Skin Diseases Research Center

The Skin Diseases Research Center (SDRC) is an interdisciplinary center of excellence in investigative dermatology and cutaneous biology at UAB which is funded by the National Institutes of Arthritis, Musculo-skeletal and Skin Diseases of the NIH. Our goal is to generate new knowledge that will have a substantive impact on the treatment and prevention of diseases of the skin. This goal is achieved at the SDRC by:

Fostering meaningful collaborations between scientists in the Department of Dermatology and those in other disciplines

  1. Applying the tools of cellular and molecular biology to the analysis of the biology and pathology of skin
  2. Training young investigators in this area as they become fully independent researchers
  3. Attracting talented new scientists into the areas of dermatology and cutaneous biology and training them to become independent researchers
  4. Providing essential resources in a cost effective manner

The four thematic emphases of the SDRC are:

1) Immunodermatology and Cutaneous Microbiology

2) Skin Cancer

3) Biochemistry of the Skin

4) Genetics and Developmental Biology

However, the center is enhanced by investigators in other skin-related disciplines. The UAB Skin Diseases Research Center is comprised of over 40 investigators from 19 different departments. Craig Elmets, M.D. is the SDRC director and Mohammad Athar, Ph.D. and David Chaplin, M.D., Ph.D. are co-directors.

Core Facilities
The goals of the Center are achieved through three Core facilities which integrate intellectual and technical resources at UAB with the demands of investigative dermatology. These include:

  1. Skin Cell Culture Core
  2. Tissue Resources and Molecular Pathology Core
  3. Skin Proteomics Core

Past Pilot and Feasibility Studies:

In addition, the SDRC includes two to four Pilot and Feasibility Studies each year. These studies are intended to allow for novel avenues of dermatologic research by new scientists or by established investigators from other fields.

Past and Current Feasibility Studies