2016 Annual Meeting Dailies

March 7

  • Technology plays role in decoding disease to target interventionsAmy S. Paller, MD, recognizes that the namesake for the Clarence S. Livingood, MD Memorial Award and Lectureship helped shape the field of dermatology to what it has become today. > MORE
  • Self-funded TLA research makes an impactTumescent lidocaine anesthesia (TLA) was developed 30 years ago to allow successful liposuction procedures totally using local anesthesia. In decades since, Jeffrey A. Klein, MD, has expanded his knowledge of TLA so that it could potentially be used for other surgical procedures and to deliver new treatments for painful conditions. > MORE
  • Genetic research sheds light on how sunlight drives skin cancerDecades of research into the human genome has taught researchers not only how normal cells evolve into skin cancer cells, but why. The answer — sunlight — is not a surprise for dermatologists. That message was delivered by dermatologist and skin cancer researcher Paul A. Khavari, MD, PhD, Sunday during the Lila and Murray Gruber Memorial Cancer Research Award and Lectureship, “Pathogenesis of Skin Cancer.” > MORE
  • The science of itch: Learning to quiet an overcharged nervous systemItch is a condition often associated with diseases from psoriasis and atopic dermatitis to kidney disease, liver disease, and lymphoma, but it has become clear that it is more than that — it also is its own disease state. Research has found that even though it has links to other diseases, itch is the result of interactions between nerves connecting the skin to the brain. > MORE
  • An end to the HIV/AIDS pandemic is in sightIn 2012, for the first time more than half of those eligible for HIV treatment around the world were receiving it, according to the UNAIDS Global Report. In 2016, U.S. public health officials are going even further, talking about ending the pandemic that has gripped the world for more than 30 years. > MORE

March 6

  • Taking up the fight against vaccine-preventable virusesAlthough primary care providers (PCPs) traditionally are considered the first line of defense to talk with patients about vaccinations for varicella, mumps, measles, rubella, and the human papillomavirus, dermatologists also play a vital role in the fight against these viruses. > MORE
  • Emerging therapies: New treatments emerge for melanoma, BCC, and SCCIn 2016, about twice as many people will die of skin cancer than all other cancers combined in the United States, according to projections from the American College of Surgeons. Friday's “New and Emerging Therapies” (S011) featured presentations detailing developments in the treatment of melanoma, basal cell carcinoma (BCC), and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). > MORE
  • Sunday Plenary: Five science lectures, presidential addresses among highlightsThe Sunday Plenary will feature five scientific lectures that will focus on the influence of genetics on skin disease, tumescent drug delivery, how gene networks influence skin cancer, neurological causes of itch, and HIV/AIDS. It also will feature addresses by AAD President Mark Lebwohl, MD, and President-Elect Abel Torres, MD, JD, from 8 to 11:30 a.m. in Hall D. > MORE
  • Field cancerization: Emerging science transforming SCC diagnosis, treatmentThe emerging science of field cancer is changing the paradigm for diagnosing and treating skin cancer by targeting entire skin regions. Dermatologic surgeon Sean R. Christensen, MD, PhD, addressed the most recent scientific insights Saturday during “Field Cancerization and Multiple SCC: New Molecular Insights and Evidence-Based Clinical Management” (U037). > MORE
  • Tuesday schedule has changedSeveral changes have been made to the 74th Annual Meeting's traditional schedule so attendees can attend more events. The Annual Meeting will now end on Tuesday. The final two events are general sessions that will conclude at noon. > MORE
  • Tanning bed regsDuring his address at this morning's Plenary, President-Elect Abel Torres, MD, JD, will talk about how you can send a letter to the FDA in support of the proposed indoor tanning rules which would restrict minors from using tanning beds. You are also encouraged to do so at the advocacy booth in the AAD Resource Center in Hall D, and online at www.aad.org\stopskincancer > MORE
  • One-stop melanoma careA patient slated for aggressive melanoma surgery decided to first seek out a second opinion from a multidisciplinary melanoma care center. When the center's dermatopathologists reviewed her lymph node biopsy slides, they discovered the cells were not melanoma, but rather harmless intranodal nevus cells, sparing the patient needless surgery. > MORE
  • ‘Pearls and Pitfalls’ addresses challenges of beginning practiceYoung physicians entering their first years of practice are treading on new turf, but a session presented Monday is designed to help them take those first steps on solid ground rather than tumbling down a slope. > MORE
  • ‘Boards and Beyond’: Speakers provide tips on taking the certification exam and life afterwardResidents face many challenges as they prepare for the next phase of their careers, and Saturday they were treated to words of wisdom related to many of those challenges, from preparing for board exams to choosing career paths, with an added dash of the difficulties of life balance thrown into the mix. > MORE
  • Controversies: Drug costs, non-physician providers discussedSeveral speakers debated the impact of medications and mid-level providers on costs during Friday's “Controversies in Dermatology” (F046). > MORE
  • Gel manicure lamps may be dangerousGel manicures have revolutionized the nail cosmetics industry because they are so durable, but the ultraviolet nail lamps used to cure the gels emit potentially harmful UVA rays. A presentation Monday will review concerns about the lamps and some possible solutions. > MORE
  • Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, and the dermatologistI see the human face as the medium I enjoy as an artist” said Cyndi Yag-Howard, MD, president and CEO of Yag-Howard Dermatology Center in Naples, Florida. “Unlike virtually any other form of art, the art of facial sculpting and enhancement represents the unusual combination of both living art and functional art. > MORE

