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Meet the Clinical Trials Team

 

Associate Professor Peter Foley MBBS, MD, FACD | Research Director, Board Member Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc

   

Associate Professor Peter Foley is a senior clinical dermatologist with a wealth of experience, particularly in the treatment of psoriasis. A/Prof Foley currently holds the position of Associate Professor, Department of Medicine (Dermatology) at The University of Melbourne, Director of Research at the Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc, Head of Dermatology Research at St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne, and the Phototherapy and Biologics Clinics at the Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc.

 

As Director of Research, A/Prof Foley directs a rapidly expanding clinical trials program and the Australasian Psoriasis Registry. He has well over 80 peer reviewed publications and has been an investigator in over 80 clinical trials. He is a world-renowned expert on psoriasis and has been invited to speak at numerous meetings in all corners of the globe.

 

Associate Professor Alvin Chong MBBS, BMed, FACD  | Principal Investigator

 

 

Associate Professor Chong is a senior dermatologist at the Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc. A/Prof Chong has been elected Member of the prestigious Melbourne University Academy of Clinical Teachers and is known for his passion for teaching.

 

Associate Professor Chong is very involved in undergraduate and post-graduate dermatology education. He teaches at the University of Melbourne and is the Coordinator and Facilitator of the renowned Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc GP Skin Cancer and Inflammatory Diseases workshops. Alvin heads up the Skin & Cancer Foundation's Transplant Clinic, and is also Victorian Censor for the Australasian College of Dermatologists.

 

 

Associate Professor Chris Baker MBBS, FACD, GAICD | Principal Investigator

 

 

Associate Professor Chris Baker is a clinical dermatologist based in Melbourne and the current President of the Australasian College of Dermatologists. A/Prof Baker has particular interest in advanced psoriasis therapies, photodermatology and phototherapy, and clinical trials. He is the Director of the Department of Dermatology at St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne and immediate past president of the Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc. He is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 

A/Prof Baker established the first dedicated photodermatology and light testing facility in Australia at St Vincent's Hospital. He has been co-investigator on a number of clinical trials for biologic therapies and conducts advanced psoriasis clinics at St Vincent's Hospital and the Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc. He was involved in the implementation and development of local treatment protocols. A/Prof Baker was co-founder of the Australasian Psoriasis Registry (APR), an online Australian and New Zealand registry established in 2008 for psoriasis patients on systemic and biologic therapies. The APR has over 1600 patients. He has authored papers on goals of care and quality of life studied in psoriasis. He is currently involved in a collaborative project developing biofabrication of skin and 3D printing. 

 

 

Dr Maree Micallef MSSB (Hons), FRACP | Principal Investigator

 

 

Dr Maree Micallef is a Consultant Rheumatologist who works as part of a multidisciplinary team with the Dermatologists in the Biologics Clinic at the Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc. She also consults at the Western Hospital and teaches as a Clinical Skills Coach and Lecturer at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and University of Melbourne.

 

Dr Micallef developed an interest in inflammatory arthritis whilst working at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and St Vincent's Hospital in Melbourne. She built on her experience in inflammatory arthritis during a fellowship in the Rheumatology Clinical Research unit at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge in 2013. 

 

Dr Micallef is passionate about providing patient-centred care as part of a multidisciplinary team. Working together with the Dermatologists at the Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc allows Dr Micallef to provide unique, specialised care to patients who have an overlap of inflammatory arthritis and skin conditions such as psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis.

 

 

Dr Michaela Zallman | Sub Investigator

 

 

Dr Zallman graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (Honours) in 2012.

 

Before joining the Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc, Michaela worked as a Clinical and Research Dermatology Resident at Eastern Health from 2015-2016 in both general and paediatric dermatology clinics and was involved in the assessment and management of a broad range of dermatological conditions under the supervision of A/Prof John Su.

 

During this time, she also had the opportunity to cover the on-call dermatology registrar for 10 weeks and further develop her procedural skills. In 2016, she was appointed honorary fellow at the Royal Children’s Hospital (department of dermatology) and the Monash Children’s Research Institute (MCRI).

 

She has been a sub-investigator on several clinical trials across the fields of psoriasis, rosacea, atopic dermatitis and epidermolysis bullosa. She has published in international peer-reviewed scientific journals and presented at Australian and Asia-Pacific dermatology scientific meetings.

 

Michaela has a passion for global and community health inspired by her work in Ghana as a medical student volunteer and her experience as a youth mentor volunteer

 

 

Associate Professors Baker, Foley and Chong and Dr Micallef are supported by:

 

Dr Michaela Zallmann - Sub-Investigator

Dr Danit Maor - Sub-Investigator

Sara Collis - Clinical Trials Coordinator

Charlotte Harrison - Clinical Trials Coordinator

Stephanie Buchanan - Clinical Trials Coordinator

Jennifer Kaiser - Clinical Trials Coordinator 

Taya Grainger - Clinical Trials Coordinator

Desiree Green - Clinical Trials Administration Officer

Marlene Rennie - Trials Financial Administration Officer

Christine Zahren - Trials Strategy and Development Consultant 

 

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