Recent work from the Elias laboratory demonstrating that inflammation in the skin which accompanies aging can leak into the circulation was highlighted in the University of California San Francisco Newsletter, March 13, 2019. These inflammatory molecules – the so-called ‘inflammasome’ – have been linked by other researchers to many of the chronic diseases of the elderly, such as heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease and osteoarthritis. The concept that the source of these damaging molecules could be the skin is new and offers the possibility that treatments that reduce skin inflammation could be beneficial to many common disorders of the elderly.
Press Room for Elias and Williams
In August 2019, the UCSF News presented an article entitled “Moisturizers May Be Turning Your Skin Into ‘Swiss Cheese’: Researchers Explain Why Some Lotions Do More Harm Than Good“, highlighting Dr. Elias’ research on the skin barrier and how lotions affect the skin.
With over half of Americans having sensitive skin or skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis, eczema or rosacea, finding the right skin products that don’t irritate their skin is often a problem. Many report that even expensive moisturizers leave their skin feeling drier than ever.
Dr. Elias’ research on the skin barrier is providing some answers.
On March 21,2019, Dr. Mary L. Williams joined University of California San Francisco colleagues, Drs. Sarah Coates and Timothy McCalmont, for a Department of Dermatology Grand Rounds presentation at Stanford University entitled: “The Impact Of Climate Change On Dermatology and What We Can Do About It”. Dr. McCalmont outlined the present and predicted consequences of carbon emissions on the world climate and offered personal observations its impact on him. Then Dr. Coates discussed the ways in which climate change will impact infectious diseases of the skin. Dr. Williams briefly summarized other impacts on skin health and discussed what was happening within the American Academy of Dermatology to address this issue.
February 28, 2019
Dr. Williams and colleague, Misha Rosenbach, M.D., of the University of Pennsylvania Department of Dermatology, were awarded a Presidential Citation and honored as Stars of the Academy at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology in Washington D.C.. Drs. Williams and Rosenbach were honored for their work in establishing an Expert Resource Group on Climate Change and Environmental Issues within the AAD. This group, founded in 2017, is working to bring awareness of the impacts of climate change on skin health to the dermatologic community, to introduce for measures that will reduce the carbon footprint of dermatology, and to advocate for climate solutions. Dr. Williams serves as the liaison from the AAD to the Medical Societies Consortium on Climate and Health.
The UCSF Office of Sustainability Newsletter of March 2019 presented an article entitled “UCSF Faculty Act on Climate Health Connection“, highlighting Dr. Williams’ recent work within the American Academy of Dermatology to bring awareness of the consequences of climate change and environmental pollution on skin health to the fore of the dermatology community and to build a platform to ‘green’ dermatologic practices.