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From Stem to Skin: Precursor Cells that Have a Lot of Potential
Sunday, March 23
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Jennifer Y. Lin, MD, FAAD
Following this course, the attendee should be able to:
- Demonstrate understanding of basic biology and definition of pluripotent, epidermal, and melanocyte stem cells.
- Identify the role of stem cells in genetic diseases and cutaneous processes such as wound healing, hair regeneration, and cancer.
- 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. Advances in the understanding of induced pluripotent stem cells and skin stem cells and will be reviewed. In addition, audience participation will be encouraged to discuss the role of current "stem cell based" therapuetics in dermatology.