2024 SID Abstract Categories/Definitions:
Adaptive and Auto-Immunity
Studies of adaptive immune responses involving T and B lymphocytes, dendritic cells, other antigen presenting cells, and antigen processing and presentation; Basic and pre-clinical experimental studies focused on autoimmunity.
Cell Communication Networks and Stromal Biology
Studies on cell interactions which may include cell-cell interactions, cellular messengers, cell-matrix interactions, and cell-stromal interactions. Included but is not limited to cellular interactions between keratinocytes, nerves (neuro-cutaneous biology), melanocytes, fibroblasts, adipocytes, endothelial and immune cells and progenitors in skin; includes their local cellular and extracellular environments that affect skin inflammation, sensation (e.g., itch and pain), signaling, adhesion, migration, development and homeostasis.
Clinical Research – Epidemiology and Observational Research
Non-interventional studies of populations or patient cohorts that evaluate, but are not limited to, the natural history of disease, disease burden, co-morbidities.
Clinical Research – Interventional Research
Interventional human trials that evaluate or compare therapies, devices, or other interventions for the treatment of skin diseases. This may include systematic reviews and/or meta-analyses of interventional studies.
Clinical Research – Socio-behavioral and Health, and Quality of Life Services Research
Socio-behavioral studies may include, but are not limited to, studies of patient and/or provider behaviors and attitudes towards diseases, treatments, diagnostic and screening tests, and health care delivery. Health services research studies may include, but are not limited to, studies of access, use, delivery, quality, and cost-effectiveness of dermatologic care, health-related quality of life, and patient-reported outcomes research.
Epidermal Structure and Barrier Function
Research on the components or regulation of keratinocyte proliferation, differentiation, including epidermal barrier maintenance and function.
Genetic Disease, Gene Regulation and Gene Therapy
Studies on cutaneous gene expression (including genomic based studies) and genetic diseases including gene therapy (Cancer-related genetic studies are more appropriate for UV Biology/Injury, Carcinogenesis and Cancer Genetics).
Innate Immunity, Microbiology, and Microbiome
Studies of cells, receptors and effector molecules of the innate immune response; studies on skin microbes, microbiome and infectious processes of the skin.
Minoritized Populations and Health Disparities Research
Studies of health disparities or the pathogenesis or treatment of skin diseases that disproportionately affect individuals from or are more severe among minoritized populations.
Pharmacology and Therapeutic Development
Basic and preclinical studies aimed at developing therapeutics, elucidating their mechanisms of action, and identifying biomarkers of drug activity.
Pigmentation, Melanoma, and Melanoma Immune Surveillance
Studies on all aspects of cutaneous and extracutaneous pigmentation; molecular cellular and biological facets of melanoma, melanoma progression, and immune surveillance and treatment (Genetic studies on melanoma could also be considered for the category UV Biology/Injury, Carcinogenesis, and Cancer Genetics).
Stem Cell Biology, Tissue Regeneration and Wound Healing
Wound healing and regeneration studies; processes/signaling that regulate vascular development and angiogenesis; interactions between different skin components that contribute to the functional process of wound healing or tissue regeneration, or abnormal wound healing (keloids/fibrosis).
Systems Biology, Advanced Technologies, and Imaging
Bioinformatic analyses and approaches to study skin mechanisms through single-cell and spatial-sequencing, and other AI, imaging and -omic technologies.
Translational Studies and Early Preclinical to Clinical
Studies that translate basic research findings into human model systems (i.e. human tissue and/or cells) or humans.
UV Biology/Injury, Carcinogenesis, and Cancer Genetics
Studies on the genetics and other causes of cancer as well as mechanisms relevant to metastasis (Abstracts on therapeutics and clinical trials in skin cancer should be submitted to Translational Studies or Clinical Research – Interventional Research).