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Dr. Lawrence F. Eichenfield received  the Inaugural Leader of Distinction Award, Pediatric Dermatology, from the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology.  In addition, he is now serving as President of the American Acne and Rosacea Society. 

Dr. Sheila Fallon Friedlander was elected to the American Academy of Dermatology Board of Directors.

Dr. Wynnis TomDr. Wynnis Tom, pictured at right, is on the American Academy of Dermatology Task Force for Guidelines for Atopic Dermatitis, the results of which will be published in four articles. The first has just been published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

The Pediatric Dermatology Research Alliance (PeDRA) was established in 2012 to better treat and cure dermatologic diseases in infants, children and adolescents by fostering collaborative clinical, translational and basic science research. Dr. Tom was elected to the Scientific Agenda Committee. She is co-principal investigator for an R13 grant from the National Institutes of Health//NIAMS that funded the first PeDRA annual conference, which was held in October 2013. Dr. Tom also leads the PeDRA website subcommittee. 

Dr. Tom's research is focused on pediatric inflammatory skin diseases, particularly atopic dermatitis and psoriasis. She is studying severe phenotypes, the response to treatment including systemic therapies, and associated comorbidities such as infection and metabolic risk. Her work aims to better elucidate the genetic influences in these conditions.

Faculty in the News

Dr. Richard Gallo's recent study shows bacteria on the skin may help prevent inflammation, this story has appeared in a number of print and online media, including Web MD.

Dr. Gallo featured in the San Diego Union-Tribune: The Hygiene Hypothesis.

Dr. Arisa Ortiz was interviewed in a feature titled "Melanoma Monday" on Fox 5 San Diego.  Follow the link to hear her instruction on the ABCDEs of Melanoma awareness, and her tips for prevention and care.