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Skin Protection

NIH National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases - NIAMS

The mission of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases is to support research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of arthritis and musculoskeletal and skin diseases; the training of basic and clinical scientists to carry out this research; and the dissemination of information on research progress in these diseases.

Review Date: July 20, 2011

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NIH National Institute on Aging

NIA, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of NIH, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. In 1974, Congress granted authority to form NIA to provide leadership in aging research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs relevant to aging and older people. Subsequent amendments to this legislation designated the NIA as the primary Federal agency on Alzheimer’s disease research. The Institute's mission is to: •Support and conduct genetic, biological, clinical, behavioral, social, and economic research related to the aging process, diseases and conditions associated with aging, and other special problems and needs of older Americans. •Foster the development of research and clinician scientists in aging. •Communicate information about aging and advances in research on aging to the scientific community, health care providers, and the public.

Review Date: August 11, 2011

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American Academy of Dermatology

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) was founded in 1938 to encourage and provide continuing education in dermatology. The Academy sponsors a number of educational events for its membership throughout the year. Educational materials are available for dermatologists, physicians, medical students, allied health professionals, schools, and the public.

Review Date: January 15, 2009

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American Osteopathic College of Dermatology

The purpose of the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology (AOCD) is to improve the standards of the practice of dermatology, to stimulate the study and extend knowledge in the field of dermatology, and to promote a more general understanding of the nature and scope of services rendered by osteopathic dermatologists. AOCD is an affiliate of the American Osteopathic Association, and is dedicated to promoting the practice of osteopathic dermatology on a national level. The Foundation for Osteopathic Dermatology was founded in 2004 by the AOCD to improve the standards of the practice of Osteopathic Dermatology by raising awareness, providing public health information, conducting charitable events, and supporting research through grants and awards given to those applicants under the jurisdiction of Osteopathic Dermatology Physicians.

Review Date: April 18, 2014

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American Society For Dermatologic Surgery

Dermatologic surgery is one of the most innovative and progressive medical subspecialties in the U.S. Founded in 1970, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) and its nearly 5,400 members are at the forefront of the development of safe, in-office procedures that are saving lives by diagnosing and treating potentially deadly skin cancers earlier and more effectively.

Review Date: September 26, 2011

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Foundation for Ichthyosis and Related Skin Types, Inc.

The Foundation for Ichthyosis and Related Skin Types, Inc. (FIRST) is a nonprofit organization supported by public contributions and membership fees. FIRST raises funds to promote research on ichthyosis, a rare genetic skin disease, provide advice, guidance, and support among those affected; and distribute educational material to the public and medical professionals. The Foundation uses its national network of volunteers to bring self-help and educational support to individual members and their families. FIRST sponsors national and regional meetings and conferences, which feature leading researchers and clinicians and allow individuals with Ichthyosis to meet each other.

Review Date: May 17, 2011

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National Eczema Association

The National Eczema Association (NEA) is a national, patient-oriented organization working to improve the health and the quality of life of all persons living with atopic dermatitis/eczema. NEA provides emotional support, information, and resources to those who have the disease as well as their loved ones, while raising public awareness of the disease. In addition, NEA supports patients through public advocacy and research efforts. Grants are available from NEA to support research in atopic dermatitis. NEA organizes and hosts an annual conference sought to equip patients, their families, and friends to deal with eczema with increased knowledge.

Review Date: March 12, 2013

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National Rosacea Society

The National Rosacea Society's mission is to improve the lives of people with rosacea by raising awareness on this widespread but little-known disorder. The Society provides information to help rosacea patients better understand their disorder and more effectively manage its signs and symptoms. The organization also administers a research grants program to encourage and support scientific investigation into the potential causes and other key aspects of rosacea that may lead to improvements in its treatment and potential prevention or cure.

Review Date: December 16, 2010

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National Vitiligo Foundation, Inc.

Established in 1985, the mission of the National Vitiligo Foundation, Inc. is to increase awareness and concern for vitiligo patients among the general public and the medical community. The Foundation supports scientific and clinical research on vitiligo, answers questions and distributes information pamphlets from the general public on vitiligo, makes referrals to physicians and to other families with vitiligo, and advises patients on cosmetics, sunscreens, and other products for use by those with vitiligo. The Foundation is devoted to finding new treatments, and ultimately, a cure for vitiligo. Resources include chapters, support groups, advocacy and awareness campaigns.

Review Date: March 20, 2013

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Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society

Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Society (WOCN) is a professional, international nursing society of nurse professionals who are experts in the care of patients with wound, ostomy and continence problems. WOC nurses manage conditions such as stomas, draining wounds, fistulas, vascular ulcers, pressure ulcers, neuropathic wounds, urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, and functional disorders of the bowel and bladder. The WOCN Society is deeply involved in setting guidelines for patient care.

Review Date: October 27, 2011

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