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
February 2nd 2022 Fergal O'Brien Royal College of  Surgeons, Ireland Advanced biomaterials for controlled delivery of therapeutics for enhanced wound healing
February 23rd 2022 Caroline Le Poole Northwestern University, U.S.A Vitiligo TBC
March 9th 2022 Mike Philpott Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) Revisiting the Warburg effect & the importance of intermediary metabolism  in  hair follicle health, disease and ageing

March 23rd 2022 Padraic Fallon Trinity College Dublin Atopic dermatitis: Tails of mice and men.
April 6th 2022 Timothy O'Brien National University of Ireland Galway Therapeutic Potential of Mesenchymal Stromal Cells for Diabetic Complications: Translational Pathway in the EU and Manufacturing Considerations
May 4th 2022 Birgit Lane A* Star Singapore TBC
May 11th 2022 Michael Raghunath Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland     Extracellular matrix: abundant in vivo, elusive in vitro – and how to change this

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