Meet the GRIDD Team

The Global Research on the Impact of Dermatological Diseases (GRIDD) project was conceived by the leadership of GlobalSkin – namely our CEO Christine Janus – and formulated from decades of her experience working in patient-centred dermatology and healthcare.

Today, GlobalSkin has a staff team dedicated to GRIDD and they work closely with the researchers from Cardiff and Hamburg Universities to drive GRIDD through each of its five ambitious phases.


Christine Janus


Jennifer Austin
Executive Director
Deirdre Laframboise
Research Director


University Medical Center – Hamburg-Eppendorf

Cardiff University

Professor of Medicine Matthias Augustin
Co-lead Researcher

Scientific Advisory Board

GRIDD is further supported by a world-class Scientific Advisory Board:

Prof. Arnon D. Cohen
Prof. Ncoza Dlova
Dr. Toshiya Ebata
Dr. Cristina Echeverría 
Prof. Andrew Finlay 
Dr. Alice Gottlieb
Dr. Luigi Naldi 
Dr. Lone Skov 
Marc Yale 
  Clalit Health Services (Israel)
  Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine (South Africa)
  The Jikei University School of Medicine (Japan)
  ECHO Psoriasis (Argentina)
  Cardiff University (UK)
  Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai (US)
  University Pavia (Italy)
  University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
  International Pemphigus & Pemphigoid Foundation (US)