Chris Griffiths is Director of the Dermatopharmacology Unit and Foundation Chair in Dermatology at the University of Manchester in Manchester, UK, and an honorary consultant dermatologist at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust in Salford, UK. He qualified in medicine from St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School (London, UK) and trained in dermatology at St Mary’s Hospital (London) and the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI, USA). He was appointed as the Foundation Chair in Dermatology at the University of Manchester in 1994. Professor Griffiths founded the Manchester Dermatopharmacology Unit and the Manchester Psoriasis Service in 1994. 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, Professor Griffiths was awarded Pro Meritis of the European Dermatology Forum (EDF) and was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), for services to dermatology, in the Queen’s New Year Honours. He is a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Emeritus Senior Investigator and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
Professor Griffiths is the current President of the European Society for Dermatological Research (ESDR) and a past-President of the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) and the International Psoriasis Council (IPC), which he co-founded in 2004. He is also Director of the Medical Research Council (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 680 PubMed-cited articles (h-index 127) and is Editor-in-Chief of Rook’s Textbook of Dermatology. Professor Griffiths 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 runs international courses on art appreciation for clinicians and is active in global health initiatives, including co-founding the Burma Skincare Initiative, establishing dermatology clinics in refugee camps, and being special advisor to the International League of Dermatological Societies (ILDS) on global health research and policy.
EM-39448 - Date of preparation: August 2020