Professor George Varigos has been committed to public hospital dermatology, research and academic medicine throughout his distinguished career.
He has been the Head of Dermatology at the RMH since 1984 and is also an Honorary Clinical Professor of Medicine (Dermatology) at the University of Melbourne.
Prof Varigos trained in medicine before undertaking his residency at the RMH.
In 1978 he completed his Fellowship in Dermatology, followed by a PhD at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) where he remains an Honorary Research Scientist.
He was previously the Head of Dermatology at the Royal Children’s Hospital (1987-2012) where he pioneered new nurse-led approaches to treating eczema.
Prof Varigos and his RMH team have the largest cohort of psoriasis patients on biologics in Australia. He has been the principal investigator on phase three trials using this treatment approach.
Prof Varigos maintains an active role in immunological disease research and supervises numerous research projects.
Recent research includes:
- cytokines in atopic disease
- low GI diet and eczema
- digitalised dermoscopic tools for moles and melanoma
- hair follicle immunology
- vitamin D
- the psychology of itch in eczema
- coeliac disease and psoriasis
- using alpha MSH analogs in Erythropoietic protoporphyria (EPP) patients.