Photodermatoses are a wide range of skin disorders of immune, genetic and biochemical aetiology, caused by abnormal sensitivity to ultraviolet and/or visible radiation.

The Photobiology Unit, provides a multidisciplinary investigation service for patients residing in a wide area of northern and central England and Wales. Together with internal and external collaborators, investigations are ongoing to elucidate underlying mechanisms.

The group is active in exploring:

  • Epidemiological aspects of the photosensitivity disorders
  • Impact on quality of life and psychological welfare of sufferers
  • Underlying mechanisms
  • Photoprotective treatments, including an alpha-MSH analogue

See also: Photoimmunology