s Johannes Ring was born in Bad Wörishofen, Germany in June 1945. He graduated in Medicine from the Ludwig-Maximillian University of Munich in 1970. Prior to taking up Dermatology, Johannes Ring trained in Immunology (organ transplant rejection) and Allergy, obtaining a PhD in 1976. During this time, he won a German Research Foundation to travel to the Scripps Clinic at La Jolla, California to work with Eng Tan in the Allergy and Immunology Division (1976–1978). During this fellowship he decided to pursue dermatology training with Otto Braun-Falco (1978–1990) at the Ludwig-Maximillian University in Munich, but always maintained his interest in immunology and allergy. Between 1990– 1995 he served as Director of the Department of Dermatology and Allergy at the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf. Johannes Ring returned to Munich to be Professor and Director of the Department of Dermatology and Allergy of the Technical University Biederstein from 1995–2014. Together with Heidrun Behrendt, he founded ZAUM-Centre for Allergy and Environment. As Dean of Studies he formatively shaped medical training and education and set up educational programmes for patients suffering from eczema and anaphylaxis. Johannes Ring has consequently lectured and published widely in the field of allergy, eczema, drug reactions, epidemiology and immunotherapy. In 2001 he served as Congress President for the 10 th EADV Congress in Munich, and as EADV President from 2004–2006. He was pleased to welcome with new statutes the Eastern European members on the Island of Kos, during the 15 th EADV Annual Congress in Rhodes. Johannes Ring has received the Clemens von Pirquet Award (2009) and the Erich Fuchs Prize (2010). He has been Chief Editor of the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology since 2013. He was made Professor Emeritus in 2014 and has continued to maintain a private practice in Munich.
13 th EADV President: 2006–2008
s Alberto Giannetti was born in La Spezia, Italy in November 1939. He graduated in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Pavia in 1963. Before embarking on Dermatology, he specialised in cardiology at the University of Pavia (1965). Between 1966 and 1981 he specialised in dermato-venereo- logy, becoming an Assistant and Free Lecturer at the University Clinic in Pavia. Between 1971–1972 he was awarded a scholarship to research into immunology of the skin at the Department of Dermatology in Amsterdam.