New heights scaled at AAD Meeting in Denver


Denver and its big blue bear welcomed the 2014 AAD Annual Meeting with open arms.

If the weather remains unpredictable every year, one thing you can forecast is the success of the premiere dermatology meeting of 2014, the AAD’s Annual Meeting, this year in Denver.

The temperatures outside varied daily during the meeting — sun, warmth, clouds, and even a bit of light snow for those who hadn’t gotten enough this season. But inside the beautifully designed and easily navigable Colorado Convention Center, the meeting shined from beginning to end.

Sunday Plenary

The 2014 Plenary session featured expert lecturers presenting on a variety of prominent research topics and sociopolitical issues facing the specialty. Jack S. Resneck Jr., MD, presented the Clarence S. Livingood, MD, Lecture, “The Future of Our Specialty in a Time of Unprecedented Change.” “Heal Thyself: Using Stem Cell Biology for Skin Diseases,” this year’s Marion B. Sulzberger, MD, Memorial Lecture, was presented by Anthony Eugene Oro, MD, PhD.

The Lila and Murray Gruber Memorial Cancer Research Lecture was given by Lynda Chin, MD, who presented “Genomic Medicine: Transforming Research and Patient Care.” Ervin H. Epstein, Jr., MD, presented the Eugene J. Van Scott Award for Innovative Therapy of the Skin and Phillip Frost Leadership Lecture, “Thwacking the Hedgehog.” Guest lecturer David C. Page, MD, presented “Rethinking the Pristine X and Rotting Y Chromosomes.”

Expanded dermatology research symposium

Because of the popularity of the Latest in Dermatology Research Symposium (formerly Late-Breaking Research), the session was expanded to allow for even more cutting-edge research to be presented. The symposium was held March 22, in two parts.

New in 2014

The Academy was excited to introduce a new way of personalizing your meeting experience with meeting concierge stations. The new Meeting Concierges helped answer attendees’ meeting questions more rapidly and efficiently, and were easily identifiable in their snazzy green vests.

The AAD held two new contests during the meeting, a See Spot contest and a Twitter selfie contest. You can see a sampling of selfies, along with other meeting images in the Meeting News photo gallery.

Coverage of scientific sessions was provided in the onsite AAD Annual Meeting News, in print and in daily eblasts. Visit the Annual Meeting News index page to see what you may have missed. Be sure to follow @AADMtgs on Twitter to stay up to date on the latest meeting news from Denver and for updates about Summer Academy Meeting 2014 in Chicago.

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