Robert Strohal, MD

Associate Professor and board-certified dermatologist and Head of the Department of Dermatology and Venerology
Federal University Teaching Hospital Feldkirch (Austria)

After completing his thesis at the Institute of General and Experimental Pathology, University of Innsbruck Medical School, working on LE murine autoantibodies, Robert moved to the NIH, Bethesda, USA (lmmunology and Dermatology Branch, Drs S. Katz / J. Stanley) to conduct basic medical research.

Returning to Austria, he qualified as a board-certified dermatologist, and was appointed senior physician at the Division of Immunology, Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Department of Dermatology, University of Vienna School of Medicine, where he was promoted to the position of Associate Professor of Dermatology in 1999.

During his sabbatical in 2001 at IDI Farmaceutici, Rome (collaboration: Dr. De-Luca), Robert worked on melanoma antigen transduced autografts as a new form of tumor vaccine.

In 2002, he became Head of the Department of Dermatology and Venerology at the Federal University Teaching Hospital Feldkirch, Austria, where he also established a new biomedical research institute called VIDIT (Vorarlberg Institute for Dermatologic Investigation and Treatment), which he also heads up.
In addition to serving as an external expert for various research and funding programs associated with the European Commission (EC), Dr. Strohal is Board Secretary of the European Association of Dermato-Oncology, delegate of the Austrian Society of Dermatology and Venerology at the UEMS in Brussels, President of the Austrian Wound Association and chair of the Austrian Task Force "Biologics in Dermatology".

Dr. Strohal and his Department are involved in several multinational clinical trials (biologics and psoriasis, topical immuno-modulators and atopic eczema, adjuvant melanoma therapy) as well as leading various investigator-initiated studies and a European EC-funded concerted action.

Publishing in the field of clinical dermatology, immuno-dermatology, infection control and dermato-oncology, he has received eight national and international scientific awards.