Professor Rodney D. Sinclair


From: Wednesday April 22, 2020, 1:00 pm

To: Wednesday April 22, 2020, 2:00 pm

Professor Rodney D. Sinclair, MBBS, MD, FACD, is professor of dermatology at the University of Melbourne and director of Sinclair Dermatology. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in medicine and surgery in Melbourne in 1997. He was awarded his fellowship of the Australasian College of Dermatologists (ACD) in 1995 and a doctorate in 2004 for research into hair loss.  In 1993, he recieved the ACD travelling Fellowship to Oxford, UK where he was supervised by Professor Terence Ryan and Dr Rodney Dawber.

His main research interests genetic diseases of the skin, autoimmune diseases of the skin and hair, skin immunology, and hair stem cell biology. Professor Sinclair conducts clinical research in psoriasis, eczema, urticaria, vitiligo, hair loss, and skin cancer and laboratory research into stem cell biology, regenerative medicine, and gene discovery.  He was involved in the discovery of the genes for Male Pattern Hair Loss, Marie Unna Hypotrichosis, Pili annulatii, Monilethrix and Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia as well as a number of other skin diseases.  Professor Sinclair has pioneered the use of oral minoxidil in the treatment of patterned hair loss and telogen effluvium,

Professor Sinclair is co-author of the dermatology section in the Oxford Textbook of Medicine, the hair chapters in Rook Textbooks of Dermatology and Bologna’s Dermatology textbook and lead author of Therapeutic Guidelines – Dermatology. He has written 13 textbooks on dermatology, contributor 68 chapters to multi-authored textbooks and co-authored more than 300 research publications.

Professor Sinclair convened the World Congress of Cosmetic Dermatology in Melbourne in 2006 and the World Congress of Hair Research in Cairns in 2010. He will be Secretary-General of the International Society of Dermatology World Congress in Melbourne in November 2021 and President for the World Congress of Hair Research Societies in April 2021.   Professor Sinclair is past president of the Australasian Society for Dermatology Research, the Australasian Hair and Wool Research Society, and the Skin and Cancer Foundation of Victoria.





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