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Maria Hordinsky, MD
Professor and Chair, Department of Dermatology
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

"Neurodermatology - Pain, Itch and the Symptomatic Scalp"
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Speaker Bio

Dr. Maria Hordinsky currently oversees the Department of Dermatology and the Dermatology Clinical Research Division at the University of Minnesota. She works closely with staff and leadership affiliated with the University's Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) . In her clinical practice, she focuses primarily on treating children and adults with scalp and hair diseases and conditions related to neurodermatology such as itch, pain and the symptomatic scalp.

Dr. Hordinsky's research includes investigator initiated clinical and basic science research of hair diseases as well as participation in industry or foundation sponsored clinical research studies of hair diseases such as androgenetic alopecia, the scarring or cicatricial alopecias and alopecia areata. She has been involved in the creation of assessment tools for clinical trials of hair diseases and has a strong track record of interdisciplinary collaborations. She works closely with immunologists and geneticists to figure out the pathogenesis of alopecia areata. The University of Minnesota site was selected to be one of five for the NIH-funded Alopecia Areata Registry which has since transitioned to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation. Patients give and continue to provide questionnaire data, blood and scalp biopsy samples for a biobank and genetic studies. Results from this Registry work led to genome wide association studies which identified 8 major genes involved in alopecia areata and to new treatment directions including the use of Janus kinase inhibitors.

During the past few years through growing collaborations with the William Kennedy laboratory in the Department of Neurology, Dr. Hordinsky has been focusing on the role of the peripheral nervous system in patients complaining of a painful, burning or itching scalp, commonly called the symptomatic scalp.

Image and bio courtesy of Dr. Hordinsky

Support for this seminar was provided in part through a grant from WISELI

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