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.
Press Room for Elias and Williams
In his address to the New York Chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists on November 7, 2018 in Fairfield, New Jersey, Dr. Peter M. Elias, M.D. chose as his subject: “Pathogenesis of Atopic Dermatitis”.
In this presentation, he reviewed the pathogenesis of atopic dermatitis as a disorder of the epidermal permeability barrier, including the key role of an elevated pH in initiating several downstream negative consequences for the barrier and immune system. The therapeutic options that derive from this concept include the importance of lowering the pH of the stratum corneum; the putative benefits of suberythemogenic UVB; and a comparison of the mechanisms of action of triple physiologic-based vs. bland moisturizers. Dr. Elias also reviewed his recent studies, showing that most moisturizers do not help the barrier, and are often toxic in individuals with ‘sensitive’ skin, including patients predisposed to develop AD. Finally, he described a new, inexpensive type of instrumentation to measure transepidermal water loss and hydration that should allow patients and caregivers to monitor responses to therapy, and to assess the efficacy of different moisturizers.
On October 17, 2018, 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 entitled: “Climate Change, The Skin And Dermatology”. Dr. Coates outlined the present and predicted consequences of climate change and how some of these are already impacting skin conditions. Dr. McCalmont offered personal observations on the changing climate, while Dr. Williams discussed what was happening within the dermatologic community to address this issue.
During his presentation on October 10, 2018, “Deciphering the Link Between Atopic Dermatitis and Autism” to the University of California San Francisco’s Department of Dermatology Grand Rounds, Peter M. Elias, M.D. described recent research from the Elias Laboratory showing, in an animal model, how autism and atopic dermatitis may be causally linked.
On May 18, 2018 during the International Investigative Dermatology meeting in Orlando Fl, the European Society of Dermatological Research awarded Dr. Peter M. Elias an Honorary Membership in recognition of his lifetime achievements in research on the skin’s permeability barrier.