Inspiring clinicians and investigators since 1950
The 71st Annual Montagna Symposium will bring together clinicians, anthropologists, and scientific investigators engaged in research and treatment of diseases that disproportionately affect skin of color (SOC) and diseases impacted by social determinants of health.
We are enthusiastic about bringing together the strongest leaders and speakers in the field for the benefit of the dermatologic community, for trainees and junior faculty, and for people with skin of color. This forum will also promote increased interest in health disparities and cutaneous disorders that disproportionately affect people with pigmented skin, furthering the frontiers of the field.
Tamia Harris, M.D., Ph.D.
Ginette A. Okoye, M.D.
Angel Byrd, M.D., Ph.D.
Donald Glass, M.D., Ph.D.
Shawn Kwatra, M.D.
Sancy Leachman, M.D., Ph.D.
Dennis Roop, PhD.
Symposium Director Emerita
Molly Kulesz-Martin Ph.D.
- Discuss health disparities in dermatology and the relative roles of genetics / ancestry and social determinants of health in these disparities.
- Highlight the work of clinicians and researchers underrepresented in science and medicine.
- Bring together established and junior researchers interested in Skin of Color (SOC) dermatology to ignite collaborations, and foster mentorship and networking opportunities, ultimately advancing SOC dermatology research
- Ginette Okoye, M.D. — Interaction of Race, Genetics & Social Determinants of Health
- Angel Byrd, M.D., Ph.D. — Hidradenitis Suppurativa: Defining ways in which social determinants of health intersect with HS immunobiology. This session aims to improve outcomes in skin diseases by leveraging the current understanding of HS pathophysiology as well as highlighting unmet needs in the field
- Tamia Harris-Tryon, M.D., Ph.D. — Microbiome and metabolism in SOC, including environment and diet, the dialogue between immunity and stem cells
- Shawn Kwatra, M.D. — Itch, atopic dermatitis, & pruritic skin diseases. The aim of this session is to define ways in which social determinants of health intersect with atopic dermatitis, the skin barrier, and other inflammatory conditions.
- Donald Glass, M.D., Ph.D. — keloid research including germline genetics, genome wide association studies (GWAS), epigenetics, immunobiology and wound-healing, the role of the microenvironment, and available in vitro model systems.
Practicing clinicians in dermatology, rheumatology, oncology; new and established investigators in dermatology, biology, and anthropology; dermatology residents; post-doctoral scholars; population scientists; community health experts; pathologists.
The breakdown of attendees with a PhD and MD shows that clinicians and researchers attend this conference in comparable numbers, meeting our goal to bridge the gap between research and clinical care and create a multi-disciplinary event.
- Past attendees have provided the following feedback:
- 95% of respondents had met researchers or clinicians with whom they might consult or collaborate.
- 92% of surveyed attendees said they learned new information and strategies that they can apply to work or practice.
- 98% of attendees indicated they had learned novel ideas/strategies to treat skin conditions.
- 97% of survey respondents rated the contribution to their research knowledge as excellent or good.
- 30% of survey respondents indicated they were practicing MDs/DOs in the medical field.
“The Montagna Symposium was an incredible opportunity to interact with many leading scientists in skin biology…I look forward to returning many more times over the course of my career!”
Candidate, Washington University
“It was my first international conference and my first time in the States. It was really a memorable one for me, my career, and my family. There was a great synergy between the clinicians and the basic scientist at the meeting.”
“I found the meeting’s intimate setting especially fruitful for scientific discussions and professional development. This was by far the best medical or scientific meeting I have ever attended.”
Assistant Professor of Dermatology, University of California
“The rich diversity in the meeting was top notch. In all, it was a great meeting for me and one to remember for long time to come.”
“At the wonderful Montagna Symposium, I met many experts in stem cell research in skin biology…The meeting has brought me to a new stage as a researcher in skin biology.”
Assistant Professor, Gifu University School of Medicine
“The program…had nice mixture of basic biology and translational research, and established and young investigators…I would say this was one of the best meetings ever.”
Assistant Professor, Oregon Health & Science University
“The 70th annual meeting was FANTASTIC with basic, translational, and clinically relevant insights.”