University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Hospital
Annamari Ranki is Professor of Dermatology and Venereology at the University of Helsinki, Finland, and Chairperson of the Department of Skin and Allergic Diseases at the University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Hospital (HUCH) Center for Inflammation. She received her MD and her PhD from the University of Helsinki in 1977 and 1978, respectively, and then studied human NK-cell identification and T- and B- lymphocyte markers. Research in dermatology followed, focusing on immune responses in rheumatoid arthritis, lupus erythematosus, and various skin diseases. She became a specialist in 1983, with a subspecialty in dermatological allergology, and was appointed Professor of Dermatology and Venereology at the University of Oulu, Finland, in 1994, the University of Tampere, Finland, in 1996, and the University of Helsinki in 1997.
In 1983, Professor Ranki started an exciting research period studying a new disease of unknown origin: AIDS, at Dr Robert Gallo’s laboratory at the National Cancer Institute, in Bethesda, MD, USA, and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, USA. After returning to Finland she continued studies on HIV immunology and vaccine development. Her group has concentrated on the molecular pathogenesis of cutaneous T-cell lymphomas and has studied the autoinflammatory periodic fever syndrome (“TRAPS”) and APS-1.
Professor Ranki has been active in research politics both at national and international level, has served as President of the European Dermatology Forum (EDF) and a board member of the International Society for Cutaneous Lymphomas (ISCL), and is currently an EADV board member and a member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters. Professor Ranki has published around 240 scientific papers and supervised a number of PhD students on various topics ranging from HIV infection to cutaneous lymphomas, and was awarded the International League of Dermatological Societies (ILDS) Certificate of Appreciation in 2010 and the EDF Pro Meritis Award in 2014.