MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR- Kevin D. Cooper, M.D.
As a Department of Dermatology, we engage in a cohesive team effort to deliver patient care services, engage in teaching programs and skin research that are all critical for the long term benefit of patients with skin disease. The complexity of attaining success in such an enterprise makes us proud to be a stimulating department with a tradition of high standards of team excellence inpatient-centered care, teaching and research. Generating exciting new concepts for therapy through skin research, bringing these to our patients, and educating physicians in their use will hopefully result in a better life for patients with skin disorders both now and in the future.
The Case Western Reserve University Department of Dermatology is one of the top centers of excellence worldwide in skin research and brings state-of-the-art research to help patients with skin diseases. The Department's research efforts span basic biology of the skin, mechanisms of clinical disease, human in vivo skin function, and clinical trials.
Our Department is committed to advancing the understanding of skin diseases and to developing cures. The Department of Dermatology has consistently been placed in the top 10 nationwide for NIH research funding, which creates an exceptionally strong milieu for investigation. Case Western University and University Hospitals of Cleveland support important interdisciplinary programs that compliment dermatology research including Genetics, Immunology, Pathology, Infectious Disease, Structural Biology, Cancer, a transgenic mouse facility, and advanced shared instrumentation.
Research space for the Department of Dermatology is centrally located on the fifth floor of the School of Medicine's Biomedical Research Building and comprises 9,000 square feet of fully equipped contiguous lab and office space. The open laboratory concept maximizes interdisciplinary opportunities for faculty and trainees to interact and collaborate with other investigative groups. The Department houses state-of-the-art technologies including Spinning Disk Confocal Microscopy, flow cytometry, photobiology, advanced radiometry, HPLC analysis, and Robotics to assist in high throughput methodologies.