ABOUT Lowell Goldsmith - JID Jottings

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Lowell A. Goldsmith, MD has over 40 years of experience in treating patients with skin diseases and in basic research related to the skin. He has been on the faculty at Harvard, Duke, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, where he both founded the Department of Dermatology and was Dean of the School for five years. He has been a meeting-goer and organizational official, and he received the Stephen Rothman Gold Medal of the Society for Investigative Dermatology. He has destroyed many trees while publishing frenetic numbers of journal articles and editing textbooks, and he was Editor of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology 2002-2007. He has written a series on “Bridging the Laboratory and the Clinic” for the Archives of Dermatology and on “ Dermatology Far Afield” for Journal Watch, with the aim of enhancing interest and expertise in the basic sciences of skin for diverse audiences. The JID Jottings blog is a logical extension of these previous efforts, and his way of looking at the world will become clear to those who follow and contribute to this blog.


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Skin Cancers — Causes and Treatment

Posted 24 November 2014 by Lowell Goldsmith - JID Jottings

The JID Milestone Series allows both experts and non-experts to delve into the broader context of diseases and their biology in a comprehensive fashion. Now, the Milestones series has a new posting on the biology and etiology of skin cancers. There are wonderful time lines for understanding the effects of the immune response, viruses, DNA repair, and external agents in causing and modifying skin cancers. Copy the time lines with proper attribution for lectures to both scientists and the general... Read more

Controversy: A Dermatology TED Conference: A Lot in Storrs for You

Posted 10 November 2014 by Lowell Goldsmith - JID Jottings

by guest blogger Sancy Leachman, M.D., Ph.D., Oregon Health & Science University   This year’s Storrs Lectureship is undoubtedly one of the most unusual meetings I have ever attended.  I don’t want you to interpret “unusual” as a code word for “bad,” but you can interpret it as “unconventional.” The typical didactic format was abandoned in favor of short, TED-type presentations followed by abundant discussion. The lectureship is designed to reflect “Fran Storrs’ mission” in a “Fran Storrs’ way.” For... Read more

Montagna 2014: An immortal organism?

Posted 13 October 2014 by Lowell Goldsmith - JID Jottings

Contributed by Sancy Leachman, MD, PhD, Oregon Health & Science University   At Montagna this year, I experienced an intellectual excitement surrounding the discovery of aging processes and mechanisms, but also appreciated that this field is driven by a particular human urge to understand and attain longevity, and perhaps immortality. Both our minds and hearts were stimulated to support discovery of ways to prevent and treat aging disorders such as Werner and Hutchinson-Guilford Progeria syndromes, as discussed by Ray Monnat... Read more

Montagna 2014: The quest for the fountain of youth

Posted 13 October 2014 by Lowell Goldsmith - JID Jottings

Contributed by Sancy Leachman, MD, PhD, Oregon Health & Science University   The Friday and Saturday Montagna sessions were spectacular – both because of the quality of the presentations and because of the audience engagement! The speakers could barely get off the stage because of all the questions. It’s impossible for me to capture the enthusiastic tone of the meeting.   It’s also remarkable that the meeting, though centered on aging, is proving to be a study in the nature... Read more

Montagna 2014: Live and let die – are mutations a key to aging skin?

Posted 13 October 2014 by Lowell Goldsmith - JID Jottings

Contributed by Sancy Leachman, MD, PhD, Oregon Health & Science University   Welcome to Montagna 2014! It is hard to believe that this is the 63rd annual Montagna Symposium on the Biology of the Skin. For any of you unfamiliar with Montagna, it is the only NIH-supported annual scientific meeting in Dermatology that focuses intensely on a rotating special topic of interest to dermatologists. And, it is held in a sequestered resort location where physicians and scientists with like minds... Read more

Alopecia areata: Hope for humans from helpful mice

Posted 27 August 2014 by Lowell Goldsmith - JID Jottings

Cytotoxic T cells (CD8+NKG2D+) produce cytokines that interfere with human hair follicles, producing hair loss. Alopecia areata (AA) has been known in man for centuries. An appropriate and spontaneous natural mouse genetic model for AA was discovered a few decades ago in mice at Bar Harbor Laboratories in Maine, and it has been incredibly useful, as documented in several publications in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology and other journals. The mouse model is especially important as new therapies for this... Read more

Editors’ Picks from Experimental Dermatology

Posted 1 August 2014 by Lowell Goldsmith - JID Jottings

The dark side of type XVII collagen Gostynski et al. identified a so far unrecognized function of type XVII collagen (COL17). Based on detailed clinical observations, the authors demonstrated that in human skin, melanocytes’ supply to the epidermis depends on COL17 expression (Gostynski et al, 2014). This striking discovery was found by the clinical observation of revertant skin in patients with epidermolysis bullosa (EB), characterized by genetic deficiency of type XVII collagen (COL17), laminin-332, or type VII collagen (COL7). In... Read more

Needle in the haystack studies: Getting the bug leads to effective treatment

Posted 19 June 2014 by Lowell Goldsmith - JID Jottings

Are there new pathogen-induced skin diseases that are not yet identified? If yes, how many such diseases might there be? And how to choose diseases for study, and what laboratory studies, intellectual analysis, and paradigms should be used to identify such diseases? Are there as yet undescribed pathogenic organisms?   If these questions resonate with you, please remember the past, of many organisms being proposed as the cause of morphea, psoriasis, and similar disorders, but not being proved. For the... Read more

7 Reasons to Start Your Free Subscription to the JID Connector

Posted 27 May 2014 by Lowell Goldsmith - JID Jottings

If you enjoy reading and ruminating about the posts on this blog, you will find the JID Connector, edited by Kavitha Reddy, MD, equally intriguing and useful. The Connector offers online-only articles of direct clinical relevance for the dermatology and skin biology communities. These features explain clinical research techniques and advances while discussing the impact on our understanding of diseases and patient care. Updates are available in a monthly e-newsletter. By subscribing to the newsletter, you can: Enhance your diagnostic skills... Read more

Wheat and WEIRD

Posted 21 May 2014 by Lowell Goldsmith - JID Jottings

Challenging scientific tasks frequently require large teams comprising diverse skills, a topic often discussed in this blog. Teams such as those for the Manhattan project commandeered talented brainboxes from a large variety of scientific backgrounds and cultures. Building and managing effective teams remains a challenge as depicted in the cartoon DILBERT. A commentary and an article in Science provide insights into the different ways individuals interact and think and how that may be influenced by the culture and environment in... Read more