Dermatology Research Team

The Department of Dermatology’s core areas of research focus on inflammatory skin diseases, including cutaneous t-cell lymphoma (CTCL), dermatitis, and psoriasis from both clinical and basic science approaches.  Our mission is to serve the dermatological needs of the people of Arkansas and beyond by establishing a strong research environment.  Our goals are to discover the underlying mechanisms of skin diseases, work towards new treatments, develop new research programs, train future research faculty and medical professionals, and collaborate with other academic medical centers and industry.

Clinical Trials

The UAMS Dermatology Clinic is a new, state-of-the-art facility dedicated to both general dermatology and cutaneous lymphomas including cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL).  We are fully equipped with 9 exam rooms, two procedure rooms, 1 dedicated exam room for clinical trials, 1 clinical trials office, and full nursing support – including a Research Nurse Coordinator. The clinic is staffed by 3 full-time board-certified physicians and nine residents in training.

Clinical Trials Team

Henry K. Wong, M.D., Ph.D., is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Dermatology in the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He serves as the Principal Investigator on our dermatologic clinical trials. Read his full bio.

 

Suzan M. Blair, RN, BSN, CRS

Suzan M. Blair, RN, BSN, CRS
Clinical Trials Research Manager

Suzan Blair, RN, BSN, CRS, is a Research Nurse and Clinical Study Coordinator for the department. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She manages all aspects of departmental clinical trials and serves as Lead Study Coordinator.  Her passion lies with her patients and their experiences from participating in clinical trials.  She is an expert in patient education and is trained in motivational interviewing, as well.   She is equally interested in quality management and continued opportunities for departmental growth.

 

Amanda Brooks, B.S.

Amanda Brooks, B.S. Biology
Research Staff / Lab Technician

Amanda Brooks, B.S., is a recent graduate from Ouachita Baptist University, with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology. She has been at UAMS since May 2017. She is currently a lab technician, and working towards becoming an accredited research coordinator. She enjoys learning and applying the science she sees in the lab to the patients she sees in the clinic.

 

 

 

 

Dermatology Research Lab

Image of a dermatology specimenIn addition to sponsored clinical trials, Dr. Henry Wong directs his own investigator-initiated research projects.  The main focus of his research is on abnormal gene expression in cutaneous lymphoma, and how gene expression and epigenetic biomarkers can be used to improve diagnosis and therapies.  Because cutaneous lymphomas are rare, and often look like a rash, they can be mistaken for psoriasis, eczema, and other benign inflammatory dermatoses.  This can delay appropriate therapy for years, and result in disease progression.  For these studies, Dr. Wong retains a basic-research laboratory on the 11th floor of the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute.  This lab is equipped for modern cell culture and molecular genomics applications, and is strictly devoted to research use only (RUO) procedures.

 

Picture of Andrea Moerman-Herzog, Ph.D.

Andrea Moerman, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow

Andrea Moerman-Herzog, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Dermatology at UAMS. She holds a B.A. in Biology from the Hendrix College, and Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the Saint Louis University School of Medicine. She has ample expertise in cellular and molecular biology methods gained from both basic-science and clinical trial environments, and has instructed many trainees.  She oversees all research efforts in Dr. Wong’s basic-research laboratory, and looks forward to “talking science” with patients.

 

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We are continuously working to understand dermatologic diseases and how our patients are affected. We trust that the knowledge gained from our research and clinical trials will lead to better treatments and outcomes for all. Some of the areas of focus for our research include: Cutaneous T-cell Lymphoma, Psoriasis, Atopic Dermatitis, Hydradenitis Suppurativa, and Pyoderma Gangrenosum.

If you are interested in participating in a Dermatological Clinical Trial, please contact us:

Phone: (501) 320-7651
E-mail: dermresearch@uams.edu

Also, please visit ARResearch.org for other research opportunities.