Speaker programme

29 - 30 November
Royal College of Physicians, London

Conference sessions and themes:

The theme for this year's conference is: Skin Health and Ageing Across Life Stages


We'll focus on ageing of healthy skin across life stages and highlight the fact that our skin starts ageing from birth with ever-changing needs. Scientific research has recognised that there are different 'tipping points' in terms of skin biology; understanding these across specific stages of life helps navigate the prevention and treatment of ageing signs to enable and inspire new ideas for product development in skincare.


  • Session 1: The Science of Skin Ageing Across Life Stages

  • Session 2: New Concepts and Technology Approaches in Functional Skincare

  • Session 3: Consumer Trends, Advertising and Claims

  • Session 4: Assessing the Benefits of Anti-Ageing Skincare

Speakers for the 2022 edition:

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Professor Tarl Prow

Director, Skin Research Centre
University of York
SPEAKER
Towards data-driven quantification of skin ageing: microsampling and reflectance confocal microscopy
  • Biography

    Professor Prow has £6.5m in open grants in research programs that include early melanoma diagnostic technologies, skin cancer treatment, and the study of the consequences of environmental contaminant exposure to skin. He also has an extensive industry collaboration, commercialisation, and licensing portfolio. Of note artificial intelligence (AI) and molecular diagnostics represent an area of significant innovation opportunity and funding in dermatology. In this respect, Prof Prow has also been working in the field of skin cancer utilising AI for triaging lesions for molecular diagnostic informed disease management.

  • Presentation Outline

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Stephan Bielfeldt

Vice President of Science & Consultancy
proDERM
SPEAKER
Dermal Ageing: Assessment of collagen, Elastin and AGE in vivo
  • Biography

    Stephan Bielfeldt has a degree in Bioengineering. He is Vice President Science & Consulting at proderm GmbH in Hamburg / Germany. He is responsible for the development of new skin research methods, as well as the consultancy of customers in the field of clinical studies design and methodology. Stephan has been working in clinical research for more than 30 years. Special fields of his expertise are photobiology / sun protection, in vivo confocal Raman spectroscopy and clinical studies of skin microbiome. His list of publications contains more than 100 scientific publications. He is a member of professional societies, such as the Society for Dermopharmacy (GD) and of scientific working groups of the German Society for Scientific and Applied Cosmetics (DGK). As a member of the ISO TC working group (WG 7) Sun Protection Test Methods, he works on the international standardization of sunscreen testing methods.

  • Presentation Outline

    As human skin ages, there is both a breakdown of protein molecules, such as collagen, and a formation of dysfunctional proteins, such as abnormal elastin and advanced glycation end products (AGEs) in the dermis.
    Such complex, slow changes over time lead to a decrease in skin elasticity and tone. Furthermore, AGEs lead to an irregular yellow discoloration of the skin.

    There are several non-invasive in vivo technologies available to study the three protein types in ageing skin. They are suitable to discriminate intrinsic aging from photo-ageing and allow studying the effects of cosmetic anti-ageing-treatments on the living human dermis.
    Based on literature as well as on own clinical findings and measurements the actual research status regarding dermal ageing and age related protein alterations will be presented and discussed.

Dr Jack Ferguson

Director
Skinnovation
SPEAKER
Changing trends of skincare claims over last two decades
  • Biography

    Jack Ferguson obtained a BSc honours degree in Biology with Chemistry and a PhD in Bioengineering, both from Strathclyde University, Glasgow. He has worked in the cosmetics industry for over 20 years. After spending some time with Beecham Products in Leatherhead, he moved to the Boots Company in Nottingham, where he worked for 15 years. His final responsibilities were as Head of R&D Services, Boots Contract Manufacturing. During his time there he was joint developer and promoter of the Boots UVA star rating system.

    From Boots, Jack moved to Oriflame International, Dublin, and was R&D Director there for five years, before leaving in 2000 to set up a new company, Skinnovation Ltd. Skinnovation provide contract product development services for clients and focus on sun and skin care products and also on product claims support for advertising. Jack also works as cosmetics consultant for ITV, providing technical and scientific advice on claims support for television scripts in advance of broadcasting. He has been active in the Cosmetic Trade associations, particularly in the sun care area, and was the chairman of the Colipa ‘Sun Protection Measurement' TF 1990-1998 and chairman at the time the Colipa SPF test was developed and published.

