Our Team

Our Team

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Professor Dedee Murrell

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Dermatologist/Principal Investigator

I have been very fortunate to study and work all over the world including at Oxford and Cambridge Medical Schools, Duke University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the Rockefeller University in New York before coming to St George Hospital, a teaching hospital of the University of New South Wales in Sydney. Subsequently, I also set up my own private dermatology practice and the first dedicated dermatology trial centre in Australia. This allowed me to combine my passion for medical research and interest in new therapies for common and rare skin conditions, in particular genetic and autoimmune blistering diseases. In 2006 I started the Australasian Blistering Diseases Foundation (ABDF) with one of my research fellows at the time, Dr Linda Martin. Over the years the ABDF has funded numerous medical research projects to find better ways to diagnose and treat rare blistering diseases. Our trial centre is now internationally renowned with young dermatologists and trainees from all over the world coming to join our team. To help me achieve my goal of improving the quality of life for patients’ with skin conditions, I have assembled an outstanding team of qualified staff that are as passionate about research as I am and are ready to help patients in any way they can.

 

 

Helen Dickenson-Panas

Helen Dickenson-Panas

Clinical Trials Coordinator

Helen Dickenson-Panas is our Practice Assistant and one of our Clinical Trials Coordinators. Helen has a Bachelor of Arts with Honours and has been with Premier Specialists since 2014. During her time with Professor Murrell she has assisted in wide a range of dermatology studies. Helen’s interest in medical research combined with her compassion for patients living with skin conditions ensures that our trials are conducted with the utmost diligence with excellent patient care.

 

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Dr. Melissa Radjenovic

Research Fellow

Melissa Radjenovic is a medical graduate and Vice Chancellor’s Leadership Scholarship recipient from Western Sydney University, Australia. She trained as a junior doctor in Liverpool Hospital and went on to complete a further year of surgical training, based at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Melissa has a strong commitment to community, and was awarded the Young Women of the West Award in 2015. Melissa joined Professor Murrell’s team in early 2017. She enjoys the patient interaction, leading edge research, and scientific constructs of clinical trials.

 

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Ruiza Sheila Oran

Clinical Trials Nurse

Sheila is a registered nurse who completed her nursing degrees at the University of Wollongong Australia and Capitol University in the Philippines. Prior to moving to Australia, Sheila worked in the Plastic Surgery Department in Yanhee International Hospital located in Bangkok, Thailand. With an interest in Dermatology, she joined the Premier Specialists team in early 2018 as the Clinic/Trials Nurse. She enjoys working with the dermatology team, connecting with patients and making a difference.
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Dr. Asli Bilgiç Temel

Research Fellow

Dr. Asli Bilgiç Temel completed her medical degree from Ege University-Turkey in year 2009. She first worked as a trainee in cardiology for 6 months and in Physical Medicine-Rehabilitation for nearly 2 years in subsequent years. She then completed dermatology specialty program in Akdeniz University, Turkey, becoming a dermatologist in January 2017. She has won 3 awards for her presentations and has 19 published papers. She is Turkish Dermatology Society Scholarship recipient for further research especially in Autoimmune Bullous Diseases and Epidermolysis Bullosa. She came to Sydney in February 2018 and she is looking forward to gaining new skills and experience as a Visiting Fellow.
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lakmali_portraitDr. Lakmali Pathiraja

Research Fellow

Dr. Lakmali Pathiraja has completed her MD in Dermatology from University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and been recognized for the Best Performance at the MD. She interested in teaching and has given speeches at both local and international conferences and symposia. Lakmali Joined Premier Specialists and St George Hospital as a Clinical and Research Fellow in November 2017, to gain the knowledge of advanced dermatology management options and to have a great exposure to research and clinical trials.

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