Sally Ibbotson

+44 (0)1382 383499
Professor (Clinical)


Professor Sally Ibbotson qualified in Medicine at the University of Leeds in 1986 and, after general medical training, undertook dermatology training in Newcastle upon Tyne where she developed an interest in photodermatology. She was appointed as Clinical Senior Lecturer in Photobiology in the Photobiology Unit, University of Dundee, Ninewells Hospital & Medical School in November 1998. Dr Ibbotson has clinical and research interests in photosensitivity diseases, photodiagnosis, phototherapy and photodynamic therapy.

She is responsible for the photodynamic therapy service in dermatology in Dundee and is involved in the Scottish Photodynamic Therapy Centre.

She has an important role in the National Service for investigation and management of patients with photosensitivity disorders. Dr Ibbotson also has leading roles in undergraduate and postgraduate dermatology training and education.

She has published over 130 papers and has a National and International reputation in photodermatology. She has been involved in the development of published guidelines in photodynamic therapy, photodiagnostics and phototherapy, has ongoing involvement in dermatology research and teaching committees and is a Royal College question writer for the dermatology specialist exam.

She is a regular reviewer for the main dermatology journals and is Associate Editor for Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy.


Key areas of research include:

  • skin cancer and photodynamic therapy.
  • phototherapy (notably optimisation of regimes and introduction of new therapies).
  • clinical and genetic determinants of sensitivity and responses to phototherapies for skin diseases.
  • interactions between UV and the skin and photosensitivity disorders.

Lectures and conferences

Sally Ibbotson is regularly invited to speak on the subjects of Photodermatology, Phototherapy, Photodynamic Therapy and Photosensitivity diseases at National and International meetings, including The British Association of Dermatologists, European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, European Society for Photobiology, European Society for Photodynamic Therapy (EURO-PDT) and at National courses such as the St Johns Photodermatology Course and the British Association of Dermatologists Annual Consultants Course.


Key areas of undergraduate teaching include: Co-chair of Undergraduate Teaching Committee in Dermatology; development of innovative e?learning methods in dermatology in conjunction with the Medical School; Undergraduate mentor, tutor and examiner.


Key areas of postgraduate teaching include: Training Programme Director in Dermatology; responsible for the teaching and training of postgraduates in our department; Royal College question setter for the Specialist Certificate Examination in Dermatology; member of the Scottish Clinical Research Excellence Development Scheme Committee for approval and appointment of Clinical Lecturer posts at the University of Dundee.


Sally Ibbotson has published over 130 peer-reviewed papers.

Original investigations

  • Dawe RS, Cameron H, Yule S, Ibbotson SH, Moseley H, Ferguson J. A randomized comparison of methods of selecting narrowband UV-B starting dose to treat chronic psoriasis. Arch Dermatol 2011; 147: 168-174
  • Sarkany RPE, Ibbotson SH, Whatley SD, Clifford ML, Gover P, Mufti GJ, Murphy GM, Masters GS, Badminton MN, Elder GH,. Erythropoietic uroporphyria associated with myeloid malignancy is likely distinct from autosomal recessive congenital erythropoietic porphyria. J Invest Dermatol 2011; 131: 1172-1175
  • Smith G, Weidlich S, Dawe RS, Ibbotson SH. Glutathione S-transferase M1 (GSTM1) genotype but not GSTT1 or MC1R genotype influences erythemal sensitivity to narrowband (TL-01) UVB phototherapy. Pharmacogenetics and Genomics 2011; 21: 217-224
  • Valentine RM, Ibbotson SH, Brown CTA, Wood K, Moseley H. A quantitative comparison of 5-aminolaveulinic acid- and methyl aminolevulinate-induced fluorescence, photobleaching and pain during PDT. Photochem Photobiol 2011; 87: 242-49
  • Valentine RM, Brown TAC, Moseley H, Ibbotson S, Wood K. Monte Carlo of in vivo protoporphyrin IX fluorescence and singlet oxygen production during photodynamic therapy for patients presenting with superficial basal cell carcinomas. J Biomed Optics 2011; 16(4): 048002
  • Waters AJ, Ibbotson SH. Parameters associated with pain during photodynamic therapy: results of a large Scottish series. Br J Dermatol 2011; 165(3): 693-706
  • Kerr AC, Ferguson J, Attili SK, Beattie PE, Coleman A, Dawe RS, Eberlein B, Goulden V, Ibbotson SH, Menage H, Moseley H, Novakovic L, Walker SL, Woods JA, Young AR, Sarkany RPE. British Photodermatology Group Workshop Report: UVA phototherapy. An overview and an assessment of its place in Dermatological practice. Clin Exp Dermatol 2011; 36: 541-3
  • Attili S, Ibbotson SH, Fleming C. Role of non-surgical therapies in the management of periocular basal cell carcinoma and squamous intraepithelial carcinoma. Photodermatol Photoimmunol Photomed 2011 (in press)
  • Ibbotson SH, Dawe RS, Dinkova-Kostova AT, Weidlich S, Farr PM, Ferguson J, Wolf CR, Smith G. Glutathione S-transferase genotype is associated with sensitivity to psoralen-A (PUVA) photochemotherapy. Br J Dermatol 2011 (in press)
  • McNeilly AD, Harty H, Woods JA, Ibbotson SH, Wolf CR, Smith G. Characterisation of a human keratinocyte HaCaT cell line model to study the regulation of cytochrome P450 CYP2S1. Drug Metabolism and Disposition 2011 (in press)

Invited contributions/Reviews

  • Attili S, Ibbotson SH, Dawe RS. A review of pain experienced during topical photodynamic therapy – our experience in Dundee. Photodiagnosis Photodynamic Therapy 2011; 8: 53-57
  • Ibbotson SH. Adverse effects of topical photodynamic therapy. Photodermatol Photoimmunol Photomed 2011; 27: 116-130
  • Ibbotson SH. Irradiance is an important determinant of pain experienced during topical photodynamic therapy. J Am Acad Dermatol 2011: 65: 201-2
  • Ibbotson SH, Photodynamic therapy in dermatology. Bio-optics, 2011

Case Series/Reports

  • Kerr AC, Becher G, Ibbotson SH, Ferguson J. Action spectrum for etofenamate photoallergic contact dermatitis. Contact Dermatitis 2011; 65: 115-23.
  • Rakvit P, Kerr AC, Ibbotson SH. Localised bullous pemphigoid induced by photodynamic therapy. Photodermatol Photoimmunol Photomed 2011; 27: 251-53