Chronic Hand Eczema 

A program addressing the diagnosis, management and future treatment strategies for chronic hand eczema. 

This program is supported in part by an educational grant from Leo Pharma.

Program Chairs

Robert Bissonnette, IEC President
Robert Bissonnette, MD FRCPC, is Board certified in dermatology and the president of Innovaderm Research—a contract research organization (CRO) specializing in the design, conduct, and analysis of clinical trials in various areas of dermatology—in Montreal, QC, Canada. He has published more than 140 articles and book chapters and has been involved in the development of many topical and systemic drugs for atopic dermatitis.

Dr. Bissonnette earned his medical degree from the University of Montreal, underwent residency training in dermatology at the University of Montreal, and completed his basic and clinical research training at McGill University and the University of British Columbia. He was an associate professor of dermatology at the University of Montreal until 2004.


Tove Agner, MD DMSc
Tove Agner is a professor at the University of Copenhagen and a consultant for the Department of Dermatology at Bispebjerg Hospital in Copenhagen, Denmark. She researches skin barrier function with a special interest in contact dermatitis and atopic dermatitis—especially hand eczema, including irritant contact dermatitis and hand eczema caused by or aggravated by occupational exposures. Dr. Agner leads a research group with several PhD students at Bispebjerg Hospital and has co-authored more than 200 scientific papers registered in PubMed.


David E. Cohen, MD MPH
David Cohen is the Charles C. and Dorothea E. Harris professor and vice chairman for clinical affairs for the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology of New York University School of Medicine and leads the section on occupational and environmental dermatology. He joined the NYU faculty in 1994, and his work has concentrated on inflammatory skin diseases, cutaneous allergic and toxic reactions to exogenous and photoreactive chemicals, and the interaction of environmental stressors on the skin.

Dr. Cohen is the past president of the American Dermatological Association and has served as president of the American Contact Dermatitis Society, the Dermatology Section of the New York Academy of Medicine, and the New York Dermatological Association. He has authored 113 articles and 22 book chapters and has lectured nationally and internationally on a variety of dermatologic disorders.

Dr. Cohen received his medical degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine and his Master of Public Health from Columbia University. He served as an intern at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, a dermatology resident at New York University Medical Center, and a resident in occupational and environmental medicine at Columbia University School of Public Health.

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