ESDR Masterclass on Next-Generation Healthcare

5 October 2018
Budapest, Hungary

Registration closes Sunday 30 September at 19.00 CET


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About the Masterclass

The ESDR is launching an innovative new educational event in 2018, taking place in Budapest at the conclusion of the ESDR Academy for Future Leaders in Dermatology on 5 October 2018. The Masterclass sessions will focus on big data, scientific wellness and lifestyle coaching in relation to therapeutic areas of skin healthcare. This event will be open to basic/clinical scientists, healthcare professionals and industry representatives.

The program and networking events will provide ample opportunity for interaction and discussion.


Danubius Health Spa Resort Margitsziget

The Masterclass will take place in the Star Auditorium at the Danubius Health Spa Resort Margitsziget (Margaret Island) in Budapest. Note that we are not reserving hotel rooms for participants. We recommend you book your own accommodation in Budapest should you be staying overnight.

Registration Fees

Type EUR
Non-ESDR Member 100
ESDR Member 75
Eastern Europe 30
Student/Resident/Postdoc 30


Provisional Program

13.00-13.15 Welcome and Introduction
Chris Griffiths / Michel Gilliet (Manchester/ Lausanne)
13.15-13.45 Systems biology: the future of skin research?
Vassili Soumelis (Paris)

Decipher: Big data and its utility in better healthcare
Kaitlin Samocha (Cambridge)
14.15-14.45 Passive signals for remote monitoring in healthcare
Rémy Choquet (Orange Business Services/Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris)
14.45-15.15 Coffee Break
15.15-15.45 Wellness and lifestyle coaching as a concept
Chris Bundy (Cardiff)
15.45-16.15 Ageing, senescence and epigenetics
Cleo Bishop (London)
16.15-16.45 Why stratified medicine and science-based wellness are especially important to the skincare Industry
John Armstrong (Galderma International, Switzerland)
16.45-17.15 Why scientific wellness and P4 medicine will transform dermatological care
Chris Griffiths (Manchester)
17.15-17.30 Closing remarks
Michel Gilliet (Lausanne)
17.30-18.30 Networking Reception
18.30- Networking Dinner



John M. Armstrong PhD
Head of Global Strategic Opportunities, Prescription Strategy and Innovation Group, Galderma International, Switzerland

John Armstrong has more than thirty years of experience in immunology, inflammation, innovation, and A.I.-based improvements in healthcare, with a particular interest in bringing stratified medicine to practice in dermatology.

Christine Bundy PhD. C Psychol AFBPS                                        

Chris Griffiths qualified in Medicine from St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School, London. He trained in Dermatology at St Mary’s Hospital, London, and at the University of Michigan, USA.  He was appointed to the Foundation Chair in Dermatology at the University of Manchester in 1994 and is an honorary consultant dermatologist at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. At the University of Manchester he has held several senior posts including Faculty Research Dean and Director of the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre. He currently leads for precision medicine for Greater Manchester.Chris received the Sir Archibald Gray Medal for outstanding service to British Dermatology in 2015. He is a National Institute for Health Research Senior Investigator and Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. Chris was awarded an OBE, for services to dermatology, in the Queen’s 2018 New Year’s Honours.

Kaitlin Samocha PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Wellcome Sanger Institute, Cambridge, UK

Kaitlin Samocha completed her B.A. in Biological Sciences at the University of Chicago and Ph.D. in Genetics and Genomics at Harvard University. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Matthew Hurles at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, where she is involved with both the Deciphering Developmental Disorders (DDD) and DECIPHER projects. Throughout her career, Kaitlin has incorporated techniques from medical and statistical genetics to rigorously interpret variation found in the human genome. In particular, her work is focused on studying and understanding the patterns of rare variation that contribute to disease.

Vassili Soumelis MD, PhD
Institut Curie, Paris, France

Vassili Soumelis is a staff physician and team leader in basic and clinical immunology, in the Department of immunology, Institut Curie. He made important contributions to the fields of disease physiopathology, including HIV infection and allergy. In the past years, his focus shifted to cancer and the systematic large-scale analysis of the primary tumor microenvironment. The team of V. Soumelis is dedicated to human immunology, and the physiopathology of chronic inflammation, such as allergy, auto-immunity and cancer. Its work is highly interdisciplinary, combining clinical investigation studies, basic and applied immunology, bioinformatics and system biology. Vassili Soumelis coordinated a European FP6 excellence grant (2005-2009), participated in a EuroTransbio project (2007-2009), coordinated bioinformatics and systems biology in a European consortium (FP7), and received an ERC grant in 2012.


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