Dermatology Grand Rounds

Dermatology Lecture Hall

Grand Rounds

Wednesday, Sep. 21st, 8am-12pm

676 North Saint Clair Street, Suite 1600 (16th Floor)

Presenting from 8:00 am

Oncofertility: Bench to Bedside to Babies

Teresa K Woodruff, PhD

Director, Women’s Health Research Institute

Chief, Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology-Reproductive Science in Medicine

Thomas J. Watkins Memorial Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology-Reproductive Science in Medicine, McCormick School of Engineering, Medical Social Sciences and Medicine: Endocrinology

Dr. Woodruff is the Thomas J. Watkins Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, the Vice Chair of Research (OB/GYN), and the Chief of the Division of Reproductive Science in Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine. She is an internationally recognized expert in ovarian biology and, in 2006, coined the term “Oncofertility” to describe the merging of two fields: oncology and fertility. She now heads the Oncofertility Consortium, an interdisciplinary team of biomedical and social scientist experts from across the country.

She developed the concept for a National Physicians Cooperative in Oncofertility (NPC) in order to link medical practices interested in fertility preservation protocols. Dr. Woodruff also serves as the founding director of the Women's Health Research Institute, which has as its mission ‘science to care’ and ensuring that sex and gender are part of the research mission. Because of her work in inclusion, she was recently interviewed by Leslie Stahl and was highlighted on a 60 Minutes report and has written extensively on inclusion of sex and gender in science and medicine (PNAS, Nature). She was named to the Time Magazine 2013 list of the Worlds Most Influential People as the only scientist on the list and was voted 112th.

Presenting at 10:45 am

Pathogenesis, clinical developments, and novel treatment approaches in Cutaneous Lupus

Victoria P. Werth, MD

Chief, Dermatology, Philadelphia V.A. Hospital
Professor of Dermatology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Veteran's Administration Medical Center
Professor of Medicine

Dr. Werth is a Professor of Dermatology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Veteran's Administration Medical Center. She received her MD from John Hopkins University in, completed her residency at the New York University Medical Center and Northwestern Medical Center and her fellowship at New York Medical Center.

She is an internist and dermatologist with a practice devoted to autoimmune skin diseases. She has guided development and validation of disease severity tools currently being used in lupus, dermatomyositis, and autoimmune blistering disease studies. She is leading a multicenter collaborative, web-based database to collect prospective information on patients with skin and systemic manifestations of lupus erythematosus. This is the first systematic epidemiologic study of cutaneous lupus erythematosus in the United States. With the information collected on now over 350 patients at the University of Pennsylvania alone, we have performed the first prospective evaluations of cutaneous lupus erythematosus in order to assess disease severity, quality of life, and response to treatment, as well as complete validation studies of the CLASI, a disease severity tool for cutaneous lupus. Her investigational laboratory studies relate to biomarkers in cutaneous lupus and ultraviolet light effects on skin. Recent studies have examined mechanistic effects of therapeutics in CLE, as well as subset-specific expression of interferon signatures. Dr. Werth is a member of the Medical & Scientific Committee of the Lupus Foundation of America, Associate Editor for the Lupus Science & Medicine journal, and her research has been funded by the Alliance for Lupus Research, Lupus Foundation of America, Lupus Research Institute, NIH, and the VA.

Schedule of Events:

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Research Presentation

9:00 am–9:30 am

Patient Viewing

9:30 am–10:30 am

Case Discussion

10:45 am -12:00 pm

Main Presentation

Overall meeting objectives:

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

1. Discuss new technology used in addressing dermatologic problems.

2. Understand the choices and risks for treating skin disease.

3. Discuss the ethical issues that arise in patient care.

4. Recognize the relevance of new laboratory discoveries to clinical issues.

Accreditation Statement:

The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement:

The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Course Director:

Disclosure: Amy S. Paller, MD/MS has disclosed the following relevant financial relationships:

Serves as a consultant (with honoraria ) for the following companies: AbbVie, Anacor Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Celgene Corporation, Chugai Pharma, Galderma Laboratories, L.P. LEO Pharma US, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp., Onset Dermatologics, Promius Pharma, LLC., Scioderm, Shire, and Stiefel a GSK company.

Serves as a Principal Investigator (no honoraria) for the following companies: Amgen, Anacor Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Scioderm, and TopMD.

FSM’s listed CME Leadership and Staff have nothing to disclose: John X. Thomas, Jr., PhD, Sr. Associate Dean for Medical Education, Genevieve Napier, CME Director, Jen Banys, Michelle Mallery, and Tristan Brown, CME Project Specialists.


Teresa K Woodruff, PhD has nothing to disclose

Victoria P. Werth, MD discloses the following:

Serves as a board member with honoraria: Celegen

Serves as a consultant for: Medimmune

Serves as a consultant with honoraria: Biogen, Janssen

Has received a grant from: Celgene, Janssen, Astra-Zenica

Sponsored by: Department of Dermatology

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Upcoming Dermatology Events

October Grand Rounds Schedule Information

Wednesday, Oct. 19th, 8am-12pm

676 North Saint Clair Street

Chicago, IL

Presenting at 10:45 am

Brett King, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Dermatology; Medical Director, Yale Dermatology-Middlebury

Dr. Brett King is Assistant Professor of Dermatology, specializing in skin diseases recalcitrant to first-line therapies. He also conducts investigator-initiated clinical trials to try to identify new treatments for skin disorders.