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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, MD, is Professor of Medical Dermatology at St John’s Institute of Dermatology, King’s College London and honorary consultant dermatologist at Guy’s and St. Thomas’s Hospitals specializing in complex hospital based medical dermatology. He is senior consultant in the severe psoriasis service and co-director of the Skin Therapy Research Unit which conducts academic and commercially sponsored clinical studies and trials. Professor Barker is the current President of International Psoriasis Council having previously been a board member and chair of the scientific committee. He is a principal investigator in national and international consortia using genetic and multi-omic approaches to discover causal disease mechanisms, new drug targets and biomarkers of disease subtypes and outcomes to therapeutic interventions. These are being applied to important chronic skin diseases such as psoriasis, acne and eczema. Professor Barker has published over 300 peer-reviewed papers, authored and edited several books including the latest (9th) edition of Rook’s Textbook of Dermatology. Highly cited publications include those in the Lancet, Nature Genetics and New England Journal of Medicine. Professor Barker was head of department at the Institute of Dermatology 2002-2018 and course director of the Institute’s MSc Clinical Dermatology for overseas graduates. He is a past President of the European Dermatology Forum and the European Society for Dermatological Research. He is an honorary overseas member of several national dermatological associations including Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, and the USA.

Last Updated: Oct 04, 2018

Christopher EM Griffiths, OBE, MD, FRCP, FMedSci
University of Manchester
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Honorary Founder

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
Department of Dermatology, Hôpital Saint-Louis, Imagine Institute for Human Genetic Diseases, University of Paris
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
Ehime, 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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