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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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Abstract submission deadline: July 1, 2017

Advanced registration deadline: July 31, 2017

Precision Dermatology: Next Generation Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment

With the 66th annual Montagna Symposium on the Biology of Skin, comes the rare opportunity to combine the molecular understanding of disease and health with the clinical applications of big data to explore the future of personalized dermatology.
Sessions will focus on:

  • Learning new approaches to gather and analyze large datasets to improve practice
  • Viewing skin and mucosa through the complex biological interactions of genes, proteins, cells, tissues, and colonizing organisms
  • Identifying new treatment options by evaluating the way molecular, cellular, and tissue networks work in synthesis and understanding their properties at the systems level
  • Exploring new therapies—systemic, local cellular, gene editing—for genodermatoses
  • Examining the goal of “restoring health” rather than “treating disease”

Program Chair
Jakub Tolar, M.D., Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Dr. Tolar is Executive Vice Dean of the Medical School; a Distinguished McKnight Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Blood and Marrow Transplantation; Director of the Stem Cell Institute; and the Edmund Wallace Tulloch & Anna Marie Tulloch Chair in Stem Cell Biology, Genetics & Genomics. He is a member of the graduate faculty of the Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology (MICaB) Program, the Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and Genetics (MCDB&G) Program, and the Stem Cell Biology (SCB) Program.

In addition, he has a clinical practice through the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital.

Session Chairs:
Johann Bauer, M.D., Paracelsus Medical University
Daniel Kaplan, M.D., Ph.D, University of Pittsburgh
Sancy Leachman, M.D., Ph.D., Oregon Health & Science University
John McGrath, M.D., Kings College London
Amy Paller, M.D., Northwestern University

Returning to the Columbia River Gorge
Skamania Lodge
Stevenson, Washington
1.0 hour 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.