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IPC Councilors

IPC Councilors play an important role in the work of IPC. Councilors serve in an advisory capacity and lend their global expertise on psoriasis research, treatment, and education to support all IPC programs, events, and initiatives. They provide expert opinion on current psoriasis therapeutic and research-related issues, participate in round-table conferences, contribute to manuscripts submitted to top tier journals and present at important congresses around the world.  Below you can learn more about our global volunteer network by searching the Councilor Directory.

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Edgardo Chouela, MD, PhD
Centro de Investigaciones Dermatologicas
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Dr. Chouela is Professor of Dermatology, University of Buenos Aires and Director of Centro de Investigaciones Dermatologicas. He is the past President of Latin America Society of Psoriasis-SOLAPSO and a member of the International Psoriasis Council. Last Updated: Jan 04, 2014 Recent Publications
Cristina Echeverría, MD
Instituto de Rehabilitación Psicofísica (IREP)
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Dr. Echeverría is a medical doctor at IREP (Instituto de Rehabilitación Psicofísica) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She received a medical degree (Hon) at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA). Three years later, she completed her Internal Medicine Residency at CEMIC (Centro de Educación Médica e Investigaciones Clínicas). She earned a degree in Dermatology from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) where she currently serves as an assistant professor in dermatology. Dr. Echeverría was a visiting doctor at Baylor University Houston, Texas. She has been a long time supporter of the Sociedad Latinoamericana de Psoriasis (SOLAPSO) and is currently the President of SOARPSO (Sociedad Argentina de Psoriasis). She is an Editorial  member of the International Journal of Women´s Dermatology, Coordinator of the ECHO Psoriasis Project Argentina and ECHO Atopic Dermatitis Project Argentina. 

Last Updated: Jan 21, 2020 Recent Publications
Matias Maskin, MD
CEMIC University, at Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Dr. Maskin is assistant professor at the Section of Dermatology, Department of Medicine, Centro de Educación Médica e Investigaciones Clínicas (CEMIC) University, at Buenos Aires. He specializes in internal medicine and dermatology at the University of Buenos Aires and serves as chief of dermatology and coordinator of the psoriasis section at the Instituto Universitario CEMIC. Dr. Maskin is a founding member of the Latin American Society of Psoriasis (SOLAPSO) and is active in psoriasis education programs with SOLAPSO in Argentina, and is part of the SOLAPSO Biosimilars Consensus in Argentina. A member of IPC's Latin America working group, Dr. Maskin has authored national and international publications, has served as an investigator for many psoriasis clinical trials, and has participated in many national and international congress presentations pertaining to psoriasis. Last Updated: Mar 28, 2018 Recent Publications


Peter Foley, BMedSc, MBBS, MD, FACD
University of Melbourne
Fitzroy, Australia

Assoc. Prof. Peter Foley graduated MBBS and BMedSc from Monash University, 1985; MBBS, Monash University, 1987; MD, The University of Melbourne, 1996; Fellowship, The Australasian College of Dermatologists (FACD) 1997; Associate Prof., Department of Medicine (Dermatology), The University of Melbourne; Visiting Dermatologist, Dermatology Investigation, Photobiology, and Biological Therapy Clinics, St. Vincent's Hospital Melbourne; Visiting Dermatologist, Biological Therapy, Phototherapy, and Photodynamic Therapy Clinics, Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc.; Investigator, Nucleus Network Limited in association with Centre for Clinical Studies; Over 90 publications in peer reviewed journals; Investigator in over 90 clinical trials; Past-President, Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc.; Co-convenor, Australasian Psoriasis Registry; Co-convenor, Australian Psoriasis Treatment Goals; Member, Scientific Research & Academic Committees, The Australasian College of Dermatologists; Member, The Cancer Council Australia National Skin Cancer Committee, Co-convenor, Australasian Psoriasis Collaboration. Last Updated: Jan 26, 2018 Recent Publications


Georg Stingl, MD
Medical University of Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Georg Stingl received his residency training in dermatovenerology at the Medical School of Vienna’s University. After working as a postdoctoral fellow and, later, as a guest scientist at the US National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, he became staff physician/scientist at the Departments of Dermatology in Innsbruck and, later, in Vienna. In 1992, he was appointed professor and chairman of the Division of Immunology, Allergy & Infectious Diseases and, in 2016, of the entire Department of Dermatology of Vienna’s Medical University. He holds numerous honorary memberships in several national and
international dermatological (including the IPC) and immunological societies and is member of the Austrian and German Academy of Sciences as well as the US National Academy of Medicine. He has published more than 400 scientific manuscripts in the fields of clinical and investigative dermatology with a particular focus on immunodermatology and allergology as well as clinical, cellular and molecular immunology.
Last Updated: Jul 31, 2019 Recent Publications
Robert Strohal, MD
Federal Academic Teaching Hospital Feldkirch
Feldkirch, Austria

