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Barrier Function of Mammalian Skin (GRS)
Gordon-Kenan Research Seminar

Biophysical, Biological and Clinical Insight into the Skin Barrier


August 12-13, 2017


Waterville Valley
Waterville Valley, NH Site Information


Xue Liu & James F. Clarke

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by July 15, 2017. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

GRS Speaker Abstract Deadline: Although applications will be accepted until the date noted above, any applicants who wish to be considered for an oral presentation should submit their application by May 12, 2017. Please refer to the application instructions in the Meeting Description section below for more details (if available).

Meeting Description


The first Gordon Research Seminar on Barrier Function of Mammalian Skin is a new and special forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with similar interests to present and exchange cutting edge ideas.

The topics of this seminar will span all facets of fundamental and applied science as related to barrier function of skin. This includes barrier structure, function and disease, skin biomechanics, new approaches to overcome the skin barrier and technologies in investigating drug absorption.

This seminar provides opportunities for young investigators to pitch their work, communicate with other young pioneers and gain confidence for the following GRC conference. Furthermore, the seminar strives to provide attendees career development opportunities by including a panel session that mentors will provide key insights and advice.

Application Instructions

The meeting will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

The Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by May 12, 2017. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Deadline section above.

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "Barrier Function of Mammalian Skin" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRC in addition to an application for the GRS. Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmBarrier Function and Disease
Discussion Leader: Carolina Motter Catarino (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:05 pmKristin Seltmann (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
"The Effect of Humidity on Skin Inflammation – Molecular Mechanisms and Relevance for the Pathogenesis of Atopic Dermatitis"
4:05 pm - 4:10 pmDiscussion
4:10 pm - 4:25 pmDeepanjan Ghosh (Arizona State University, USA)
"Laser-Activated Tissue-Integrating Sutures for Rapid Sealing of Skin Wounds"
4:25 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmKeynote Session: Emerging Concepts in the Pathogenesis of Atopic Dermatitis / Skin Structure and Mechanics
Discussion Leaders: Martin Bernard Wolf (University of Vienna, Austria) and Stephanie Santacruz (University of British Columbia, Canada)
7:30 pm - 8:20 pmPeter Elias (Veterans Administration Medical Center / University of California, San Francisco, USA)
"Emerging Concepts in the Pathogenesis of Atopic Dermatitis"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmKelly McKinnon (Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, USA)
"Development of Novel 3D Microphysiologic and Microfluidic Human Ectocervical Model Systems for Studying Hormonal Effects on Differentiation, Barrier Properties, and Infection"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmNiranjana Dhandapani (Binghamton University, USA)
"Moist Environments and Aging Promote Biomechanical Changes in Ex-Vivo Human Skin Tissue"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amInvestigation and Enhancement of Dermal Drug Delivery - Technological Approaches
Discussion Leaders: Megan Kelchen (University of Iowa, USA) and James Clarke (University of Bath, United Kingdom)
9:00 am - 9:20 amDuncan Hieu Dam (Northwestern University, USA)
"Class A Scavenger Receptors Promote Uptake of Spherical Nucleic Acids in Human Skin Through a Flotillin-1 Dependent Process"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amMaria Alice Maciel Tabosa (University of Bath, United Kingdom)
"Probing Drug Pharmacokinetics in the Skin In Vivo and In Vitro"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amLisa Binder (University of Vienna, Austria)
"Development of Highly Concentrated Water-in-Oil Emulsions Stabilized with a Silicone Emulsifier and Surfactant Penetration Monitoring by ATR-FTIR"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amSoo Hyeon Shin (University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA)
"Evaluation of Level A In Vitro In Vivo Correlations (IVIVC) for Nicotine and Fentanyl Transdermal Delivery Systems with Transient Heat Exposure by Using Multiple Approaches"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: Scientific Career Paths
Discussion Leader: Timothy Houser (cyberDERM, Inc., USA)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Scientific Career Paths"
  • Gerald Kasting (University of Cincinnati, USA)
  • David Moore (GlaxoSmithKline, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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