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Prof. Dr. med. Lars E French MD is a clinician-scientist and the current professor and chairman of the Department of Dermatology at the Zürich University Hospital in Switzerland.
Professor French graduated from the University of Geneva and trained in internal medicine, basic research, and dermatology at the University of Geneva. He rapidly established his own research group in investigative dermatology alongside clinical activities at the Department of Dermatology of the University of Geneva under the direction of Professor Saurat with the support of a career development award from the Swiss National Science Foundation, before spending a year as visiting professor at the Department of Dermatology of the University of Pennsylvania, USA, and then being nominated as Louis-Jeantet Professor of Medicine at the University of Geneva (2002-2006).
Since October 2006, Professor French chairs the Department of Dermatology of the Zurich University Hospital, a leading Dermatology Department in Europe, and the largest in Switzerland with 160 employees, over 70’000 yearly specialized outpatient consultations, and highest-level expertise in the diagnosis and therapy of skin disease.
Professor French and his team are engaged in competitive research and development in the field of inflammatory skin disease and tumor immunology. He is author of over 220 original publications with an h-index of 44, and over 9400 citations. His research is or has been actively funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Swiss Cancer League and the European Union amongst others. In 2012 Professor French was awarded the Otto Naegeli Prize for the promotion of medical research, one of Switzerland’s most prestigious scientific awards Professor French is recognized at an international level through his activities as board-member, secretary-treasurer and past-president of the European Society of Dermatological Research (ESDR), Past-Treasurer and current President of the European Dermatology Forum, Member of the German Academy of Science Leopoldina, and vice-president of the Swiss Society for Dermatology and Venereology, and board member of the International league of Dermatological Societies (ILDS).

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EDUCATION AND ACADEMIC DEGREES

[ 1981 ] International Baccalaureat, International School of Geneva, Switzerland
[ 1981-1988 ]  University of Geneva, School of Medicine
[ 1988 ]  Federal Diploma of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva, Switzerland
[ 1993 ] Doctorate in Medicine (Thesis), Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva, Switzerland
[ 1997 ]     Dermatology Specialization Diploma (FMH: Swiss Doctors Federation)
[ 1998 ]  Privat Docent (Thesis), Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva, Switzerland
[ 2003-2006 ]   Louis-Jeantet Professor of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva, Switzerland
[ 2003-2006 ]   Associate Professor, Department of Dermatology, Geneva University Hospital, Switzerland

CLINICAL TRIALS

Prof French is since 2006 directly responsible for all clinical trials in the field of       inflammatory skin diseases at the Department of Dermatology of the Zurich University Hospital, and has served as PI on numerous clinical trials for the treatment of inflammatory skin diseases, predominantly psoriasis

Mild plaque-type psoriasis 2007-2009
Moderate-to-severe plaque-type psoriasis  2008-2011
GCP course and certification Modules 1 – 3  2010
Moderate-to-severe plaque-type psoriasis  2010-2011

ENTREPRENEURIAL ACTIVITIES

Former founding shareholder of EpiTech SA (Epidex technology licensed to Modex/Isotis)
Former founding shareholder of Apotech Corporation (Now part of Alexis Corp.)
Former Board Member of Apotech Corporation (Now part of Alexis Corp.)
Former founding shareholder of Apoxis SA (Sold to Topotarget A/S in June 2007)
Former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Apoxis SA (Between 2001 and June 2007)

HONORS, AWARDS, PRIZES & NAMED LECTURES

  1. 2017

    Honorary Member Societe Francaise de Dermatologie, Paris

  2. 2015

    35th Alfred-Marchionini Lecture, Hamburg, Germany

  3. 2013

    René Touraine Lecture, International Investigative Dermatology Meeting, Edinburgh, Scotland

  4. 2012

    Kung-Sun Oh Memorial Lecture and Medal, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea

  5. 2012

    Otto Nägeli-Prize for outstanding contributions to biomedical and/or clinical research, Switzerland

  6. 2012

    Honorary Member North American Clinical Dermatologic Society, USA

  7. 2012

    Schweizer Spitzenmediziner leading-medicine-guide, the medical experts

  8. 2011

    36th M. H. Samitz Lecture in Cutaneous Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, USA

  9. 2011

    Leo-Von-Zumbusch Gedächtnisvorlesung, Munich, Germany

  10. 2011

    President and scientific organizer, 8th European Training Programme for residents In Dermatology, Euroderm Excellence 2011, Rome, Italy

  11. 2009

    Rudi Cormane Lecture, ESDR Meeting, Budapest, Hungary

  12. 2003

    Louis Jeantet Professorship in Medicine

  13. 2000

    Pfizer Prize for Clinical Research in Immunology/Rheumatology

  14. 1999

    Leenaards Foundation Prize for the Encouragement of Scientific Research

  15. 1998

    Prix Claude Perrier de la Fondation pour la Promotion de l’Enseignement et de la Recherche en Pharmacothérapie

  16. 1995

    Roche Prize for Dermatological Research

PROFESSIONAL RECORD

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MEMBERSHIP

  • Responsibility
  • Professor and Chairman

    From November 2018

    Department of Dermatology and Allergology

    Ludwig-Maximilian-University, Munich
  • Professor and Chairman

    October 2006 -November 2018

    Dermatology Department

    Zürich University Hospital
  • Louis Jeantet Professor of Medicine

    May 2003 - September 2006

    Associate Professor of Dermatology

    Dermatology Department

    GENEVA UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL
  • Médecin-Adjoint

    October 2002 - April 2003

    Assistant Professor of Dermatology

    Dermatology Department

    GENEVA UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL
  • “SCORE A” career development award

    October 2000 - October 2002

    Continuation Swiss Clinicians Opting for research/Swiss national science foundation Department of Dermatology

    Geneva University Hospital
  • Visiting Clinical and Research Fellow

    October 1999 - October 2000

    Department of Dermatology (Prof. J. Stanley, Prof. A. H. Rook)

    University of Pennsylvania Health System
  • “SCORE A” career development award (5 years)

    January 1997 - October 1999

    Swiss Clinicians Opting for research/Swiss national science foundation “Maître d’Enseignement et de Recherche suppléant”, Department of Dermatology

    Geneva University Hospital
  • Clinical Practice in Internal Medicine

    April 1988 - March 1990

    Resident, Department of Medicine (Prof. A. F. MULLER)

    Geneva University Hospital
  • Research Fellow on Cell and Molecular Biology

    April 1990 - October 1993

    Thesis work on the role of clusterin in tissue remodeling. Laboratory of Immuno-Nephrology (Dr. J. SCHIFFERLI)

    Geneva University Medical Center
  • Clinical Practice in Dermatology

    October 1993 - December 1996

    Resident and Fellow, Dermatology Department (Prof. J.-H. SAURAT) and Research on clusterin and Fas-mediated apoptosis. Laboratory of Dermatology 5-222 (Dr. L. E. FRENCH)

    Geneva University Hospital and Geneva University Medical Center
  • Affiliations
  • Co-founding Shareholder of Adipogen

    (www.adipogen.com) 2009 - ongoing

  • Former founding shareholder of

    - EpiTech SA (Epidex technology licensed to Modex/Isotis in 2000)

    - Apotech Corporation (Part of Alexis Corp. Now part of Enzo Life Sciences (Trade-Sale))

    -Apoxis SA (Sold to Topotarget A/S in June 2007)

  • Former Chairman of the Board of Directors of

    - Sold to Topotarget A/S in June 2007

    - Apoxis SA (Between 2001 and June 2007)