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Itching for answers: a deep dive into eczema itch – free webinar

Wednesday 6 March, 6-7pm
Register for the webinar here.

Partnering with St John’s DermAcademy, we’re excited to bring you a webinar on all things eczema itch! This webinar will cover the reasons behind eczema itch, exciting research developments and the most effective ways to manage this challenging eczema symptom.

The webinar will be livestreamed via Facebook and the recording will remain available to watch afterwards. To be able to participate in the webinar, however (for example, by asking questions), you would need to register in advance and join on Zoom.


6.00 Welcome and overview of the evening by Dr Satveer Mahil

6.05 ‘Why does eczema itch?’ by Dr Sarah Drummond, Senior Clinical Fellow

Dr Sarah Drummond explains why eczema is itchy, highlights exciting research developments in eczema itch and looks at new treatments that are in the pipeline.

6.20 ‘Top tips for managing eczema itch’ by Julie Van Onselen, Dermatology Nurse Practitioner

Julie Van Onselen provides expert advice on how to manage itch, the best way to use creams and ointments, and how changes to your lifestyle and environment can help.

6.35 Panel discussion/Q&A

7.00 Close

Webinar speakers and chair

Dr Sarah Drummond

Dr Sarah Drummond
Senior Clinical Fellow in Medical Dermatology and Medical Education, St John’s Institute of Dermatology

Dr Sarah Drummond graduated from the University of Edinburgh and completed her training in dermatology within the West of Scotland. Her areas of interest include medical dermatology, in particular, immune mediated inflammatory diseases. She also has an interest in medical education and is an Honorary Clinical Lecturer at the University of Glasgow. Currently, Sarah is the Senior Clinical Fellow in Medical Education and Medical Dermatology at St John’s Institute of Dermatology.

Dr Satveer Mahil

Dr Satveer Mahil
Consultant Dermatologist
St John’s Institute of Dermatology
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Satveer Mahil is a Consultant Dermatologist at St John’s Institute of Dermatology, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and Reader at King’s College London. She graduated from the University of Cambridge and completed integrated academic training (NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship and NIHR Clinical Lectureship) in Dermatology at St John’s Institute of Dermatology. During her MRC-funded PhD, she used genetic information to gain novel insights into the mechanistic basis of different forms of psoriasis and define new therapeutic targets. After her PhD, she was awarded an MRC Clinical Academic Research Partnership Award and she currently holds an NIHR Advanced Fellowship. Her translational research seeks to optimise outcomes for individuals with inflammatory skin diseases including psoriasis and eczema. She is director of St John’s DermAcademy (dermatology education academy).

Julie Van Onselen
Dermatology Nurse Practitioner

Julie Van Onselen

Julie is a Dermatology Lecturer Practitioner with 30 years’ experience in clinical dermatology, education and training. Julie works with many patient support groups, including National Eczema Society (NES), PAPAA and Ichthyosis Support Group. Julie is a clinical nurse adviser for NES and medical advisory board members. Julie is a health care writer and PCDS executive committee member. She is passionate about improving care in dermatology through educational initiatives for patients and health care professionals.

Other panellists

Dr Alpa Kanji, MA PhD (Cantab) MRCP CCT (Derm)

Dr Alpa Kanji

Dr Alpa Kanji is a scientist by background, having completed research in bacterial genetics for which she was awarded a PhD at the University of Cambridge. She completed her medical and dermatology training in London and is currently undertaking a fellowship in paediatric dermatology at St John’s Institute of Dermatology. She has a particular interest in atopic dermatitis, including the mind and skin connection, and is passionate about empowering patients to manage their skin condition optimally. She also teaches Habit Reversal, which encourages patients to eradicate longstanding habits of scratching and picking their skin.

Arlene McGuire

Arlene McGuire
Mpharm, PGDip CPP, Independent Prescriber
Specialist Pharmacist Dermatology & Allergy Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Arlene has been practicing hospital pharmacy for 13 years, and became a Specialist Dermatology & Allergy Pharmacist in 2013. Arlene has a special interest in psoriasis and immunotherapy, qualifying as an Independent Prescriber in this field. Arlene is a member of the BAD clinical guideline group and was involved in the update of the Guidelines for Biologic therapy in Psoriasis 2020. Arlene started a national network for pharmacists working within dermatology across the UK in the hope that this can be a platform to share expertise and best practice.

Andrew Proctor
Chief Executive of National Eczema Society

Andrew Proctor

Andrew Proctor leads National Eczema Society as its Chief Executive. The charity provides information and advice for people with eczema and their families, raises awareness of the condition, supports research and campaigns for better care. Andrew contributes patient experience for a number of research projects, including the BEACON and BEACON-omics trials.