Keynote Speaker Profiles

Bruno A. Bernard

L’Oréal, France

Keynote Lecture:
The yin yang of human hair follicle, a question of balance
Tuesday, 22nd September 2015, 16:50-17:30

Bruno A. Bernard is L’Oréal Fellow, at L’Oréal Research & Innovation, Asnières, France. He was trained as cell biologist, embryologist and biochemist, received his PhD from UPMC Paris, and his State Doctorate from Nice University. Hired by L’Oréal after a post-doctorate at NIH, Bethesda, he worked for 10 years on skin, before entering the field of hair biology in 1992. Since then, he worked on hair follicle stem cells, hair shape, hair pigmentation and whitening, and hair loss. He published over 160 articles and holds over 40 patents. He is member of the Society for Investigative Dermatology and the European Hair Research Society. He’s also member of International Journal of Cosmetic Science, Dermatology Research and Practice, and Experimental Dermatology editorial boards and reviews for the main Dermatology journals.

Reinhold H. Dauskardt

Stanford University and the
Stanford School of Medicine

Keynote Lecture:
Understanding the biomechanics of human skin
to predict skin damage and optimize treatments

Wednesday, 23rd September 2015, 15:20-16:00

Dr. Reinhold H. Dauskardt is the Ruth G. and William K. Bowes Professor of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Surgery in the Stanford School of Medicine. He and his research group have worked extensively on integrating new hybrid materials into emerging device, nanoscience and energy technologies and also on the biomechanical function and barrier properties of human skin and other soft tissues. He is an internationally recognized expert on reliability and damage processes in device technologies and soft tissues, specifically the biomechanics of human skin and regeneration processes in cutaneous wounds. He has won numerous awards including the Henry Maso Award from the Society of Cosmetic Chemists for fundamental contributions to skin science (2011), the IBM Shared University Research Award (2011), the Semiconductor Industry Association University Researcher Award (2010), an IBM Faculty Award (2006), the ASM International Silver Medal (2003), an Alexander von Humboldt Research Award (2002), and the U.S. Department of Energy Outstanding Scientific Accomplishment Award (1989). He is a Fellow of the American Ceramics Society (2008) and of the ASM International (2010).

Bernhard Fink

University of Goettingen, Germany

Keynote Lecture:
Darwinian aesthetics – sexual selection and the biology of beauty in relation to skin condition
Wednesday, 23rd September 2015, 11:30-12:10

I received my Ph.D. in Anthropology in 2003 from the University of Vienna, Austria, for work investigating organizational androgenic effects on human facial/body morphology and behavior. In 2005 I moved to the University of Göttingen, Germany, where I set up an independent research group to study social perception of human faces and bodies. One focus has been the study of visible skin condition in women and men, and how skin cues affect people’s perception of age, health and attractiveness. Since then I have developed strong interest in the signaling qualities of human body movement, such as dance and gait. More recently I have been expanding my research protocols to cross-cultural research, including work on dance movements in Brazil, sprinting speed in Jamaica, and aggression in Russia. I have published >100 peer-reviewed papers in leading international journals and have received highly prestigious funds from the German Science Foundation (DFG). I am Co-Editor of Evolutionary Psychology, Associate Editor of Personality and Individual Differences, and serve as editorial board member of three more journals, including the International Journal of Cosmetic Science. Finally, I have strived to increase the public knowledge and understanding of the evolution of human social behavior. My work has been covered in national and international media and has recently been selected for an image campaign of the foreign ministry of Germany to represent research abroad.

Marek Haftek

(CNRS, Lyon, France)

Keynote Lecture:
Stratum corneum: a magic cauldron with a
quite unusual decoction brewing to its fullness

Tuesday, 22nd September 2015, 08:40-09:20

Marek HAFTEK, M.D., Ph.D., is a trained dermatologist working as a Research Director with CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research). He specializes in the domain of epidermal barrier and its function. He studies, in particular, the intercellular junctions and elements of the extracellular matrix and their implication in the process of epidermal differentiation, i.e., formation of the horny layer and its desquamation, in normal and pathological conditions. He is an expert in ultrastructural and immunocytochemical exploration of the epidermal barrier.
He graduated from Warsaw Medical Academy, Poland (M.D.) in 1975; passed the board exams in dermatology and venereology in 1978-81 and Ph.D. thesis in 1979; became an Associate professor at Lyon University, France in 1985-6 and Researcher at CNRS in 1986. In 1994, he obtained the habilitation to direct research and the Research director degree in 1996. Since 2006 he is the acting Director of the research unit EA4169 “Fundamental, clinical and therapeutic aspects of the skin barrier function” at the University of Lyon.

