Translational Lecture Series

An on-going, evidence-based series from George Washington University, the Translational Science Dermatology Lecture Series provides dermatologists and residents with access to the latest bench-to-bedside research and practical pearls.

October 2019
Squamous Cell Carcinoma (mostly in transplant recipients) Update 2019

Dr. Sarah Aaron will review emerging research on squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) in transplant and non-transplant patients. She will also discuss how her studies of immunosuppressed patients have helped her treat the immunocompetent patient with SCC.

Presenter: Sarah Aaron, MD, PhD is a dermatologic surgeon who specializes in Mohs micrographic surgery. She is an Associate Professor of Dermatology and the Associate Director of Dermatologic Surgery and Laser Center at the University of California, San Francisco.

Special thanks to Ortho DermatologicsSanofi Regeneron, and AbbVie for their support and exhibition at this event.

August 2019
Hidradenitis Suppurativa: a Few Steps Forward

Ginette A. Okoye MD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Dermatology at Howard University, walks us through her research on hidradenitis suppurativa, the pathogenesis of HS, and how studies contribute to our understanding and management of the disease. Dr. Okoye will also discuss how clinicians can incorporate research into their careers and share a few treatment pearls for HS.

Presenter: Ginette A. Okoye, MD is a Professor of Dermatology, Chair of the Department of Dermatology, at Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC.

Special thanks to Ortho Dermatologics, Sanofi and Regeneron for their support and exhibition at this event.

July 2019
Deciphering the Relationship Between Cutaneous and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Dr. Benjamin Chong, Associate Professor of Dermatology in the Department of Dermatology at UT Southwestern Medical Center , sheds light (well hopefully not too much) on evidenced based expectations and management strategies for cutaneous lupus erythematosus.

Presenter:Benjamin Chong, M.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Dermatology at UT Southwestern Medical Center and holds the Anita C. Gilliam, M.D., Ph.D., Professorship in Dermatology. Dr. Chong is Director of the UT Southwestern Connective Tissue Disease Clinic and Medical Director of the Parkland Health and Hospital System Dermatology Clinic. He specializes in general dermatology and has expertise in cutaneous lupus erythematosus, dermatomyositis, and sarcoidosis.

Special thanks to Novartis for their support and exhibition at this event and to Pfizer for an unrestricted educational grant to support this program.

June 2019
Translational Research in Vitiligo: Launching a new era of targeted treatment

John Harris, M.D., Assistant Professor in the Dermatology Division and Director of the Vitiligo Clinical Care and Research Center at UMMS explores emerging therapies in vitiligo.

Presenter: John Harris, M.D., Assistant Professor in the Dermatology Division and Director of the Vitiligo Clinical Care and Research Center at UMMS

Special thanks to Ortho Dermatologics and Dermira for their support and exhibition at this event.

June 2019
Investigating Value in Everyday Dermatology

Should we be checking labs on our isotretinoin patients monthly? Will all patients on terbinafine develop hepatic failure? Can we find medications our patients can actually afford and work?

Go on a whirlwind tour of traditional clinical approaches which may not be more anecdote than science, highlighting the value of evidenced based medicine.

Presenter: Joslyn Kirby, MD, MS, Med, Associate Professor of Dermatology at Penn State College of Medicine

Thank you to Sun PharmaSanofiAlmirallRegeneronLilly, AbbVieUCB, and Mayne Pharma for their support and/or exhibition at this event.

June 2019
Hair, Hair, Everywhair: The Translational Journey to Elucidate the Role of JAK Inhibition in Alopecia Areata and Androgenic Alopecia

An incredible investigative journey, from cell to mouse to human, to elucidate the pathophysiology of alopecia areata and develop both biomarkers for disease activity and treatment success, as well as targeted therapies to overcome this often recalcitrant and disabling disease.

Presenter: Angela Christiano, PhD, the Richard and Mildred Rhodebeck Professor of Dermatology and Professor of Genetics and Development at Columbia University

Thank you to Ortho Dermatologics, for their support of and exhibition at this event.

June 2019
Approaches to Treating Advanced Melanoma

A review of the mechanisms and utilization of small molecule inhibitors and immunotherapies for the treatment of advanced melanoma through this stellar case-based lecture.

Presenter: Dr. Suraj Venna, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University and Director of the Inova Melanoma and Skin Cancer Center

Thank you to Pfizer, for their support of and exhibition at this event.

June 2018
Time Heals All Wounds? Not Really: A Bench to Bedside Review on Cutaneous Wound Management

Robert Kirsner M.D., PhD, Professor and Harvey Blank Chair in Dermatology in the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine challenges us with practical, translational pearls on wound care in this installment of the GW/JDD Translational Science Lecture Series. What is the best way to manage wound pain? Are scarless graft donor sites related to the easter bunny? What’s mo(i)st important for wound bandaging? Let’s be clear – ALL DERMATOLOGISTS SHOULD WATCH THIS.

Special thanks to Sun Pharma, for support of and exhibition at this event.

October 2017
Advances in Melanoma Risk Assessment and Metastatic Disease Monitoring

Dr. David Polsky, Professor of Dermatology and Pathology, Alfred W. Kopf, MD Professor of Dermatologic Oncology in the Department of Dermatology at NYU Langone Medical Center delivers a stelar presentation on both developing tools to better stratify risk factors for melanoma, and identifying novel biomarkers to allow for melanoma treatment efficacy monitoring and progress.

Special thanks to Genentech for support of and exhibition at this event.

August 2017
Targeting cAMP Signaling for the Treatment of Inflammatory Diseases of the Skin

Dr. Jon Zippin, Assistant Attending Dermatologist and Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Weill Medical College of Cornell, elucidates the complexity of cAMP biology and the translational impact of PDE4 inhibition as it relates to chronic inflammatory skin diseases. Tune in to learn why targeting this pathway is clinically meaningful but also where more work is needed to improve outcomes.

Special thanks to Celgene and Pfizer for support of and exhibition at this event.