A new scoping review led by Micah G. Pascual, BS, and Lucina L. Kohn, MD, MHS, found that nearly 20% of articles in a sample of recent dermatology research included a qualitative component. As dermatologists strive to better serve their communities, qualitative research can elicit narratives that shine a light on the unique experiences of patients—as well as caregivers, clinicians, and other stakeholders— which would likely remain hidden with quantitative investigation alone.
Husband-and-wife research team Ganna Bilousova, PhD, and Igor Kogut, PhD, in collaboration with Dermatology Professor Dennis Roop, PhD, recently patented two complementary technologies to develop stem-cell created skin grafts, which could translate into cures for those with devastating skin diseases such as epidermolysis bullosa (EB).
Nneamaka Ezekwe, MD, resident physician in dermatology, is one of the principal photographers who contributed images to “The Full Spectrum of Dermatology: A Diverse and Inclusive Atlas,” a book that compiles 650+ images of more than 85 commonly seen dermatological conditions in an array of skin tones. The book addresses shortcomings in previous atlases like the ones that Nneamaka encountered as a medical student, which failed to show conditions for people with darker skin tones. Contributions like Nneamaka’s allow us to see one another more clearly, illustrating why inclusive approaches to care, research, and teaching are so important.
In an interview with The American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC), Dr. Robert Dellavalle and Dr. Ramiro Rodriguez discuss new research that could shed light on equity issues in the field of dermatology. Their study, based on data drawn from DataDerm, the nation’s largest clinical data registry for dermatology, compares the rates at which different groups—for example, Black, White, and Asian patients—are prescribed certain dermatological medications. Eventually, this work could help providers recognize and address inequities in dermatological care.
The “S029 Residents and Fellows Symposium” was held on Saturday, March 18, during the 2023 annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) in New Orleans. A panel of faculty judges, led by Cory A. Dunnick, MD, FAAD, selected individuals who presented the most outstanding papers in laboratory and clinical research.
William (Bill) Weston, MD, who served as the Chair of the Department of Dermatology at the University of Colorado for 25 years, passed away on November 13, 2022, at the age of 84. Dr. Weston was an accomplished clinician and scholar who authored over 300 publications, including seminal works on neonatal lupus and erythema multiforme. He was a colleague, friend, mentor, and role model for at least two generations of dermatologists and pediatric dermatologists. As we mourn his passing, we celebrate his life and the many contributions he made.
David Norris, MD, Professor and Chair of Dermatology, and Cory Dunnick, MD, Associate Professor of Dermatology, were recently awarded $3 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to complete their project titled "JAK inhibition in Down syndrome," conducted in collaboration with Dr. Joaquin Espinosa of the Department of Pharmacology. Meanwhile, Mingxia Huang, PhD, Associate Professor of Dermatology, was awarded $2.6 million for her project titled "Neurovascular unit dysfunction in Down syndrome revealed by traumatic brain injury (TBI)," in collaboration with colleagues from the Departments of Neurology and Pediatrics.
When she was 13 years old, Calla Winchell correctly diagnosed herself with a rare genetic disease, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, by looking up her symptoms online. Her doctor at the time discounted the idea that she had a medical condition. A few years later, when worsening symptoms led her to seek medical help again, doctors told her they'd never treated anyone with her condition and didn't know how to help. Now in her 20s, Calla has found expertise and hope at the Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine, where researchers are finding new treatments for her condition.