BSID Annual Meeting 2019, Bradford
1st – 3rd April 2019
Norcroft Conference Centre, University of Bradford

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Dear Colleague,

Preparations are well under way for the 2019 BSID Annual Meeting; we look forward to welcoming you to the wonderful city of Bradford and environs for an insightful and informative meeting.

Registration will open soon, look out for further announcements!

An exciting programme has been put together by the BSID Committee and the local organizing committee based at the Centre for Skin Sciences at the University of Bradford, which includes an exciting line-up of key national & international speakers, alongside presentations from those selected to give oral and poster presentations.

Social events will take in the National Science & Media Museum and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of nearby Saltaire (incl. Hockney Museum)

BSID 2019 – Scientific Highlights


Epigenetics of Skin Workshop & Clinical Translational Morning

Epigenetics of Skin Workshop
Leads: Drs Andrei Mardaryev & Krzys Poterlowicz

An optional add on workshop session aimed at PhD students, postdocs, early career scientists.

Registered delegates for this session will learn how to use Galaxy for bioinformatic data analysis. Galaxy is a free web-based data analysis platform that makes computational biology accessible to research scientists that do not have computer programming or systems administration experience.

The workshop will consist of two parts:

  1. Intro to Galaxy platform for analysis high-throughput bioinformatic data
  2. Practical session for analysis of EWAS (Epigenome-Wide Association Studies) using DNA methylation profiles from a cohort of MAPK kinase inhibitor-resistant melanoma patients

Places will be strictly limited due to the practical nature of this workshop.
Early registration is advised.

Clinical Translational Morning – Theme: Eczema
Lead: Dr Miriam Wittmann

An optional morning session focusing on eczema. Registration open to all BSID 2019 delegates; however booking is required.

“Bench and Bedside: Monday Eczema session”

This session welcomes both clinicians and scientists.


Keynote speaker:
Thomas Werfel (Hannover, Germany) who will present his “Histamine” journey from basic science on the histamine receptors to a currently performed phase II clinical trial targeting the histamine receptor 4 in atopic dermatitis.

Other Speakers:

Annice Heratizadeh (Clinican) & Lennart Roesner (Scientist) (Hannover, Germany). 
Both have published prominent results on the role of autoantigens, the role of the skin’s exposure to pollen, itch and inflammation and will explain their results in the context of current pathogenetic understanding, diagnosis and management of atopic dermatitis.

Miriam Wittmann (Leeds)
Miriam will focus on the diagnosis and treatment of hand eczema, and will include experience from the ‘Alpha’ trial.

2019 BSID Medal Recipient
Professor Christopher Griffiths OBE MD FMedSciThe 2019 BSID Medal has been awarded to Professor Christopher Griffiths OBE MD FMedSciChris 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. He currently leads for precision health in the devolved Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership. In 2015 he was awarded the Sir Archibald Gray Medal for outstanding service to British Dermatology and the Society of Cosmetic Scientists Medal.  He is a National Institute for Health Research Senior Investigator, Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and elected Member of Academia Europaea. Chris was awarded an OBE, for services to dermatology, in the 2018 Queen’s New Year’s  Honours.Professor Griffiths is a past-President of the British Association of Dermatologists, European Dermatology Forum, British Society for Investigative Dermatology and International Psoriasis Council. He is an Executive Board member of the International League of Dermatological Societies and Secretary/Treasurer of the European Society for Dermatological Research. Chris is Director of the MRC funded stratified medicine consortium on psoriasis (PSORT) and Chief Investigator of the British Association of Dermatologists Biologics and Immunomodulators Register (BADBIR). He has 627 Pubmed cited articles (h-index 92), and is Editor-in-Chief of Rook’s Textbook of Dermatology. Chris has long-standing research interests in all aspects of psoriasis and skin ageing and runs courses on art appreciation for dermatologists. He is a  co-founder of the skincare company CGskin. 

The 2019 BSID Medal will be presented during the Annual dinner on Tuesday 2nd April, with the citation during the ceremony given by Professor Jonathan Barker, Professor of Medical Dermatology at St John’s Institute of Dermatology


BSID 2019 Guest Speakers

Monday PM: Skin Club: 
“The Hair follicle – Skin’s multifunctional appendage extraordinaire”

Confirmed speakers:

Dr Maksim Plikus, University of California Irvine, USA

Prof. Regina Betz, University of Bonn, Germany

Prof. Ulrike Blume Peytavi, Charite – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany

Prof. Colin Jahoda, Durham University, UK

Prof. Kevin McElwee, University of Bradford, UK  (formally at Uni. of British Columbia, Canada)

Tuesday Guest Lecture
Distinguished Local Lecture: 
Prof. John Wright, Director of the Bradford Institute for Health Research, UK

Keynote Guest Lecture: 
Prof. Sabine Werner, Institute of Molecular Health Sciences, Switzerland

Wednesday 3rd April pm session:

Pharma-sponsored Symposium from UCB Pharma – a Multinational biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.

Theme: Psoriasis  (title tbc)

British Photo-dermatology Group Guest Lecture:

Dr York Kamenisch (University Hospital Regensburg, Germany).
The mechanism of Voriconazole photocarcinogenesis

Abstract Submissions

Abstract submissions for the 2019 BSID Annual Meeting are now being accepted  so please do submit your new research data.

The BSID is a friendly meeting that is ideal for the first student, clinical fellow or post-doc research presentation at a national level.

Please note that if you submit an abstract for consideration for the BSID Annual Meeting, EXACTLY the same submission cannot be considered for the BAD Annual Meeting.

However, submissions that explore a different perspective and are similar but not identical to previously submitted work are welcome.

Please note that the deadline for submissions is by Midnight on Friday 11th January 2019



Travel Bursaries (Sponsored by BSID) & Specialist Registrar Bursaries
(Sponsored by BAD)

Up to ten bursaries are awarded each year to enable young undergraduate and postgraduate scientists, who are engaged in dermatological research in the UK, to attend the annual BSID meeting.

Applications should comprise:

  • 250 word summary of current research and significance
  • One page CV
  • Accompanying letter from the Head of Department, confirming that the applicant is engaged in skin research

Preference is given to applicants who have submitted an abstract, are the presenting author and have not previously received a Travel Award.

Applicants must be members of the BSID (or have applied to join) and should submit their application to attend the 2019 BSID Annual Meeting in Bradford for consideration by the Chair by Midnight on Friday 11th January 2019.

Please submit your application to

2019 BSID Early Career Award Submissions – for Clinician Scientist and Basic Scientist Awards

The BSID invites submissions for the 2019 BSID Early Career Award.

There will be one award made for Clinician Scientists and one award for Basic Scientists, for an Early Career investigator within 10 years of their PhD (or equivalent) graduation who has made a significant contribution to the BSID and to dermatological research in the UK. Due consideration will be given for those with career breaks / family circumstances with respect to the 10-year criterion above.

To apply, please submit

  • max 1 page A4 summary of current research and significance
  • Current CV
  • Letter of Support from the Head of Department

Applicants must be members of the BSID (or have applied to join) and should submit their application to attend the 2019 BSID Annual Meeting in Bradford for consideration by the Chair by Midnight on Friday 11th January 2019.

Please submit your application to

On behalf of the BSID Committee, and the local University of Bradford organizing team chaired by Dr Julie Thornton, I look forward to welcome you to Bradford

Professor Des Tobin                                                            

British Society for Investigative Dermatology

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