Research in Dermatology

The national prominence held by the Department of Dermatology in basic and clinical investigation has continued to increase. The Department currently holds over $2.5 million in annual research support. Members of the faculty play major roles in national research organizations, including the Society for Investigative Dermatology, the Dermatology Foundation, the American Academy of Dermatology, and the Photomedicine Society.

Examples of current extramural funding sources assigned to our department include:

  • NIH Awards (R01, K23, T32, and SPORE Awards)
  • VA Merit Award
  • Department of Defense Research Awards
  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Awards for Medical Scientists
  • Support from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT)
  • UT Southwestern Physician Scientist Training Program Awards
  • Skin of Color Society Research Grants
  • American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Cutting Edge Research Grant
  • Career Development Awards from the Dermatology Foundation
  • Children's Tumor Foundation
  • Rheumatology Research Foundation
  • Texas Neurofibromatosis Foundation

Most clinical research in our department is investigator initiated. Moreover, faculty members conduct research-oriented subspecialty clinics that offer patients unique opportunities to participate in clinical research and garner experience with new and emerging therapies. Conditions treated include: morphea, cutaneous lupus erythematosus, disorders of pigmentation, vitiligo, immunobullous diseases, cutaneous lymphomas, contact dermatitis, pigmented skin lesions, complex medical dermatology, photobiology, and skin cancer.

Scholarly Work

Our residents and faculty also regularly formulate and/or participate in pilot studies, scholarly clinical reports and/or reviews, industry-sponsored research initiatives, and collaborative research projects. Within the past five years, scholarly work from our Department has appeared in the following publications:

  • Arthritis & Rheumatology
  • Blood
  • Cancer Cell
  • Cancer Research
  • Cell Reports
  • Cell Stem Cell
  • Dermatologic Surgery
  • Dermatologic Therapy
  • Experimental Dermatology
  • Genes & Development 
  • Journal of Biological Chemistry
  • Journal of Cutaneous Pathology
  • Molecular Cell
  • Nature Communications
  • Nature Immunology
  • Nature Medicine
  • Oncogene
  • Oncology Times
  • Pediatric Dermatology
  • PLoS Genetics
  • Science Signaling
  • The Archives of Dermatology
  • The British Journal of Dermatology
  • The European Journal of Immunology
  • The Journal of Immunology
  • The Journal of Investigative Dermatology
  • The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology