'Dermatogenetics' is a newly established special interest group.
We aim to develop links between dermatologists with an interest in
genetics and geneticists with an interest in dermatology, to
facilitate the sharing of knowledge and exchange of ideas in both
clinical medicine and research.
Dermatology genetics is a field of active research, with the
potential for early application to clinical practice. The use of
current DNA sequencing technology offers the promise of identifying
genes and genetic mechanisms responsible for many of the
dermatological syndromes and signs which remain incompletely
understood. The highly ambitious 100K Genome Project, announced by
David Cameron in 2012, aims to sequence the entire DNA code of up
to 100,000 NHS patients. This will represent a uniquely powerful
resource for the research community, including rare disease
research in dermatology.
The field of genetic research is moving forward at such a pace
that it is difficult to keep up. Dermatogenetics aims to help by
providing clinically relevant and up-to-date information for
clinical dermatologists as well as those with an academic
Specifically, Dermatogenetics aims to:
- Improve the recognition and phenotyping of cutaneous
manifestations of genetic disorders, by closer working between
dermatologists and geneticists.
- Provide a forum at the annual BSGM to discuss cases that have
cutaneous manifestations at a multidisciplinary meeting involving
dermatologists, geneticists and scientists.
- Offer opportunities for the education of specialty trainees in
genetics and dermatology via seminars held at the annual BSGM