American Academy of Dermatology names Young Investigators Awards recipients

NEW ORLEANS (Feb. 4, 2011) —At its 69th Annual Meeting, the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy) today presented the 2011 Young Investigators in Dermatology Awards to Keith Choate, MD, PhD, FAAD, and Emma Guttman, MD, PhD.

Given each year to recognize outstanding research, the Young Investigators in Dermatology Awards recognizes dermatologists-in-training in the United States and Canada for their contributions to research in the field of dermatology. The award criteria are: originality of research concept; soundness of research design; quality/clarity of research report; and perceived value of the research to dermatology.

Dr. Choate is currently an assistant professor of dermatology at Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn. He received his medical degree and doctorate in cell biology from Yale, where he also completed an internal medicine internship, dermatology residency, and post-doctoral fellowship in genetics. Dr. Choate is being recognized for his research in identifying the genetic basis of revertant mosaicism in the self-correcting skin disease ichthyosis with confetti and characterization of the pathophysiology of mutations causing this disorder. Dr. Choate’s work could serve as a model for therapy of other disease-causing mutations.

Dr. Guttman is a dermatology resident at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. She holds a medical degree from Sackler School of Medicine and a doctoral degree from Bar-Ilan University, both in Tel Aviv, Israel. She completed a dermatology residency in Israel. Prior to re-training in dermatology in the United States, Dr. Guttman completed a two-year postdoctoral training at Rockefeller University, New York, where she served as a clinical scholar in the investigative dermatology laboratory. Dr. Guttman’s doctoral thesis explored the clinical and molecular aspects of Kaposi’s sarcoma. She is being recognized for her work in identifying the mechanisms behind atopic dermatitis. Her findings might have implications for developing future therapies.

Physicians currently in accredited dermatology residency programs or those who have completed their residencies within the last two years are eligible for the awards. The six-judge committee consisted of representatives from the Academy’s Council on Science and Research, the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, the Association of Professors of Dermatology, and the Society for Investigative Dermatology, as well as last year’s award winner and an at-large Academy member.

Headquartered in Schaumburg, Ill., the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy), founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. With a membership of more than 16,000 physicians worldwide, the Academy is committed to: advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair and nails; advocating high standards in clinical practice, education, and research in dermatology; and supporting and enhancing patient care for a lifetime of healthier skin, hair and nails. For more information, contact the Academy at (888) 462-DERM (3376) or www.aad.org.

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