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J Invest Dermatol. 2012 Mar;132(3 Pt 2):1029-32. doi: 10.1038/jid.2011.401.

Integration of investigative dermatology into the global biomedical research enterprise: past, present, and future.

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  • 1Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Biology, Jefferson Medical College, and Jefferson Institute of Molecular Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107, USA.


Clinical dermatology as a specialty of medicine has made major strides over the past several decades, and major advances in both diagnostic and therapeutic management of skin diseases have benefited patients. The progress in clinical dermatology to a large extent has relied on the robust academic infrastructure developed in recent decades, and we argue that this process has been significantly enhanced by technical innovations in molecular medicine and the integration of cutaneous biology research into the global biomedical research enterprise.

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