Dr. Roberto Takaoka
Roberto Takaoka is a dermatologist from São Paulo, who has worked in the field of atopic dermatitis for more than 25 years. After finishing his Dermatology Residency at the University of São Paulo Medical School, he was a research fellow at the Oregon Health & Sciences University, supervised by Prof. Jon Hanifin working in clinical and basic research in the area of atopic dermatitis. After returning to Brazil in 1990, he opened the Atopic Dermatitis Clinic at the University of São Paulo Medical School Hospital, which he continues to run to this day.
Roberto founded the Brazilian Atopic Dermatitis Association (AADA) in 1997 after many years of experience with support groups for patients with atopic dermatitis at the University of São Paulo Medical School. AADA's mission is to transform the disease into an opportunity for growth and self-development through art, science and education. Projects include the creation of support groups for patients and their families, distribution of educational materials about atopic dermatitis, art workshops, and organization of scientific meetings for doctors and other health care professionals.
Roberto is interested in art and design and has attended courses on Innovation and Social Enterpreneurship at MIT and Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Roberto Takaoka had the honor to be the General Chair of the 9th Georg Rajka Symposium, the most prestigious international meeting in the field of atopic dermatitis held in São Paulo in 2016 and is the current Vice-President of the International Society of Atopic Dermatitis (ISAD).
Roberto Takaoka is currently attending a Masters of Research Program on Healthcare & Design at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London.