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Department of Dermatology

Department of Dermatology


Winner of 2009-2010 Faculty Teaching Award: Dr. Emanual Maverakis

December 4, 2010 — UC Davis Dermatology Residents have selected Dr. Emanual Maverakis to win the Faculty Teaching Award.

Texting people to remind them to wear sunscreen daily works, research shows

November 18, 2009 — Text-message reminders are effective in encouraging people to wear sunscreen, finds a study by Dr. April Armstrong from the Dermatology Department at University of California Davis and colleagues at Harvard. In a six-week study, participants were asked to apply sunscreen daily, and their sunscreen use was tracked in real-time by an electronic monitoring system. Half of the participants were randomly assigned to receiving daily text-message reminders to apply sunscreen, and the other half did not receive reminders. The partcipants who received text-message reminders used sunscreen nearly twice as often as those who did not receive the text-messages.

“The overall goal of this research is to find innovative ways of using consumer-grade technology to encourage healthy behaviors and measurable outcomes,” said Dr. Armstrong, lead author of this clinical study, which appears in the November 2009 issue of Archives of Dermatology. “Text-messaging is a simple, low-cost, and immediate method of delivering reminders without the need for computers, and we wanted to see if text-messages could be an effective way to encourage people to use sunscreen regularly.”

Lesson: Simple technologies can improve healthy habits.

UC Davis researchers discover new drug target for inflammatory disease

September 22, 2008 — UC Davis researchers have defined a cellular process that promotes inflammation and, at the same time, found an important starting point for identifying and testing new drugs for diseases such as sepsis, rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease and some cancers.

"We have known for a while that this protein is elevated with inflammation," said Yoshikazu Takada, UC Davis professor of dermatology and lead author of the study, which appears in the September 19 issue of The Journal of Biological Chemistry. "Our outcome shows with much more precision how the protein actually works to advance inflammation. The potential impact of the finding on our ability to block inflammation and stop the disease process in its tracks is enormous."

Department of Dermatology adds three new faculty

Three new faculty members have been appointed recently by the Department of Dermatology: April Armstrong, assistant professor of clinical dermatology; Keira L. Barr, assistant professor of clinical dermatology; and Summer Youker, associate health sciences clinical professor.

Emanual Maverakis, M.D., Dermatology Researcher Receives Grant for New Physician-Scientist
An assistant professor of dermatology at the UC Davis School of Medicine is among the recipients of a $375,000 grant awarded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute as part of its effort to ensure that young, promising physician-scientists have the resources they need to launch their careers.

Emanual Maverakis, who graduated in June 2007 from the UC Davis Department of Dermatology residency program, will use the grant funds, which will cover a five-year period, to study autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and lupus. These diseases are caused when the immune system attacks the body's “self” proteins.

Department acquiring latest laser technology.
The Department of Dermatology is in the process of acquiring the Cynosure Cynergy Laser System. The Cynergy combines two optimal wavelengths for a complete range of vascular treatments and more - a high powered 585 nm +/- 2% pulse dye laser and a 1064 nm long pulse Nd:YAG in one unit. The two laser wavelenths work synergistically to remove facial veins or other types of vascular lesions. In addition, it is safe for use in people with all skin types for laser hair removal.

ACGME approves procedural dermatology fellowship
The ACGME has recently approved the UC Davis Department of Dermatology's procedural dermatology fellowship. The fellowship will provide advance training in cosmetic dermatology, laser surgery, and MOHS. Fellows will work directly with Drs. Daniel Eisen, Suzanne Kilmer and Thomas King.

Maxwell Fung receives the 2005-06 Faculty Teaching Award
In honor of his dedication to resident education Maxwell Fung received the 2005-2006 Faculty Teaching Award from the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine on behalf of the Pathology Residency.