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, CEO
Christine Janus, B.A., B.Ed, MBA, FICB is CEO of the International Alliance of Dermatology Patient Organizations (IADPO) and has held that role since 2015. She has a proven track record as a strong patient advocate and was instrumental in founding IADPO and conceiving of the organization’s ground-breaking Global Research on the Impact of Dermatological Diseases (GRIDD) project. It has long been Christine’s view that people living with dermatological conditions around the world deserve much better access to care and treatment, and that by working together with like-minded organizations, this goal is achievable.
Christine served as Executive Director and then CEO of the Canadian Skin Patient Alliance (CSPA), 2007-2015. In those roles, Christine built the CSPA into a vibrant and effective voice for skin patients and led the development of five national award-winning initiatives including Skin Deep, A Report Card on Access to Dermatological Care and Treatment in Canada. In 2013, Christine helped the CSPA launch a subsidiary organization specifically to serve psoriasis patients, called the Canadian Association of Psoriasis Patients (CAPP), and followed up by releasing the Psoriasis Report to shine a light on the access issues for the millions of Canadians living with psoriasis.
Christine’s experience and expertise also include working with organizational start-ups, specialized marketing, business development, and management consulting services, as well as training development to the health care, banking, venture capital, real estate, sporting management, HR services, and University sectors. She has also taught marketing at the university level. Christine was named to the first Patient Commando list of Women Changing Healthcare in 2013.
Christine lives in Ottawa, Canada, and is the fiercely proud mother of three fine young men.
Jennifer Austin, Executive Director
Jennifer Austin is a skilled executive with over twenty-five years’ experience in communications and marketing in NGOs, government and the private sector. Prior to becoming IADPO’s Executive Director in 2015, she developed and honed her leadership skills by working with member-‐based organizations Scouts Canada, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority and 4-‐H Canada. She has also served as Communications Director to members of Canada’s Parliamentary Cabinet.
Jennifer has a strong track record of significantly increasing organizations’ profile and brand; building and leading high-‐performing teams; establishing thought leadership platforms and effective social and traditional media outreach; and meaningfully engaging and mobilizing employees, members, volunteers, donors, corporate sponsors and other key stakeholders. Throughout her career, Jennifer has developed and fine-‐tuned organizational best practices across a variety of sectors. She has received a number of professional awards for raising the profile of her organizations.
Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Dalhousie University and an Advanced Certificate in General Management at Queen’s University School of Business.
The mother of a child born with a port-wine stain birthmark on his face, Jennifer is personally committed to IADPO’s mission to improve the lives of those affected by dermatological conditions throughout the world.
Deirdre Laframboise, Research Director
Research DirectorDeirdre is a strategic leader with expertise in program and partnership development and knowledge mobilization. In previous roles as an Executive Director, she has led three national member-based, not-for-profits that focused on evidence-based programming and advocacy in the sustainability and the health sectors. As co-founder of Clean Air Champions, she led the charity to win international and national awards for several ground-breaking, curriculum- connected programs focused on air quality/climate and healthy living. Before joining IADPO, Deirdre served as Director, Knowledge and Sector Development for an endowment fund ($1B+) that provides grants/loans to municipalities for sustainable, triple bottom line focused infrastructure projects.
Deirdre holds a Master of Environmental Studies (minor in Business Administration), from York University, and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies (minor in Biology) from the University of Waterloo where the Faculty honored her with the 2013 ‘Alumni Achievement Award’. Deirdre lives in Ottawa with her daughters and enjoys many outdoor activities, travel and exploring, gardening, cooking, literature, world news, and the arts.
University Medical Center – Hamburg-Eppendorf
Professor of Medicine Matthias Augustin
Professor Chris Bundy
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
| 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)