Professor Dedee Murrell
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.
RN/Clinical Trials Nurse and Coordinator
Charmaine is the Clinical Trials Nurse and Coordinator at Premier Specialists. She has worked as Prof. Murrell’s Practice Nurse since 2013. Charmaine finished her nursing degree with Honours at Saint Louis University and continued her Master in Nursing major in Nursing Service Administration. She has worked as a nurse educator in the Philippines for four years before moving to Australia to pursue a career in nursing and clinical trials. Her qualifications and experience as a nurse help provide the utmost care to trial patients. Charmaine has conducted a range of studies relating to Epidermolysis bullosa, Basal cell carcinomas, chronic plaque psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, hidradenitis suppurativa, pyoderma gangrenosum and pemphigus vulgaris.
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.
Dr. Melissa Radjenovic
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.
Dr. Marianne de Brito
Dr Marianne de Brito is a U.K. trained doctor who graduated from University of Oxford Medical School, UK in 2015. During her time at Oxford, she also completed an intercalated BA (Hons) in Medical Sciences. She then successfully completed foundation training in Birmingham, UK where her interest in dermatology research was sparked at University Hospitals Birmingham, a supra-regional cutaneous lymphoma centre. She combined her interests in travel and dermatology by moving to Sydney, Australia in September 2017, where she is looking forward to gaining further clinical and research experience as a Clinical Research Fellow.
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