Inauguration on 25 February 2019

The University of Copenhagen invites you to the inauguration of the LEO Foundation Skin Immunology Research Center.

Scientific Symposium - 9:30 - 12:00

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:

Tomas Mustelin

Professor Tomas Mustelin 
Division of Rheumatology, University of Washington

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.

Arne Akbar

Professor of Immunology, Dr. Arne Akbar
Division of Infection and Immunity, University College London

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.

Christopher E.M. Griffiths

Professor Christopher Griffiths, OBE MD FMedSci
Director of the Manchester Centre for Dermatology Research, Head of the Dermatology Theme of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Manchester Biomedical Research Centre, University of Manchester

Precision Health and Psoriasis Management
Professor Griffiths has long-standing research interests in all aspects of psoriasis and skin ageing. He is credited with helping to construct the concept that psoriasis is an immune-mediated disease; this has led to the development of targeted, life-transforming, biologic drugs for the condition.

Matthias Mann

Professor Matthias Mann
Research Director, Proteomics, NNF Center for Protein Research, University of Copenhagen

Proteomics and Machine Learning for Skin Diseases
Professor Mann is a pioneer of studying the entirety of all proteins – the proteome. He has driven the field forward for several decades and applied it to a wide variety of biological problems. Here he will summarize proteomics technology, how it can be combined with other omics technologies and bioinformatics and how it can be applied to aspects of skin disease.

Inauguration Ceremony - 13:30 - 15:30

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.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the administration at +45 20 40 22 68