Board Members

EPPM President

Dr. Gilles Gasser

Gilles Gasser was born, raised and educated in Switzerland. After a PhD thesis in supramolecular chemistry with Prof. Helen Stoeckli-Evans (University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland), Gilles performed two post-docs, first with the late Prof. Leone Spiccia (Monash University, Australia) in bioinorganic chemistry and then as an Alexander von Humboldt fellow with Prof. Nils Metzler Nolte (Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany) in bioorganometallic chemistry. Gilles then started his independent scientific career at the University of Zurich in 2010 first as a Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) Ambizione Fellow and then as a SNSF Assistant Professor in 2011. In 2016, Gilles moved to Chimie ParisTech, PSL Research University (France), thanks among other to a PSL Chair of Excellence Program Grant. Gilles was the recipient of several fellowships and awards including the Alferd Werner Award from the Swiss Chemical Society, an ERC Consolidator Grant, the Thieme Chemistry Journal Award and recently the Jucker Award for his contribution to cancer research. Gilles’s research group is interested in the use of metal complexes as PDT photosensitisers. Since 2017, Gilles is the President of the EPPM.

EPPM Vice President

Dr Ernest Allan

Dr Ernest Allan is a fellow of the College of Radiologists and a fellow of the College of Surgeons. He is a consultant clinical oncologist at the Christie Hospital in Manchester. He is also treasurer for the UK PDT Charitable Trust.

EPPM Secretary

Prof. Dr. med. Caroline Maake

Caroline Maake studied Human Medicine at the Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany. She then joined the Institute of Anatomy at the University of Zürich, where she obtained an extensive training in gross anatomy, histology and embryology. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the Departments of Internal Medicine and Physiology, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada she established an independent research group at the University of Zurich which was continuously supported by national and international funding. She received a habilitation degree from the University of Zürich, and, after a visiting professorship at the Institute of Anatomy, University of Erlangen, Germany, was appointed Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Anatomy of the University of Zurich. One of her current research interests focus on mechanisms and medical applications of photodynamic diagnosis and therapy.

EPPM Treasurer

Dr Julia Buchholz

In July 2002 Julia received her degree in Veterinary Medicine after studies at the Veterinary School in Giessen (Germany) and Nantes (France). From 2003-2005 she accomplished her doctoral thesis on Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) at the University of Zurich (Switzerland). Julia gained her Diploma in Radiation oncology In September 2007 after a combined residency program at the University of Zurich and the Colorado State University (2005 - 2007). She did spend some time at the Louisiana State University as Visiting Assistant Professor and she helped to set up the radiation oncology section at the Centro Oncologico Veterinario in Sasso Marconi, Italy. Since November 2008 until now Julia is running the radiation oncology section at the Animal Oncology and Imaging Center in Switzerland where she is treating veterinary patients with PDT on a regularly basis. Over the past 10 years, Julia presented at national and international meetings, wrote scientific articles and book chapters.

EPPM Board Member

Professor Heinrich Walt

Professor Heinrich Walt is a tumour scientist who got his degrees (master diploma and Ph.D.) at the Universities of Zurich and Fribourg, Switzerland. After a postdoc phase performing cancer related projects at the Institutes of Anatomy and Pathology of the University of Zurich, he built up a Research Division of Gynaecology at the Department of Gynaecology, University Hospital Zurich. In 1993 he received a title as a professor from the medical faculty of the University of Zurich. Presently he is group leader of Oral Oncology Research, University Hospital Zurich, Department of Cranio-Maxillo-Facial and Oral Surgery. Based on several sabbaticals Professor Walt has strong scientific connections to the Jackson Laboratory (TJL), Bar Harbor, Maine, USA. In 2006 he was appointed adjunct professor at TJL. From 2003-2008 he served as president of the Swiss Society for Oncology. Towards the end of 2009 he became a board member of the IT'IS foundation which is related to research in Information Technologies in Society. From 2001 until 2013 Professor Walt served as president of the European Platform for Photodynamic Medicine (EPPM).

EPPM Webmaster

Dr Ewan Eadie

Ewan graduated in 2005 from the University of Strathclyde studying Physics and Mathematical Finance. His postgraduate study then saw him complete a PhD in Optical Radiation Dosimetry Needs in Healthcare at the University of Dundee with Professor Harry Moseley. Ewan moved into public healthcare and joined the NHS in 2009 as a Pre-registration Clinical Scientist, working within the Nuclear Medicine department. In 2013 he registered with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Clinical Scientist and then, in 2015, joined the Photobiology Unit at Ninewells Hospital to lead their scientific services. Ewan's primary role is to ensure the high quality and safety of the photobiology service in Dundee, Scotland. His research interests revolve around the use of technology for improving patient care. There have been several grant applications and collaborations with industry, international partners, UK healthcare providers and public health bodies focussed around Photodynamic Therapy, in particular Daylight PDT.