Meet the Clinical Trials Team
Associate Professor Peter Foley MBBS, MD, FACD
Research Director, Board Member Skin Health Institute
Associate Professor Peter Foley graduated MBBS, BMedSc from Monash University in 1987, and MD from The University of Melbourne in 1996. He completed his dermatology training in Melbourne, obtaining Fellowship of the Australasian College of Dermatologists in 1997. He is Director of Research at the Skin Health Institute and the Head of Dermatology Research at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. He currently holds the position of Associate Professor, Department of Medicine at The University of Melbourne. In addition to running a busy private practice, he is a visiting medical officer to the Photobiology, Dermatology Biologics, and Dermatology Investigation clinics at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, and the Phototherapy and Biologics clinics at the Skin Health Institute.
His interests include psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, hidradenitis suppurativa, photosensitivity disorders, and non-surgical management of nonmelanoma skin cancers. Associate Professor Foley is Australia’s only councillor on the International Psoriasis Council, is co-convener of the Australasian Psoriasis Registry, is a former steering committee member of the Group for Research and Assessment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis GRAPPA) and is a founding member of the Australasian Psoriasis Collaboration. He is participating in the NPS MedicineWise bDMARD program and is on the Board of the Photomedicine Society. He remains a longstanding member on Cancer Council Australia’s National Skin Cancer Committee and was part of the writing group for the revision of Keratinocyte Carcinoma Guidelines.
He has been an investigator in over 120 clinical trials and has over 120 published manuscripts.
Associate Professor Alvin Chong MBBS, BMed, FACD
Associate Professor Chong is a senior dermatologist at the Skin Health Institute.
A/Prof Chong is very involved in undergraduate and post-graduate dermatology education. He teaches at the University of Melbourne and is the Coordinator and Facilitator of the Institute's GP Workshops on Dermoscopy, Skin Cancer and Inflammatory Skin Diseases and has now trained over 500 Australian GPs. A/Prof Chong is the Director of Education at the Institute and heads up the Institute's Transplant Clinic. He has also been Victorian Censor for the Australasian College of Dermatologists.
A/Prof Chong has been elected Member of the prestigious Melbourne University Academy of Clinical Teachers and is known for his passion for teaching.
Associate Professor Chris Baker MBBS, FACD, GAICD
Associate Professor Chris Baker is a clinical dermatologist based in Melbourne and the former President of the Australasian College of Dermatologists. A/Prof Baker has particular interest in advanced psoriasis therapies, photodermatology and phototherapy, and clinical trials. He is the Director of the Department of Dermatology at St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne and past president of the Skin Health Institute. He is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
A/Prof Baker established the first dedicated photodermatology and light testing facility in Australia at St Vincent's Hospital. He has been co-investigator on a number of clinical trials for biologic therapies and conducts advanced psoriasis clinics at the Skin Health Institute and St Vincent's Hospital. He was involved in the implementation and development of local treatment protocols.
A/Prof Baker was co-founder of the Australasian Psoriasis Registry (APR), an online Australian and New Zealand registry established in 2008 for psoriasis patients on systemic and biologic therapies. He has authored papers on goals of care and quality of life studied in psoriasis. He is currently involved in a collaborative project developing biofabrication of skin and 3D printing.
Dr Nick Manuelpillai B.Eng (Hons), B.Comm, MBBS, MPH (Epi)
Clinical Trials Fellow
Dr Nick Manuelpillai is the clinical trials fellow for 2021. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery. He then completed his internship and residency at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne and worked as a radiation oncology registrar at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. Recently, Dr Manuelpillai returned from The Netherlands where he worked in public health and gained a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology. In 2019 he completed a dermatology research fellowship at the University of Bologna, Italy.
Dr Manuelpillai lives locally to the Skin Health Institute and is a member of the Committee of Governance of the Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre. He enjoys playing the trumpet and reminiscing on his travels around the world with his wife and daughter.
The trial unit has a full-time clinical trials fellow, an experienced team of clinical trials nurse coordinators and clinical trials administration officers who assist in the operation of the department.
All staff maintain current ICH GCP training and IATA certification for sample shipping. We offer onsite pathology sample collection and preparation. We have onsite pharmacy capabilities with blinded and unblinded staff who are able to dispense, reconstitute, prepare and administer investigational product (IP) including oral, topical, intramuscular and subcutaneous routes. Our staff have extensive experience across multiple electronic data capture platforms and thorough knowledge and use of patient-reported outcomes. We have qualified and experienced assessors in the following areas:
- Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI)
- Physician Global Assessment (PGA)
- Body Surface Area (BSA)
- Nail Area and Psoriasis Severity Index (NAPSI)
- Eczema Area and Severity Index (EASI)
- Itch Severity
- SCORing Atopic Dermatitis (SCORAD)
- Hidradenitis Suppurativa Clinical Response (HISCR)
- Sartorius Scale
- Visual Analogue Scale (VAS)
- Psoriasis Scalp Severity Index (PSSI)
- Lesion Counts (Acne)
- Genital PASI
- Vitiligo Area Scoring Index (VASI)
- Severity of Alopecia Tool (SALT)
Comprehensive internal Standard Operating Procedures provide guidance to staff around trial-related practices such as Informed Consent, Pharmacy Processes, Equipment Maintenance and Calibration, Adverse Event Recording and Reporting, Storage and Retention of Essential Documents.
- Sarah Chivers - Manager, Biologics & Trials
- Charlotte Harrison-Mullan - Clinical Trial Nurse Coordinator – Team Leader
- Jennifer Kaiser - Clinical Trial Nurse Coordinator
- Sarah Collis - Clinical Trial Nurse Coordinator
- Tracy Mallett - Clinical Trial Nurse Coordinator
- Irina Danilovich - Clinical Trial Coordinator
- Desiree Green - Clinical Trial Administration Officer
- Onsite sample and IP storage (-20 degrees, 2-8 degrees, 15-25 degrees) with uninterrupted power supply
- Centrifuge and access to dry ice
- Incubation for QFN Gold Assay preparation
- Access to an accredited radiology facility within the building
- Access to NATA accredited pathology laboratories
- 12 lead ECG
- Dedicated trials storage for Case Report Forms, Investigator Site File and study visit kits, etc.
The Skin Health Institute’s research unit has undergone sponsor and ethics committee audits with no significant findings. We have a commitment to delivering the best possible patient care through our dedication to excellent clinical practice, supporting ongoing education and staff development.
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Clinical Trials Department
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All Clinical Trials Team and Facilities information for download: Clinical Trials Team and Facilities.pdf