New York-based Mount Sinai Health System’s Icahn School of Medicine and derm brand Clinique have formed a philanthropic alliance to launch Mount Sinai-Clinique Healthy Skin Dermatology Center.
This centre aims to advance dermatological research and focus on understanding the biological aspects of skin ageing, allergies, as well as other inflammatory conditions, including eczema and contact dermatitis.
Mount Sinai said that the objective of this partnership is to modernise allergy science and identify novel solutions for skin conditions.
The new facility will support research that seeks to bridge the gap between basic science and clinical application.
By studying both healthy skin and that affected by atopic dermatitis and other allergic disorders, the centre hopes to uncover ways to slow the ageing process across various populations.
Insights gained from this research are expected to catalyse advancements in dermatology and skin health while also inspiring Clinique’s future product development for individuals with allergic or sensitive skin.
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The laboratory of Inflammatory Skin Diseases at Icahn Mount Sinai, with a focus on atopic dermatitis and other inflammatory skin conditions, has already made significant contributions to the field.
Icahn School of Medicine Department of Dermatology system chair and Waldman Professor Emma Guttman Dr Guttman said: “With Clinique’s support, we will continue to actively explore targeted approaches to reversing eczematous and allergic skin conditions with the goal of creating and sustaining healthy skin.
“In turn, we want to use this understanding to address and prevent the process of age-related inflammation or ‘inflammaging’ in the first place.”
Dr Guttman’s laboratory has developed molecular maps of atopic dermatitis, which have informed the development of new treatments for the disease.
Clinique has made a philanthropic commitment of $5m over seven years to support the Mount Sinai-Clinique Healthy Skin Dermatology Center.
The investment also aims to facilitate the recruitment of physicians and scientists and provide resources for clinical and laboratory space, equipment and support staff.
Mount Sinai noted that the studies conducted by the centre will be inclusive of diverse populations and will explore the impact of lifestyle factors, such as diet, exercise, and stress, on skin health.