The dermatology department at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) has seven consultants and is establishing a reputation as a centre for high quality research. The department is heavily involved in four key areas of research:
- Skin cancer
- General dermatology
- Contributing to other disciplines’ research
- Advising the University of Birmingham on pre-clinical development of new drugs
Dr Jerry Marsden is a nationally recognised expert on melanoma and leads on a wide portfolio of skin cancer research with Dr Neil Steven, a medical oncologist. This includes studies of new drugs for treating advanced melanoma, combined with laboratory-based scientific studies aimed at improving our understanding of skin cancer and its treatment.
Consultant dermatologist Dr Helen Lewis is particularly active in research into psoriasis has been particularly successful in leading work on psoriasis, a condition which involves an acceleration in the speed at which the body replaces skin cells.
Dr Agustin Martin-Clavijo is also active in research, working on several areas of interest, including a rare condition called pyoderma gangrenosum.
Working with other specialties
The department regularly helps other specialties in their research, providing specialist expertise on the dermatological elements of their research.
Examples include work with neurology on the effects on the scalp of certain treatments, and collaboration with haematology on various research projects.
Dr Ser-Ling Chua is developing research on some of the dermatological aspects of HIV.
Advising on pre-clinical research at the University of Birmingham
UHB dermatologists work closely with colleagues at the University of Birmingham on the pre-clinical testing of new creams to assess their effect on skin tissue and then calculate what sort of drugs can be delivered using the creams.