Speakers at IFPA Conference 2024

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April Armstrong

Topic: Emerging Oral therapies.

Dr. April Armstrong is Professor and Chief of Dermatology at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Prior to being at UCLA, Dr. Armstrong served as Associate Dean for Clinical Research at the University of Southern California (USC).
Dr. Armstrong is an internationally renowned dermatologist and clinical researcher in inflammatory skin diseases including psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. Dr. Armstrong has conducted over 150 clinical trials and published over 400 articles in scientific journals. Dr. Armstrong is also a passionate educator, having received numerous awards for her educational efforts.

Dr. Armstrong has a long history of service to the medical profession on a national and international level. She serves as a board member of the American Academy of Dermatology, Past Chair of the Medical Board at the National Psoriasis Foundation, Co-President of the Group for Research and Assessment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis (GRAPPA), councilor for the International Eczema Council and International Psoriasis Council, and a board member for the International Dermatology Outcome Measures and the California Society of Dermatology and Dermatological Surgery (CalDerm). She is also an editorial board member of JAMA Dermatology and had also served on the editorial boards of JAAD and other journals.

Dr. Armstrong obtained her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed dermatology residency at the Harvard Combined Dermatology Residency Program. She also obtained a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard School of Public Health.

Joel Gelfand

Joint panel discussion: Prevention of comorbidities: Cardiology and Rheumatology.

Joel M. Gelfand MD MSCE is the James J. Leyden Professor of Clinical Investigation and Professor of Dermatology and Epidemiology (with tenure) at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. He is also Director of the Psoriasis and Phototherapy Treatment Center and Senior Scholar, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics. He is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in psoriasis, clinical epidemiology, drug safety, and clinical trials. Dr. Gelfand is the author of over 330 scientific publications, editorials, reviews, and text book chapters (cited over 35,000 times, H index 94) which appear in journals such as JAMA, BMJ, European Heart Journal, Annals of Rheumatic Disease, JAMA Dermatology, JAAD, and the JID. He is a past Associate Editor of Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, past Editorial Board Member of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, and is currently Deputy Editor of Clinical Research and Epidemiology for the Journal Investigative Dermatology. He is the recipient of the American Skin Association’s Psoriasis Achievement Award, PENN’s New Investigator Marjorie Bowman Award and the Lady Barbara Colyton’s Award for Autoimmune research, Penn’s Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology’s epidemiology teaching award, National Psoriasis Foundation’s (NPF) inaugural award for scientific achievement, the American Dermatoepidemiology Network’s Founders award, the American Academy of Dermatology’s Presidential Citation for psoriasis research, and is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the American Dermatological Association. He Co-Chaired the NPF’s COVID-19 task force, and is a member of the Board of Directors for the International Psoriasis Council (where he serves as Treasurer) and the Board of Directors for the Medical Dermatology Society. He has served in a number of other important leadership roles including Medical Director (Founding) Dermatology Clinical Studies Unit (2003-2023) and inaugural Vice Chair for Clinical Research (2016-2017) where he lead the effort to expand clinical trials and clinical research in a manner which is ethical, scientific, inclusive, and addressed the unmet needs of patients suffering from severe dermatological disease. He is a co-author of the AAD-NPF joint guidelines of care for psoriasis. He has given over 10 named lectureships and keynote addresses including the Society for Investigative Dermatology’s Eugene M. Farber lecture and the American Academy of Dermatology’s Marion B. Sulzberger lecture. He has received over $30 million in grant support from NIH, FDA, PCORI, the National Psoriasis Foundation, the Dermatology Foundation, the American Skin Association, and numerous pharmaceutical companies to support his independent research program. Dr. Gelfand is a dedicated mentor with over 20 MD and PhDs having spent at least one full year under his mentorship, 12 of whom have received a Master’s degree in clinical epidemiology. Over 30% of dermatologists receiving K23 awards from NIAMS over the last decade have been trainees in the Gelfand lab. His trainees have received numerous grants from the NIH (F32, T32, K23, R01, and a Lasker Award) and have established independent research careers at PENN, Harvard, UCSF, NIH, Emory, Hopkins, and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Dr. Gelfand’s research redefined psoriasis, a condition affecting 125 million people worldwide, as a systemic inflammatory disease that enhances the risk of cardiovascular events and premature mortality resulting in changes in standard of care guidelines internationally. The overarching goal of his research and clinical practice is to improve psoriasis patient outcomes in the skin and joints, while lowering the risk of diabetes, CV disease and mortality.

