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Session Information

FRM F025 - Skin Cancer Viruses: Bench to Bedside

Open admission to eligible categories, no tuition or ticket


Date: Friday, March 01

CME Credits: 2.00

Location: Room B118/119

Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Director: Sarah T. Arron, MD, PhD, FAAD


  • Erin H. Amerson, MD, FAAD
  • Paul Nghiem, MD, PhD, FAAD

Learning Objectives:
Following this course, the attendee should be able to:

  • Define viruses associated with skin cancer.
  • Describe molecular mechanisms for viral carcinogenesis.

Over 15% of human cancers are caused by viruses. When a new virus is discovered in cancer, researchers must demonstrate an epidemiologic association as well as a molecular mechanism for carcinogenesis. We will review the evidence for three viruses associated with skin cancer: HHV-8 and Kaposi's sarcoma, HPV and squamous cell carcinoma, and MCPyV and Merkel cell carcinoma. This session will introduce dermatologists to techniques for viral discovery, viral mechanisms for carcinogenesis, and potential antiviral therapies for cancer.


Friday, March 01
1:00 PMSkin Cancer Viruses: Overview / Dr. Arron
1:20 PMHuman Papillomavirus / Dr. Arron
1:50 PMKaposi's Sarcoma Herpesvirus / Dr. Amerson
2:20 PMMerkel Cell Polyomavirus / Dr. Nghiem
2:50 PMQ&A / All faculty