Prim. Prof. Dr. Robert Strohal is Head of the Department of Dermatology and Venerology at the Federal University Teaching Hospital in Feldkirch, Austria. In addition to serving as an external expert for various research and funding programmes associated with the European Commission, he is Board delegate of the Austrian Chamber of Physicians at the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS), Division Dermatology-Venereology in Brussels, Board member of the European Wound Healing Society (EWMA), Council Member of the International Psoriasis Council, President of the Pan-German-speaking Roof Organisation for Wound Healing and Board member of the Austrian Society of Dermatology and Venereology. He has received eight national and international scientific awards. Last Updated: Jan 03, 2014 Recent Publications


Mohammad Rafiqul Mowla, MBBS, MD
Chittagong Medical College
Chittagong, Bangladesh

Mohammad Rafiqul Mowla, MBBS, MD is a Clinical Professor in Dermatology and Venereology and has a long-standing practice in institutional clinical setting.

Dr. Mowla serves as Associate Professor in the Department of Dermatology and Venereology at Chittagong Medical College, Bangladesh, where he directs the department's research department and mentors post-doc, graduate and undergraduate students. Currently, he is heading efforts in his department to initiate clinical trials in patients with autoimmune and inflammatory skin diseases to test drugs that were developed largely based on preclinical and translational research.

Dr. Mowla received the Global Education Award from the International Society of Dermatology, the Strauss & Katz Award from the American Academy of Dermatology, and the World Congress of Dermatology 2015 and 2019 Scholarship Award from the International League of Dermatological Societies.

He is an author of many publications in national and international scientific journals, original articles, clinical and scientific research studies, epidemiological reports and abstracts presented at national and international congresses. He has co-authored many scientific publications in reputed peer reviewed journals (JAAD, JEADV, IJD, CDJ, STI, CED, SHD, Dermatologic Therapy, Forum Dermatologicum, GJDV, JCMTA and BJDVL etc.) and has been serving as an editorial board member in three national and international journals.

Dr. Mowla is passionate about the Internet and its use for diagnostic teledermatology, medical education, and consumer health information. He is excited about the promise of artificial intelligence in widening access to dermatological expertise. 

Last Updated: Sep 14, 2020 Recent Publications


Jo Lambert, MD
Ghent University Hospital
Gent, Belgium

Professor Lambert is professor and academic chair of the dermatology department at Ghent University. She obtained her dermatology training at the university and her PhD in medical sciences in melanosome transport, awarded with the Roche Fundamental Research Award. Research stays were performed at Boston University, United States; Leiden Center for Electron Microscopy, the Netherlands; the dermatology department at Hôpital E Herriot, Lyon, France; and St John’s Dermatology Department, London, United Kingdom. Professor Lambert is president of the Royal Belgian Society of Dermatology and Venereology and a board member of the Royal Academy of Medicine, Belgium, and the Fondation René Touraine (FRT). She also serves as president of the Skin Inflammation and Psoriasis International (SPIN) Network of FRT, belongs to several advisory boards in psoriasis, and is a member of the European Dermatology Forum. Since 2014, she has been an editorial assistant for the Journal of Investigative Dermatology in the field of psoriasis and human skin pigmentation. Her interests include improving management of immune-mediated inflammatory skin disorders through an evidencebased, integrated research approach. Last Updated: Oct 09, 2018


Gladys Aires Martins, MD
Hospital Universitrio de Brasilia HUB
Brasila DF, Brazil

Last Updated: Oct 24, 2018 Recent Publications
André Vicente Esteves de Carvalho, MD, PhD
Hospital Moinhos de Vento
Porto Alegre, Brazil

