Stem Cells and Skin — The Focus of CDR’s 2013 Skin Workshop

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The Center for Dermal Research 5th Annual Skin Workshop’s theme is “Stem Cells and Skin” and the use of stem cells to regenerate skin. Six renowned speakers will discuss the use of stem cells in a variety of therapies.

The fifth annual Center for Dermal Research (CDR) Skin Workshop will be held at the Rutgers University Life Sciences Building on November 6, 2013.

The Center for Dermal Research (CDR) is hosting its annual one-day skin workshop at Rutgers University’s Busch Campus Life Science Building on November 6, 2013. “We are honored to have six outstanding speakers who will be presenting at this year’s event. They will cover a variety of topics on the use of skin cells in the treatment of cancer and other dermatologic conditions,” said Bozena Michniak-Kohn, Director of the CDR.

The skin constantly renews itself throughout adult life and we are shedding our upper skin layers daily. Stem cells (SCs) residing in the epidermis and hair follicle ensure the maintenance of adult skin homeostasis and hair regeneration, but they also participate in the repair of the epidermis after injuries. During our event the speakers will address the current knowledge of epidermal SCs of the adult skin. We discuss their fundamental characteristics, the methods recently designed to isolate these cells, the genes preferentially expressed in the multi-potent SC niche, and the signaling pathways involved in SC niche formation, SC maintenance, and activation. Finally, we speculate on how the deregulation of these pathways may lead to cancer formation and how stem cells play an important role in wound healing and skin regeneration. The event topic is important for skin researchers & formulators as well as skin biologists in the academia, & pharmaceutical, cosmetic and personal care industries

The plenary speaker for the event will be Elaine Fuchs, PhD. She is the Rebecca C. Lancefield Professor at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. In addition to Dr. Fuchs, speakers include: Valerie Horsley, PhD., Elena Ezhkova, PhD., Michael Rendl, MD, Angela Christiano, PhD., and Sarah Millar, PhD.

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About the Center for Dermal Research:
The Center for Dermal Research (CDR) is part of the New Jersey Center for Biomaterials (NJCBM) at Rutgers University. Established in 2010, the CDR is dedicated to linking industry, academia and government through research, collaboration and training in the pursuit of new innovations in dermatologic science and applications. Members of the CDR support the Center’s activities and include many companies and individuals from pharmacopeia, cosmetics, skin tissue engineering and other skin-related interests.

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