During the past few years KU Dermatology faculty have published more than 30 peer-reviewed articles on topics ranging from RNA transcription patterns in cutaneous lymphoma to cosmetic correction of cleft palate. Our recent research includes:
Treating TEN: The division's assorted research includes examining the use of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) to treat toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) — rare but life-threatening skin blisters that can develop in response to medications like anticonvulsants.
Positive effects of caloric restriction: The mechanism by which plant polyphenols, a class of organic chemicals, appear to enhance the positive effects of caloric restriction - the gold standard, until now, of prolonging lifespan - is also being explored in mice.
Chemotherapy and lymph nodes: Several faculty members are also involved in research to figure out a better way of delivering chemotherapy straight to the lymph nodes, which would be useful all around and particularly necessary in treating metastatic cancers of the head and neck.