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A nail-biting story!

English: A variety of nail clippers, including...
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Recently a physician friend showed me a gray longitudinal streak on his fingernail and asked me if he was going to die soon. He had read in a health magazine that a longitudinal dark streak on your fingernail could be a sign of a lethal cancer called melanoma affecting the nail matrix. I showed him one of my fingernails with a similar streak and told him with a smile: “If you are going, I am coming with you!”

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As a Dermatologist and Informatician my research mainly involves application of bioinformatics techniques and tools in dermatological conditions. However my research interests are varied and I have publications in areas ranging from artificial intelligence, sequence analysis, systems biology, ontology development, microarray analysis, immunology, computational biology and clinical dermatology. I am also interested in eHealth, Health Informatics and Health Policy.


Bell Raj Eapen
Hamilton, ON