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Our overarching goal is to train future leaders in clinical care and skin disease research and develop new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat skin conditions. Skin diseases affect a significant portion of the population – a quarter of the general population and half of all people over 65 require treatment for at least one skin condition. The prevalence of skin disease is even higher than that of cardiovascular disease, diabetes or end-stage renal disease, and it has a significant effect on society.

UCI Skin: A Hub for Collaboration & Discovery

A key driver of this leadership is UCI Skin, one of only six National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded Skin Disease Research Core Centers. THis prestigious Center serves as a hub for collaboration, uniting scientists across campus from medicine, biology, mathematics, computer science and engineering in their quest to unravel the mysteries of skin biology and disease.

Fostering the Next Generation of Leaders

Department faculty and trainees have received crucial support through grants from UCI Skin. UCI Skin also houses an NIH-funded training grant dedicated to educating the next generation of physician-scientist leaders in dermatology. This program has provided valuable support to our dermatology residents, with many faculty members playing key roles as core faculty.