIHR Senior Investigator and Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. He has published 650 Pubmed cited articles in scientific journals (h-index 94), and is Editor-in-Chief of Rook’s Textbook of Dermatology. Chris is a Past- President of the British Association of Dermatologists, is President-Elect of the European Society for Dermatological Research and a Past- President and co-founder of the International Psoriasis Council. He has long-standing research interests in all aspects of psoriasis and directs the British Association of Dermatologists Biologics and Immunomodulators Register (BADBIR) and the MRC Psoriasis Stratification to Optimise Relevant Therapy (PSORT) consortium. Chris is a recipient of the Sir Archibald Gray Medal for services to British Dermatology and was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), for services to dermatology, in the Queen’s 2018 New Year’s Honours.

Last Updated: Sep 05, 2019


Program Faculty

Hervé Bachelez, MD, PhD
Saint Louis University Hospital
Paris, France
IPC Board Member

Professor Bachelez is professor at the Department of Dermatology of the 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 scientific research focuses on immunogenetics of inflammatory skin diseases at the Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM) at the Imagine Institute in Necker Hospital. His areas of scientific interest include molecular mechanisms of psoriasis and psoriasis-related diseases, and other 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 a board member of the International Psoriasis Council, and general secretary-Treasurer-elect of the European Society for Dermatological Research (ESDR).
Professor Bachelez has published more than 230 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, Journal of Clinical Investigation, and Arthritis and Rheumatism as leading author.

Last Updated: Jul 01, 2019

Masamoto Murakami, MD, PhD
Ehime University Graduate School of Medicine
Aichi, Japan

Dr. Murakami is an Associate Professor of Dermatology at Ehime University Graduate School of Japan. He received his medical degree from St. Marianna University, School of Medicine, Japan, in 1990 and his Ph.D. in Pathology from Fujita Health University School of Medicine in 1995. He hadserved as an Assistant Professor of Pathology at the school until 2001 when he became a postdoctoral research fellow in Dermatology at the University of California San Diego, United States. In 2003, he returned to Japan to become a senior resident in Asahikawa Medical University’s dermatology department. He was promoted to Assistant Professor in 2006, then to Senior Assistant Professor in 2009. He transferred to Ehime University in 2012 and promoted to his current position in 2018. Dr. Murakami’s dermatology interests are pathomechanisms of pustulosis, including palmoplantar pustulosis and psoriasis, and skin antimicrobial peptides. He is a councilor for International Psoriasis Council (IPC), the Japanese Society for Investigative Dermatology (JSID), the Japanese Society of Pathology (JSP), and a delegate for the Japanese Dermatological Association (JDA). He is also a member of several national and international scientific societies, including the Society for Investigative Dermatology (SID), European Society for Dermatological Research (ESDR), the Japanese Society for Psoriasis Research (JSPS), and Group for Research and Assessment of Psoriatisis and Psoriatic Arthritis (GRAPPA).

Last Updated: Jun 04, 2019

Kazumitsu Sugiura, MD, PhD
Fujita Health University
Toyoake, Japan

Kazumitsu Sugiura is a professor and chairman in the Department of Dermatology at Fujita Health University School of Medicine. He graduated from Nagoya University and received a medical degree in 1994. Dr. Sugiura trained for two years in molecular biology in the Department of Anatomy III at Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine. In 1999, he received his Ph.D. from the Department of Dermatology at Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine. He studied autoimmunity at the Autoimmune Disease Center of The Scripps Research Institute as a research fellow for three years, then moved on to become an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry II at Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine. In 2002, Dr. Sugiura returned to Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine in the Department of Dermatology. In 2016, he began his current position at Fujita Health University. His research interests include genodermatoses, inflammatory keratinization diseases, and autoimmune diseases.

Last Updated: Jun 11, 2019

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