The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (UCAMC) “Skin Disease Research Center” (SDRC) is an organization that supports the development and enhancement of the research environment for basic, translational and clinical scientists with an interest in skin and skin diseases. The UCAMC-SDRC is supported by a grant from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS/NIH), the Department of Dermatology and the Charles C. Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Biology. The Gates Stem Cell Center and the SDRC have overlapping interests in the areas of adult stem cells, consequently the Gates Center provides further support for SDRC members by providing additional subsidies for Core usage by SDRC members and co-sponsoring the SDRC seminar series.
UCAMC-SDRC members receive subsidized access to these Core facilities: the Bioengineering Core (Transgenic and Gene Targeting Core and iPSC Core), Morphology and Phenotyping Core (Histology), Flow Cytometry Core, and the Molecular Genetics Analysis Core.
The UCAMC-SDRC maintains a research seminar series in conjunction with the Charles C. Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Biology at the UCAMC and provides funding for pilot and feasibility studies. The UCAMC-SDRC also organizes an annual retreat.
During its first funding cycle (2009-2014), the UCAMC-SDRC has recruited 56 investigators to the Center. The UCAMC-SDRC members consist of faculty from 28 basic science and clinical Departments at 8 Universities throughout the US and in Europe.
Thus far, UCAMC-SDRC-supported research has resulted in 71 peer-reviewed publications and 13 UCAMC-SDRC-funded pilot projects have led to over $20 million in new research funding, representing a 35-fold return on investment.
Senior investigators from the SDRC advise and support junior faculty in the preparation and submission of their skin-related grant proposals to federal and private funding agencies.