Dr. André Vicente Esteves de Carvalho is responsible for the Psoriasis Ambulatory at the Complexo Hospitalar Santa Casa de Porto Alegre (Rio Grande do Sul State) and is 2013-14 coordinator of the Psoriasis Department of the Brazilian Society of Dermatology (SBD). Dr. Carvalho is a specialist in dermatology certified by the Brazilian Society of Dermatology. He completed specialization courses in Dermatologic Surgery and Mohs micrographic at the Dermatology School at Yale School of Medicine (2001) and has a master's degree in pathology from the Universidade Federal de Ciências da Saúde de Porto Alegre. In 2016 he received his PhD in pathology from the Universidade Federal de Ciências da Saúde de Porto Alegre. The title of his thesis is “Eficácia das medicações imunobiológicas e inibidores de
pequenas moléculas na psoriase: uma revisão sistemática e metanálise de ensaios clínicos randomizados” (“Efficacy of immunobiologic and small molecule inhibitors drugs for psoriasis: a systematic review and meta-analysis of
randomized clinical trials”). He is the scientific reviewer for the Brazilian 2nd Edition of Dermatology, by Bolognia, Jorizzo and Rappini, and the Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia.
Last Updated: Jan 25, 2018 Recent Publications


Robert Bissonnette, MD, MSc
Innovaderm Research Inc
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Dr. Robert Bissonnette graduated in Medicine from the University of Montreal. He completed his residency training in Dermatology at the University of Montreal and his basic and clinical research training at McGill University and the University of British Columbia. Dr. Bissonnette is Board certified in Dermatology and was Associate Professor of Dermatology at the University of Montreal until 2004.

He is the president of Innovaderm Research a CRO specializing in the design, conduct and analysis of clinical trials in various areas of Dermatology.

He published more than 100 articles and book chapters and gives lectures on various aspects of Dermatology at various national and international meetings
Last Updated: Jan 25, 2018 Recent Publications
Marc Bourcier, MD, FRCPC
Clinique de Dermatologie
Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada

Dr. Bourcier completed his medical school at the University of Montreal. He obtained his MD in 1978. He did his postgraduate training in Montreal and obtained his fellowship in Dermatology in 1983. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Dermatology (1983). He is Assistant Prof. in clinical teaching faculty of Medicine, Sherbrooke University. He was on the Board of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of New-Brunswick for 9 years, and President of the Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of New-Brunswick in 2006. He works as a community Dermatologist in Moncton, N.B. since 1984. He is author or co-author of several publications. He has been involved in clinical research in Dermatology for the past 12 years, and has great interest in CME. Last Updated: Jan 26, 2018 Recent Publications
Wayne Gulliver, BS, BMedSc, MD, FRCPC
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St Johns, Canada

Wayne Gulliver currently serves as Prof. of Medicine and Dermatology, Memorial University of Newfoundland. He has extensive experience as a practicing dermatologist, with a focus on psoriasis and genetics research, and has been involved in more than 200 dermatology clinical trials. He is also an Adjunct Prof. to Henan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China and Zhengzhou University, China and is a past member of the Governing Council of the National Research Council. Last Updated: May 08, 2012 Recent Publications
Richard Langley, FRCPC, FACP
Dalhousie University
Halifax, Canada

Dr. Richard Langley is a dermatologist, professor of medicine and director of research in the Division of Clinical Dermatology and Cutaneous Science. An internationally recognized award-winning expert on psoriasis and skin cancer, he is a widely-published author and regular reviewer for several medical and dermatology journals.

Dr. Langley's research focuses on cutaneous melanoma, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, skin cancer and other inflammatory skin diseases. His work on melanoma involves an in vivo confocal scanning laser microscope - the first of its kind in Canada - which permits instantaneous high resolution images at the cellular level.
Last Updated: Jan 25, 2018 Recent Publications
Charles Lynde, MD, FRCPC
Lynde Institute for Dermatology
Markham, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Charles Lynde holds clinical teaching positions at the University Health Network. He is Medical Director of Lynde Dermatology and Lynderm Research. After receiving his BSc. and MD degrees at the University of Toronto, he then studied Dermatology at both the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto, receiving his Board certification (Canada and U.S.A.) in 1983. Dr. Lynde is a member of the Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA), the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV), the Toronto Dermatology Association as well as the Ontario Medical Association (OMA). His current main areas of research are in Psoriasis, Psoriatic Arthritis and Acne; but he has done research in all areas of dermatology including cosmetics and cosmetic therapies. Dr. Lynde has authored and co-authored more than 150 peer reviewed articles.
He has served in various roles for the CDA and AAD including President of the Canadian Derma
Last Updated: Jan 25, 2018 Recent Publications
Yves Poulin, MD, FRCPC, FAAD
Hospital Hotel Dieu de Quebec
Quecec City, Quebec, Canada

