RCP Christmas Lecture: Beauty and the Beasties

When and where

19 December 2019
11 St Andrews Place, Regents Park, London, NW1 4LE

RCP Christmas Lecture: Beauty and the Beasties

Join us for the Royal College of Physicians’ (RCP’S) annual Christmas lecture, aimed at young people aged 12–18 years. This year’s speaker is Dr Jane Sterling, consultant in Dermatology at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust . The lecture will start promptly at 3pm and will be followed by afternoon tea.


Our skin is an important part of our self image and it is natural to want to have skin that is as perfect and healthy as possible.

The microbiome is now a buzz-word used to explain the growing understanding of the micro-organisms that live in the gut, the lungs and other areas of the body. The skin too has its own microbiome, in a carefully balanced mixture that may be upset by things we do or by disease.

Even if you are feeling ‘comfortable in your own skin’, whether you interpret that to mean physically or psychologically, this lecture will open your eyes to how many microbes are also living comfortably in and on our skin and what benefits or challenges they bring. These are the hidden passengers on this most visible part of our bodies.

Dr Jane Sterling has treated people of all ages with skin problems and alongside clinical work has investigated the diseases caused by viruses and other infections of the skin. Her research group has shown that even normal healthy skin harbours viruses living invisibly with us.  Together with viruses, the other micro-organisms - bacteria, fungi and also arthropods - live together on the skin sometimes contributing to a disorder of the skin and sometimes causing no visible effect at all.

Find out about the bio-diversity of your skin and which micro-organisms are rather more unwelcome guests.

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