DR ALISON LAYTON
CONSULTANT DERMATOLOGIST, HARROGATE AND DISTRICT NHS FOUNDATION
Dr Alison Layton was appointed as Consultant Dermatologist at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust in 1995. Since this time she has established a comprehensive general dermatology service. She has a particular interest in androgen mediated disorders including acne and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). She sits on the Executive Council of PCOS UK, the European Expert Panel for Acne and the Global Alliance Steering Group for Acne. She has conducted many clinic trials embracing acne and rosacea as well as other inflammatory dermatoses. She is also involved in basic science research looking at immunological and microbiological aspects of acne.
She is one of the reviewers for the prodigy guidelines for rosacea and acne as well as for a number of NICE guidelines related to dermatological conditions. She is currently preparing the acne chapter for the eighth edition of Rooks Textbook of Dermatology and has recently provided a chapter for the Oxford Textbook of Medicine. She has lectured and presented at many international meetings in relation to acne and rosacea and has written a number of book chapters and review articles specifically related to these conditions.
PROFESSOR ADAM BALEN
CONSULTANT GYNAECOLOGIST AND SUBSPECIALIST REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE, LEEDS TEACHING HOSPITALS NHS TRUSTS
Adam Balen is a full time Consultant in Reproductive Medicine at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. He qualified as a doctor in 1983 and spent his first few years training in obstetrics and gynaecology in London, Oxford and even a spell in Africa. He became a consultant in Leeds in 1996 with subspecialty accreditation in Reproductive Medicine, helping to create one of the UK’s largest IVF units. For many years Adam has had a particular interest in the causes and management of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). His experience covers the full spectrum of the condition including; its effects during adolescence and adult life on the menstrual cycle, fertility, body weight, cosmetic effects, as well as the issues that PCOS may have on the quality of life and long-term health.
He is currently Chair of the World Health Organisation (WHO) expert working group on the management of PCOS for the Global Taskforce on Infertility. He is also Chair of the British Fertility Society. As Chair of the BFS, Adam has overseen the creation of two new national task forces: Fertility Preservation UK, to ensure nationwide provision for those who require fertility preservation for medical reasons and The Fertility Education Initiative, to improve the provision of education to young people about all aspects of reproductive health, including factors that may influence their future fertility.