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From Stem to Skin: Precursor Cells that Have a Lot of Potential
Monday, March 04
7:15 AM - 8:45 AM
Jennifer Y. Lin, MD, FAAD
Following this course, the attendee should be able to:
- 1. Demonstrate understanding of basic biology and definition of pluripotent, epidermal, and melanocyte stem cells.
- 2. Identify the role of stem cells in genetic diseases and cutaneous processes such as wound healing, hair regeneration, and cancer.
- 3. Formulate ideas for the role of dermatology in future stem cell therapeutics.
Stem cells are at the forefront of translational medicine as an opportunity to cure genetic diseases and regenerate organs. The skin is a rich source of stem cells and an understanding of their biology will help clinical dermatologists understand common processes such as wound healing, hair regeneration, and cancer. This session is directed towards clinicians and residents who seek to reach a comfort level with the concept of stem cells, especially skin-derived stem cells, and the numerous clinical implications. Emphasis will also be placed on therapeutics in the horizon.