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Vincent Piguet, MD, PhD, FRCP

Scientist, Women’s College Research Institute
Professor and Director of the Division of Dermatology, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
Head of Dermatology, Women’s College Hospital

Vincent Piguet’s research spans the fields of dermatology, dendritic cells, HIV, gene therapy, immunology and vaccination. His basic science projects aim to study interactions between skin dendritic cell subsets and viruses such as HIV and HTLV-1. These studies have relevance for HIV mucosal transmission and prevention strategies. As dendritic cells are key immune cells at the interface between innate and adaptive immunity, the findings derived from this research have implications both in terms of disease mechanisms but also for vaccination strategies (e.g intradermal vaccination). His main clinical research interests are in the area of inflammatory skin diseases such as psoriasis and Hidradenitis Suppurativa, which are common skin diseases leading to significant impairment of quality of life as well as function.

Select Awards

  • President-Elect of European Dermatology Forum (2016)
  • Bronze Award, Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards, Department of Health for England and Wales (2014)
  • Merit Award, Worshipful Livery Company of Wales (2014)


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PhD, University of Geneva, 2000

MD, University of Geneva, 1995

Areas of Interest

Complex dermatology

  • Fully affiliated with:
  • University of Toronto

  • A member of:
  • Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO)