Dr Philip Tong

MBBS (Hons) PhD FACD
Clinical Lecturer
Dermatology, Central Clinical School


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Biographical details

I was formerly the inaugural Dean’s Fellow in Dermatology at Sydney Medical School and completed my dermatology training in New South Wales. My background is in clinical and translational research in dermatology and dermatopathology.

Research interests

My current scientific pursuit at the cellular level combines cutting edge intravital imaging and multi-parameter flow cytometry with sophisticated mouse models to visualise and functionally characterise immune cells in vivo. I remain active in clinical and translational research at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital with a number of projects underway.

Current projects

1. Defining mast cell functions in skin.

2. Defining the function of group 2 innate lymphoid cells in human skin.

3. Immune composition in normal human skin and patients with inflammatory skin diseases.

4. Personalised medicine in dermatology therapeutics

Associations

Member, Sydney Catalyst (Translational Cancer Research Centre, Sydney)

Member, Australasian Society for Dermatology Research

Member, Australasian Dermatopathology Society

Member, European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology

Member, Asian Society for Pigment Cell Research

Member, Medical Dermatology Society

Awards and honours

Taiwan Dermatological Association (TDA) Travel Award to attend and present at the 42nd TDA and 8th Asian Society of Pigment Cell Research (ASPCR) Joint Meeting, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (2016)

Imrich Sarkany Non-European Memorial Scholarship, awarded by the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology to attend the 24th EADV Congress (2015)

President’s Medal for the Highest mark in the 2014 Pharmacology Examinations for the Australasian College of Dermatologists (2015)

International Federation of Pigment Cell Societies Travel Award to attend and present at the 22nd International Pigment Cell Conference, Singapore, Singapore (2014)

European Society for Dermatological Research Travel Grant to attend and present at the 44th Annual ESDR meeting, Copenhagen, Denmark (2014)

Society for Investigative Dermatology Eugene M. Farber Travel Award to attend and present at the 62nd Montagna Symposium on the Biology of the Skin, Washington, USA (2013)

Brenan Oral Prize Presentation award at the 33rd Australasian Dermatopathology Society Annual Meeting, Melbourne (2012)

Early Career Researcher Poster prize at the Conjoint 3rd Australasian Wound & Tissue Repair Society Meeting and 9th Australasian Society for Dermatology Research Meeting, Sydney (2012)

In the media

Australasian Society for Immunology Newsletter: 'Immune Imaging Laboratory, Centenary Institute' p.10 (June 2013)
MedEsthetics Vol. 10 No. 1: 'A potential step in quantifying sun damage' p.57 (Jan-Feb 2014)
Australasian Science Vol. 35(8): 'An Atlas for Immune Cells in Skin' p.7 (Oct 2014)

International links

Denmark

(LEO Pharma) Quantitative approaches to immune characterisation in human skin

Germany

(Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin) Flow characterisation of mast cell disorders

Hong Kong S.A.R.

(School of Biological Sciences, The University of Hong Kong) Clinical applications of plant polyphenols in skin disease and skin care

Singapore

(Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, A*STAR) Quantitative approaches to immune characterisation in human skin

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Alexander, K., Tong, P., Macartney, K., Beresford, R., Sheppeard, V., Gupta, M. (2018). Live zoster vaccination in an immunocompromised patient leading to death secondary to disseminated varicella zoster virus infection. Vaccine, 36(27), 3890-3893. [More Information]
  • Obeidy, P., Tong, P., Weninger, W. (2018). Research Techniques Made Simple: Two-Photon Intravital Imaging of the Skin. Journal of Investigative Dermatology, 138(4), 720-725. [More Information]
  • Tong, P., Chow, E. (2017). Isopropyl myristate contact allergy: could your moisturizer be the culprit? Contact Dermatitis, 77(3), 184-185. [More Information]
  • Tong, P., West, N., Cox, A., Gebski, V., Watts, A., Dodds, A., Fazekas de St Groth, B., Cripps, A., Shumack, S. (2017). Oral supplementation with bovine whey-derived Ig-rich fraction and lactoferrin improves SCORAD and DLQI in atopic dermatitis. Journal of Dermatological Science, 85(2), 143-146. [More Information]
  • Roediger, B., Kyle, R., Tay, S., Mitchell, A., Bolton, H., Guy, T., Tan, S., Forbes-Blom, E., Tong, P., Koller, Y., Shklovskaya, E., Fazekas de St Groth, B., Weninger, W., et al (2015). IL-2 is a critical regulator of group 2 innate lymphoid cell function during pulmonary inflammation. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 136(6), 1653-1663e7. [More Information]
  • Tong, P., Zagarella, S., Mann, S. (2015). Lichenoid keratosis as a cause of localised alopecia areata. Australasian Journal of Dermatology, 56(4), e109-e110. [More Information]
  • Tong, P., Roediger, B., Kolesnikoff, N., Biro, M., Tay, S., Jain, R., Shaw, L., Grimbaldeston, M., Weninger, W. (2015). The Skin Immune Atlas: Three-Dimensional Analysis of Cutaneous Leukocyte Subsets by Multiphoton Microscopy. Journal of Investigative Dermatology, 135(1), 84-93. [More Information]
  • Prakash, M., Munoz, M., Jain, R., Tong, P., Koskinen, A., Regner, M., Kleifeld, O., Ho, B., Olson, M., Turner, S., Weninger, W., et al (2014). Granzyme B Promotes Cytotoxic Lymphocyte Transmigration via Basement Membrane Remodeling. Immunity, 41(6), 960-972. [More Information]
  • Tay, S., Roediger, B., Tong, P., Tikoo, S., Weninger, W. (2014). The Skin-Resident Immune Network. Current Dermatology Reports, 3, 13-22. [More Information]
  • Tong, P., Qin, J., Cooper, C., Lowe, P., Murrell, D., Kossard, S., Ng, L., Roediger, B., Weninger, W., Haass, N. (2013). A quantitative approach to histopathological dissection of elastin-related disorders using multiphoton microscopy. British Journal of Dermatology, 169(4), 869-879. [More Information]
  • Roediger, B., Kyle, R., Yip, K., Sumaria, N., Guy, T., Kim, B., Mitchell, A., Tay, S., Jain, R., Forbes-Blom, E., Tong, P., Fazekas de St Groth, B., Weninger, W., et al (2013). Cutaneous immunosurveillance and regulation of inflammation by group 2 innate lymphoid cells. Nature Immunology, 14(6), 564-573. [More Information]

