MA (Cantab), BMBCh (Oxon), FAAD (USA), MD (UNSW), FACD
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Statement of Research Interests:
Clinical dermatology Research • quality of life studies in blistering diseases; epidemiology of Epidermolysis bullosa and autoimmune blistering diseases in Australia; Basic/Translational research: genotype-phenotype correlations in epidermolysis bullosa • gene and cell therapy for dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa • autoantigen mapping in pemphigus and pemphigoid • squamous cell carcinoma and angiogenesis factors Dermatopharmacology Research • photodynamic therapy for non-melanoma skin cancer • trials of new therapies for psoriasis • evidence based therapies and measurement tools for blistering diseases ; Supervision of ILP students since the program started - the first student, John Frew, won the prize for the best project at the Annual Symposium at St George Hospital in 2007 (Development of a quality of life scale, the QOLEB, for EB); Yong Kho won the same prize in 2008 (Establishment of the Australasian EB Registry); Deshan Sebaratnam, Shien-Ning Chee and Anna Hanna worked on the development and validation of a novel outcome measure for quality of life in Autoimmune blistering diseases; Clement Loh (honours student 2012) received a Dean's list award for research on development and validation of the EBDASI for scoring EB; many ILP students have had high distinctions and oral and poster presentations at local, national and some at International conferences, and published papers in the top dermatology journals, including JAAD, JAMA Dermatology and British Journal of Dermatology
Statement of Teaching Interests:
As Director of Dermatology at the St George Hospital, she set up a new course at the St George Campus for 4th years and at UNSW, with her colleague Prof Anderson, for 5th years. The courses consisted of interactive lectures and clinics. In the revised course, dermatology is now arranged as an elective subject and she takes local and overseas elective students interested in dermatology for 1-2 months of intensive clinics and teaching. There is a regular seminar with visiting speakers for all dermatology staff at St George Hospital on Wednesdays.
She has established special programmes for GP education in dermatology in her clinics and publishes monthly cases in "Australian Doctor". Dermatology participation at Medicine Grand Rounds is an important aspect of dermatology teaching to the medical trainees, including interactive consultations presented, annual lectures, and lectures to individual departments, including emergency, surgery, rheumatology, paediatrics and genetics.
Dermatology registrars: establishment of teaching clinics at St George Hospital and regular lecture programme; monthly meeting presentations and annual meeting cases in Sydney; Specialist multidisciplinary EB Clinic at Sydney Children's Hospital; provision of cases for FACD clinical examinations. Mentor for dermatology registrars on electives in Australia.
Dermatology Fellows: Supervision and teaching of several Australian clinical research fellows at St George Hospital who have entered/completed dermatology training. There have been three board-certified American dermatology fellows. Each year we have a pre- and post-dermatology fellow doing research.
Visiting dermatologists: Arranged invited lectures by overseas professors to St George Hospital and other local institutions (Skin and Cancer Foundation; Concord Hospital) have included Dr Bruce Thiers (Editor of JAAD), Prof Joseph Jorizzo (Board of Directors, AAD), Prof Wilma Bergfeld (former President, AAD), Cleveland Clinic, USA; Prof Jim Krueger, Rockefeller Univ, NY; Dr Joseph Pace, Malta; Dr Marcia Ramos e Silva, Brasil; Prof Sara Brenner, Israel; Dr Evangeline Handog, Univ of Santo Tomas, Philippines; Prof James McMillan, Univ of Sapporo, Japan; Prof Johann Bauer, Paracelsus Univ, Salzburg; Dr Tariq Khan, Great Ormond St Hospital, London; Prof Antonella Tosti, Univ of Bologna, Italy; Prof Martin Black, St Thomas' Hospital, London; Dr Anne Kobza Black, St Thomas' Hospital, London; Prof Eli Sprecher, Sourasky Univ, Tel Aviv.
Elective students from overseas and Australia spend several weeks in the department. Teaching covers all aspects of dermatology. Prof Murrell gives many invited lectures each year locally, interstate and overseas. She has run two hour focus sessions at the American Academy of Dermatology (the largest dermatology conference in the world) annually for 9 years and served on the faculty of the AAD's Gross & Microscopic Symposium (400 presentations over 2 days) for 5 years; presentations at the last three ILDS World Congresses of Dermatology (Paris, Buenos Aires, Seoul).
Convenor of several conferences/workshops in Sydney and overseas, including Congress President for the Australasian Society of Dermatology Research conference in Sydney 2012
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My Research Supervision
ILP and honours students with my fellows who act as cosupervisors. My students also get to attend dermatology clinics and teaching programmes.