OUR RESEARCH MISSION

Research interests in dermatology span many areas, from skin regeneration and wound healing to melanoma. This work moves science in exciting new directions and makes the world a healthier place for people with skin-related problems and diseases.

"The suffering caused by skin diseases includes loss of life and diminished quality of life. Treatments are inadequate for most skin discovered.  Research is critical to move beyond these gaps in our understanding to relieve suffering."

THOMAS DARLING, MD PHD
PROFESSOR AND CHAIR, DEPARTMENT OF DERMATOLOGY

21%

of the injuries sustained by soldiers in combat in Afghanistan and Iraq were skin injuries

>5%

of war-related injuries are burns, accounting for 4% of all deaths

1 in 5

Americans develop skin cancer during their lifetime

~38%

of men and women will develop cancer in their lifetime

A LOOK AT OUR RESEARCH

By developing the next generation of skin substitutes that reconstitute normal skin structures and the stem cell populations of skin, we will provide new options for treating our wounded warriors and restore normal skin function and appearance.

Skin Regeneration

As the skin is an organ of immunity, skin is one of the most commonly affected organs in adverse reactions to medications, vaccines, and other exposures. As new medications, targeted therapies, and immunotherapies have been introduced, there has been a considerable increase in the incidence of severe cutaneous adverse reactions (SCARs).

Wound Healing

Research is needed to identify biomarkers that can predict tumor severity and response to treatment.

Linking Biomarkers to Tumors