January 22nd was the first day of the Dermaceutics Graduate Course presented by Professor Bozena Michniak-Kohn of the Center for Dermal Research.
“Dermaceutics” is an in-depth full semester course designed for graduate level students as well as scientists in the pharmaceutical/personal care and cosmetic industries who need to learn more about the fundamentals of skin, skin absorption, topical/transdermal compound delivery and methodologies for testing the penetration of compounds into skin. In addition, we will cover in vivo clinical testing as well as issues with regulatory and intellectual property/patent aspects of formulations and actives applied to the skin.
The first lecture consisted of an overview of the course, required materials, etc. as well as a lecture on Skin Structure and Function presented by Dr. Laurie Joseph from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University.
The course will have several guest lecturers including Drs. Gopi Menon from Ashland, Michael Davitz from Ascenda Law Group, Richard Mendelsohn, Otto Mills and several others.