Dermatologist Dr. Yves Poulin, MD, FRCPC, is the president and founder of the Centre of Research in Dermatology, Quebec. After completing his medical training (MD, LMCC) at the Universite de Sherbrooke in 1978, which included qualifications to practice medicine in the United States (NBME), Dr. Poulin worked to obtain his title of dermatology specialist from the Universite de Montreal in 1983 by completing his specialty exams for Quebec (CSPQ), Canada (FRCPC) and the United States (FAAD). He also pursued additional specialist training in Washington (AFIP) and Rochester, Minnesota (Mayo Clinic). In 1993, Dr. Poulin began his work with clinical trials. Today he is the president of the Centre of Research in Dermatology, Quebec and the Centre dermatologique du Quebec metropolitain. He is also an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the Hotel-Dieu de Quebec (a hospital affiliated to Universite Laval), where he is an active member. In addition to his work as president and invest Last Updated: Apr 05, 2017 Recent Publications
Ronald Vender, MD, FRCPC
Dermatrials Research
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Ron Vender is a Dermatologist who currently practices in Hamilton. He is the founder and director of Dermatrials Research Incorporated and Venderm Innovations in Psoriasis.   He has participated as principal investigator in over 100 clinical trials. He is Associate Clinical Professor at McMaster University in the Department of Medicine, Division of Dermatology. He is Honorary Staff at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton ON. Dr. Vender serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery reviewer for the JEADV, JAAD, and BJD. He is one of eight Canadians elected to the International Psoriasis Council, a member of the Canadian Professors of Dermatology and the Group for Research and Assessment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis. He represents Canada on several Global educational steering committees as well as international advisory boards. He has published many peer-reviewed manuscripts and has had posters, abstracts and lectures presented internationally. Last Updated: Feb 14, 2019 Recent Publications


Fernando Valenzuela , MD
University of Chile
Santiago, Chile

Dr. Valenzuela is currently Associate Professor of Dermatology at the University of Chile in Santiago. He has received multiple awards from his medical school days to the present in addition to working closely with Dr. Kim Papp. He is highly regarded by all his colleagues in Latin America and attends all SOLAPSO and RADLA meetings in Latin America where he is frequently featured as a main speaker. He has been working and publishing about tofacitinib clinical efficacy, its association with viral infections and the improvement on quality of life. Last Updated: Nov 06, 2017 Recent Publications


Xuejun Zhang, MD, PhD
Anhui Medical University
Anhui, China

Dr. Zhang is professor of dermatology and venereology at Anhui Medical University and director of the Key Lab of Dermatology for China's Ministry of Education. He received his medical degree from Anhui Medical College, a master of science degree from Anhui Medical University, and his doctor of philosophy degree from Shanghai Medical University. His research interests are genetics and the genomics of skin diseases. Dr. Zhang is a co-organizer of the journal Nature Genetics' Genome Wide Association Study workshops. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology and chief editor of the textbook “Dermatovenereology” in Chinese. Among other professional memberships, he is chairman of the Chinese Psoriasis Committee. Dr. Zhang has published more than 500 articles, including 285 papers in international academic journals. His articles appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine and Nature Genetics. Last Updated: Jan 25, 2018 Recent Publications
Min Zheng, MD
Zhejiang University School of Medicine
Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China

Dr. Jashin Wu is Founding Director of Dermatology Research of the Department of Dermatology at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Wu earned his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School and completed dermatology residency at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Wu has conducted over 40 clinical trials and has written over 160 book chapters or peer-reviewed journal articles that are published, in press, or submitted. Some of his work has been published in New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, JAMA Dermatology (formerly Archives of Dermatology), JAAD, and British Journal of Dermatology. Dr. Wu is involved in the National Psoriasis Foundation, serving on the Medical Board. He is co-editor for 2 psoriasis textbooks published in March 2014: Mild-To-Moderate Psoriasis, 3rd edition, and Moderate-To-Severe Psoriasis, 4th edition. He is a federally-funded investigator for psoriasis. Last Updated: Jan 26, 2018 Recent Publications


