Prof Eugene Healy, director of Southampton Clinical Academic Training Scheme (SoCATS)

Prof Healy, director of clinical academic training, oversees the training of medical doctors who wish to become clinical experts, conducting high quality research for the benefit of patients and the public.


The underlying ethos of SoCATS is the development of clinical academic doctors who focus on translational research as a means of preventing illness or promoting health in order to develop novel treatments and enhance patient care.

Skin disorder research

Prof Healy has undertaken a wide variety of research on skin disorders, with the results from these studies impacting on the understanding of disease pathogenesis and improving the treatment of skin disease in the clinic.

His research interests include skin responses to ultraviolet radiation, pigmentation, skin cancer and skin immunology.

His research has involved molecular biological, genetic and immunological approaches to investigating disease, from in vitro laboratory studies to in vivo human clinical trials.

National and international work

Prof Healy has held various national roles, including Chairman of the British Society for Investigative Dermatology, Chairman of the British Association of Dermatologists Research Committee, Deputy Chair of the UK Translational Research Network in Dermatology and Member of the Board of Trustees for the British Skin Foundation.

His international roles have included being Board member for the European Society for Pigment Cell Research and President of the European Society for Dermatological Research.

In addition, he has been Associate Editor for the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, Editorial Board member for Experimental Dermatology and Editorial Advisory Board member for the British Journal of Dermatology.


Prof Healy trained via the Medical Research Council (MRC) route as a MRC Clinical Training Fellow, MRC Clinician Scientist Fellow and MRC Senior Clinical Fellow.

He became Professor of Molecular Dermatology in 2002, and subsequently Professor of Dermatology and Head of Academic Dermatology at the University of Southampton.