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Amy Paller Delivers 2014 Howard Fox, MD Memorial Lecture: Update on Genetic Skin Disorders and Their Management

 Dr. Amy Paller

On February 18, 2014, Amy Paller, MS, MD delivered the 60th Howard Fox, MD Memorial lecture at NYAM on the topic of “Update on Genetic Skin Disorders and Their Management.” Dr. Paller is the Walter J. Hamlin Chair and Professor of Dermatology, Professor of Pediatrics, and Principal Investigator of the NIH-funded Skin Disease Research Center at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

In her talk, Dr. Paller reviewed the landscape of genetic dermatological diseases and provided a front row view of cutting-edge, future treatment options through new technologies including small interfering RNA conjugated nanoparticles, stem cell therapy, and gene replacement therapy.

“Dr. Paller’s talk highlighted the exponential growth and excitement in targeting the biological defects that result in these disabling genetic disorders,” said Adam Friedman, MD, Chair of NYAM Section on Dermatology, which sponsored the event.

The Fox Lecture carries on the legacy of Howard Fox, the founder and first president of the American Academy of Dermatology. Dr. Fox was also the first president of the American Board of Dermatology. He served for 13 years as professor and head of dermatology at the New York University School of Medicine (1925–1938) and 10 years as Editor-in-Chief of the Archives of Dermatology.

“Amy Paller is without a doubt a rock star in the academic dermatology world,” Dr. Friedman said. “In thinking about the Howard Fox Lectureship and everything he stood for and accomplished, she was an ideal candidate; Dr. Paller has served on every possible major dermatology society board, is an NIH-funded physician-scientist, and a prolific author/celebrated educator. The bar he set is being met and even exceeded by those who have benefited from his contributions to the field.”

The Section on Dermatology will hold its annual resident research competition on June 10, showcasing research from 13 local institutions. Presenter and registration information will be available soon.  

View photos from the event here.

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Posted on February 19, 2014

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