Chris Griffiths qualified in Medicine from St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School, London and trained in Dermatology at St Mary’s Hospital, London and the University of Michigan, USA. He was appointed to the Foundation Chair in Dermatology at the University of Manchester in 1994. Chris founded the Manchester Dermatopharmacology Unit and the Manchester Psoriasis Service in 1994.He has held several senior posts at the University of Manchester including Faculty Research Dean and Director of the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre. In 2015 he received the Sir Archibald Gray Medal, for outstanding service to British Dermatology, and in 2019 the British Society for Investigative Dermatology (BSID) Medal for contributions to research. In 2018 Chris was awarded Pro Meritis of the European Dermatology Forum (EDF) and was appointed OBE, for services to dermatology, in the Queen’s New Year Honours. He is an NIHR Emeritus Senior Investigator and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
Professor Griffiths is current President of the European Society for Dermatological Research and a past-President of the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD), EDF, BSID and International Psoriasis Council. Chris is: Director of the MRC stratified medicine consortium on psoriasis (Psoriasis Stratification to Optimise Relevant Therapy; PSORT); Director of the Global Psoriasis Atlas; and Chief Investigator of the BAD Biologics and Immunomodulators Register (BADBIR). He has 670 Pubmed cited articles (h-index 125), and is Editor-in-Chief of Rook’s Textbook of Dermatology. Chris has a career-long interest in all aspects of psoriasis and is credited with helping to develop the concept that psoriasis is an immune-mediated disease. He has made important contributions to the study of skin ageing including the efficacy of topical retinoids photoageing.
He runs international courses on art appreciation for clinicians and is active in global health initiatives which include: co-founding the Burma Skincare Initiative, directing the Global Psoriasis Atlas, establishing dermatology clinics in refugee camps and special advisor to the ILDS on global health research and policy.