César Gonzalez, MD
Clinica Universitaria Colombia
Bogota, Colombia

Dr. Gonzalez has written more than 20 articles in national and international journals. He has authored and co-authored several chapters in textbooks of dermatology and has been editor of evidence-based guidelines for the management of psoriasis in Colombia. In 2010, he received the national award for research in the XXVII and XXVIII National Congress of dermatology and dermatologic surgery respectively. He is an active member of the Colombian Association of Dermatology and Surgical Dermatology (AsoColDerma), the American Academy of Dermatology, and currently is the delegate for Colombia in the Latin America Society of Psoriasis (SOLAPSO). In 2017, the Annual Meeting of Latin American Dermatologists (RADLA) was held in Bogotá, and Dr. Gonzalez served as the congress president. Recognized for his research in psoriasis, he participates as a speaker at numerous international conferences in dermatology, rheumatology and internal medicine.   Last Updated: Apr 10, 2019 Recent Publications
Angela Londoño, MD
CES University
Medellín, Colombia

Dr. Londoño is the head of the dermatology program at CES University in Medellín, specializing in clinical and surgical dermatology. She graduated from the University Pontifica Bolivariana's dermatology program in 2004 and received her master's degree in epidemiology from CES University in 2009. She is the co-coordinator of the Colombian Group of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis (ColPsor), a group of dermatologists and rheumatologists interested in promoting psoriasis knowledge and improving the quality of life of patients who have these conditions. The group is supported by the Colombian Association of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery (Asocolderma). A founding member of the Latin American Society of Psoriasis (SOLAPSO), Dr. Londoño also served as editor of evidence-based guidelines for the management of psoriasis in Colombia in 2012 and 2015. She has participated in various psoriasis clinical trials and has authored various articles in national and international journals.
Last Updated: Jun 26, 2020 Recent Publications


Lone Skov, MD, PhD
University of Copenhagen
Hellerup, Denmark

Lone Skov is a Consultant Dermatologist in the Department of Dermato-Allergology, Gentofte Hospital Faculty of Health Sciences, at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.  She received her medical degree from the University of Copenhagen's medical school and completed her PhD thesis at the same university. Her specialty is dermatovenereology. In addition to her current positions, her distinguished career includes serving as daily leader of the outpatient clinic at Gentofte Hospital's Department of Dermatology and Venereology. She led the effort to organize theoretical education in dermatology in Denmark and has served as head of the hospital's Department of Dermatology and Venereology.  She has served as a teacher and lecturer in dermatology and venereology, published 88 papers in peer-reviewed journals and three book chapters and has served as a reviewer for a number of scientific and medical journals. Last Updated: Jan 26, 2018 Recent Publications
Claus Zachariae, MD, DMSci
University of Copenhagen
Hellerup, Denmark

Claus Zachariae, MD serves as Chief Clinician at the Dermatology Unit at Gentofte Hospital. Dr. Zachariae serves as President of the Danish Dermatological Society. He Lectures at the Copenhagen University and consults for companies in the cosmetological and biotechnological industries. He serves as a Member of Scientific Advisory Board of NatImmune A/S. Over the years, Dr. Zachariae has been honored with awards of Glaxo, Henry Guze, Warming. He has over 70 original publications contributed significantly to his field in peer-reviewed journals and through writing of text books, as well as through his participation in a number of clinical trials of dermatological products. . Last Updated: May 08, 2012 Recent Publications


Mohamed El-Komy, MD
Cairo University
Cairo, Egypt

Dr. Mohamed EL-Komy was born October 1972 in Cairo, Egypt where he obtained his medical degree at the Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University. He completed his residency and MD degree at the same place where he now works as a professor of Dermatology and faculty at the Kasr AL-Ainy hospitals of Cairo University. Besides general dermatology, Dr. EL-Komy has worked with special interest in psoriasis and nail disorders for the past 23 years. He is the team director managing the psoriasis clinic at Kasr AL-Ainy hospitals serving more than 2,500 registered psoriasis patients. He is involved in several psoriasis research and educational projects for both doctors and patients. Dr. El-Komy was appointed as an IPC Councilor in 2018.
Last Updated: Oct 09, 2018


Denis Jullien, MD, PhD
Hopital Edouard Herriot
Lyon, France

Denis Jullien, MD, PhD, is Professor of dermatology and Head of the Department of Dermatology, Hôpital Edouard Herriot, Hospices Civils de Lyon, University of Lyon, in Lyon, France.

Professor Jullien received his medical degree, PhD and postdoctoral qualification from University Claude Bernard Lyon I (UCBL-I), having trained as a research fellow in the Department of Dermatology at the University of California, Los Angeles under Dr Robert L. Modlin. He completed his residency at one of UCBL-I affiliated teaching hospitals, becoming certified in Dermatology and Venereal Diseases in 1997.

