I was educated at Somerville College, Oxford and St Mary’s Hospital Medical School, London and appointed clinical dermatology consultant at Oxford. Soon involved in clinical and scientific research I became Professor of Dermatology in 1999, one of the very few women Oxford clinical professors.
My clinical and research interests were the autoimmune blistering diseases and women’s health including vulval disease, pregnancy dermatoses and their treatment.
I was President of the British Society for the Study of Vulval Disease and the European Women’s Dermatologic Society and on the executive of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereolgy. I was awarded a Platinum Award for Clinical Excellence by the Department of Health (<400 in total). I was Maria Duran Lecturer in 2006 for the International Dermatology Society. In 2009 I was awarded the Parkes-Weber Medal by the Royal College of Physicians, a Certificate of Appreciation by the International League of Dermatological Societies and received the ISSVD Presidential Recognition Award.
Since retirement from I have been lead clinician for the BLISTER Trial published in the Lancet in 2017, and have particpated in Cochrane reviews and guidelines.
In retirement I have focussed on Outreach, helping pupils from Cornwall, an impoversished and disadvantaged area, to go to Oxbridge, Medical School and high ranking universities. This involves mentoring, one of the favourite aspects of my career.
MSc, DM, FRCP
Professor Emeritus, University of Oxford