Monica Ottaviani, PhD
San Gallicano Dermatological Institute
Graduated in Chemistry, with the title of Specialist in Biotechnological Applications and a master's degree in Clinical Molecular Diagnostics. The research activity has been focused on projects involving oxidative stress in inflammatory diseases of the skin and pigmentary disorders. The main area of interest is the role of lipid and lipid peroxides in the induction of inflammatory processes; in this context particular attention is devoted to the study of sebaceous and epidermal lipids and the possible correlation between qualitative and quantitative changes of sebum and stratum corneum composition and the onset of skin diseases. Another area of interest is the study of lipid arrangement in cellular membranes and the role that alterations in phospholipid composition play in signal transduction concerning skin diseases.
Marissa Ceresnie, DO
Henry Ford Hospital
Henry W. Lim Photomedicine Clinical Research Fellow
Dr. Marissa Ceresnie is the Henry W. Lim Photomedicine Clinical Research Fellow within the Department of Dermatology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. She is a sub-investigator in multiple clinical trials focusing on pigmentary disorders and multicultural dermatology.
Andrew Thompson, DClinPsy
South Wales Clinical Psychology Training, Cardiff University
Professor of Clinical Psychology
Professor Thompson is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with over twenty years of experience of working in the NHS. He is currently the Director of the South Wales Clinical Psychology training programme, which trains clinical psychologists in collaboration with Health Boards in South Wales. He is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at Cardiff University and a visiting Professor in Clinical Psychology at the University of Sheffield. Professor Thompson has over 100 peer reviewed publications and book chapters. He has authored several articles specifically focused on psychosocial aspects of vitiligo. He has supported the work of a number of skin and burn care related charities internationally and within the UK, and he is a lead author of the Wiley clinical psychology textbook on working with appearance concern. He was the lead psychological advisor to the UK 2020 All Party Parliamentary Group on Skin Mental Health Report.
Thierry Passeron, MD, PhD_Oral Abstract
Université Côte d’Azur, C3M Team 12 INSERM U1065 and Department of Dermatology, Nice, France
Professor of Dermatology at the University Hospital of Nice. He also heads the laboratory INSERM U1065 team 12, C3M, dedicated to the study of molecular mechanisms involved in pigmentation and melanoma. He heads the University laser center in Nice. He is president of the Department of Clinical Research and Innovation of Nice University hospital and vice-president of Côte d’Azur University. He has seven international patents and more than 220 publications in scientific journals (h-index 41). He is co-founder of YUKIN therapeutics. His fields of research includes pigmentary disorders (including vitiligo and melasma), melanoma, hidradenitis suppurativa, alopecia areata and lasers.
Janice Nathalie, MD
St. Vincent's Hospital Melbourne
Hospital Medical Officer
Dr Janice Nathalie is a Resident Medical Officer at St. Vincent's Hospital Melbourne, who is passionate about Dermatology. She previously graduated from The University of Melbourne with Honours and was awarded the Australasian College of Dermatologists’ Herman Lawrence Prize in Clinical Dermatology.
Prashant Giri, MSc
UKA Tarsadia University
I have 6 years of research experience, for the past 3.5 years, I am working on "The role of Regulatory T cells in vitiligo pathogenesis" (related to the abstract topic). In the project, we have studied the role of NFATs and FOXP3 in Tregs-mediated pathogenesis of vitiligo which has been published in PCMR, Experimental Dermatology and Gene: “Altered expression of nuclear factor of activated T cells, forkhead box P3, and immune‐suppressive genes in regulatory T cells of generalized vitiligo patients”; “Decreased suppression of CD8+ and CD4+ T cells by peripheral regulatory T cells in generalized vitiligo due to reduced NFATC1 and FOXP3 proteins.”, “Association of FOXP3 and GAGE10 promoter polymorphisms and decreased FOXP3 expression in regulatory T cells with susceptibility to generalized vitiligo in Gujarat population.” The current research is an extension of the work studying the role of calcium in the NFAT signaling pathway in vitiligo Tregs.
Camille Robinson, BS
Duke University School of Medicine
Medical Student - Y3
My name is Camille Robinson, a third year medical student at Duke University School of Medicine. Growing up as a Black, Caribbean woman in a working class neighborhood, I saw firsthand the lack of access to quality care, let alone dermatology care which is often seen as a luxury with most preventative procedures deemed “elective” and not covered by insurance. I want to change the status quo of healthcare, offering advocacy, hope, support and solutions for my patients, especially those marginalized by society because of the color or appearance of their skin. This is why I am so passionate about vitiligo research and hope to contribute to the ever-evolving body of medical knowledge that will help this vulnerable population within dermatology.