This multi disciplinary group was formed in 1979 by a group of interested clinicians involved in the management of patients with cutaneous malignant melanoma. The group collects data on clinical and pathological features and follow up information for melanomas removed in both NHS and private sector.

Information has now been gathered for almost 10,000 patients. The data constitutes one of the very few population-based melanoma databases in existence and is highly regarded worldwide. There have been multiple publications and several postgraduate degrees based on the information held.

The group is based on 5 regions- Highland, Grampian, Tayside, West of Scotland and SE Scotland. Each area has a local co-ordinator who acts as a focus for data collection and organization of follow-up. The database could not function without the input of the clinicians and pathologists who fill in the proformas for registration. It is vital that this continues.

A small committee including the 5 co-ordinators administers the group. Those wishing access to the data should write a request to the chairman of the group stating what information they would like and a brief description of their study. Any published or presented work must acknowledge the SMG for use of the data. A log of current and past studies using SMG data is kept and this hopefully should avoid duplication of studies in the future.

Who’s who?

Chair & SE Scotland Co-ordinator

Valerie Doherty
Consultant Dermatologist
Royal Infirmary
Edinburgh EH3 9YW

Secretary and Highland Co-ordinator

James Vestey
Consultant Dermatologist
Raigmore Hospital
Inverness IV2 3UJ

Grampian Co-ordinator

Marianne Nicolson
Consultant Medical Oncologist
Anchor Unit
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
Aberdeen AB25 2ZN

Tayside Co-ordinator & Pathology Co-ordinator

Alan Evans
Consultant Pathologist
Ninewells Hospital
Dundee DD1 9SY

West of Scotland Co-ordinator

Prof. R M MacKie
Department of Public Health
University of Glasgow
1 Lilybank Gardens
Glasgow G12 8RZ