Professor Michael Tirant, is Professor of Dermatology at University of Rome G. Marconi, Rome , Italy and Hanoi Medical University, Hanoi, Vietnam. He is the founder and Principal Consultant, specializing in Integrative Dermatology, and Director at Psoriasis Eczema Clinic and Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia.
Prof. Tirant has been an advisor for Australia and South East Asia for the dermatology disabilities of the Vitiligo Research Foundation at the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), United Nations.
He has presented at many international dermatology conferences, including World Vitiligo Day, World Summit of Dermatology, Hanoi; Vitiligo Meeting, Rome Vitiligo Congress and numerous EADV meetings including, Geneva, Paris, Prague and Budapest and ICAMP meetings in Rome. He has also lectured in different fields of dermatology and General Medicine including Genetics, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Anti-aging Medicine and Nutritional Medicine.
He is an Advisor to the Scientific Editorial Board at the Hanoi National Hospital of Dermatology and Venereology. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Dermatologic Therapy Journal, Wiley-Blackwell, and the Journal of Global Dermatology. He is a Scientific Reviewer for a number of sectorial journals, including Dermatologic Therapy.
His special interests are pathogenesis and integrated treatment approach for psoriasis, eczema, vitiligo and other autoimmune disorders. He has published over 150 international papers and authored and co-authored several chapters and seventeen books in dermatology and medical sciences, including Textbook and Atlas of Dermatology, Springer- Clinical Cases in Pigmentary Disorders and Clinical Cases in Melanoma.
He has been involved in dermatology research for over 30 years, investigating triggers of a number of skin diseases and the early 80s showed that alcohol and tobacco smoking exacerbated psoriasis while nutrition plays major roles in the management of the disease. His research has now been validated internationally with many publications in those fields.
Currently, his research is focused on superantigen involvement in dermatological conditions. The research has found strong links between staphylococcal enterotoxin B and Streptococcal pyogenes C and psoriasis and atopic eczema flare ups. This has led to the current development of topical and systemic medications that specifically target these superantigenic toxins. Preliminary studies show promising results. He is also working on Staphylococcus aureus antimicrobial resistance, biofilms and quorum sensing.
He has developed over 40 topical and systemic products, using herbal bio-actives for the treatment of many dermatological conditions, including psoriasis, atopic eczema, ichthyosis, alopecia areata, vitiligo and systemic lupus erythematosus. The treatments are well accepted and used internationally by many dermatologists with great success.
Prof. Tirant has been a Pioneer in the field of Integrative Dermatology, having a holistic approach to the treatment of dermatological diseases, combining the best of conventional and alternative treatment approaches, leading to the evolution of Integrative Dermatology.
His motto is to “address triggers that flare up dermatological diseases, as well as treating the symptoms”. Integrative Dermatology is now used worldwide in the treatment and management of skin diseases.
Prof. Tirant has also collaborated with international colleagues in the field of Cosmetic Dermatology, elucidating pathways and mechanisms of aging skin. His research has led to the development of a range of Anti-aging cosmeceuticals which has been successfully used internationally for over 25 years.