March 5

  • Experts cover hot topics: Attendees pinpoint topics they are most curious aboutOne of the most popular sessions at the Annual Meeting is “Hot Topics” because attendees help choose the subjects they want addressed. Friday, an expert faculty presented updates on the selected topics, including the announcement of the 2016 Contact Allergen of the Year, the use of digital dermatoscopes to document lesions, the latest research in sunscreens, and the importance of using biologics to treat psoriasis. > MORE
  • Less invasive treatment options: Nonsurgical options seek to get to the root of the problemPatients are demanding less invasive skin cancer treatments with minimal downtime for recuperation. To deliver on their expectations safely, Anthony M. Rossi, MD, offered the best mix of therapy approaches Friday during “What's Next: Nonsurgical and Adjuvant Treatment for Skin Cancers.” > MORE
  • Syphilis: Dermatologists should watch for telltale signs of resurgent disease stateSyphilis is the comeback kid re-emerging throughout the United States, and dermatologists are in a prime position to detect the disease, which can include debilitating neurosyphilis and ocular syphilis even during early stages. However, dermatologists risk missing the diagnosis if they aren't thinking about or considering syphilis as a possibility, warned Kenneth Katz, MD, course director for Friday's session “Sex, Sores, Science, and Surveillance: Syphilis in the 21st Century.” > MORE
  • The true cost of drugsPatients are feeling the pinch from the rising cost of drugs and reduced insurance coverage, and dermatologists are left wondering how to advocate for these patients amid this new and uncertain landscape. > MORE
  • Outpatient radiotherapy: Mohs vs. radiationMohs surgery is the gold standard for many head and neck skin cancers, but Mohs is not ideal for all patients. Patients who are older, on blood thinners, have multiple medical co-morbidities, or have lesions on difficult-to-repair locations may not be good candidates for surgery. Some patients prefer nonsurgical treatment options. For those patients, superficial radiation treatment (SRT) is a valuable, yet seldom used, alternative. > MORE
  • Late-Breaking Research: Advances could change dermatology practiceSee the latest research that is likely to affect clinical practice for all dermatologists during four two-hour sessions presented Saturday and Sunday. The sessions will highlight clinical trials, procedural dermatology, basic science, cutaneous oncology, pathology, and pediatrics. > MORE
  • Smile and say ‘Cheese’Enter a new kind of photo contest through the official AAD Meeting News Twitter feed @AADMtgs. The list of categories and winning prize for each: > MORE
  • Latest psoriasis guidelinesThe latest guidelines for the treatment of patients with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis will be reviewed in “Translating Evidence into Practice: Psoriasis Guidelines,” from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in Room 147A. > MORE
  • Laser devices being used for more medical, cosmetic treatmentsLasers have become some of the most useful tools in dermatology. Laser-assisted drug delivery, body contouring, fractional resurfacing, scar therapy, and treatment of vascular lesions are only a few of the growing number of uses for both traditional laser instruments and more novel approaches. > MORE
  • Interactive learning: I’ll take Unusual Leg Ulcers for $100Diagnosing and treating leg ulcers can be a difficult, complicated path to travel, but a Friday education session made it more fun by adopting the format of the iconic game show Jeopardy and encouraging audience participation. > MORE
  • Breaking barriers with VDP: Technology proves key for education without sacrificing slidesThe process of reading dermatologic slides has gone digital, giving way to several applications, including medical student and resident teaching, teleconsultations, multidisciplinary conferences, live interactive webinars, continuing medical education, and research. An expert in the use of virtual dermatopathology (VDP), Ellen Mooney, MD, director of the Nordic Institute of Virtual Dermatopathology, Hafnarfjördur, Iceland, described the […] > MORE
  • Leading by design: Practice makes true leaders, not genesIn a presidential election, many candidates try to present themselves as born leaders. Brian Anderson, MD, disagrees with this premise, stressing that leadership comes with practice. > MORE

