June 25-27, 2024

Canadian Skin Research Conference


We are happy to welcome you to the first Canadian Skin Research Conference form June 25-27, 2024 at Novotel Ottawa!

The Canadian Skin Research Conference is a unique and free opportunity for skin researchers, clinicians, patient advocates and trainees to interact and have lively discussions surrounding the theme of skin biology!

The event is coorganized by the Skin Research Group of Canada (SRGC), the Skin Investigation Network of Canada (SkIN Canada), the Canadian Dermatology Foundation, the Canadian Skin Patient Alliance and the Canadian Society of Investigative Dermatology in collaboration with CDA 2024

- Deadline for abstract submission is April 26th, 2024.

- Deadline for registration is May 20th, 2024.

PLENTY OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR TRAINEES to present their work and several talks will be selected from the submitted abstracts.

We look forward to seeing you in Ottawa!

Scientific co-chairs

  • Dr. Mélanie Laurin

    Dr. Mélanie Laurin

    Assistant professor, Department of Molecular Biology, Medical Biochemistry and Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, Université Laval; Principal Investigator, CHU de Québec - Université Laval Research Center; Centre de recherche sur le cancer Université Laval LOEX - Université Laval; SRGC board member; SkIN Canada member

  • Dr. Anie Philip

    Dr. Anie Philip

    Professor, Department of Surgery, McGill University; Director, Plastic Surgery Research, McGill University; Senior Scientist, Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center; SRGC board member; SkIN Canada chair of the training committee

Organizing Committee

  • Dr. An-Wen Chan

    Dr. An-Wen Chan

    Phelan Senior Scientist, Women's College Research Institute; Professor, Dept of Medicine, University of Toronto; Skin Canada executive committee

  • Prof. Lucie Germain

    Prof. Lucie Germain

    President Skin Research Group; Full Professor, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Université Laval; Director, LOEX Tissue Engineering Laboratory; Canada Research Chair on Stem Cell and Tissue Engineering

  • Dr. Jan Dutz

    Dr. Jan Dutz

    University of British Columbia; SkIN Canada executive committee

  • Dr. Youwen Zhou

    Dr. Youwen Zhou

    University of British Columbia

  • Josephine Salib

    Josephine Salib

    SkIN Canada coordinator

  • Mbarka Bchetnia

    Mbarka Bchetnia

    SRGC coordinator

  • Kenneth Finnson

    Kenneth Finnson

    SkIN Canada coordinator


  • Skin Research Group of Canada
  • Skin Investigation Network of Canada (SkIN Canada)
  • Canadian Dermatology Foundation
  • Canadian Skin Patient Alliance
  • Canadian Society of Investigative Dermatology


  • Dr. Ian Watson

    Dr. Ian Watson

    McGill University

    Dr. Ian Watson is a member of the Goodman Cancer Institute (GCI), an investigator at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), and an Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at McGill University. He is a Canadian Research Chair II in functional genomics of melanoma, the Co-Chair for the melanoma disease working group for the Canadian Cancer Trials Group (CCTG) and the former Co-Chair for The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) melanoma project. In 2018, he co-led a successful Terry Fox Research Institute (TFRI) Marathon of Hope Cancer Centre Network (MoHCCN) pilot project that brought together investigators from seven research institutes in Montreal to study mechanisms of immune therapy resistance. The TFRI MoHCCN program has since expanded into a national initiative bringing together clinicians and scientists across the country with the goal of leveraging big data breakthroughs to advance our understanding, diagnosis and treatment of cancer to significantly impact patient outcomes. Dr. Watson’s research program focuses on understanding targeted and immune therapy response mechanisms in melanoma. His lab utilizes an inter-disciplinary approach combining molecular characterization of melanomas and circulating immune cells, functional genomics, and bioinformatic approaches.

  • Dr. Cristopher McCulloch

    Dr. Cristopher McCulloch

    DDS, PhD, FRCD (C), FCAHS; Professor University of Toronto

    Chris McCulloch is professor of dentistry at the University of Toronto and since 1984 has contributed 335 papers, 150 presentations and 4 patents that relate to matrix biology and associated diseases of matrix disorders that affect human health. He uses animal models and cultured cells to examine and define fundamental regulatory circuits that define the function and mechanics of connective tissue matrices, particularly in the context of periodontal diseases. As a principal investigator on >25 MRC/CIHR research grants, he has developed and employed high resolution tools to define the contribution of fibroblasts in matrix remodeling in soft connective tissues. He has established a network of collaborators and trainees along with industrial partners to provide optimal support, know-how and reagents for the conduct of research focusing on how cell-matrix interactions help to define how inflammatory diseases contribute to matrix pathology.

