Highlights from Dermatology Research Day 2017!

Published: June 26th, 2017

Category: News & Events

On Friday, June 2, 2017 the Department of Dermatology held it’s first ever Research Day.  The event was positively received and well attended and included video conference with faculty members at the Jacksonville Clinic.

We had 6 poster presentations by both Faculty and Residents.  There were 5 Clinician updates including:

  • Dr. De Benedetto’s  laboratory update on research including tight junction, claudin 1 and skin barrier function testing.
  • Dr. Schoch update on her upcoming retrospective project for Discoid Lupus and Perinatal study; as well as upcoming studies which include a peri-surgical P.acnes project and a perinatal microbiome project.
  • Dr. Marsella updated the group on her laboratory and canine projects including endocannabinoid, lipid lammelae, IL-31, th17 and other cytokine/ molecular pathways.
  • Dr. Motoparthi provided an update on MOHS classification system to better identify SCC compared to biopsy alone.
  • Dr. Brown delivered an update on ongoing Quality Improvement projects including Psoriasis and TB tests, melanoma project and other quality initiatives.

Additionally, Mary Bohannon presented information to the group about IRB registration, training and research services available to assist with project start up and coordination.

6 Residents participated in the Residents Challenge Presentations and prizes were awarded for the top placement. The 1st Place Prize in the Research Challenge Presentation went to  Michael Montuno for his presentation “Shedding light on acne: photodynamic therapy in the management of acne vulgaris”  While second place was a tie between Nicholas Richmond for his presentation on  “Excimer laser as treatment for Granuloma Annulare” and Eric Rudnick‘s presentation on the “Prevention of Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer with use of PDL to sun damaged skin.“  The Poster of the Year award was given to Kathryn Potter for her poster on “Melanoma and Parkinson’s disease: A critical appraisal.”

Thank you to all our participants and attendees for making the event such a success!  Next year’s Research Day is tentatively scheduled for the first Friday in June.