Date(s) - 28/10/2021 - 29/10/2021
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm


Supported through education grant from Janssen and The LEO Foundation

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The 2021 ESDR Academy for Future Leaders in Dermatology will be held virtually The goal of this initiative is to encourage young gifted dermatologists to further pursue their academic careers through guidance and mentoring of established scientists in the field.

Besides scientific sessions, there is a strong emphasis on encouraging young people to network and to exchange ideas.

The Academy is an excellent opportunity for sponsoring companies to establish strong professional relationships with the next generation of leaders in dermatology.

2021 ESDR Academy for Future Leaders in Dermatology

“Back to the Future of Skin Science: 10th ESDR Future Leaders Academy”


28-29 October 2021, Virtual Event




Thursday 28 October 2021
13.45-14.15 Welcome and Introductions
Hervé Bachelez (France), Marta Szell (Hungary), Sabine Eming (Germany)
14.15-14.35 Mentor 1 Presentation: Caterina Missero: recent insights on the regulation of epidermal cell junctions : implications in human skin diseases
14.35-16:05 Oral presentations by mentees / 6 mentees (names and titles TBI)
16:05-16.25 Coffee Break
16.25-16.45 Mentor 2 Presentation: Alexander Enk: The ESDR FLA 10 years on
16.45-18.00 Oral presentations by mentees / 5 mentees (names and titles TBI)
18.00-18.40 Virtual toast and virtual chat

Friday 29 October 2021

08.00-08.20 Mentor 3 presentation: Enikö Sonkoly (Sweden): How and how much microRNAs contribute to skin health and diseases
08.20-08.40 Mentor 4 presentation: David Kelsell (UK): Beyond gene discovery in monogenic skin disorders
08.40-09.55 Oral presentations by mentees / 5 mentees (names and titles TBI)
09.55-10.15 Coffee break and Virtual Group Photo
10.15-10.35 Mentor 5 presentation: Rachel Watson (UK): Revisiting human skin diversity at the molecular level (TBC)
10.35-11.35 Oral presentations by mentees / 4 mentees (names and titles TBI)
11.35-11.55 Mentor 6 presentation: Kiarash Khosrotehrani (Australia): the plasticity of endothelial stem cells: implications in skin malignancies and wound healing
11.55-12.40 Industry Partners presentation / exchange with mentees
12.40-14.00 Lunch break with exchanges mentors/mentees (virtual rooms)
14.00-14.30 Oral presentations by mentees / 2 mentees (names and titles TBI)
14.30-14.50 Mentor 7 presentation: Leopold Eckhart (Austria): Autophagy at the skin gates
14:50-15:00 Coffee Break
15.00-15.40 Breakout sessions
15.40-16.30 Presentation of Break-out Sessions to Plenum
16.30-16.45 Meeting digest and Outlook
Hervé Bachelez (France), Marta Szell (Hungary), Sabine Eming (Germany)




2021 list of mentors (provisional) by alphabetical order


Leopold Eckhart (Vienna, Austria)
Alexander Enk (Heidelberg, Germany)

David Kelsell (London, UK)
Kiarash Khosrotehrani (Brisbane, Australia)
Rachel Watson (Manchester, UK)

Caterina Missero (Naples, Italy)

Enikö Sonkoly (Stockholm, Sweden)