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Dept. of Dermatology
Mail Code: L468R
Oregon Health & Science University
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd.
Portland, OR 97239

Office: (503) 418-4273
Fax: (503) 418-4266


Molly Kulesz-Martin, Ph.D.
Symposium Director

David Norris, M.D.
Jackie Bickenbach, Ph.D.
Symposium Directors Emeriti

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The Skin: Our Sensory Organ for Itch, Pain, Touch and Pleasure

A primary objective of this meeting will be to bring together research expertise from the domains of the skin, brain, and cognitive sciences, to focus in depth upon the roles of the skin in inter-relationships between somatic sensation, perception, and behavior in health and disease. We will present topics from varied disciplines in the skin and brain/mind sciences to address itch, pain, touch and pleasure, focusing on the peripheral nervous system in the skin and in particular the C-fiber system. Speakers and participants will be drawn from a number of fields, including dermatology, neuroanatomy, neurobiology, molecular biology, genetics/epigenetics, cognition and emotion, social and affective neuroscience, and cognitive neuroscience in order to examine current knowledge and forge future strategies to understand the structural-functional basis of itch, pain, touch and pleasure. We will address issues of differences in nerve types and nerve functions in the skin, including how nerves in the skin affect skin function and other skin cells, adnexal structures, and processes such as normal homeostasis, wound healing and inflammatory disease. The neurosciences and skin biology are inherently inter- and intra-disciplinary. This symposium will provide an opportunity for researchers to learn, discuss, and debate topics in fields outside but related to their own, new insights and directions will be identified and new therapeutic strategies - pharmacological and behavioral - will be explored.

Program Chair
Gil Yosipovitch, M.D.
Department of Dermatology, Miller School of Medicine-University of Miami

Program Committee
Diana Bautista, Ph.D.
Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, University of California, Berkeley

Ethan Lerner, M.D., Ph.D.
Department of Dermatology, Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital

Ellen Lumpkin, Ph.D.
Departments of Dermatology and Physiology and Cellular Biophysics, Columbia University

Francis McGlone, Ph.D.
Department of Cognitive Neuroscience, Liverpool John Moores University

Returning to the Oregon Coast
Salishan Spa & Golf Resort
Gleneden Beach, Oregon
2.5 hours from Portland, Oregon

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by (2 R13AR009431-51) from the National Institute Of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal And Skin Diseases (NIAMS) and all cofunding support provided the National Institute on Aging (NIA). The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.