P rofessor Peter Mortimer trained in Dermatology in Sheffield and Oxford. He was appointed consultant skin physician to St George’s Hospital, and to the Royal Marsden Hospital, London in 1986 and has been Professor of Dermatological Medicine to the University of London since 2000.
Interest in lymphatics began in Oxford where he undertook his thesis on ‘the measurement of skin lymph flow’. He has developed the emerging area of Lymphovascular Medicine, which is devoted to the clinical consequences of lymphatic dysfunction (chronic oedema, lymphoedema, tissue immunodeficiency and recurrent infection, and altered fat homeostasis). His research has focused on breast cancer related lymphoedema, the genetic basis of primary lymphoedema, recurrent cellulitis and lipoedema as well as melanoma spread by lymphatics. He has over 260 publications cited on PubMed.
He has been Chief Investigator on research grants from The Wellcome Trust, Medical Research Council (MRC), British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK. Particular success has come with the discovery of 8 causal genes for lymphoedema by his group. This translational approach has changed the way primary lymphoedema is diagnosed and managed. In 2017 he was awarded a £2.5 million programme grant from the Medical Research Council to improve the understanding of causal mechanisms and underlying gene mutations in primary lymphoedema and lymphatic malformations.
His clinical practice deals almost entirely with chronic oedema, lymphoedema, lymphatic malformations, lymph-related disorders and lipoedema. He sits on the scientific and medical advisory committee for the main international organisation, the Lymphatic Education & Research Network (USA). He is founder and Chief Medical Officer to the Lymphoedema Support Network, the UK patients’ national charity. He is founder and Patron of the national body for health care professionals, the British Lymphology Society.
Our Working GroupsTo address specific short-term projects, BLS brings together working groups with agreed Terms of Reference, aims and a work plan. BLS members with a keen interest in contributing to the project may request to join the group.
Our Scientific Commitee
The scientific committee includes doctors, therapists, academics and researchers all with a keen interest in research. It comprises full and honorary members.
Our PatronProfessor Peter Mortimer is an Honorary Member of the Society. He has been a significant influence in the field of lymphoedema, being one of the founding members of the Society in 1985. He has contributed greatly to our understanding of the condition
BLS membership is multi professional, comprising nurses, physiotherapists, doctors, occupational therapists, manual lymphatic drainage therapists, others with an interest in lymphoedema including its treatment and corporate members.