The Skin Disease Research Center
Director: David R. Bickers, M.D
The Skin Disease Research Center (SDRC) at Columbia University provides the central core of the basic science research laboratories of the Department of Dermatology. The SDRC takes advantage of the strengths of both basic and clinical researchers and promotes research collaborations that enhance productivity. Core units are established that provide shared facilities, equipment and technical services. In addition, these research centers support short-term, innovative pilot projects that involve exploration of new research directions. These projects enable established skin disease researchers to pursue new, innovative ideas. They also allow investigators from other fields to apply their expertise to problems related to skin diseases.
The SDRC was established in July, 1997 with a center grant award from the National Institutes of Health. One of only six such Centers in the United States, the Skin Disease Research Center will afford numerous disciplines access to the wide-ranging expertise and technological resources available in the Columbia environment.
The SDRC was established with the purpose of assuring the development of a sustained program of excellence in cutaneous biology and investigative dermatology at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and to make the Center a focal point for such research. The center focuses on the techniques of molecular genetics.
The primary goal of the Center is to integrate diverse groups of research investigators at Columbia and other institutions throughout the area to advance research relevant to the diagnosis, pathogenesis and treatment of skin diseases.
Structurally, the SDRC is built around the services of four core facilities, each focused on a different and highly-specialized area of molecular genetic research. The cores provide a foundation for the Center’s Pilot and Feasibility Study Program, where innovative investigations are supported with the goal of achieving independently funded programs. The Center will help to consolidate collaborations with other Columbia scientists working in related areas, including investigations in the departments of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medicine, Genetics and Development, and Pathology, among others.
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Last updated 3/30/2009