Professor Jullien’s research and clinical interests focus primarily on inflammatory skin diseases (notably psoriasis) and the skin immune system. He was involved in the first human hand allograft project. Professor Jullien holds professional memberships with the French Society of Dermatology and college des Enseignants de Dermatologie, while also serving on the Scientific Board of the French Society of Dermatology, scientific Board and steering committee of the French Psoriasis prospective observational cohort PsoBioteq, scientific Board of the Psoriasis Group of the French Society of Dermatology.

Professor Jullien has also published a number of articles, and several chapters in textbooks, many of which focus on the pathogenesis and treatment of psoriasis, in a variety of international peer-reviewed journals, including The Lancet, Journal of Immunology, Journal of Clinical Investigation, Journal of Investigative Dermatology, Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, among others.
Last Updated: Apr 12, 2018 Recent Publications
Carle Paul, MD, PhD
Toulouse University
Toulouse, France

Carle Paul is Prof. and Chairman of the Department of Dermatology at Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France. The department is the Dermatology reference center for the 3 Mio population of the Midi-Pyrenees region. He completed his dermatology training in 1988-1994 at different university hospitals in Paris, including a one-year research scholarship in the immunology laboratory of JF Bach at Paris Descartes University and INSERM U25 working on mechanism of toxic epidermal necrolysis. Carle Paul holds a master in Fundamental Immunology and a PhD in Pharmacology. He is Board member of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology since 2008, member of the American Academy of Dermatology and member of the European Dermatology Forum. Carle Paul is co-inventor of 8 patents and author of >150 peer reviewed publications. His areas of research interest are inflammatory skin diseases, mainly atopic dermatitis and psoriasis, pharmacology and clinical drug development. Last Updated: May 08, 2012 Recent Publications
Manuelle Viguier, MD, PhD
Hopital Robert Debre
Reims, France

Last Updated: Feb 28, 2018 Recent Publications


Matthias Augustin, MD
University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf
Hamburg, Germany

Professor Augustin, born 1962 in G̦ttingen, is professor for health economics and for dermatology at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf. He is the Director of the Institute for Health Services Research in Dermatology and Nursing, Head of the Comprehensive Wound Center (CWC), Chair of the Center for Dermatological Research (CeDeF) and Chair of the German Center for Health Services Research in Dermatology (CVderm). Prof. Augustin is a founding member of the Hamburg Institute for Health Economics (HCHE), the largest Center for Health Economics in Germany.
In his institute Prof. Augustin integrates clinical research, health services research and basic research with clinical practice. Special topics of research by Prof. Augustin are skin cancer, chronic inflammatory diseases, allergies and chronic wounds. A particular field of research is the European Dermatology Health Survey and the program CLIMAderm climate change and skin diseases.
He is the editor, author or contributor of over 60 medical books and has authored about 350 scientific articles. Prof. Augustin is a senior consultant to the German Ministry of Health, to several Statutory health insurance companies and to a large number of companies in the health sector. He has been an expert to the German National Parliament (Bundestag), and he is the spokesman of the German Society for Dermatology to the German Federal Joint Committee (GBA) and to the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Medicine (IQWiG).
Last Updated: Sep 18, 2018 Recent Publications
Ulrich Mrowietz, MD
University of Kiel
Kiel, Germany

Dr. Mrowietz is the Editor-in-Chief of the Archives of Dermatological Research, and a member of the Executive Board of the German Dermatological Association, as well as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the German Psoriasis Association. He is also a member of numerous national and international dermatological societies. Prof. Mrowietz' main scientific and clinical interests are psoriasis and psoriasis therapy, wound healing and pathological scarring. He has 118 published articles referenced in the Medline data base, and has written numerous chapters in textbooks incl. Fitzpatrick's Dermatology in General Medicin and Braun-Falco's Dermatologie und Venerology. Furthermore, Dr. Mrowietz has written four books in German about psoriasis (for patients and physicians), immunosuppressive therapy and cyclosporin in dermatology. Prof. Mrowietz has been awarded the Oscar-Gans-F_rderpreis in 1993 and the Presi den wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs der orddeutschen Hautk Last Updated: Apr 05, 2017 Recent Publications
Alexander Nast, MD
Charite University Berlin
Berlin, Germany

