Mauro Picardo

Congress Co-President
Director San Gallicano Dermatology Institute - Cutaneous Physiopathology and Metabolomic Centre, (Italy)

Melanocyte biology and peroxidative - driven cell response. Physiological and deleterious effects of ultraviolet radiation on the skin, mechanisms involved in regulation of cellular redox balance and impairment of antioxidant systems, mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of pigmentary disorders in paticular vitiligo, intracellualr signal transduction in melanocyte survival and differentiation, modulation of the expression of enzymes involved in pigmentation, biological risk factors for cutaneous melanoma, inflammatory skin diseases, allergic skin diseases. Molecular , cellular and biochemical mechanisms of melanocyte, keratinocyte and fibroblast adaptive response to stressful external and endogeous stimuli. Role of mebrane lipid profile in signal transduction and differentiation.
Molecular , cellular and biochemical basis for inflammatory skin diseases. Biochemical profile including lipidomics, keratinocytes and sebocytes during cellular process leading to acne. Pharmacological activities of molecules interfering with lipid-dependent signalling affecting cell survival and differentiation.
Promotion of collaborations with International Research Institutes finlazied to the dissection of the above topics at molecular and biochemical levels. Responsible for research progects and grant support for the Italian Ministry of Health. Promotion of International coordinated proposals in collaboration with health oriented research institutes.

Member of Italian Commission for Dietetic and Nutrition at the Minister of Health (2006- present )
Member of National Health Council (2007 2010)
Member of the Psocare National Commission supported by the Italian Agency on Drugs (AIFA)

President of the International Federation of Pigment Cell Societies (IFPCS)
Past President of the European Society of Pigment Cell Research (ESPCR)
Board member of the European Society for Dermatological Research (ESDR)
Member of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV)
Member of the Italian Society of Dermatology and Venereology,(SIDEMAST)
Member of the Italian Association of Dermatolgists (ADOI) ,
Coordinator of the Vitiligo European Task Force,
Associated Editor of Pigment Cell Research, member of editorial board for Pigment Cell Research journal,
Editorial board of Experimental dermatology