Keynote, Invited and Guest Speakers2020-07-23T13:04:50+01:00

Keynote, Invited and Guest Speakers

The BAD Conference & Events Committee is extremely grateful to the contribution of the Keynote, Invited and Guest lecturers that attend the BAD Annual Meeting speaking in the Plenary and concurrent sessions. Some are familiar BAD Members, whilst others are from outside both the association and the specialty. All offer an invaluable educational benefit to our members and we are very thankful.

Please find below a list of the contributors to the 2020 Annual Meeting.

Professor Chris Griffiths OBE MD FMedSci

Chris Griffiths trained in Dermatology in London and Michigan and is Foundation Professor of Dermatology at the University of Manchester and a consultant dermatologist at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. He has held senior posts at the University of Manchester including Faculty Research Dean and Director of the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre. In 2015 Chris received the Sir Archibald Gray Medal, for outstanding service to British Dermatology, and in 2019 the British Society for Investigative Dermatology Medal for contributions to research. Chris is an NIHR Emeritus Senior Investigator and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences; he was appointed OBE “for services to dermatology” in the 2018 Queen’s New Year Honours list.

Chris is current President of the European Society for Dermatological Research and a past-President of the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) and the International Psoriasis Council. He directs the MRC stratified medicine PSORT consortium on psoriasis and is Chief Investigator of the BAD Biologics and Immunomodulators Register (BADBIR). He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of Rook’s Textbook of Dermatology. Chris has a career-long interest in all aspects of psoriasis beginning when he was part of the team credited with developing the concept that psoriasis is immune-mediated.

 He runs international courses on art appreciation for dermatologists and is active in global health initiatives.

Professor Mark Bower PhD FRCP FRCPath

Mark is a consultant medical oncologist at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital and Professor at Imperial College who specialises in the treatment of AIDS related malignancies. He has developed one of the largest centres for the management of these tumours in Europe, receiving referrals from throughout the UK and has cared for over 3,000 patients with HIV-associated cancers. His clinical research covers the epidemiology, aetiology, pathogenesis and management of these tumours and he has a laboratory programme studying their immunopathology.

Dr Joyce Lee is a Senior Consultant Dermatologist at the National Skin Centre (NSC), Singapore. She currently heads the Dermatopathology and Laboratories Division and was the former Head of the Hair and Nail subspecialty at NSC.

Dr Lee is the course organizer for the Dermatopathology National Training Program in Singapore, as well as a course instructor for the Histopathology National Training Program. Apart from serving as core clinical faculty member for the Dermatology Senior Residency Program at NSC, Dr Lee also oversees the Dermatopathology Fellowship program at NSC since it became an ICDP-UEMS accredited specialty training centre in 2015. She became the recipient of the NHG (National Healthcare Group) Education Leaders Award in 2016 and the Singhealth Partners in Education Award in 2019.

Dr Lee is the current Secretary/Treasurer of the International Society of Dermatopathology, as well as the Chairperson of the Education Committee of the Asian Society of Dermatopathology. She is an active reviewer for various regional and international journals, and is an editorial board member of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology and the Indian Journal of Dermatology and Venereology. To date, Dr Lee has published more than 100 articles in international peer-reviewed journals.

Dr Caroline Elton did her undergraduate degree at the University of Oxford, was awarded a postgraduate fellowship to the University of Pennsylvania, and completed her Ph.D in the Department of Academic Psychiatry, UCL Medical School. She is a chartered psychologist and for more than 20 years has held a number of positions working with doctors. Her first role involved shadowing senior clinicians on ward rounds, in outpatient clinics and in operating theatres, as part of an initiative to challenge outdated models of medical education. Later she was appointed as Head of the Careers Unit, responsible for supporting trainee doctors across the whole of London. She has also worked as Head of the Extended Medical Degree Programme – the largest ‘widening participation’ medical degree course in the UK. Caroline has written extensively about doctors, the problems they face and how best to support them and in 2018 her book Also Human – the inner lives of doctors was published by Penguin Random House in the UK, and by Basic Books in the US.

Adèle Green is a Senior Scientist at the QIMR Berghofer Institute of Medical Research in Brisbane, Australia, Senior Research Scientist at CRUK Manchester Institute and Professor of Epidemiology, University of Manchester. She trained in medicine, and her research career has focused on the causes, treatment and prevention of various cancers, especially in relation to melanoma and other skin cancer. She is Fellow of the Academy of Health & Medical Sciences, member of the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection, and of the Scientific Council of the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

Richard Marais is Director of the CRUK Manchester Institute and Professor of Molecular Biology at The University of Manchester, UK.  His studies on BRAF and cell signalling have significantly advanced our understanding of melanoma biology and aetiology.  He has translated his basic research discoveries into clinical implementation, improving patient outcomes, elucidating mechanisms of drug resistance and developing new drugs against BRAF and other cancer targets.  His research informs innovative clinical trial designs with signal seeking biomarkers to monitor therapy responses and optimise patient treatment.  His research also highlights the importance of combining sunscreen with other sun avoidance strategies to reduce population melanoma risk. With colleagues, he received the 2012 AACR Team Science Award for cancer drug discoveries.  He received the 2017 Translational and Clinical Research Award from The ARC Foundation Léopold Griffuel Awards, and the 2017 Outstanding Research Award from The Society of Melanoma Research. In 2018 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Professor Marais continues to study the basic biology of melanoma and other cancers in order to deliver better treatment strategies for patients and he is dedicated to providing exceptional training for the next generation of multi-disciplinary cancer researchers.

