July 17, 2017, by Emma Rayner

Leading skin expert wins prestigious healthcare medal

An internationally pre-eminent dermatologist who co-directs the Centre for Evidence-Based Dermatology at the University of Nottingham has won a prestigious medal from the British Association of Dermatology.

Professor Hywel Williams has been awarded the Sir Archibald Gray Medal for his extensive contributions to evidence-based research in the field. The Medal is the highest accolade for outstanding services to British dermatology.

Sir Archibald Gray was an editor of the British Journal of Dermatology (BJD) who founded the British Association of Dermatologists in 1921. The Association sets and monitors dermatology standards and services, promotes training and research as well as raising awareness of skin health and disease to the public, relevant bodies and the Government.

Professor Williams said: “In the past, this medal was often awarded to retired eminent dermatologists, sometimes posthumously, so to be awarded this accolade when I am still alive and in the peak of my career is especially humbling and joyous. As with all individual awards, my success has been due to those that have believed in me during the early stages of my career and all my fantastic colleagues at the Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology who have shared my vision of evidence-based dermatology based on independent high quality research that matters to patients”.

The University of Nottingham’s Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology has an international reputation for research into problems of the skin, running many clinical trials and producing around 50 peer-reviewed papers every year. Current areas of research include atopic eczema, vitiligo, cellulitis and skin cancer. The Centre also works to set priority research goals involving partnerships with the NHS, patient groups and charities.

Professor Williams is also Director of the NIHR Health Technology Assessment that supports medical research that is immediately useful to patients and clinicians. He also founded and leads the Cochrane Skin group – a global network which produces and updates reviews of clinical trials relating to skin conditions.

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