Discipline of Dermatology

Discipline of Dermatology

The skin is a unique organ that is prone to a vast spectrum of diseases including infections, genetic disorders, auto-immune inflammation and cancer.

The mission of the Discipline of Dermatology in the Sydney Medical School is to conduct world-class basic, translational and clinical research in all aspects of cutaneous biology and disease.

The Discipline further provides scientific training for students in skin biology, formal teaching in skin diseases for medical students as well as clinical training for dermatology registrars.

Latest News & Events

Congratulations to Dr Andrew Chen

Dr Andrew Chen received the ”Rising Star” PhD Student Award at the 2016 NSW Premier's Awards for Outstanding Cancer Research, for his work on the effects of nicotinamide (vitamin B3) in reducing the incidence of non-melanoma skin cancer in high risk patients.

Vitamin B3 derivative cuts risk of new skin cancers

A year of treatment with nicotinamide, a form of vitamin B3, significantly lowered the risk of common, non-melanoma skin cancer in high-risk patients, according to University of Sydney research published today in the New England Journal of Medicine. To read more on this article follow the link.

Immune system - New pathway discovered offering new insights for Asthma

Researchers at the Centenary Institute and Discipline of Dermatology Dr Ben Roediger and Professor Barbara Fazekas de St Groth have discovered a new pathway that may be vital for our understanding allergic asthma, the most common form of asthma and the prevalent form of childhood-onset asthma affecting 2 million Australians. To read more on this article follow the link.


Pablo Fernández-Peñas awarded the Order of Civil Merit (Officer).
Congratulations to Associate Professor Pablo Fernandez-Penas from Westmead Clinical School. Pablo has been awarded the Order of Civil Merit (Officer) by the Spanish Government.

Dr Andrew Lee (PhD) was awarded the Scientific Staff Council Scholarship for Oral Presentation and Vanderfield Memorial Travelling Scholarship Award.

Ms Lisa Farrugia (Honours Thesis) was awarded the Sydney Medical Program GS Caird Scholarship (No. II), for honours in a population medicine theme. For research into Effect of Pharmacists and GP’s on patient perceptions in the use of topical corticosteroids.

Lisa and Andrew are from the Northern Clinical School, and their awards were for research into long-term management of vulval lichen sclerosus.

Rashi Minocha was awarded the Walter Eberhard Schroeder Dermatology Research Scholarship.
Dr Minocha has been conducting laboratory-based studies to determine the effects of nicotinamide (vitamin B3) on melanoma cell biology: she has completed assays measuring cellular viability, proliferation, and invasion.
She has also been investigating the effects of nicotinamide on markers of immunity in hundreds of melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancers excised during the course of the recent ONTRAC Phase 3 nicotinamide skin cancer prevention study.


A/Professor Guy Lyons and Professor Gary Halliday
The UK-based Worldwide Cancer Research organisation awarded a grant to Guy Lyons and Gary Halliday for the project, “Genetic changes during oral carcinogenesis”. The value of the grant is £249,764 over 3 years (2016-2018).

This project will develop methods for identifying areas of the mouth that are going to give rise to cancers before they actually do so. It uses a novel experimental model that enables continuous observation of oral tissue in living mice as they develop oral cancer. We will analyse their growth patterns and genes to find marker genes and growth patterns for the regions of the mouth that later become cancer. The knowledge gained from those studies will form the basis of similar tests for screening patients, enabling us to identify pre-cancerous tissue that can be treated before it becomes cancer.