Gabriel is professor of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery at Hospital das Clínicas – University of Minas Gerais Brazil, who specializes in cutaneous oncology and Mohs Micrographic Surgery. He has more than 30 years of experience on this field. Gabriel is Master in Dermatology which tesis is about “The dermatology and the teach of out-patient surgery”. He has been author of many papers and books about dermatologic surgery. Gabriel was the past President of Brazilian Society of Dermatology, and Brazilian Society of Dermatologic Surgery and President of the X and XXX Brazilian Congress of Dermatologic Surgery. He presented a plenary lecture as a keynote speaker under the auspices of the International League of Dermatological Societies during the 24th World Congress of Dermatology, Milan, 2019.

Dr Lucy Thomas MPharm MBChB MRCP UK (Dermatology) qualified from the University of Birmingham with a first-class honours medical degree before securing competitive training posts at several central London teaching hospitals. She works as an NHS Consultant Dermatologist at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital where she carries out general and complex medical dermatology clinics as well as skin surgery. She has a passion for innovation and digital technologies and has attended the Exponential Medicine course run by Singularity University in San Diego. She helped to establish a successful teledermatology service for urgent two week wait referrals at Chelsea & Westminster hospital which has now managed over 3000 patients, the results of which she has presented nationally on multiple occasions. As an extension to this work she has mentored colleagues wishing to replicate the service at other trusts, has been involved with work around patient satisfaction/acceptability, helped establish a teledermatology review clinic and is engaged in some exciting research around artificial intelligence in dermatology. She is one of the clinical leads for the NW London outpatient transformation programme in Dermatology and is a member of the BAD teledermatology subcommittee.

Dual qualified as a Pharmacist, she graduated from the University of Wales with first-class honours and completed a Masters research degree which involved the design, synthesis and evaluation of novel anti-cancer drugs which was awarded the prestigious Welsh Development Agency Healthcare and Technology prize. She has supervised Imperial College Medical student BSc and specialist dermatology trainee research projects and has been Principle Investigator for a number of clinical trials. She also co-designed and runs the annual BAD DermPath Made Easy course for trainees.

Dr Tara Suchak qualified from the University of Dundee before taking up roles in Scotland, the Midlands and the North East.  After gaining CCT in HIV and Sexual Health she went to the University of Liverpool to undertake the Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.  Soon after she began working in clinical HIV trials after which she took up a Consultant post at 56 Dean Street, Europe’s busiest sexual health clinic, part of Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust. 

She is involved in sexual health, HIV and also reproductive health after gaining Membership of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health.   

She is safeguarding lead for Sexual Health London, London’s first pan wide online testing service.

A keen interest in teaching and training she is General Training Programme Director for Inner North West London.

Her passion lies with the trans community, running the Uk’s first, and most successful,  weekly trans specific sexual health service, 56T.

The service has won numerous awards and has grown over the years to include a bootcamp for trans women, a partnership with Chelsea Football Club to provide a wellbeing programme and a collaboration with Royal Marsden partners to provide a dedicated trans smear clinic.

In the Spring she will lead on a new Gender Identity Clinic opening at 56 Dean Street.  This is the first new gender clinic to open in England in decades and will provide a brand new model of care for those wishing to transition.  

Nick Levell has been a consultant dermatologist in Norwich for over 25 years (except for a month as a consultant in older persons medicine during the Covid-19 crisis).

He is employed by the NHS GIRFT programme as national clinical lead in dermatology and also by the National Institute of Health Research as Speciality National Lead.  A past-President of the British Association of Dermatologists and the British Society of Medical Dermatology, he chairs the BAD Therapy and Guidelines Committee, is Vice-President of the European Society for the history of Dermatovenerology and BAD Willan librarian.  His research interests include health economics, epidemiology, health services research, medical history and clinical research in cellulitis and inflammatory skin diseases.