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Dr Oliver Worsley

CEO & Co-Founder
Sequential Skin
SPEAKER
A user-friendly skin microbiome patch to best predict skin age through genomics
  • Biography

    Oliver is Co-Founder & CEO at Sequential Skin, a biotech startup revolutionising skin health with the world's first consumer skin microbiome test, using genomics to characterise the skin and improve skin health. Oliver also co-founded Sequential Bio, a first-in-class Microbiome testing company specifically for consumer products – in vivo certified to Maintain the Microbiome™, allowing for the highest quality of in vivo skin microbiome analysis for the rigours of R&D and claim substantiation.

    Previously, Oliver was a junior Principle Investigator at the Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS) and completed his PhD at GIS/NUS as an A*STAR scholar. Oliver is a published author in the field of epigenetics and microbiome research, and previously founded Anya Consulting which has contributed over 150 articles and technical whitepapers to the healthcare industry. Oliver completed his BSc at Edinburgh University, with six months at Leiden University Medical Centre through the Erasmus Scholarship.

  • Presentation Outline

    Our skin biology evolves directly with our environment in a tightly connected symbiotic way. It may then be unsurprisingly to know that the skin microbiome is the best predictor of chronological age, compared with other human-microbiota niches. Since launching the world’s first skin microbiome consumer test in 2019, Sequential Skin has been on a path to fully uncover how the skin microbiome relates to chronological and biological age.

Professor Paul Matts

Research Fellow
P&G
SPEAKER
Ageing, so what?
  • Biography

    Paul joined Procter & Gamble 1988 and has spent the majority of his career in R&D conducting research and developing methods to feed the technology pipelines of brands such as Olay, Max Factor, Dolce & Gabbana, SKII, and others. As Research Fellow, he has specific expertise in measurement / modelling of many aspects of skin structure, function and appearance, sun protection and the psychology of perception of skin, among other areas.

    He is Visiting Professor to the London College of Fashion and University College London School of Pharmacy and the Chair of the Cosmetics Europe (European Trade Association) Expert Team:
    Regulatory Aspects of Sun Protection and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and Royal Society of Chemistry. He is a proponent of Community Dermatology and involved in and highly passionate about several projects in Africa related to skin disease and its prevention / treatment using low-cost, sustainable materials. Paul is married with three children and, when he has time, a fanatic UK SCUBA diver and BSAC instructor.

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Dr Floriana Vincis

Global Claims Manager
No7 Beauty Company
SPEAKER
Anti-ageing claims through life – regulations, innovation and good practice
  • Biography

    Floriana Vincis obtained a BSc in Biotechnology and a MSc honours degree in Bioinformatics, from the University of Tor Vergata, Rome. She has worked in the cosmetic industry for over 10 years across different roles, firstly in Boots, then in L’Oreal and now in No7 Beauty Company. These different experiences brought her to have a passion for claims and claims development, so Floriana’s current role is Global Claims Manager for No7 Beauty Company.

    She now provides support to the different brands of the No7 Beauty Company, from concept phase to launch and marketing re-hits phase. She is involved in the creative process of claims creation and on the technical process of setting up protocols and working with the different regulators, to launch the strongest possible supported claims tailored for different markets around the globe.

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Dr John Oblong

Principal Scientist
P&G
SPEAKER
Inflammaging in human skin: Early onset of senescence and imbalanced epidermal homeostasis across the decades.
  • Biography

    Coming soon!

  • Presentation Outline

    Inflammaging is a theory which purports that low-level chronic inflammation leads to cellular dysfunction and premature aging of surrounding tissue. Human skin is susceptible to inflammaging because it is the first line of defense from the environment. This exposure is heightened in photoexposed skin where solar radiation leads to premature aging termed photoaging. To better understand the impact of aging and photoexposure on epidermal biology we performed a systems biology-based analysis of photoexposed and photoprotected body sites from women between the ages of 20’s to 70’s. Laser capture microdissected sections from biopsies were analyzed by histology, transcriptomics, and proteomics as well as skin surface biomarkers collected from tape strips. We measured significant morphological changes with age across all sites, including thinning of the epidermis, loss of rete ridge pathlength, and thickening of the stratum corneum. Additionally, there was a lower detection of microvasculature structures underneath the basement membrane. The ratios of the SASP inflammatory biomarkers IL-8 and IL-1RA/IL1- and the photosensitive metabolite cis-urocanic acid isolated from tape strips were consistently elevated in photoexposed face sites across age. Staining for the DNA damage biomarker 53BP1 showed higher puncti numbers in the basal epidermal layer of older photoexposed arms. Expression of genes associated with differentiation and senescence show an increase starting in the 30’s whereas genes associated with hypoxia and glycolysis begin to increase in the 50’s. Proteomics comparing photoexposed arms between 60’s vs 20’s confirmed elevated levels of differentiation and glycolytic proteins. Immunostaining for markers of differentiation, DNA damage, senescence, and oxygen sensing/hypoxia showed similar relationships. This systems biology-based analysis provides a body of evidence suggesting that young photoexposed skin is undergoing inflammaging. We propose that the presence of chronic inflammation and SASP factors in young skin contributes to an imbalance of epidermal homeostasis that leads to the prematurely aged appearance of skin and underlying health status during later life.

