Inauguration on 25 February 2019
9:30-12:00, Holst Auditorium, Mærsk Tower
The inauguration is initiated by a distinguished symposium on skin and skin diseases.
The symposium will be followed by a light lunch.
Keynote speakers include:
Professor Tomas Mustelin
Professor Mustelin currently focuses on elucidating the molecular underpinnings of rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, ANCA-associated vasculitis, primary Sjögren’s syndrome, and other autoimmune conditions. During a 10-year sabbatical in the industry, his teams discovered 24 new medicines, which entered clinical trials not only for these diseases, but also for psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, asthma, COPD, Crohn’s disease, and hematological malignancies.
Professor Mustelin moderates today’s symposium and gives an overview of the molecular mechanisms, patient subsets (personalized/precision medicine), and therapeutic advances in dermatology.
Professor of Immunology, Dr. Arne Akbar
Professor Akbar’s is internationally recognized for his studies on mechanisms that control the differentiation and senescence of human T lymphocytes, and his group has developed skin challenge models for the study of immunity in humans in vivo. His research group consists of basic scientists and clinicians facilitating the translational aspects of his work. The benefit of this combination is exemplified by the award of a multidisciplinary MRC Experimental Medicine Grant (Akbar PI) to investigate if blocking excessive inflammation using a GSK drug can enhance immunity in older humans. This is what he will discuss at this symposium.
Professor Christopher Griffiths, OBE MD FMedSci
Precision Health and Psoriasis Management
Professor Matthias Mann
Proteomics and Machine Learning for Skin Diseases
13:30-15:30, Jerne Auditorium, Mærsk Tower
The LEO Foundation Skin Immunology Research Center is officially inaugurated in the presence of Minister for Higher Education and Science Tommy Ahlers and Rector Henrik C. Wegener.
- Welcome by Dean Ulla Wewer, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
- Inauguration by Minister for Higher Education and Science Tommy Ahlers
- Address by Rector Henrik C. Wegener, University of Copenhagen
- Address by Chairman Lars Olsen, LEO Foundation
- Address by Executive Director Niels Ødum, LEO Foundation Skin Immunology Research Center
The programme includes a musical intermezzo and will be followed by a reception. Guests are also welcomed to a visit to the new dedicated center headquarters on the 12th floor in the Mærsk Tower.