The Role of the Skin Microbiome in Health and Disease
The diversity of microbial species on the human skin is daunting, and a few hundred species have been identified on it. It is estimated that the human body is composed of 10% of human cells and 90% of bacteria. Human skin cells are outnumbered 33 to 1. To discuss the interaction between the human skin and the bacterial environment surrounding it, Richard L. Gallo, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, and Chief of the Department of Dermatology at the University of California, San Diego, gave a talk at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology’s 2015 annual conference in Houston, TX.
UC San Diego School of Medicine Named One of Nation's Top
Recognized by physicians for training leadership in Doximity report
January 13, 2015
UC San Diego School of Medicine was today named one of the nation’s top residency training programs in 10 specialties by Doximity. The Doximity report included more than 50,000 peer nominations from board-certified US physicians, and evaluated 3,691 residency training programs across 20 specialties.
Fat Isn’t All Bad: Skin Adipocytes Help Protect Against Infections
When it comes to skin infections, a healthy and robust immune response may depend greatly upon what lies beneath. In a new paper published in the January 2, 2015 issue of Science, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report the surprising discovery that fat cells below the skin help protect us from bacteria.
Richard Gallo, MD, PhD, professor and chief of dermatology at UC San Diego School of Medicine, and colleagues have uncovered a previously unknown role for dermal fat cells, known as adipocytes: They produce antimicrobial peptides that help fend off invading bacteria and other pathogens...More
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