Lihi Eder

Topic: Assessment and diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis.

Dr. Eder is a Clinician-Scientist at Women’s College Research Institute and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto, Canada. She has a broad background in rheumatology with specific training and expertise in psoriatic arthritis, musculoskeletal ultrasound, and cardiovascular diseases in rheumatic patients. She is the Director of the Psoriatic Arthritis program at Women’s College Hospital and co-Director of the University of Toronto Cardio-Rheumatology Program.

Dr. Eder’s research focuses on the transition from psoriasis to psoriatic arthritis, attempting to develop clinical and imaging tools to facilitate early diagnosis. She also studies the effect of cardio-metabolic abnormalities on the course of psoriatic disease and evaluates the effect of interventions to improve metabolic burden on cardiac, skin, and joint-related outcomes in this patient population. She was awarded the Canada Research Chair in Inflammatory Rheumatic Diseases (2021-2026) for studying the effects of sex and gender as determinants of rheumatic disease outcomes.

Her research efforts have resulted in over 170 peer-reviewed publications in medical journals, book chapters, and editorials. She is frequently invited to present the results of her studies at national and international conferences in the fields of rheumatology, dermatology, and cardiology. She is an elected member of the Group for Research and Assessment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis (GRAPPA) steering committee, Scientific Advisory Committee Member at the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF), Steering Committee member, Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Clinics Multicenter Advancement Network (PPACMAN) and President, Canadian Rheumatology Ultrasound Society. As a recognized expert in rheumatology, she received a New Investigator Award from the Arthritis Society (2016), an Early Research Award from the Ontario Ministry of Research Innovation and Science (2018), and an Emerging Investigator Award from the Canadian Rheumatology Association (2023).

Ennio Lubrano

Topic: Personalized medicine in psoriatic disease – where are we now and what are the unmet needs?

Professor Ennio Lubrano is Full Professor of Rheumatology at the Department of Medicine and Health Sciences of the University of Molise, Campobasso, Italy and Guest Professor at the Department of Rheumatology of the Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium. He is the Director of Academic Internal Medicine and Rheumatology Unit, NHS, Italy.
Main research interests include clinical research on outcome measures, imaging, and biomarkers in all spondyloarthritis including Psoriatic Arthritis.
Professor Lubrano is the Vice-President of the Italian Society for Rheumatology and is member of various scientific institutions including the Group for Research and Assessment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis (GRAPPA) in which is a Steering Committee Member, the Assessment of Spondyloarthritis International Society (ASAS).
He has authored or co-authored 237 publications, H-index 38, for several peer-reviewed journals, and acted as a reviewer for a large number of international journals.

Wiebke Sondermann

Topic: Mental health in psoriatic disease.

Wiebke Sondermann is a chief senior physician and Assistant Professor at the Department of Dermatology, University Hospital Essen, Germany. She graduated from the medical school of the University of Münster and trained in Dermatology at the University of Essen, Germany. Wiebke Sondermann has more than 12 years’ clinical experience as a dermatologist and has been running the general outpatient clinic and the psoriasis unit for many years. Her scientific focus is on inflammatory dermatoses with a special interest in mental health in psoriasis. She is the principal investigator of a translational scientific working group and has been widely published in medical journals. Sondermann‘s habilitation thesis was on “Improving the reality of care for psoriasis patients”. Currently she is the principal investigator of a project investigating the influence of treatment-related expectations in psoriasis patients in the context of a collaborative research centre funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Curdin Conrad

Topic: Oral Therapies: Treatment guidelines and practical pearls for psoriasis.

Dr. Curdin Conrad is Professor of Dermatology at Lausanne University Hospital in Switzerland. He received his MD training at the University of Zurich, where he also participated at the Postgraduate Course of Experimental Medicine and Biology. After his training in Dermatology, he was research fellow at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Conrad has a strong interest – from basic science to translational research and the clinic – in inflammatory skin diseases, adaptive and innate immunity, and targeted immunotherapies. He has fundamentally contributed to today’s understanding of the pathogenesis of psoriasis and has received several scientific awards for his basic and translational research. Over the years, Dr Conrad has actively been involved in the teaching of evidence-based clinical and scientific dermatology and immunology.