March 4

  • Friday’s must-see eventsWelcome to the first day of the 74th Annual Meeting, where cutting-edge dermatology research will be presented and relevant practice issues examined in an improved meeting format designed to help everyone attend more events. > MORE
  • ‘Hot Topics’ reflects top choices of meeting attendeesAnnual Meeting attendees have spoken by choosing the subjects they most want addressed at “Hot Topics” (S018), one of the meeting's most popular sessions. Be sure to attend from 1 to > MORE
  • Finding your bearings: A seasoned fellow shares advice and insights for meeting novicesAdam Friedman, MD, is an associate professor of dermatology, residency program director, and director of translational research at George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C. After a decade of attending AAD Annual Meetings, he looks back at how he learned to navigate the meeting over the years. > MORE
  • Simulating the patient experience with a focus on communicationSimulation is becoming a big part of medical education, and that is on display throughout the Annual Meeting in a series of sessions, “Hands-On: The Standardized Patient.” > MORE
  • Sunday Plenary: Scientific lectures and awards to be presentedThe Sunday Plenary will feature a wealth of scientific lectures addressing the influence of genetics on skin disease, tumescent drug delivery, how gene networks influence skin cancer, neurological causes of itch, and HIV/AIDS. > MORE
  • Rising drug costs barrier to patient careThe age-old question of whether patient care is negatively affected by rising drug costs is the focus of “The Impact of Drug Pricing on Access to Care: Demystifying the Landscape” (UO13) from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Friday in Room 140B. > MORE
  • New acne guidelines being reported FridayBethanee Schlosser, MD, PhD, and Andrea L. Zaenglein, MD will present Translating Evidence into Practice: Acne Guidelines from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday in Room 147A. > MORE
  • Research gaps in psoriasis to be discussedDespite important advances in expanding the physician knowledge base in the field of psoriasis, substantial deficits remain in the understanding of psoriasis and its treatment, necessitating further research in many areas. > MORE
  • AAD offers MOC self-assessment creditsAAD is offering Maintenance of Certification (MOC) self-assessment credits for a variety of sessions at the Annual Meeting. In addition to the traditional methods of self”assessment still offered at the Annual Meeting, these offerings provide members more options and flexibility to meet the MOC self”assessment requirement. > MORE
  • Annual Meeting schedule has changedSeveral changes have been made to the 74th Annual Meeting's traditional schedule so attendees can attend more events. > MORE
  • Limitations of X-rays vs. MohsMohs surgery can provide improved outcomes for many head and neck cancers, but it is less than ideal for some subsets of patients, such as older persons, those on blood thinners, those with comorbidities, or those with lesions in difficult locations. > MORE
  • Top dermatological controversiesA panel of eight professionals spanning an array of dermatologic expertise will address the four top concerns in dermatology. Raymond L. Cornelison, Jr., MD, will lead the session, “Controversies in Dermatology” (F046) from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Friday in Room 147A. > MORE
  • What’s new in dermatopathologyGet an update in dermatopathology, with an emphasis on clinical correlation and the latest diagnostic tools, during “What's New in Dermatopathology” (S001), presented from 9 a.m. to noon Friday in Room 103B. Workforce and medical-legal issues in dermatopathology also will be discussed. > MORE
  • Research pays dividends in atopic dermatitis therapiesFor the past dozen years, atopic dermatitis has been studied in more than 120 clinical trials and has been the subject of more than 3,000 papers. This work is paying off with an increased understanding of the disease pathophysiology and the development of topical and systemic treatments. > MORE
  • Learn about latest emerging therapies todayThe latest developments in therapies for melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers and other topics will be covered during “New Emerging Therapies” (S011) from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday in Ballroom A. > MORE
  • Standard of care for psoriasis?The development of efficient biologics for the treatment of psoriasis has raised questions about raising the clearance level that defines the standard of care. Be sure to attend “Psoriasis” (S008) from 9 a.m. to noon Friday in Hall D. > MORE
  • Nonsurgical treatments for skin cancer identified for select casesAdvancements in skin cancer research have given way to nonsurgical treatment methods. Anthony Rossi, MD, shares the latest information in the session, “What's Next: Nonsurgical and Adjuvant Treatments for Skin Cancers” (FOC U005) from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Friday, in Room 103A. > MORE
  • Resident highlightsSeveral events during the 74th Annual Meeting are aimed at residents and young physicians. > MORE
  • ‘Power Hour’ to address training topics for residentsDermatology residents have the opportunity to take home answers to important training questions by attending “High-Yield ‘Power Hour' for Residents” (F081) from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday in Room 145. > MORE
  • Laser and light technologies are rapidly evolvingIf you were up to date with the latest laser devices last year, you are out of date now. > MORE
  • Lessons in botulinum toxinWant to learn more about using botulinum toxin? Two courses presented Friday and Sunday can help whether you want to learn the basics or refine skills you already are using. Both courses feature video demonstrations with before and after treatment examples. > MORE
  • Stop skin cancer: support proposed under-18 restrictionsThe AAD is asking members to support the FDA's efforts to toughen the regulation of tanning beds. AAD members are encouraged to stop by the AAD Resource Center booth to send a letter to the FDA in support of the proposed indoor tanning rules. > MORE
  • If malpractice strikes, are you ready?Every dermatologist wants to avoid malpractice lawsuits. But lawsuits can't always be avoided. When the worst happens, it pays to have a strategy in place to protect your assets. > MORE
  • Improve your practiceThe practice of medicine involves more than keeping up with the latest in science. The AAD offers a variety of tools and resources to help you manage your practice, including information on coding, compliance, quality care, practice models, and guidelines. > MORE
  • Field Cancerization to focus on new approaches toward clinical management of SCCsRecent scientific evidence in the contribution of ultraviolet light and genetic mutation in squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) pathogenesis sheds new light on the impact of the field cancer model. > MORE