Dr. Alexander Nast, M.D. is the assistant head of the division of evidence based medicine (dEBM) at the dermatological department of Charit� University Hospital. He has coordinated the development of the German Psoriasis guidelines and was part of the methodologists group of the European Psoriasis guidelines. He is involved in health care research in psoriasis and participates in several initiatives to improve the quality of care provided to psoriasis patients. Last Updated: Sep 20, 2014 Recent Publications
Jörg Prinz, MD
Ludwig Maximilians University
Munich, Germany

Jörg C. Prinz is Full Professor of Dermatology and Venereology and Deputy Chair of the Clinic for Dermatology and Allergology of the Ludwig-Maximilian University (LMU) in Munich, Germany. Beyond his commitments in patient care and teaching at medical school his main research interest is in the analysis of the T-cell mediated immunopathogenesis of psoriasis and the identification of the target cells and autoantigens of psoriatic the pathogenic psoriatic immune response; he is also interested in developing novel therapies for T-cell mediated autoimmune disorders, and has been actively involved in preparing evidence-based guidelines for psoriasis treatment. He has published extensively in major peer-reviewed journals. Last Updated: May 08, 2019 Recent Publications
Kristian Reich, MD, PhD
Dermatologikum Hamburg
Hamburg, Germany

Kristian Reich, MD, is Professor of Dermatology at the Georg-August-University Gottingen and partner at the Dermatologikum Hamburg, an international centre of excellence for dermatological patient care. He also holds the position of Medical Director at SCIderm GmbH, where he is actively involved in clinical trials, scientific research, and pharmacoeconomic projects in dermatology. In addition to his daily work as consultant in dermatology, venereology, and allergology he serves as academic lecturer in immunology, allergology, and genetic epidemiology. Professor Reich received his medical degree from the Technical University Munich and his additional clinical and scientific education from the UK, Harvard Medical School and Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in the USA. Prof. Reich has won the Herxheimer Prize of the German Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology. He is widely published, and is a member of the Psoriasis Guideline Group of the German Society of Dermatology, and he is on the scientific advisory boards of the German Psoriasis Foundation and the German Psoriasis Registry. Last Updated: Dec 16, 2013
Robert Sabat, MD
University Hospital Charite
Berlin, Germany

Dr. Robert Sabat is head of the Psoriasis Research & Treatment Center and the Molecular Immunopathology at the University Hospital Charite in Berlin, Germany. He attained the early and middle education stages in Poland. In 1995 he graduated from Humboldt University in Berlin and completed his medical internship and residency at the Institute for Medical Immunology, University Hospital Charite. In 1999, he went to Schering Inc. to work as a dermatology research group head for three years where he directed projects about the molecular mechanisms underlying the immunosuppressive effects of interleukin-10 and about novel cytokines. In 2003, he became head of Molecular Immunopathology at the University Hospital Charite that links clinical research of the Dermatology. of Dermatology with basic science of the Institute for Medical Immunology. His main research interests lie in the pathogenesis of chronic inflammatory diseases and the functions of novel cytokines. Last Updated: Jan 26, 2018 Recent Publications
Diamant Thaci, MD
Universitat Zu Luebeck
Lubeck, Germany

Prof. Dr Diamant Thaci graduated in 1989 with a medical degree from the University of Pristina, Pristina, Kosovo. He remained in Pristina until 1992, specializing in dermatology and venereology, before taking up a post in the Department of Dermatology and Venerology at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. He became a board certified dermatologist and venereologist in 1995 and, from 1997, Dr Thaci has held the roles of Senior Consulting Specialist in Dermatology, Director of Clinical Research, and Head of Photodermatology Division at the university. He became Associate Professor of Dermatology, Venerology and Allergology at the Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, and in 2013 was appointed Professor and Head of the Comprehensive Center for Inflammation Medicine, University of Luebeck, Luebeck, Germany. Dr Thaci's research experience covers immunology and all stages of clinical drug development. Between 2002 and 2013 he was involved in more than 200 investigator?driven psoriasis trials, and was lead investigator on several national and international multicenter trials. In addition to his clinical commitments, Dr Thaci lectures on scoring systems in dermatology and is involved in the training of study personnel and publishing articles and book chapters in dermatology. Dr Thaci has been a recipient of the Theodor?Stern Foundation Award for excellent clinical research. He is an active member of the Group for Research and Assessment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis (GRAPPA) and the International Psoriasis Council. Last Updated: Jan 25, 2018 Recent Publications


Enrique Rivas, MD
DERMOS Research Center
Guatemala City, Guatemala

Enrique Rivas, MD is a pediatric dermatologist in Guatemala. Dr. Rivas is a medical investigative director for DERMOS research center, working in monoclonal antibodies psoriasis therapy trials, where he also maintains a private practice. Certified as medical and surgical dermatologist at the Instituto de Dermatología y Cirugía de Piel de Guatemala – INDERMA and pediatric dermatologist at Instituto Nacional de Pediatría - INP in Mexico.

