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Session Information

FOC U037 - Better Understanding of Basic Science in Dermatology from Bench to Bedside

Open admission to eligible categories, no tuition or ticket


Date: Sunday, March 23

CME Credits: 1.00

Location: Room 709/711

Time: 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Director: Rachael Clark, MD, PhD, FAAD

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

  • Distinguish the differing contributions of skin resident T cells and circulating T cells to immune responses
  • Recognize how IL-9 producing T cells may contribute to melanoma immunity and psoriasis
  • Recognize the importance of the microbiome to healthy immunity and its proposed roles in disease

This year has seen several key advances. First, resident memory T cells, stationed in peripheral tissues, have been shown to play critical roles in healthy immune responses and in autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. Second, a newly described subset of IL-9 producing T cells, Th9 cells, have made the news this year and evidence suggests they play critical roles in anti-melanoma tumor responses may well participate in psoriasis. Lastly, this year has seen an explosion in our knowledge about how important the microbiota, the normal microbial population of the skin, is in developing healthy immune responses and in limiting pathologic responses.