State of the art

  • Kathie Cockburn, PhD

    Kathie Cockburn, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Goodman Cancer Institute McGill University

    Katie received her PhD in Developmental Biology from the University of Toronto and did her postdoc with Dr. Valentina Greco at Yale University, where she developed intravital imaging approaches track cell fate decisions in epidermal stem cells. In 2022, she started her independent group in the Department of Biochemistry at McGill. The Cockburn lab aims to understand how epidermal stem cells balance and pattern their fates during homeostatic tissue turnover and in response to environmental stress and injury.

  • Professor Laurent Bozec, DUT, BSc(Hons), Ph.D., FRMS

    Professor Laurent Bozec, DUT, BSc(Hons), Ph.D., FRMS

    Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto

    Dr. Laurent Bozec, a distinguished biophysicist, is a full professor in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto. He runs the Matrix Functionalization and Phenotyping Lab [MFP-Lab (or Bozec-lab)], which explores the relationship between collagen's structural and biomechanical properties at the nanoscale in health and diseases. The MFP-Lab has developed unique expertise worldwide to study the biophysics of connective tissue disorders and collagen engineering using primarily atomic force microscopy (AFM). The lab is currently leading an effort to define nanoscale structural biomarkers for collagen-specific connective tissue such as Ehlers-Danlos but has prior expertise in skin aging and glycation. Early in his career, he was the first microscopist to resolve the collagen triple helical structure with an AFM. From modeling the collagen fibrils as a nanoscale rope to exploring the advantageous role of glycation for tissue engineering, Dr. Bozec has managed to bridge the biophysics of collagen with clinical and tissue engineering applications for over 20 years. Among his more peculiar research interests is his long-standing expertise in parchment-based research (animal skin) for Cultural Heritage applications, for which the MFP-Lab is developing the field of conservation histology.

    Dr. Laurent Bozec earned his Ph.D. from Lancaster University, UK, with a pioneering thesis on "Near-field Photothermal Fourier-Transform Micro-spectroscopy,” where he combined an Atomic Force Microscope with an Infrared Spectrometer for the first time. To follow his aspiration of working closely with clinicians, he transitioned his physics training to the Faculty of Medicine at UCL before settling permanently in Dentistry.

    Dr. Laurent Bozec has published over 140 articles and graduated with 24 Ph. D.s, 12 Professional Doctorates in Dentistry, and 55 Master of Sciences candidates.

    Laurent Bozec Profile | University of Toronto (utoronto.ca)


  • Dr. Rachel Asiniwasis

    Dr. Rachel Asiniwasis

    MD MS(HS) FRCPC FAAD; Origins Dermatology Centre

    Dr. Rachel Asiniwasis is a dermatologist and early career clinician researcher based in western Canada (her hometown of Regina, Saskatchewan). She is the founder of Origins Dermatology Centre, a combined multidisciplinary model that services both the general population and provides outreach clinics (in-person and virtual care) for underserviced remote and rural Indigenous (First Nations and Metis) communities. Rachel is of Plains Cree, Saulteaux and English background. She carries a Master’s of Science in Health Sciences in clinical and translational research, and has special interest in common inflammatory dermatoses (atopic dermatitis, psoriasis), virtual care, underserviced areas, holistic impact of skin disease, medical education, and translational interpretation and implementation of research with the ultimate goal of tangible health outcomes. She currently has active educational and research projects ongoing in the areas of inflammatory skin disease, virtual care, and Indigenous and rural health in western Canada.

  • Reetesh Bose, MD FRCPC

    Reetesh Bose, MD FRCPC

    University of Ottawa, The Ottawa Hospital, Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario

    Dr. Reetesh Bose is a Canadian, Board certified dermatologist. He is an active faculty member with the division of Dermatology, University of Ottawa and The Ottawa Hospital. He completed his Dermatology residency at the University of Ottawa. He is the director and founder of the Ottawa Skin of Colour Dermatology Clinic, one of the first in Canada, which runs out of the Civic Hospital in Ottawa and has been servicing the greater Ottawa community since December 2021. He has a special interest in Skin of Colour Dermatology and Vitiligo. He is a committee member for the Canadian Dermatology Association and The Ottawa Hospital, EDI committees.


  • UCB
  • Sanofi
  • LeoPharma
  • Sandoz
  • CRCHU - Université Laval Médecine Régénératrice
  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Sun Pharma

program overview

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Novotel Ottawa

33, Nicholas Street Ottawa, ON Canada, K1N 9M7

Registration period

February 27, 2024 - 4:21 PM until May 20, 2024 - 11:59 PM

Submission period

February 27, 2024 - 4:21 PM until April 26, 2024 - 11:59 PM

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact srgcanadaorg@gmail.com .

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