The Charles Seminars Series

The Charles Institute’s Seminar Series, launched in 2019,  is a key element of our education platform and hosts high-profile guest speakers from home and abroad to share with us the latest research in their areas every two weeks (during term time) from both clinical and basic research perspectives.

This educational series, which is chaired by Prof Desmond Tobin (Full Professor of Dermatological Science and Director of the UCD Charles Institute of Dermatology), are shared not only with researchers physically present in our seminar room, but are also broadcast live to dermatologists and other clinicians with a special interest in dermatology via  Zoom, with select talks also available for limited playback.

Our seminar series is currently supported by an unrestricted educational grant by RELIFE (part of A. Menarini Ireland), and synopses of the seminars are written by a medical journalist and featured  in The Medical Independent ( – a medical newspaper in Ireland.

The third iteration of the seminar series will be launching in late September with schedule and list of upcoming Charles Seminar Series talks to be published here. In the meantime, feel free to explore our archive list of speakers from previous series and also look at for past talks and flyers.

Upcoming Talks:


DatePresenterAffiliation Topic/Title
7th September 2022 Duarte C. Barral  NOVA Medical School, NOVA University of Lisbon

Molecular Mechanisms of Melanin Transfer and Processing

28th September 2022  Andrew E. Hogan Lonsdale Human Health Institute, Maynooth University 

Investigating a role for MAIT cells in the pathogenesis of Hidradenitis Suppurativa

19th October 2022 Catherine O'Neill University of Manchester 

Bacteriotherapy for the Management of Staphylococcus Aureus in Eczema

2nd November 2022 Jillian Doyle Rotunda Hospital, Dublin

Psychology of Skin Disease

16th November 2022 John Connelly Queen Mary, University of London 

Biomechanical regulation of keratinocyte fate and function’ for now?

7th December 2022  Colin Goding University of Oxford

MITF Regulation in Pigment Cells / Melanoma 

18th January 2023  Miriam Wittmann  University of Mainz, Germany   Early Intervention Strategies in Autoimmune Skin Diseases
1st February 2023 Max Plikus  

University of California, Irvine

1st March 2023 Richard Weller  University of Edinburgh


15th March 2023 Rubeta Matin University of Oxford Hospitals Trust 

Cutaneous Toxicities in Patients with Metastatic Malignant Melanoma (immune checkpoint inhibitors)

19th April 2023 Regina Betz University of Bonn

Mutations in LSS (lanosterol synthase) associated with Hair Loss and Intellectual Disability 

7th June 2023 Jean Fletcher Trinity College Dublin 

Immunology of Inflammatory Skin Disease  


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