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Research on laser and cosmetic surgery for skin color were the focus of this month’s Conference of Laser and Esthetic Therapy in Ethnic Skin (LETES) 2010, hosted by King Saud University’s Vitiligo Research Chair (VRC). Held at the College of Medicine’s main hall on October 16 and17, Saudi and international experts discussed the latest developments and insight into the research and treatment of vitiligo, a disorder that changes a color of the skin, causing white patches as a result of triggering losses of the body's melanin pigment.

Presentations at LETES 2010 covered a wide range of topics, such as sunscreens in ethnic populations, laser treatment, facial rejuvenation, cosmetics and skin care products, antioxidants and skin aging, Botox, skin remodeling, cheek augmentation and scar removal.

Khalid AlGhamdi, the supervisor of the Vitiligo Research Chair, emphasized the significance of University efforts to organize international conferences and workshops, which contribute greatly to the dissemination of health education and public awareness, as well as improving effective channels of communication with patients and doctors.

The KSU Vitiligo Chair has, since its founding in 2009, has conducted twenty research projects and published various findings in international medical journals. In addition, Chair Supervisor Khalid has authored Common Skin Diseases, a book that is Saudi Arabia’s first scientific publication in the field of dermatology.

The College of Medicine, which stresses active student involvement in their endeavors, also recruited VRC students to do much of the organizing and administering of the Conference, providing them with invaluable experience, leadership and expertise.

International experts participating in LETES 2010 included:

  • Susan Taylor – Founding Director of the Skin of Color Center at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center
  • Eliot Battle – CEO and founder of Cultura Cosmetic Dermatology and Laser Center,
  • Murad Alam – Associate Professor of Dermatology and Chief of the Section of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Andrew F. Alexis – Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Director of the Skin of Color Center, and an attending physician at St.Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City
  • Zoe Diana Draelos – Consulting Professor of Dermatology at Duke University
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