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Nicole Ward, PhD
Associate Professor, Dermatology, Neurosciences Case Western Reserve University

Research Presentation: “Using transgenic mice to study skin inflammation; a basic science approach for studying psoriatic disease”

Monday, April 10, 2017

Speaker Bio

Nicole Ward, Ph.D., earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Biology/Psychology at the University of Winnipeg followed by a Masters of Science in Neuroscience at McMaster University and a Ph.D. in Anatomy & Neurobiology from Dalhousie University. She then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto, Sunnybrook Research Institute focused on angiogenesis and molecular genetics and a visiting post-doctoral fellowship in Neuroscience at the University of Manitoba.

Dr. Ward joined CWRU as a faculty member in 2003. She is currently a tenured Associate Professor of Dermatology and serves as the Director of the Morphology Core of the Skin Diseases Research Center in the Department of Dermatology at CWRU and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. As a researcher, Dr. Ward has obtained national and international research funding. Her work has primarily focused on three unique, but overlapping, conceptual areas in psoriasis pathogenesis. They are: 1) skin inflammation drives remote vascular inflammation and thrombosis, 2) the neural activation of skin inflammation and proliferation, and 3) elucidating a role for Il-17c and IL-17RE signaling in psoriasis pathogenesis. Her most recent work has begun to explore the mechanisms by which chronic skin inflammation contributes to the development of distant joint inflammation and disease.

Dr. Ward has been first or senior author on >50 publications and has been invited as a plenary speaker at national and international meetings. She was awarded the 2016 Eugene Farber Lecture at last years National Society for Investigative Dermatology meeting and was the first non-MD, first woman and youngest winner of this highly prestigious award. She serves as an associate editor at the Journal of Investigative Dermatology and sits on numerous NIH study sections and is a standing member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the National Psoriasis Foundation.

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