The Medical Advisory Board

The ED Society have their own Medical Advisory Board consisting of:

  • 3 Dermatologists
  • 1 Ophthalmologist
  • 2 Geneticists
  • 3 Dentists
  • 1 ENT Consultant
  • 2 Psychologists
  • 1 Clinical Fellow
  • 1 Human Applied Physiologist

Our Medical Advisory Board is able to assist in helping you find a medical professional close to your home that has an understanding of Ectodermal Dysplasia. They are in close liaison with the ED Society in helping to answer the many questions raised by the Society members. The Medical Advisory Board give their time voluntarily, for which the ED Society is most grateful.

Medical research projects are being undertaken worldwide and our Medical Advisory Board are involved in many projects.

Mr. C. Martin Bailey, BSc, FRCS, FRCSEd

Retired Consultant Paediatric ENT Surgeon – Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London



angus clarkeProfessor Angus J. Clarke, DM, FRCP, FRCPCH 

Professor and Honorary Consultant in Clinical Genetics



J Hobkirk, BDS(Hons)Dunelm, PhD, DrMedhc, FDSRCSEd., FDSRCSEng, MIPEM, CSci, FHEA – Emeritus Professor, University College London

John Hobkirk trained in the UK and Sweden, moving to the Eastman Dental Institute and Hospital in London as Senior Lecturer and Consultant in 1976. He subsequently became Professor and Chairman of the Restorative Division at the Eastman. He has special interests in dental implantology and the management of hypodontia, and in 1977 founded probably the world’s first multi-disciplinary clinic for the treatment of this condition. Many of his trainees subsequently went on to establish similar clinics elsewhere in the UK. He has published widely, including six textbooks, one of which, written with the Eastman’s hypodontia team, is a world’s first on hypodontia. Since retirement he has continued to publish and teaches regularly on international graduate programmes. He has been a member of the Society’s Medical Advisory Board since 2000 and maintains its Hypodontia Clinic data base.

john mcgrath

Professor John A McGrath MD FRCP –

Professor of Molecular Dermatology, King’s College London


Dr E Jones, MA,MB. BChir, MRCP, PhD

Consultant in Clinical Genetics Central Manchester University Hospital

Dr Jones was born and educated in the North-West of England. She studied medicine at the University of Cambridge (1989-1995) and undertook post-graduate training in Medicine (1995-1998). She was awarded a Welcome Trust training fellowship and completed her PhD at the Institute of Genetic Medicine, Newcastle upon Tyne (1998- 2001). She completed her medical training in clinical genetics and spent a further two years as a post doctoral research fellow. She was appointed as a Consultant Clinical Geneticist in Genetic Medicine, Manchester in 2008. Her specialist interests include genetic conditions that effect the skin and tuberous sclerosis complex.

Professor Michael J. Tipton  – Professor of Human & Applied Physiology, Extreme Environments Laboratory, Department of Sport & Exercise Science, University of Portsmouth, UK.

Educated at the Universities of Keele and London, Professor Tipton joined the University of Surrey in 1986. After 12 years at the Robens Institute and European Institute of Health and Medical Science he moved to the University of Portsmouth in 1998. In addition to his University positions, Professor Tipton was based at the Institute of Naval Medicine (INM) from 1983 to 2004 and was Consultant Head of the Environmental Medicine Division of the INM from 1996. He has spent over 35 years researching and advising the military, industry and elite sports people in the areas of thermoregulation, environmental and occupational physiology and survival in the sea. He has published over 550 scientific papers, reports, chapters in these areas as well as the books, “The Essentials of Sea Survival” (Golden & Tipton, 2002) and “The Science of each Lifeguarding” (Tipton & Wooler, 2016).
Professor Tipton has been a consultant in survival and thermal medicine to the Royal Air Force and UKSport; he recently completed 10 years on the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s Medical & Survival Committee and is now a member of their Council. Prof Tipton has been a member of the Ectodermal Dysplasia Society’s medical advisory board since 2005. In 2004 Prof Tipton was made an Honorary Life Member of the International Association for Safety & Survival Training in recognition of his work in sea survival. He chaired UKSport’s Research !dvisory Group and now sits on the English Institute of Sports’ Technical Advisory Group. Prof Tipton chairs the Energy Institute’s Health Technical Committee; he is a Trustee of Surf Lifesaving GB. He was Senior Editor of the journal “Extreme Physiology and Medicine” and is currently Editor-in- Chief of The Physiological Society’s journal “Experimental Physiology”. Prof Tipton is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and The Physiological Society, he provides advice to a range of universities, government departments, industries, medical, search and rescue and media organisations.

Mr. Colin E. Willoughby, BSc. (Hons), MBChB (Hons), MD FRCOphth – Consultant Ophthmalmic Surgeon, Professor of Opthalmology Ulster University.

Professor Colin E Willoughby is Professor of Ophthalmology in Ulster University and a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon in the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland. Colin underwent his ophthalmology training in the Mersey Deanery and was Clinical Lecturer in the University of Liverpool. During this post he developed a clinical and lab-based research interest in ectodermal dysplasia and ocular surface and was awarded a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Liverpool in 2004 for his work. Colin has also trained in clinical and laboratory ocular genetics in the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and spent 9 years as Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Vision and Vascular Science at Queen’s University Belfast. He was Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Liverpool (2013-2017) and is also part of the corneal and glaucoma service in St Paul’s Eye Unit, Royal Liverpool University Hospital. His research theme is to apply genomic medicine to ophthalmology and develop molecular therapies. The main focus of this research is to improve the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of two major worldwide blinding disorders: corneal blindness and glaucoma.

nicol rumsey

Professor Nichola Rumsey, BSc, MSc, PhD

Professor of Appearance & Health Psychology
Centre for Appearance Research, School of Psychology, UWE Bristol


john harperProf. John Harper MBBS, MD, FRCP, FRCPCH 

Paediatric dermatologist at Great Ormond Street hospital and University College London (Institute of Child Health)



Mr Mike Harrison BDS (Cardiff) MScD FDS(Paed Dent) RSC MPhil 

Consultant in Paed Dentistry  Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust



Miss Claire Forbes-Haley BDS,MJDF,RCS,FDS,RCS Res.

 Consultant in Restorative Dentistry and Lead for Developmental Dental Abnormalities for UHBristol Trust.



Professor Celia Moss, OBE. DM, FRCP, MRCPCH.

Honorary Professor of Paediatric Dermatology, University of Birmingham, UK

Consultant Dermatologist Birmingham Childrens’s Hospital

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Clinical Fellow in Paediatric Dermatology