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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 Director Emeriti

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Preliminary Program

Speakers and topics subject to change.

Thursday, Oct. 10

Airport bus arrives

Evening Keynote Reception & Presentation
Paul Khavari, M.D., Ph.D., ""Decoding the Regulome in Polygenic Disease"

Friday, Oct. 11


Morning Session 1 – What Have GWAS Taught Us About Common Skin Diseases?

James T. Elder, M.D., Ph.D., University of Michigan, "Psoriasis"

John B. Harley, M.D., Ph.D., University of Cincinnati, "Epstein-Barr Virus and Lupus: The Threat Within"

Richard Spritz, M.D., University of Colordo School of Medicine, "Genomic Architecture of Vitiligo: Importance of Age-of-Onset"

Sara Brown, M.D., FRCPE, "What Have We Learned from GWAS About Atopic Dermatitis and Atopic Disease?"


Afternoon Session 2 – Understanding GWAS Signals: Chromatin Structure & Gene Regulation

Roger Pique-Regi, Ph.D., Wayne State University, "Chromatin Accessibility and Integration with Transcription Factors Affected by Genetic Variants"

Evan Boyle, Ph.D. Candidate, Stanford University, "An Expanded View of Complex Traits: From Polygenic to Omnigenic"

Tõnu Esko, Ph.D., University of Tartu, "Learning From eQTLs: What Can They Teach Us About the Biology of GWAS Signals?"

Manuel Garber, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Medical School, "Chromatin Structure and Gene Expression in Dendritic Cells"

Poster Session & Reception

Saturday, Oct. 12


Morning Session 3 – Transcriptomics: The Single-cell Revolution

Niroshana Anandasabapathy, M.D., Ph.D., Weill Cornell Medicine, "Immune Development on the Skin and Skin Cancer"

Muzlifah Haniffa, M.D., Ph.D., Newcastle University, "Defining the Skin Community"

Michael D. Rosenblum, M.D., Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco, "Tregs & Hair Homeostasis"

Rui Yi, Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder, "Single Cell RNA-seq and Chromatin Analysis of Developing Skin"

Organized hike or free time

Banquet Dinner & Talk

Richard A. Flavell, Ph.D., FRS, Yale School of Medicine, "Role of the Microbiome in Skin Diseases"

Sunday, Oct. 13


Morning Session 4 – Immunopathogenesis of Complex Skin Diseases

Angela M. Christiano, Ph.D., Columbia University, "TCR Rearrangements and Antigens in Alopecia Areata"

Johann E. Gudjonsson, M.D., Ph.D., University of Michigan, "Comparative Pathogenesis: Psoriasis & AD"

Michelle Kahlenberg, M.D., Ph.D., University of Michigan, "Pathogenesis of Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus"

Nicole Ward, Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University, "Mouse Models of Human Skin Disease"


Afternoon Session 5 – Nature & Nurture: Microbiome in Complex Skin Diseases

Lloyd S. Miller, M.D., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, "Interaction of FLG Mutations, Injury & the Skin Microbiome"

Jose Scher, M.D., New York University, "Microbiome in Pathogenesis and Psoriasis & Psoriatic Arthritis"

Cathryn Nagler, Ph.D., University of Chicago, "Microbial Regulation of Allergic Responses to Food"

Shruti Naik, Ph.D., New York University, "Impact of the cutaneous microbiome on skin diseases"

Translational Roundtable Discussion
James T. Elder, M.D., Ph.D., Moderator

Dinner on the beach (weather-dependent)

Monday, Oct. 14


Airport bus departs

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by (2 R13AR009431-53) 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.

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