British Association of Dermatologists Dermatology and Genetic Medicine (BADGEM) is a UK-wide network linking clinical Dermatologists with an interest in genodermatoses and genetic skin diseases. It was jointly established by the BAD and the Centre for Dermatology and Genetic Medicine (DGEM; based at the University of Dundee) in 2013.
BADGEM is registered as a company and is currently being led by Professor Edel O'Toole. An executive committee comprising of national experts in the UK has been convened to guide BADGEM and determine its projects, monitor performance and coordinate activities for the best outcomes for UK patients with rare genetic diseases of the skin.
Three sub-groups of BADGEM have been established and are focused on the development of:
(i) informatics infrastructure for clinical registers
(ii) diagnostic and clinical signposting and
(iii) clinical trials for genodermatoses.
One of the initial objectives of BADGEM is to create a national registry for genodermatoses which is being provided by start-up funding by the Wellcome Trust strategic award to DGEM. The database will be developed and hosted on a secure NHS server by the Health Informatics Centre (HIC) in Dundee and the BAD is also helping to facilitate this project.
BADGEM's executive committee meets twice a year and there is an annual BADGEM Clinical meeting, open to all, hosted at the annual BAD conference which will be in Liverpool in July 2017.
To find out more about dermatology and genetics:
Other useful links:
For more information about engaging in BADGEM projects or general enquiries please contact:
Dr. Alexander Lyons
BAD Research Administrator
British Association of Dermatologists
4 Fitzroy Square