Dr. Rivas was an adjunct professor of pediatric dermatology and clinical immunology and teaching and research coordinator at INDERMA (2009-2011). He has authored numerous papers and made several national and international presentations on psoriasis. He is the Global Psoriasis Atlas representative for Guatemala. 

Last Updated: Sep 17, 2020 Recent Publications


Murlidhar Rajagopalan, MD
Apollo Hospitals
Chennai, India

Dr. Rajagopalan is a senior consultant and Head of Dept. of Dermatology, Venereology & Leprology at Apollo Hospitals in Chennai, India. Additionally, he serves as senior consultant in pediatric dermatology at Apollo Children’s Hospital. He completed an MBBS from JIPMER Madras University in 1985 and an MD in Dermatology from PGIMER Chandigarh in 1989. Dr. Rajagopalan reviews articles for the Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology and several other national and international journals. He joined the IPC as a councilor in 2006 and currently serves on the IPC education committee. Last Updated: Jun 06, 2019 Recent Publications


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

Dr. Omid Zargari was born in northern Iran, near the beautiful shores of the Caspian Sea. He entered the National University of Iran in Tehran and got his MD from this University in 1992. After three years working as a general practitioner, he started the four-yearperiod of residency in dermatology departments of Loghman and Booali hospitals in Tehran. He was awarded the Iranian board of dermatology in 1999. Then he returned to the north of Iran and started his work as a dermatologist in a leprosy clinic, Guilan skin research center and Guilan University of Medical Sciences.

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 Dermatology. In 2003 Dr. Zargari was selected as the best researcher of the Guilan University of Medical Sciences.
Last Updated: Jan 25, 2018 Recent Publications


Arnon Cohen, MD, MPH, PhD
Clalit Health Services
Tel Aviv, Israel

Dr. Arnon D. Cohen, MD, MPH, PhD is the head of the Department of Quality Indicators and Research in the Chief Physician's Office at Clalit Health Services (CHS) headquarters. In his previous position in the Health Planning and Policy Division (CHS headquarters) Dr. Cohen carried out an extensive revision of the set of CHS community care
quality indicators aimed at including only quality
indicators which are explicitly evidence based.  Dr. Cohen has a PhD in epidemiology and is a senior lecturer at Ben-Gurion University.  Dr.Cohen has more than 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Cohen is a board-certified dermatologist in Israel.
Last Updated: Jan 25, 2018 Recent Publications


Andrea Chiricozzi, MD
Department of Translational Medicine and Surgery
Rome, Italy

Andrea Chiricozzi is senior researcher at the Department of Translational Medicine and Surgery, Dermatology Unit, Catholic University of Rome, and dermatologist at the Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli I.R.C.C.S. Hospital.

He qualified in Medicine at the University Campus Bio-Medico in Rome, Italy, in 2007. In 2012 he completed his residency training in Dermatology at the University of Rome Tor Vergata and received the Italian Board Certificate in Dermatology and Venereology. He worked as dermatologist in the Department of Dermatology, at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, till 2015. He was appointed as researcher at the Department of Translation and Clinical Medicine, Dermatology Unit, University of Pisa from 2016 to 2019.

His scientific interests include skin immunology and inflammatory skin disorders, namely psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, and hidradenitis suppurativa. In particular, his scientific interests has been focused on the pathophysiology underlying the psoriatic plaque formation.

His scientific activity on immune-mediated skin disorders was further developed at the Laboratory for Investigative Dermatology, headed by Prof. James G. Krueger at the Rockefeller University in NewYork, USA, as postdoctoral fellow and visiting dermatology.

He has been investigator for multiple clinical trials testing biologic therapeutics, new oral and topical drugs for inflammatory skin disorders.

He contributed as author to the most recent Italian Guidelines for the treatment of psoriasis and he has been involved in the Italian Registry for Biosimilars in Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis (Psobiosimilars registry).

He is author of more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and 4 book chapters. He was honored with the prestigious Leo-Pharma Research Silver Award in 2012.
Last Updated: Nov 19, 2019
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