Karsten König

(JenLab & Saarland University, Germany)

Keynote Lecture:
Novel laser biopsies of the skin
using Multiphoton Tomography (MPT)

Tuesday, 22nd September 2015, 11:00-11:40

Karsten König is C4 Full Professor and Head of the Department of Biophotonics and Laser Technologies at the Saarland University, Germany (
He gained the PhD degree in physics as well as the habilitation degree in cell biology from the University Jena. Prof. König published about 500 scientific papers (2x Nature) in the field of biophotonics and laser material processing, filed 25 patents, and pioneered fluorescence lifetime imaging, femtosecond laser nanoprocessing, femtosecond laser transfection, and clinical multiphoton tomography.
His work was awarded with the SPIE Prism Award, the Leibinger Innovation Award, the Pascal Rol Award, the Award of the International Society of Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, the Technology for the Human Being Award of the Fraunhofer Society, the Kortum Motivation Prize, the Feulgen Prize, The New Economy Award, and the IAIR Award as European Man of the Year 2014.
Karsten König focuses on biomedical and technical applications of femtosecond laser technology. His current projects include Sub-100nm-Nanomachining with 10 Femtosecond Laser Pulses, Optical Reprogramming by laser transfection, Testing the biosafety of nanoparticles in cosmetic products, and Multiphoton Tomography of astronauts to understand skin ageing effects in space.

Majella E. Lane

(University College of London, UK)

Keynote Lecture:
Formulation fantasies
Tuesday, 22nd September 2015, 14:30-15:10

Dr. Lane's areas of expertise include delivery of actives to the skin, biophysical approaches towards the elucidation of active-excipient and active-membrane interactions, mechanisms of active absorption and rational formulation design. Dr Lane acts as a consultant to a number of cosmetic companies and is the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Cosmetic Science. Her major research interests are in the development of optimal formulations for effective delivery of actives, with special reference to skin. Her research group uses a range of biophysical techniques to probe the mechanisms of skin penetration and modulation.Specific areas of interest include:
• Mechanisms of skin and nail membrane permeation
• Rational design of formulations for skin and nail
• Action of penetration modulating agents (enhancers and retarders)
• Confocal Raman Spectroscopy

Dr Lane is the Secretary of Skin Forum, an organisation which represents scientists from a diverse range of disciplines who share a common interest in the physicochemical and biological properties of human skin (

Recent representative publications include:
Percutaneous absorption of salicylic acid--in vitro and in vivo studies.
Mateus R, Moore DJ, Hadgraft J, Lane ME.
Int J Pharm. 2014 Nov 20;475(1-2):471-4.

The effects of heat on skin barrier function and in vivo dermal absorption.
Oliveira G, Leverett JC, Emamzadeh M, Lane ME.
Int J Pharm. 2014 Apr 10;464(1-2):145-51.

Influence of skin penetration enhancers on skin barrier function and skin protease activity.
Mohammed D, Hirata K, Hadgraft J, Lane ME.
Eur J Pharm Sci. 2014 Jan 23;51:118-22.

Anthony V. Rawlings

(Director AVR Consulting Ltd., Northwich, UK)

Keynote Lecture:
Antiaging technologies:
Have we peaked or are we stuck in a trough?

Wednesday, 23rd September 2015, 09:10-09:50

Dr. Rawlings is a leading consultant in the health & beauty industry, where he consults for cosmetic companies, food companies, pharmaceutical companies including wound care & dermal delivery companies, retailers and suppliers on functional skin & hair care technologies. Dr. Rawlings brings over 30 years of experience in R&D, including 25 years of research in skin biology at several senior management levels in Food and Personal care companies in the UK & USA. He is the author/co-author of over 200 papers, book chapters and abstracts and has filed over 50 patents in areas of skin & food science. He has received several literature awards from the American Academy Of Dermatology, The Society of Cosmetic Chemists, The International Federation Of The Society Of Cosmetic Chemists, the International Society for the Bioengineering of the Skin & the International Journal of Cosmetic Science. He recently received the Silver Medal Award for his lecture at the Royal Society of Chemistry, London and awarded as Honorary member. He is a ex-Chief Editor of the International Journal of Cosmetic Science, was the Co-Chair the Gordon Research Conference on Mammalian Barrier Function in 2007 and is co-editor of the first and second edition of ‘Skin Moisturization’ published in 2002 & 2009 respectively. He is also co-editor of ‘Acne and its therapy’ published in 2007. He is visiting Professor at the School of Pharmacy, UCL, London and an expert in skin biology and especially stratum corneum biology, the interactions of cosmetic ingredients with skin and clinical together with objective testing methods.

Programme at a Glance