Co-founder and CEO1
Eric is passionate about empowering people facing chronic health conditions and believes it should be easy for them to connect and learn from others sharing the same condition. Eric incubated MyHealthTeams with his co-founder, Mary Ray, while running the online review site Insider Pages, a local review site owned by IAC. Prior to that, at genetics startup Perlegen Sciences, Eric worked closely with patient communities in breast cancer, lupus, autism, Parkinson’s disease, and other chronic conditions to enable research on the genetic underpinnings of those diseases. It was there that Eric developed his passion for helping people facing chronic conditions. Today, Eric regularly speaks at health industry conferences on the importance of engaging patient communities in the research and development of new therapies, and making sure the voice of real patients is heard at all stages of the process. Earlier in his career Eric was a VP of Strategy at E*TRADE and a partner at Oliver Wyman / Mercer Management Consulting. Eric is a graduate of Stanford Business School and Harvard College. He lives in San Carlos, CA with his wife and two children, and is a hopeless Red Sox fan.
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.