He serves as an external scientific expert for several international societies and foundations. Dr. Conrad is an elected councilor of the International Psoriasis Council (IPC) and, as Secretary-Treasurer, member of the executive committee of the European Society for Dermatological Research (ESDR).

Wilson Liao

Topic: Advances in genetics and immunology of psoriasis.

Dr. Wilson Liao is Professor and Associate Vice Chair of Research in Dermatology and Director of the Psoriasis Center at the University of California San Francisco. He is a practicing dermatologist with expertise in biologic therapy and phototherapy and human geneticist who has contributed to the identification of over 30 psoriasis susceptibility genes. He has published over 50 genetic, epigenetic, transcriptomic, proteomic, and microbiome studies in psoriasis. Dr. Liao’s group has also investigated the impact of environmental factors on psoriasis, including diet, stress, season, exercise, sleep, meditation, viruses, skin injury, strep throat, and medications. He currently serves as a councilor for the International Psoriasis Council and Co-Chair of the Group for Research and Assessment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Research Committee. Dr. Liao is a member of the National Psoriasis Foundation Scientific Advisory Committee and Medical Board. Dr. Liao is Co-Principal Investigator of the NIH Accelerating Medicines Program in Psoriatic Disease, which hopes to identify novel biomarkers of psoriatic disease flare and remission.

Yuling Shi

Topic: Challenging case presentation - focus on biological therapies.

Yuling Shi is a Professor and Vice President of Shanghai Skin Disease Hospital at Tongji University School of Medicine, and Director of the Institute of Psoriasis. Recognised for her outstanding contributions, Yuling Shi is a recipient of prestigious accolades including the National Ten-Thousand Talents Program Leading Talent and the National Model Worker for Women’s Achievements.

With a wealth of expertise, Yuling Shi has been honoured as one of China's Excellent Young and Middle-Aged Dermatologists and has received notable awards such as the Huaxia Medical Science and Technology Award and the Medical Tree Award for Clinical Medical Science and Technology Innovation.

As a distinguished member of the International Psoriasis Council (IPC) and the International Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Research Evaluation Group (GRAPPA), Yuling Shi brings unparalleled insights to the IFPA Conference 2024.

Josef de Guzman

Joint panel discussion: Uncovering the unmet needs in psoriatic disease. Complementary joint panel: 10th Year Anniversary of the WHO Resolution- What next?

Josef de Guzman’s career at a large multinational in the Philippines was cut short by his psoriasis outbreak in 1996. His experience as a psoriasis patient then led him on a successful health advocacy path, focusing on epilepsy, cervical cancer, hemophilia and schizophrenia, amongst others. In 2005, Josef formed PsorPhil as an online support group for Filipinos. The group turned into the leading psoriasis organization in the Philippines, with over twenty chapters. Josef also founded PsorAsiaPacific, IFPA’s regional member in Asia. Josef has also mentored other countries in starting up patient organizations and given lectures on the patient perspective at medical congresses in Asia, the EU and the Middle East.

Silvia Fernandez Barrio

Topic: The role of patient organisations: An added value patient advocacy.

Professionally, Silvia worked as a radio and TV journalist in Argentina from 1979 until 2000. At the age of 18, she was diagnosed with psoriasis. When a major psoriasis flare-up in 2004 left her unable to afford her new medication, Silvia took the initiative to found AEPSO – the first and only psoriasis patient organization in Argentina. Besides her role as President in AEPSO, Silvia is also the President and founder of IFPA’s regional member, LATINAPSO / the Latin-American Network of Psoriasis.

Kristina Callis Duffin

Topic: Challenging case presentation – focus on topical therapies and phototherapy.

Kristina Callis Duffin, MD, MS is Professor and Chair of the Department of Dermatology at the University of Utah. She is an internationally recognized expert in psoriasis and has led over 60 clinical trials and observational studies in psoriasis and other skin diseases. She is the past Vice-Chair of the National Psoriasis Foundation Medical Board and Past President of GRAPPA (Group for Research and Assessment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis).

Laura Coates

Topic: Can we prevent psoriatic arthritis?

