Speakers

Dr Elise Kleyn

FRCP (UK), MMedSci, PhD

 Dr Elise Kleyn is a Consultant Dermatologist and Clinical Senior Lecturer. She pursued her postgraduate training on the North West Regional Dermatology Training Scheme. She was awarded her PhD degree from The University of Manchester and her MMedSci degree from The University of Liverpool and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, London.

Dr Kleyn is the Director of the Brain-Skin Unit, Centre for Dermatology Research and for more than a decade has been one of five Consultant Dermatologists who lead the tertiary Greater Manchester Psoriasis Service. Consequently, she has extensive clinical experience with both biologic and non-biologic systemic therapies. Dr Kleyn’s research has been focused on the ‘brain-skin’ axis in health and disease, forming the basis of her PhD thesis, and for which she has received a number of national awards. In addition, she has a particular interest in inflammatory skin disease, brain imaging as well as the safety of therapies and has focussed her research work on these areas. She has been an invited speaker at major national and international meetings and is a steering committee member of the British Association of Dermatologists Biologics and Immunomodulators Register (BADBIR) as well as Scientific Lead for Psychodermatology UK. She co-leads the British Association of Dermatologists Well-being Steering Group (#DermTogether). Dr Kleyn is actively involved in medical education in the clinical setting, as a PhD supervisor and as programme lead for a very successful Inflammatory Disease Preceptorship Programme which she has developed. She is an Equality and Diversity Lead and Athena Swan Champion.

Dr Sarah Walsh

MB BCh BAO BMedSci MRCP Consultant Dermatologist

I am a consultant dermatologist working at King’s College Hospital in London. I completed my undergraduate training in Ireland at University College Cork, and post-graduate training in Edinburgh and Glasgow, before migrating to the south-east of England for her consultant post, in part in search of drier weather for tennis. 

I am the dermatologist for the Sarcoidosis Specialist Service, commissioned centrally by NHS England, and run from King’s College Hospital in London. Managing complex multisystem patients with consultant colleagues in respiratory medicine, neurology, ophthalmology, cardiology and others, the Service has seen over 1000 patients since its inception in 2011. I also run a separate clinic for patients in whom the skin is the primary organ involved, running their immunosuppression and recording disease characteristics. The cutaneous sarcoidosis database contains over 100 patients. 

My other major clinical interest is severe cutaneous adverse reactions (SCAR), and I am a contributing member of the UK severe drug reaction registry, SCAR UK. I have authored several book chapters on the topic. I also run the female genital skin clinic at King’s and maintain an active role in inpatient and liaison dermatology at this acute hospital site. 

In recent years I have become interested in the role of visual literacy training for the dermatologist, a novel training method using fine art to hone observational and descriptive skills.  I have organised courses, seminars and informal teaching in this domain for registrar and consultant colleagues across Europe. I am the course chair of the EADV Visual Literacy course, 

In my free time, I am a keen tennis player, skier, and enjoy history of art. 

Prof Jane Setterfield

Professor of Oral and Dermatological Medicine, St John’s Institute of Dermatology and Dept Oral Medicine, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust & King’s College London (KCL)

 She trained in Dentistry at Barts & the London Hospital, Medicine at University College Hospitals London and spent one year between at the University of Connecticut undertaking research into oral microorganisms involved in rapidly advancing periodontal disease.  With a view to pioneering a new field of Oral Dermatology, she trained in dermatology at St John’s Institute of Dermatology and Oral Medicine at Guy’s Hospital, undertaking an MD which bridged the two disciplines on the study of mucous membrane pemphigoid (MMP). She leads a regional referral centre for oral dermatology and has accrued one of the largest cohorts of MMP patients worldwide. Her research has focussed on disease mechanisms in immunobullous (IB) diseases, improving diagnostic techniques and devising clinical outcome measures to enable identification of high risk patients and ultimately optimising treatment.  Her lab is currently working on biomarkers in serum and saliva, identifying specific epithelial target antigens and investigating the role of the oral microbiome. She is actively involved in the European reference network for rare diseases and the EADV taskforce for IB diseases, developing international guidelines. She is recognised by King’s College of Educators as a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Authority, leads training in medicine for dentistry at KCL and nationally leads on the oral aspects of specialist dermatology training.