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Photobiology Unit

Research & Publications

Photobiology Unit - Research & Publications

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Extensive research, teaching and training programmes are delivered. We have a regular stream of visiting national and international professionals and an important function of the Unit is education and training. This is offered at undergraduate level, where we play a key role in undergraduate teaching and curriculum development, with emphasis on innovative teaching methods. We additionally have a major role in post graduate teaching, including offering a biennial Photodermatology course and regular formal training attachments for the Edinburgh dermatology trainees.

Our research programme is all directly related to optimising patient care, with major overlap between clinical activity, physics and biology. As such we have several activities within the Unit providing added value.


2018 publications so far

  • Eadie E, Ibbotson SH, Dawe RS. Irradiance, as well as body site and timing of readings, is important in determining ultraviolet A minimal erythemal dose. Br J Dermatol 2018; 178: 297-298
  • Wright L, Bull F, Baptista-Hon D, Dalgaty F, Gallacher M, Woods JA, Ibbotson SH, Hales TG. Menthol reduces phototoxicity pain in a mouse model of photodynamic therapy. PAIN 2018; 159: 284-297
  • Foerster J, Boswell K, West J, Cameron H, Fleming C, Ibbotson S, Dawe R. Narrowband UVB treatment is highly effective and causes a strong reduction in the use of steroid and other creams in psoriasis patients in clinical practice. PLoS ONE 12(8): e0181813
  • Fargnoli MC, Ibbotson S, Hunger R et al. Results of a real-world observational study on methyl aminolevulinate daylight photodynamic therapy in the treatment of multiple actinic keratosis of the face and scalp in 6 European countries. J Euro Acad Dermatol 2017 (in press, Nov 2017)
  • Dawe RS, Valbuena MC (2017). Actinic Prurigo. In Treatment of Skin Disease: comprehensive therapeutic strategies, 5th Ed. Lebwohl MG, Heymann WR, Berth-Jones J, Coulson I (eds). London: Elsevier Saunders, pp18-20
  • Ibbotson SH. Field change actinic keratosis and immunosuppression: therapeutic options. Br J Dermatol 2018 (in press)
  • Ibbotson S. Optimising PDT regimes: variables in irradiation may influence outcomes. Br J Dermatol 2018 (in press)
  • Eadie E and Ibbotson SH (2018). Advances in photodermatology. In: Zaheri S, Al L, editors. Recent Advances in Photodermatology, 1st Ed. (in press)