Dr. Coates provides the rheumatological voice to this multidisciplinary committee. Dr. Coates is a Senior Research Fellow at the National Institute for Health and Care Research in Oxford, England. Her research is clinical and focuses on psoriatic arthritis and the spondyloarthritides including early diagnosis of PsA, development of PsA specific and validated outcome measures, optimal treatment pathways and strategies in PsA.

Julia Huang

Joint panel discussion: Uncovering the unmet needs in psoriatic disease.

Dr. Huang holds the position of Associate Professor in the Department of Dermatology at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and Chang Gung University in Taiwan. In addition to her role as Director and Spokeswoman of the Taiwanese Dermatological Association, she has contributed to the psoriasis and urticaria guidelines committee of the same organization. Presently, Dr. Huang serves as the Executive Director of the Taiwanese Association for Psoriasis and Skin Immunology. Her extensive research work includes conducting several global clinical trials in phases II and III, focusing on conditions such as psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, atopic dermatitis, and urticaria. Moreover, she is a prolific author with numerous articles on psoriasis and atopic dermatitis published in Pubmed.

Bruce Strober

Topic: Emerging biologics.

Dr. Strober earned both his medical and his doctorate degrees from Columbia University in New York, New York. He subsequently completed his residency in dermatology in the Department of Dermatology, New York University School of Medicine in New York, New York. He is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology and a Fellow in the American Academy of Dermatology.

Dr. Strober is Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Yale University School of Medicine. He is currently the editor in Chief of the Journal of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis, Vice President and President-elect on the Board of the International Psoriasis Council and Scientific Co-Director of the CorEvitas Psoriasis Registry.

His primary clinical focus is the treatment of difficult-to-treat inflammatory diseases of the skin, such as psoriasis, atopic dermatitis and hidradenitis suppurativa.

Adam Reich

Topic: Understanding pain and itch in psoriatic disease.

Prof. Adam Reich is the head of the Department of Dermatology, University of Rzeszow, Poland, Director of the Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Rzeszow, Regional Consultant for Dermatology and Venereology of Subcarpatian Voivodship, Secretary General of the Polish Dermatological Society, and the Vice-Chairman of the “Youth Forum” Section of the Polish Dermatological Society.

He is also a Chief-Editor of “Forum Dermatologicum”, and Section Editor for Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (Section: Itch/Psychology), Dermatology and Therapy (Section: Pruritus), Biomed Research International. He is an author or co-author of more than 300 scientific papers and book chapters. He is also a member of a number of international scientific societies (EADV, IFSI, ESDR, ISD, ESDAP, AKP Juckreiz). His major scientific interest is focused on pruritus, especially measurement of itch, psychodermatology, psoriasis and autoimmune connective tissue disorders.

Oseme Etomi

Topic: Pregnancy in psoriatic disease.

Dr Oseme Etomi is a Consultant Rheumatologist and Obstetric Physician in South East London and works across 2 NHS trusts including Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich.

Within the field of Obstetric Medicine, her main interest is looking after women with inflammatory diseases and immunosuppression in pregnancy. She runs a weekly inflammatory rheumatic disease and a weekly inflammatory bowel disease clinic in pregnancy, alongside her Rheumatology practice.

Oseme has published abstracts and papers on Inflammatory Rheumatic Disease in pregnancy. In 2018 she was awarded the best oral presentation at the international Society of Obstetric Medicine for her work in this field. She was also instrumental in setting up the British Society of Rheumatology Specialist Interest Group in Pregnancy in 2019. She sits on the advisory board for the Biologics in Rheumatoid arthritis Pregnancy (BiRAP) group and is on the committee for the development of British Society of Dermatology guidelines for the use of Biologics in Pregnancy. Oseme was one of the organisers of the highly successful 12th Rheumapreg Symposium in September 2023 in London.

Her other interests include work on diversity, inclusion and wellbeing. She is the lead for trainee wellbeing in O&G at GSTT. A role she is extremely passionate about.

Siew Eng Choon

Topic: Generalized pustular psoriasis: Definition and challenges.