2018

  • Alexander, K., Tong, P., Macartney, K., Beresford, R., Sheppeard, V., Gupta, M. (2018). Live zoster vaccination in an immunocompromised patient leading to death secondary to disseminated varicella zoster virus infection. Vaccine, 36(27), 3890-3893. [More Information]
  • Obeidy, P., Tong, P., Weninger, W. (2018). Research Techniques Made Simple: Two-Photon Intravital Imaging of the Skin. Journal of Investigative Dermatology, 138(4), 720-725. [More Information]

2017

  • Tong, P., Chow, E. (2017). Isopropyl myristate contact allergy: could your moisturizer be the culprit? Contact Dermatitis, 77(3), 184-185. [More Information]
  • Tong, P., West, N., Cox, A., Gebski, V., Watts, A., Dodds, A., Fazekas de St Groth, B., Cripps, A., Shumack, S. (2017). Oral supplementation with bovine whey-derived Ig-rich fraction and lactoferrin improves SCORAD and DLQI in atopic dermatitis. Journal of Dermatological Science, 85(2), 143-146. [More Information]

2015

  • Roediger, B., Kyle, R., Tay, S., Mitchell, A., Bolton, H., Guy, T., Tan, S., Forbes-Blom, E., Tong, P., Koller, Y., Shklovskaya, E., Fazekas de St Groth, B., Weninger, W., et al (2015). IL-2 is a critical regulator of group 2 innate lymphoid cell function during pulmonary inflammation. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 136(6), 1653-1663e7. [More Information]
  • Tong, P., Zagarella, S., Mann, S. (2015). Lichenoid keratosis as a cause of localised alopecia areata. Australasian Journal of Dermatology, 56(4), e109-e110. [More Information]
  • Tong, P., Roediger, B., Kolesnikoff, N., Biro, M., Tay, S., Jain, R., Shaw, L., Grimbaldeston, M., Weninger, W. (2015). The Skin Immune Atlas: Three-Dimensional Analysis of Cutaneous Leukocyte Subsets by Multiphoton Microscopy. Journal of Investigative Dermatology, 135(1), 84-93. [More Information]

2014

  • Prakash, M., Munoz, M., Jain, R., Tong, P., Koskinen, A., Regner, M., Kleifeld, O., Ho, B., Olson, M., Turner, S., Weninger, W., et al (2014). Granzyme B Promotes Cytotoxic Lymphocyte Transmigration via Basement Membrane Remodeling. Immunity, 41(6), 960-972. [More Information]
  • Tay, S., Roediger, B., Tong, P., Tikoo, S., Weninger, W. (2014). The Skin-Resident Immune Network. Current Dermatology Reports, 3, 13-22. [More Information]

2013

  • Tong, P., Qin, J., Cooper, C., Lowe, P., Murrell, D., Kossard, S., Ng, L., Roediger, B., Weninger, W., Haass, N. (2013). A quantitative approach to histopathological dissection of elastin-related disorders using multiphoton microscopy. British Journal of Dermatology, 169(4), 869-879. [More Information]
  • Roediger, B., Kyle, R., Yip, K., Sumaria, N., Guy, T., Kim, B., Mitchell, A., Tay, S., Jain, R., Forbes-Blom, E., Tong, P., Fazekas de St Groth, B., Weninger, W., et al (2013). Cutaneous immunosurveillance and regulation of inflammation by group 2 innate lymphoid cells. Nature Immunology, 14(6), 564-573. [More Information]

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