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Global Skin Diseases Research Consortium (GSDRC)

Establishment of the Global Skin Diseases Research Consortium (GSDRC)

 The Global Skin Diseases Research Consortium (GSDRC) was established to foster collaboration among the following institutions:
Columbia University Medical Center​
Skin Diseases Research Center
Department of Dermatology
New York, USA​​​
Keio University School of Medicine​
Department of Dermatology
Tokyo, Japan
University of Cologne
Collaborative Research Center (CRC 829)
"Molecular Mechanisms Regulating Skin Homeostasis”
Cologne, Germany
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center​
Anschutz Medical Campus 
Skin Diseases Research Center
Department of Dermatology
Aurora, Colorado, USA

University of Dundee​                 
Center for Dermatology and Genetic Medicine
Colleges of Life Sciences and Medicine
Dundee, UK

Institute of Medical Biology
Skin Biology Cluster

The long-term goal of this established collaborative agreement is to provide joint opportunities to foster the creation of novel approaches and insights into cutaneous biology, disease pathogenesis and clinical dermatology by coordinating multidisciplinary research aimed at finding innovative translational approaches to improve the care of patients with skin disease as well as to train the scientific leaders of tomorrow.

 The research activities in New York, Tokyo, Denver, Dundee, Cologne and Singapore are in many ways complementary in their emphasis on pathways and/or approaches. This cooperative agreement among the Centers is designed to provide synergies and benefits for all six Centers as follows:

Research activities and translation into clinical treatments

  • ​I​nnovative approaches to research
  • Development of new model systems
  • Identification and enrollment of patient cohorts in translational projects 

Another key goal is to develop a global view of dermatologic research.  It is obvious that this consortium will be a unique international resource for training and networking opportunities for PhD and MD/PhD students and postdocs. 

Plans for accomplishing these goals include the following: 

  • Bi-annual symposium supported by the six Centers at one of the Centers’ location
  • Bi-annual summer school for PhD and MD/PhD students and postdocs:
    GSDRC Summer School 2014
  • Exchange of PhD and MD/PhD students and postdocs to learn new techniques and approaches, and to promote collaborative projects between laboratories of the Centers
  • Exchange of faculty for short periods
  • Establish a web-based inventory to promote exchange of mouse models, other animal models, reagents and protocols
  • Annual videoconference