Peter M. Elias, M.D., Delivers Invited Lecture On Atopic Dermatitis To Society Of Cosmetic Chemists.
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.
Peter. M. Elias, M.D., Receives Honorary Membership in the European Society of Dermatologic Research
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.
May 13, 2016
On May 13, 2018, Peter. M. Elias, M.D. received an Honorary Membership in the Society for Investigative Dermatology during their 2016 annual meeting in Atlanta GA. This award was given in recognition of his contributions to the present wealth of knowledge on the structure and myriad functions of the stratum corneum.
Peter M. Elias, M.D., Awarded International Honorary Membership In The Japanese Dermatological Association
On June 15, 2013, Peter M. Elias, M.D., was awarded an International Honorary Membership in the Japanese Dermatological Association and delivered the Dohi Memorial Lecture to the Society at their annual meeting in Japan. The title of his presentation was: “Treating Atopic Dermatitis at the Source: Corrective Barrier Repair Based upon New Pathogenic Insights.”
Our work on antihistamines and the skin also featured in the May 2013 issue of Allure magazine. This work demonstrates that these commonly used drugs are applied directly to the skin they can improve the function of the skin barrier and also have potent anti-inflammatory effects. This work holds promise for the development of new treatments for common skin disorders like atopic dermatitis and psoriasis.
A new treatment for common skin diseases like psoriasis and eczema (or atopic dermatitis), or other skin conditions with a defective skin barrier, is the hope raised by recent work from the Elias laboratory and featured in Allure this month. These studies demonstrate that when antihistamines are applied topically to the skin, they improve the skin barrier. This suggests that creams or ointments containing anithistamines of the type that do not cause sedation as a side effect could provide a safe and effective way to treat inflammatory skin disorders caused in part by a defective skin barrier, like eczema and psoriasis.
Peter M. Elias, M.D., Delivers The Joseph Von Plenck Lecture to the Austrian Society of Dermatology and Venereology
On December 2, 2012, Dr. Peter Elias delivered the Joseph Von Plenck Lecture to the Austrian Society of Dermatology and Venereology during their annual meeting in Linz, Austria.
Peter M. Elias, M.D. Receives Albert M. Kligman/ Philip Frost Award And Lectureship From the Society For Investigative Dermatology
On May 4, 2011, Peter M. Elias, M.D. delivered the Albert M. Kligman/Philip Frost Leadership Lecture to the Society for Investigative Dermatology at the annual meeting in Phoenix AZ. The title of his presentation was: “The Nature of the Mammalian Epidermal Permeability Barrier.”