Dr Bernhard Paetzold

Chief Scientific Officer & Co-founder
S-Biomedic
SPEAKER
The future of antioxidant technologies: Probiotics and selective post-biotics
  • Biography

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Deanna Utroske

Beauty Industry Thought Leader
DeannaUtroske.com
SPEAKER
Age progression: Preventative & reparative skincare for every generation
  • Biography

    Deanna Utroske is one of the most well-respected critical thinkers in the cosmetics and personal care industry today.

    Her work as a public speaker, beauty business commentator, and trade media editor covers topics spanning ingredients, formulation strategy, product innovation, and packaging design as well as key trends driving the cosmetics and personal care industry forward, like green chemistry, industry entrepreneurship, and more.

    As a consultant, Deanna develops business content for ingredient companies, product manufacturers, and other supply-side businesses, helping them grow in key B2B markets.

    She is the former Editor of Cosmetics Design and now frequently contributes to global trade media publications and insight platforms.

    You can discover more about Deanna’s work for the cosmetics and personal care industry and subscribe to her weekly newsletter at DeannaUtroske.com.

  • Presentation Outline

    Beauty consumers today are ageing. And they are more interested than ever in multi-dimensional wellness, effective skincare, daily sun care, and healthy ageing resources. Today’s beauty consumers intend be tomorrow’s beauty consumers for many generations to come; and their expectations of the industry are advancing too.

    In this presentation, cosmetics and personal care industry thought leader Deanna Utroske discusses the routines, products, brands, and messaging that resonates with contemporary beauty consumers across generations as well as about how retailers, manufacturers, ingredient makers, and media are responding to the growing demand for preventative and reparative skincare.

Dr Michael Hoptroff

Senior R&D Manager
Unilever
SPEAKER
Skin Microbiome and Ageing
  • Biography

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Professor Rachel Watson

Professor of Cutaneous Science
Manchester University
SPEAKER
The cliff edge: What does the menopause mean for our ageing skin?
  • Biography

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Professor Mark Birch-Machin

Professor of Molecular Dermatology
Newcastle University
SPEAKER
Skin Analysis: Is the Future Catching Us? The impact of science on consumer decisions.
  • Biography

    Mark Birch-Machin, PhD, is Professor of Molecular Dermatology at Newcastle University (Translational and Clinical Research Institute and UK National Innovation Centre for Ageing) and former Faculty Director of Business Development.

    He previously worked at Universities in Oregon, Paris and Toronto. He is on the Editorial Board of international dermatology journals, and national/international advisory boards (including cosmetic companies) and grant committees for skin research and UK cosmetic regulation.

    His research group focuses on the response of human skin to the environment (including sunlight and pollution), particularly within the context of skin ageing and has been funded over the last 30 years by UK research councils, charities, UK government as well as global companies. He played a pivotal role in pioneering the use of mitochondrial DNA as a biomarker of sun damage in skin. He has an interest in understanding the role of bioenergy and mitochondria in UV and environmental-induced oxidative stress, skin cancer and the relationship between oxidative stress, nutritional status, pigmentation and skin aging as well as the science and use of sunscreens. He has published extensively including 3 different nature journals.

    Mark co-founded 3 spin out companies in Canada and UK, and the most recent in June 2022 is the UK spin out company called Skin Life Analytics. He has a long established track record in the international media including TV, radio, newspapers and popular beauty magazines (> 20 years).

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Barbara Lynch

Research Scientist
L'Oreal
SPEAKER
Ex vivo layer-by-layer analysis of mechanics and microstructure of the ageing dermis
  • Biography

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Dr Gopi Menon

Fellow
California Academy of Sciences
SPEAKER
Skin as an organ of communication through the ageing process: speculations on impact of cosmetic science
  • Biography

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Dr Bhaven Chavan

Research and Technology Manager - Skin, Sun, Colour Cosmetics
Croda
SPEAKER
Anti-ageing strategies – What’s next?
  • Biography

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