Date: 9th May, 5.45pm
Venue: Filmhouse, Lothian Road
The British Science Association and the Edinburgh Cancer Research UK Centre are pleased to present Professor Jonathan Rees, Grant Chair of Dermatology at the University of Edinburgh. May holds both National Sun Awareness Week and National Cancer Prevention Week so we are pleased to present this topic which is of great importance.
Professor Rees has worked for many years on the genetics of sun sensitivity. His current focus is on dermagineering —how we can use technology to improve and simulate clinical expertise. Professor Rees will give a short talk about his research followed by two related BBC documentaries and a Q&A session
Prof. Jonathan Rees
I am Grant Chair of Dermatology at the University of Edinburgh. I have worked for many years on the genetics of sun sensitivity but my main interest now is what I call dermagineering. I trained in dermatology in Vienna and Newcastle and in genetics in Newcastle and Strasbourg. I was Professor of Dermatology in Newcastle from 1992-1999, when I moved to Edinburgh.
A handful of children around the world cannot tolerate the sun. Any exposure leads rapidly to skin cancer. These children suffer from a strange and rare genetically-inherited disease called XP which means that within seconds of the sun's rays touching their skin they are in danger of developing skin cancer. Horizon explores the story of one family, where 5 out of 7 siblings suffer from XP, and how they provide the final proof that genes and DNA repair are linked to cancer.
The Truth About Tanning
Nicola Roberts of Girls Aloud fame goes on a personal journey to explore the culture of tanning amongst young people in the UK. She meets top dermatologists and cancer experts who explain the risks tanning addicts are exposing themselves to. Nicola's journey takes her into hospital wards where some of the estimated 120 under-40s who die from skin cancer each year are treated. Malignant melanoma is the second most common cancer in young adults (aged 15-34) in the UK.