Man has only one means of discovery and that is to find likenesses between things (Bronowski)
I am an Emeritus Professor of Dermatology at the University of Edinburgh (2020). I was the Grant Chair of Dermatology in Edinburgh from 2000 to 2020, and Professor of Dermatology in Newcastle from 1992 to 1999. I trained in dermatology and clinical science in Newcastle, Vienna and Strasbourg. Academically, I tend to be a serial monomaniac. Most of my research career has centred on skin cancer, from early papers on the somatic genetics of skin tumours, through to studies on the genetics of pigmentation (‘ginger gene’), and finally work on automated diagnostic systems for skin cancer.
I am a past president of the European Society for Dermatological Research, and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. Just under ten years ago my research on automated and semi-automated methods of skin cancer diagnosis led to an interest in how students learn and whether the current structure of medical education and training makes sense (short answer: it doesn’t). This is my current mania.
To find out more about me follow the links at the top of this page. A cv is here. My unreasonable blog on education, medicine, and some other things that either depress or impress me, reestheskinblog, gives you an idea about what I continue to think about in the shower.