Research and Medical Advisory Standing Committee

Dr Vinod Chandran, RheumatologistDr. Vinod Chandran

Rheumatologist

Vinod Chandran MBBS MD DM PhD, a Rheumatologist and clinician-scientist, is an Associate Professor of Medicine & Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto, Adjunct Professor at the Memorial University of Newfoundland and an affiliate scientist at the Krembil Research Institute, a staff physician at the University Health Network and Mount Sinai Hospitals, and an associate member of the graduate faculty at the Institute of Medical Science. He co-directs the Psoriatic Arthritis Program at the University Health Network.

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Dr. Chandran’s research interests lie in the genetic and molecular epidemiology of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, especially with regard to prognosis. His current translational research program is focused on developing proteomic and metabolomics-based screening and prognostic tools for psoriatic arthritis, a potentially debilitating inflammatory arthritis, as well as identifying and reducing barriers to multidisciplinary care of patients with psoriatic arthritis. His bench research aims to identify mechanisms underlying inflammation and joint damage in psoriatic arthritis, and developing novel topical and systemic anti- psoriasis therapies. He is also investigating the cutaneous microbiome in psoriasis and PsA and its relationship to psoriatic disease phenotype and genotype. He is an active collaborator in multi-centre research consortia such as the International Psoriasis and Arthritis Research Team (IPART) and the Spondyloarthritis Research Consortium of Canada (SPARCC) and aims to conduct validation studies of discoveries made at his program through these collaborations.

Dr. Gulliver, DermatologistDr. Wayne Gulliver

Dermatologist

Dr. Wayne Gulliver currently serves as Professor of Medicine and Dermatology, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

He has extensive experience as a practising dermatologist with a focus on psoriasis and genetics research, and has been involved in more than 200 dermatology clinical trials.

He is also an Adjunct Professor to Henan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China and Zhengzhou University, China and is a past member of the Governing Council of the National Research Council.

Dr. Lynde, DermatologistDr. Charles Lynde

Dermatologist

Dr. Charles Lynde is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto and holds a clinical teaching position at the University Health Network. He is Medical Director of Lynde Dermatology and Lynderm Research. The Lynde Centre for Dermatology is a full service, comprehensive dermatology clinic. After receiving his B.Sc. and MD, degrees at the University of Toronto, Dr. Lynde studied Dermatology at the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto, receiving his Board Certification (Canada and USA) in 1983.

Michael TorresMichael Torres

Special Advisor – Communications

Michael is a dedicated communications professional with 15 years of experience in the health sector, specializing in issues management, strategic media relations and brand development.

Communications Director at Wellesley Institute, Michael has also held senior positions at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario. With a broad range of experience, including work in stakeholder relations, research and knowledge mobilization, Michael carries a thorough understanding of factors affecting the health care system in Ontario.

He studied political science and earned an Hon. Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto and a post-graduate diploma in business communications from Seneca at York University.

Born and raised in Toronto, Michael has additional interests in community building, the impacts of urban renewal and the arts.

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