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Professor (William Henry) Irwin McLean FRS FRSE FMedSci

Job Title
Professor of Genetic Medicine
Division of Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery
University of Dundee
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inherited skin disease; atopic eczema; keratinocyte biology; drug discovery; gene silencing therapy; filaggrin; keratins; dermatology

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Genetics, cellular and developmental biology, microbiology and immunology

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Irwin McLean is Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Dundee. He is distinguished for his contributions to the molecular basis of inherited skin diseases. He has identified the cause of over 20 different genetic disorders. Especially notable was the discovery that mutations in filaggrin play a major role in atopic dermatitis and a range of allergic conditions. This implies that natural variation in skin barrier function is a key determinant of individual immune responses. His work has recently contributed to a first-in-man trial of small interfering RNA-based therapy for a genetic skin disorder. Outside the lab he has worked tirelessly for skin disorder Charities.

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