Siew Eng Choon is a senior consultant dermatologist at Hospital Sultanah Aminah, Johor Bahru, Malaysia and an Associate Professor at Clinical School Johor Bahru, Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Monash University, Malaysia. She is a foundation member of the Asian Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, an active member of the Malaysian Society of Dermatology, and a member of the Malaysian Medical Association. Dr. Choon is a Malaysian Skin Foundation trustee and chairs the research committee. She is a key project team leader for the Core Outcome Measures for Pustular Psoriasis and Associated Systemic Symptoms (COMPPASS) and a member of the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences – Severe Cutaneous Adverse Reactions of Drugs (CIOMS-SCAR) expert working group. Her research interests include chronic inflammatory skin diseases, namely atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, particularly pustular psoriasis, hidradenitis suppurativa, and cutaneous adverse drug reactions. Dr. Choon is a Board Member of the International Psoriasis Council (IPC) and an advisor of the Psoriasis Association of Johor, Malaysia. She is currently an associate editor of Experimental Dermatology.

Ulrich Mrowietz

Hot topic – debate: Immunopathogenesis – on the skin or within?

Ulrich Mrowietz is Professor of Dermatology and founder of the Psoriasis Center at the Department of Dermatology, University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Kiel, Germany. His main research areas in psoriasis include management strategies, drug development, and basic research. The Psoriasis Center is part of the Comprehensive Center for Inflammation Medicine (CCIM) at the Kiel Campus.

Professor Mrowietz is author or co-author of more than 400 peer-reviewed publications listed in the Medline database and numerous other publications in the field. His h-Index is >67. In addition, he is author of chapters in numerous psoriasis textbooks, including Braun-Falco’s Dermatology and Venerology.

From 2004 to 2019, Professor Mrowietz was Editor-in-Chief of Archives of Dermatological Research. He is a former member of the Executive Board of the German Dermatological Society, a councillor of the International Psoriasis Council, a member of the scientific advisory board of the German Psoriasis Association, a member of the Clusters of Excellence “Inflammation at Interfaces” and “Precision Medicine in Chronic Inflammation”, and of numerous dermatological societies. Professor Mrowietz was President of the 6th World Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Conference in July 2021 in Stockholm, Sweden, and is vice-president of the 7th in 2024.

Ingvar Ingvarsson

Topic: Perspective on burden of mental health on Psoriatic Disease –Focus on Mental Health & Lifestyle.

Ingvar was diagnosed with psoriasis when he was 23 and has had both ups and downs with the disease since then. During difficult times, he could depend on the valuable support of Spoex volunteers. When his psoriasis had improved and he was invited to join Spoex’ Board a few years later, Ingvar thus gladly accepted the invitation. Between 2014 and 2018, Ingvar was the organization’s Chairman. Being able to give something back to society and helping others is something he sees as a privilege. Professionally, Ingvar works as an IT technical solutions specialist.

Kathleen Gallant

Joint panel discussion: 10th Year Anniversary of the WHO Resolution- What next?

Kathleen chairs the IFPA Task Force on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs), working on global psoriasis advocacy with the World Health Organization and United Nations agencies. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and serves as ex-officio to the United States’ National Psoriasis Foundation Board of Directors. Kathleen holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration / Nonprofit Management from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

Mark Lebwohl

Topic: Psoriasis - defining severity: Evolution of Psoriatic Disease.

Dr. Mark Lebwohl is Dean for Clinical Therapeutics and Chairman Emeritus of the Kimberly and Eric J. Waldman Department of Dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He is a past President of the American Academy of Dermatology and Chairman Emeritus of the Medical Board of the National Psoriasis Foundation. He has published over 700 peer-reviewed articles and is editor of Treatment of Skin Disease which is now in its 6th edition and is published in English, Chinese, Polish, Portuguese, and Spanish. He is the founding editor of Psoriasis Forum and of the Journal of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis. He is editor of the Dermatology Section of Scientific American Medicine, and co-Editor-in-Chief of Skin, the Journal of Cutaneous Medicine.

Mohammad Samiul Huq

Topic: Playing with the cards we’re dealt – two examples on how to improve the skills of healthcare professionals in underserved areas.

Professor MD Mohammad Samiul Huq is a 1980 medical graduate from Mymensingh Medical College, Bangladesh. He completed a diploma in Dermatological Science and a Master’s in Dermatology, from the college of medicine under the University of Wales, Cardiff, UK. He then obtained his master’s in Public Health from North South University. Professor Huq has many national and international publications. He is the founder and president of the psoriasis awareness club Bangladesh, affiliated with the International Federation of Psoriasis Association and SPIN network. He is the chief coordinator of the psoriasis guideline committee in Bangladesh. Under his supervision, Psoriasis Awareness Club started as a one-stop psoriasis treatment and research centre, a unique centre of excellence for psoriasis patients. Psoriasis skilled development program for primary care personnel started under his guidance. He is nominated councillor of International Psoriasis council. His field of interest is how to improve the quality of life of psoriasis patients.

