NIAMS Hosts Ectodermal Dysplasias Workshop
NIAMS recently convened a meeting on ectodermal dysplasias (ED). This group of more than 180 genetic disorders results from defects in the ectoderm—the outer layer of cells—of the embryo.
ED affects the development or function of the teeth, hair, skin, nails and sweat glands. Topics discussed included ED classification, cellular defects and early diagnosis.
Workshop participants included Drs. Timothy Wright, Rena D’Souza, Isaac Brownell of NIAMS’s Dermatology Branch and Mary Fete; Drs. Clark Stanford, Birgitta Bergendal, Maranke Koster and Holm Schneider; and Drs. Clayton Butcher, conference organizer Dr. Maria Morasso, chief of the NIAMS Laboratory of Skin Biology, and Timothy J. Fete.