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Past Editors: Elise Weisert, Michael Ryan, Keith Wagner, Tim Allen, Kristyna Gleghorn, Dung Mac, Alex Acosta, William Tausend, Sheila Jalalat, Rebecca Philips, Chelsea Altinger, Lindsey Hunter, Alison Wiesenthal, Leslie Scroggins, Mara Dacso, Ashley Group, Fadi Constantine, Emily Fridlington, Joslyn Witherspoon, Tasneem Poonawalla.

Friday, February 24, 2006

7th Annual Dermatopathology Course

The 7th annual Dermatopathology course will be held on April 29-30, 2006 on campus and conducted by Drs. Maria I. Colome-Grimmer, Daniel B. Crump, Sigurd J. Torgerson and Chris Nelson. This year there will be 143 glass microscopic slides and 70 kodachromes reviewed. Interested UTMB students are invited to attend and can register by contacting Amy Constantine at extension 2-1911.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Feb. DIG meeting

The next DIG meeting will be held Feb. 28th at 5:00 pm in the Dermatology Conference Room (4.112 John McCullough Bldg.). We plan to discuss the upcoming Galveston County Health Fair (March 4th) and election of new officers. Please plan on attending.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Dr. Kelso's Honors Program Research published

Congratulations to Dr. Becky Kelso and Dr. Wagner!

Dermatol Surg. 2006 Feb;32(2):177-83.

p75NGFR Immunostaining for the Detection of Perineural Invasion by Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma.

Lewis Kelso R, Colome-Grimmer MI, Uchida T, Wang HQ, Wagner RF Jr.

BACKGROUND: Perineural invasion (PNI) in cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (CSCC) may portend a poor prognosis for patients. p75NGFR (nerve growth factor receptor) is part of a membrane receptor complex that binds nerve growth factor. Its use for detecting PNI in CSCC in comparison with S-100 immunohistochemical staining has not been explored. OBJECTIVE : To determine whether detection of PNI may be improved by staining with p75NGFR compared with hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) and S-100. METHODS: Thirty-four cases of CSCC were retrospectively evaluated for the presence of PNI using standard H&E, as well as S-100 and p75NGFR immunohistochemical stains. Staining intensity was correlated to the presence or absence of PNI and tumor differentiation. RESULTS: The results showed a positive correlation between staining intensity and the presence of PNI detected by p75NGFR (p = .04). Using p75NGFR allowed for the detection of seven cases of PNI not detected by H&E alone. Five of these cases were detected by S-100, with two cases seen by p75NGFR only. Six cases of PNI were detected using S-100 not seen on H&E, with one case also not seen using p75NGFR. CONCLUSION: p75NGFR immunostaining increased detection of PNI compared with H&E. p75NGFR could serve as an alternative to S-100 in the detection of PNI or as part of an immunostaining panel for PNI detection.

PMID: 16442036 [PubMed - in process]

Monday, February 13, 2006

Congratulations to Tasneem Poonawalla and Dr. Dayna Diven for their publication this month in The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology!

J Am Acad Dermatol. 2006 Feb;54(2):324-5.
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