Roderick James Hay trained in dermatology in Guy’s Hospital, the St Johns Institute of Dermatology and the Centers for Disease Control ( Atlanta, USA). He is Emeritus Professor of Cutaneous Infection, Kings College London (KCL) and of Dermatology, Queens University Belfast and is currently Consultant Dermatologist at the London Bridge Hospital. His clinical and scientific interests are infectious and tropical skin disease and he has carried out research in many different countries from Papua New Guinea to Mexico. He is a member of the WHO technical Advisory Group on Buruli ulcer and Skin NTDs. He was Chair of the International Foundation for Dermatology – 2002-2015 and is adviser to the International League of Dermatological Societies; he received the medal for Achievements in Global dermatology in 2019. He is a former Dean of the St Johns Institute of Dermatology, London and Chair of the External Relations Committee, KCL. From 2002-2007 he was Head of the School of Medicine and Dentistry and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Queens University Belfast.

Veronica Kinsler is professor of paediatric dermatology and dermatogenetics at Great Ormond Street (GOS) Hospital for Children and UCL, with her research lab based at the Francis Crick Institute in London.  She trained in medicine at Cambridge, paediatrics and paediatric dermatology in London, and molecular genetics at UCL.  Clinical work is focused on rare paediatric skin conditions, in particular mosaic and/or pigmentary disorders.  Laboratory research is focused on identifying the genetic causes, and design or repurposing of targeted therapies.  In parallel, the lab extrapolates findings to gain valuable insights into common conditions such as melanoma, and into normal human embryology. Veronica is always happy to meet and chat to trainees who are interested in paediatric dermatology and/or an academic career, to help foster the much-needed new generation in these fields:

Jane Setterfield is Professor of Oral and Dermatological Medicine, St John’s Institute of Dermatology and Dept Oral Medicine, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust & King’s College London (KCL)

She trained in Dentistry at Barts & the London Hospital, Medicine at University College Hospitals London and spent one year between at the University of Connecticut undertaking research into oral microorganisms involved in rapidly advancing periodontal disease.  With a view to pioneering a new field of Oral Dermatology, she trained in dermatology at St John’s Institute of Dermatology and Oral Medicine at Guy’s Hospital, undertaking an MD which bridged the two disciplines on the study of mucous membrane pemphigoid (MMP). She leads a regional referral centre for oral dermatology and has accrued one of the largest cohorts of MMP patients worldwide. Her research has focussed on disease mechanisms in immunobullous (IB) diseases, improving diagnostic techniques and devising clinical outcome measures to enable identification of high risk patients and ultimately optimising treatment.  Her lab is currently working on biomarkers in serum and saliva, identifying specific epithelial target antigens and investigating the role of the oral microbiome. She is actively involved in the European reference network for rare diseases and the EADV taskforce for IB diseases, developing international guidelines. She is recognised by King’s College of Educators as a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Authority, leads training in medicine for dentistry at KCL and nationally leads on the oral aspects of specialist dermatology training.

Invited lecture

Developing the field of Oral Dermatology: challenges and opportunities

Dr. Warren R. Heymann is the editor of DW Insights & Inquiries. He received his MD degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (1979), completed an internship in Internal Medicine at NYU/Bellevue (1980), a residency in dermatology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (1983), and a fellowship in dermatopathology at the University of Pennsylvania (1985). He is board certified in dermatology, dermatopathology, and pediatric dermatology. He has been affiliated with the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University since 1986, where he is currently Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics and Head of the Division of Dermatology. He is also Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania, and serves as a Director of the American Board of Dermatology.

Dr. Heymann is a coeditor of the textbook Treatment of Skin Disease and the editor Dermatology World Insights and Inquiries website of the American Academy of Dermatology. He is a past editor of Dialogues in Dermatology and has authored numerous papers and book chapters, focusing mostly on a variety of issues related to medical and pediatric dermatology. He currently has a column named “A Clinician’s Perspective” in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. Dr. Heymann was the inaugural recipient of the 2011 Practitioner of the Year Award from the Philadelphia Dermatological Society, presented for Dr. Heymann’s exemplary service as a practitioner of dermatology. In 2013 Dr. Heymann was honored as the Dermatologist of the Year by the Pennsylvania Academy of Dermatology. He has consistently been listed as a “Top Doctor” in Philadelphia Magazine, New Jersey Monthly, South Jersey Magazine, Best Doctors, and U.S. News and World Report. In 2015 he was named as a Master Educator at the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. The Medical Dermatology Society presented him with the “Lifetime Achievement” Award in 2018 for his contributions to the discipline. In 2019 the AAD honored him with its Thomas G. Pearson Memorial Education Achievement Award.

Matthew Helbert trained in Clinical Immunology and has held consultant posts in Barts and in Manchester, before retiring in 2015. He was diagnosed with Gorlin Syndrome as an adult. Since then, although he only has mild GS and he’s done his best to avoid UV, Matthew has had over 50 BCCs excised. He will explain why surgery for BCCs feels worse as time passes and give his ideas for how it could be improved. He’s also got a few things to say about big hats, sunscreen prescrptions and improving non-surgical treatments.

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