As a part of its ongoing support of skin diseases research, the Center will continue to sponsor annual symposia addressing topics within our thematic areas. The department has already organized several highly successful programs addressing a range topics, including these representative examples: Stem Cell Transplantation in Epidermolysis Bullosa Symposium; The Brain-Skin Connection;Innovations in Extracellular Matrix Research: Global SDRC Columbia-Cologne Symposium.
The epiCURE works in close collaboration with the educational programs of the department of Dermatology. The department sponsors a monthly Visiting Professors program that promotes awareness of its basic science faculty regarding problems in clinical dermatology. Research Trainees are strongly encouraged to interact with the visiting faculty members on an informal as well as a formal basis. This activity will allow trainees to learn how other scientists work and maintain awareness of the latest developments in a range of research questions. Indeed the synergies created by these interactions have raised the visibility of basic science investigation for our medical students, residents and clinical faculty. Over the past several years, a series of researchers, both clinical and basic have visited Columbia to interact with residents, fellows and faculty (please see SDRC Speaker List in the Appendix). This has occurred primarily in the context of the SDRC Visiting Scholar program and the educational programs supported by the Department of Dermatology. Finally, the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University has an extensive robust program for visiting scholars with many departments participating. Many of these seminars are of interest to researchers in investigative dermatology. Thus, other departments at Columbia will broaden the experience of the trainee. Trainees are encouraged to take advantage of this unique opportunity.