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Program Chair 

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

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 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 General Secretary-Treasurer and President-Elect of the European Society for Dermatological Research (ESDR). Professor Bachelez has published more than 255 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: May 04, 2021

Lars Iversen, MD, DMSc
Aarhus University Hospital
Aarhus, Denmark
IPC Board Member

Professor Iversen, an IPC councilor since 2009, and since 2017 board member of the IPC. He is professor in dermatology at the University of Aarhus, Denmark, where he also teaches dermato-venereology. He received his clinical education and obtained a doctoral degree from the same university. Professor Iversen's main research interests are psoriasis and cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. Most of his research activities are related to signal transduction and immunology. Professor Iversen has served as a guest researcher and has been a speaker at international conferences in Asia, Europe and the United States. He is the author or co-author of 240 articles and book chapters and the holder of two patents. He has served as a section editor for Acta Dermato-Venereologica and on the editorial board of Experimental Dermatology. His writings have appeared in several scientific journals including Nature Immunology, Nature Communications, PNAS, EMBO Journal and Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. In 2019 professor Iversen was the founder of the National Center for Autoimmune Diseases at Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark.

Last Updated: May 21, 2021

Kelly M. Cordoro, MD
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, California, United States

Dr. Kelly Cordoro is a Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. She is Division Chief of Pediatric Dermatology, the Pediatric Dermatology Fellowship Director, and the McCalmont Family Endowed Professor in Pediatric Dermatology at UCSF. Dr. Cordoro’s clinical focus is complex medical dermatology, particularly inflammatory diseases, in children. Her primary research interest is pediatric psoriasis though she has studied pediatric melanoma, atopic dermatitis, laser surgery for disfiguring vascular malformations, and cutaneous body image among adolescents with skin disease. Dr. Cordoro received a competitive Career Development Award from the Dermatology Foundation to study psoriasis in children and she continues that work today as a Founding Member of the Pediatric Dermatology Research Alliance. Dr. Cordoro is an experienced educator, has won several teaching awards, and holds several leadership positions within the field of dermatology. She is a passionate clinician, dedicated teacher, and committed to advancing the health of children with skin disease through research. She is a founding member of UCSF’s Pediatric Rheumatology/Dermatology Multidisciplinary Clinic. She is particularly interested in reducing the psychological and emotional stigma of visible skin disease, and takes great care to address this aspect of management with her patients and their families. Dr. Cordoro is a member of the Medical Board of the National Psoriasis Foundation and an International Psoriasis Council Councilor. She serves the IPC as a member, mentor and teaching faculty within the IPC International Fellowship Program.

Last Updated: Oct 06, 2021

Omid Zargari, MD, FAAD
Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences
Tehran, Iran

Dr. Zargari qualified in medicine at the National University of Iran (SBUMS) in 1992. He completed his four-year period of residency in the same university in Tehran, Iran. He was awarded the Iranian board of dermatology in 1999.
He started his work as a dermatologist in a leprosy clinic and then worked as assistant professor of dermatology in Guilan University of Medical Sciences (GUMS) in Rasht, Iran. In 2003, he was selected as the best researcher of this university.
Since 2004, Dr. Zargari established a psoriasis clinic in Rasht, Iran. Meanwhile he continued his collaboration with Skin Research Center (SRC) in Tehran, Iran.
He has published numerous scientific articles in different fields of dermatology and is a member of a number of professional organizations including the American Academy of Dermatolgy.

Last Updated: Jul 19, 2021


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