What do the Iditarod and the immune system have in common? How can we harness the body’s defenses for fighting off infections and invaders to tackle eczema and its complications, including eczema herpeticum. Our guest for this episode of Eczema Breakthroughs is Dr. Brian Kim, Assistant Professor of Dermatology, Anesthesiology, Pathology and Immunology, and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Itch at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. His laboratory focuses on the immune mechanisms that underlie skin inflammation and the sensation of itch, and his groundbreaking translational research is showing new ways for addressing eczema by priming – rather than discouraging – the immune system.
Research referenced in this episode: Revving up the immune system may help treat eczema