Rachel Sommer

Topic: Mental Health Perspectives Recognizing psychological distress in patients with psoriatic disease.

PD Dr. Rachel Sommer and her research group investigate the health of people with inflammatory skin diseases, taking into account physical, psychological and social aspects. People-centered health care as demanded by the World Health Organization is the focus of her research.

Here, one research area is the development and validation of measurements to characterise subjective burdens such as sexual impairments and perceived stigmatisation, patient needs and treatment outcomes such as well-being and quality of life.

Her research group conducts epidemiological, clinical and healthcare services studies in which these measurements are used nationally and internationally.

Another focus is the development and evaluation of interventions aiming to strengthen people-centred care and the (mental) health and well-being of people with visible chronic skin diseases.

Since September 2016, PD Dr. Rachel Sommer has been working as a researcher at the Institute for Health Services Research in Dermatology and the Nursing Professions (IVDP) at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE). In 2015, she completed her PhD at the Department for Medical Psychology at the UKE on the quality of life in rare pediatric diseases. In 2021, she completed her habilitation (assistant professorship) in health services research. At the IVDP, she leads the research group "People-Centered Health Care".

Jörg Prinz

Topic: Interplay of Lifestyle and Environmental Factors in Psoriatic Disease: Empowering Patients through Self-Care.

Prof. Dr. Jörg Christoph Prinz, MD, is affiliated with the Department of Dermatology and Allergy at the University Hospital of Ludwig-Maximilian-University in Munich, Germany. Graduating with a medical degree from the University of Innsbruck in 1983, he pursued further training in internal medicine at the University clinics of Freiburg before embarking on five years of basic immunology research as a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Immunology of the LMU in Munich.
In 1990, Prof. Prinz joined the Department for Dermatology and Allergy at the Ludwig-Maximilian-University, where he established the Research Group for Immunopathology. He obtained specialist qualifications in dermatology and venerology in 1995 and in allergology in 1996, eventually ascending to the position of Full Professor of Dermatology and Venerology in 2001.
Prof. Prinz's clinical and research interests predominantly center around psoriasis. Notably, he administered the first biologic therapy with antibodies against T-cells in psoriasis in 1991. His subsequent experimental research has focused on unraveling the T-cell mediated immunopathogenesis of psoriasis and identifying the target cells and autoantigens of the pathogenic psoriatic autoimmune response.
Among his seminal contributions is the discovery that psoriasis is underpinned by an autoimmune response of CD8+ T cells against melanocytes, substantiated by clonal T cell expansions. Prof. Prinz's work elucidated the role of the main psoriasis risk gene, HLA-C*06:02, in autoantigen presentation and proposed the potential influence of environmental antigens in sustaining the autoimmune response.
In addition to his research endeavors, Prof. Prinz established a psoriasis outpatient clinic and actively participated in numerous clinical trials of psoriasis therapy with biologics. His overarching objective has always been to furnish psoriasis patients with safe and effective therapies tailored to their individual circumstances.
Furthermore, Prof. Prinz has had the privilege of serving as the Scientific Chairman and President of the "2nd World Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Conference," organized by IFPA in 2009 in Stockholm.

Vinod Chandran

Topic: Psoriatic arthritis: Treatment advances in biologic therapies.

Vinod Chandran MBBS, MD, DM, PhD, FRCPC, a rheumatologist, is a clinician-scientist at the Krembil Research Institute, University Health Network, and an Associate Professor of Medicine & Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto. He is an expert in psoriatic arthritis and directs the Psoriatic Disease Program at the Schroeder Arthritis Institute. His translational research program is focused on developing biomarker-based diagnostic and prognostic tools for psoriatic arthritis, with support by grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the National Psoriasis Foundation, the Arthritis Society, and the Krembil Foundation. He has published more than 200 papers. He is a member of the board of directors of the Group for Research and Assessment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis and co-chairs its research committee.