Children's Hospital Boston

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The skin is an extremely useful model system and substrate for diverse basic and biomedical research programs. Therapeutic applications resulting from the basic and clinical research programs of our affiliated institutions have played a key role in advancing dermatologic and medical care around the world.

Our program is fortunate to be affiliated with three of the best-funded dermatology research programs in the nation located at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Massachusetts General Hospital.

  • Wellman Center for Photomedicine is one of the world's foremost research facilities in this field. These laboratories offer an interdisciplinary approach to basic and applied research emphasizing basic photobiology, laser technology, and tissue reactions.
  • The MGH/Harvard Cutaneous Biology Research Center (CBRC) is a multidisciplinary research group conducting fundamental research relevant to the structure and function of the skin and cutaneous biology. It was established in 1989 with support from a grant from Shiseido Co., Ltd. of Japan.
  • The Department of Dermatology Research Laboratories at Brigham and Women's Hospital including the Harvard Skin Disease Research Center (HSDRC) was established in 1994 with funding from the National Institutes of Health. The mission is to conduct research on the pathogenesis of skin disease.
  • Clinical Unit for Research Trials in Skin (CURTIS) is located at the Massachusetts General Hospital. In addition to investigating quality of life issues, CURTIS conducts a wide range of clinical studies evaluating new therapies for a broad spectrum of skin diseases.
  • Center for Connected Health is located within Partners HealthCare and translates across multiple subspecialties to provide quality care outside of traditional medical settings.  Clinical research within the Center supports and promotes these activities.

These research programs often crossover into other disciplines, making this a unique setting for discovery of therapeutic advances with broad-reaching benefits. State-of-the-art research in cutaneous biology, photobiology, and skin diseases are important components of these programs.

In addition to CURTIS, other clinical research activities taking place at our affiliated institutions include:

  • Clinical informatics
  • Graft vs host disease
  • Cutaneous lymphoma
  • Pigmented lesions
  • Dermatology practice systems
  • Rational use of medications
  • Pigmented lesions/melanoma
  • Cutaneous lymphoma
  • High-risk squamous cell ca
  • Rheumatology-Dermatology
  • Oncologic Dermatology
  • Graft vs host disease
  • Inflammatory diseases
  • Persistent cutaneous infections and immunodeficiencies
  • Progeria
  • Vascular malformations and associated syndromes
  • Inflammatory diseases
  • Cutaneous lymphoma
  • Photomedicine
  • Melanoma/Pigmented lesions
  • Laser medicine

Residents have the opportunity to work with faculty mentors for their clinical and research electives.  Residents may also commit to a special track program during their third-year of training, as approved by the American Board of Dermatology, which allows them to pursue their basic research interests in a postdoctoral capacity.

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