Genes for hair colour and skin’s ability to tan

Dr Bataille and her team have recently published two papers looking at genes for hair colour as well as genes having a role in the skin’s ability to tan. The high number of new genes discovered will help the field of skin cancer but also other areas of medicine as pigmentation of hair and skin is linked to other diseases.

2017 Publications

Dr Bataille continues to publish in high impact journals and was busy in 2017:

Ribero et al. Effects of sex on naevus body distribution and melanoma risk in two melanoma case-control studies at different latitudes. Brit J Dermatol 2017;176:1093-1094

Ribero et al. Acne and telomere length. A new spectrum between senescence and apoptosis pathways. J Invest Dermatol 2017;137:513-515

Ribero et al. Positive association between Vitamin D serum levels and naevus counts. Acta Derm Venereol 2017;10:321-324

Roos et al. Higher naevus count exhibits a distinct DNA methylation signature in healthy human skin: implications for melanoma. J Invest Dermatol 2017;137:910-920.

Puig-Butille JA et al. Genomic expression differences  between cutaneous cells from red hair color individuals and black hair color individuals based in bioinformatic analysis. Oncotarget 2017;14:11589-11599.

Law et al. Genome wide association shows that pigmentation genes play a role in skin aging. J Invest Dermatol 2017;137:1887-1894.

Zugna et al. Favourable prognostic role of histological regression in stage III positive sentinel lymph node melanoma patients. Br J Cancer 2017;Nov 9 Ahead of print.

View more on the Publications page.

World Congress o Teledermatology

Dr Bataille has recently organized with 2 dermatology colleagues the World Congress of Teledermatology at the Royal College of Physicians in London. The meeting attracted dermatologists and nurses from 22 countries and showed the rapid expansion of mobile applications for the remote diagnosis of skin cancer in areas of the world where dermatologists are not easy to reach.

The need for expertise in the diagnosis of skin lesions remotely is bigger than ever as the development of phone applications for skin cancer screening has expanded rapidly over the last few years with applications from GPs to specialists but also consumers directly to specialists. These applications raised important issues regarding diagnosis, confidentiality, audits, data storage and many others which were discussed at the meeting with many eminent teledermatologists from all over the world.


Genetics of Melanoma and Mole Mapping with FotoFinder

Dr Veronique Bataille has just published several articles on melanoma and continue her longstanding research interest in moles and skin cancer.

Dr Veronique Bataille offers Mole Mapping which is software from Fotofinder in Germany allowing for the documentation of all your moles with very detailed photographs called dermoscopy. These are magnified above 20 times. These photos are precisely mapped to your body so when you come back for follow up, the moles can be compared and the software finds them on each part of the body and allows to look for potential changes.

This is especially relevant for patients with a lot of naevi especially large ones called atypical naevi but also for patients with a family history of melanoma.


Acne and Reduced Ageing of the Skin

Dr Bataille is looking at the relationship between acne and reduced ageing especially in the skin. Her team at Kings College has confirmed that acne sufferers have longer telomeres and therefore appear to age more slowly than their peers. This is often visible many years after the acne has settled down. The research was published in a top American dermatology journal in September and was covered by the media.

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Arm mole count predicts skin cancer risk

Having more than 11 moles on one arm indicates a higher-than-average risk of skin cancer or melanoma, research suggests.

Dr Bataille appeared on the Radio 4 Today programme and the BBC News talking about a new tool that GP’s can use to gauge the potential risk of developing skin cancer.

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