Going up? 5,000 feet and climbing

1122-Denver Skyline

Plan to attend the AAD 72nd Annual Meeting in Denver, March 21-25.

The Academy will hold its 72nd Annual Meeting in Denver, March 21 – 25. This year the Academy is taking its meeting to new heights — literally! The 2014 Annual Meeting will be the Academy’s first time in Colorado, the only state to lie entirely above 3,281 feet. Denver is 5,280 feet above sea level, or exactly 1 mile high. Its nickname, The Mile High City, is no exaggeration!

Join the AAD as it tackles new scientific and geographic heights with an exciting array of scientific sessions and events that will deliver the exceptional meeting experience you’ve come to know and expect. All new sessions are now called out in the Advance Program with a brown star, making them easy to spot.

Sunday Plenary

The 2014 Plenary session will feature expert lecturers presenting on a variety of prominent research topics and sociopolitical issues facing the specialty. Jack S. Resneck, Jr., MD, will present the Clarence S. Livingood, MD, Lecture, “The Future of Our Specialty in a Time of Unprecedented Change.” “Heal Thyself: Using Stem Cell Biology for Skin Diseases,” this year’s Marion B. Sulzberger, MD, Memorial Lecture, will be presented by Anthony Eugene Oro, MD, PhD.

The Lila and Murray Gruber Memorial Cancer Research Lecture will be given by Lynda Chin, MD.  She will present “Genomic Medicine: Transforming Research and Patient Care.” Ervin H. Epstein, Jr., MD, will present the Eugene J. Van Scott Award for Innovative Therapy of the Skin and Phillip Frost Leadership Lecture, “Thwacking the Hedgehog.”

This year’s guest lecturer is David C. Page, MD, director of the Whitehead Institute, professor of biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. His presentation, “Rethinking the Pristine X and Rotting Y Chromosomes,” will discuss the evolution of ordinary chromosomes that were once identical in males and females of our reptilian ancestors. Dr. Page will explore how these evolutionary and genomic perspectives provide insights into the roles of the X and Y chromosomes in health and disease.

Expanded dermatology research symposium

Because of the popularity of the Latest in Dermatology Research Symposium (formerly Late-Breaking Research), the session has been expanded to allow for even more cutting-edge research to be presented. The symposium will be held Saturday, March 22, 2014, and will have two parts. Part 1 will take place from 9 a.m. to noon and Part 2 will take place from 2 to 5 p.m.

AAD goes green

In an effort to be more environmentally friendly, the Academy is now be offering the majority of meeting materials electronically via the mobile app or AAD website at www.aad.org. Session evaluations and CME credit claims can be completed online at www.aad.org/evals. Meeting materials, including pocket guides, meeting updates, and a limited number of CME booklets, can be picked up at the Meeting Information bins throughout the convention center. In addition, the traditional canvas registration bags will be replaced by recyclable, lightweight bags, which will be available to all attendees.

If you’d like to help the Academy in its effort to go green, choose the “I want to go green!” option during the online registration process. By selecting this option, you are indicating that you do not want a paper copy of the Onsite Program once you arrive at the meeting. Instead, you can view the program electronically via the mobile app or at www.aad.org/AM14.

If you do not want to opt out of receiving the paper version of the Onsite Program, select option 2 during the online registration process, and you will receive a voucher that can be redeemed on site for a paper copy of the Onsite Program.

What better place to go green than Denver! The Colorado Convention Center was the first conference center in the world to be certified to a new international sustainability standard to promote responsible environmental and social practices in the event industry. The CCC even has a 5,000-square-foot urban garden, Blue Bear Farms, which yields farm-fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Meeting concierge

Denver weather is surprisingly mild

Colorado may evoke images of ski chalets, crackling fireplaces, and puffy, down coats, but Denver’s climate is surprisingly temperate because it’s not actually in the Rocky Mountains. In fact, the city has more than 300 days of sunshine a year — more than Miami and San Diego. Even winters are mild, with an average daily high temperature of 45 degrees Fahrenheit, and days reaching 60 degrees are not uncommon. Snow doesn’t stay on the ground long in Denver, so golf courses and outdoor cafes are able to stay open year round.

The Academy is excited to introduce a new way of personalizing your meeting experience with meeting concierge stations. Stations will be located in Lobby B, the 14th Street entrance lobby, and the Grand Concourse inside the Colorado Convention Center. There will also be meeting concierge personnel throughout the convention center to answer any questions you may have, such as:

  • How do I access the mobile app?
  • Where do I find my next session?
  • What are exhibit hours?
  • How do I claim my CME credit?
  • Where can I grab a bite to eat on site?

The meeting concierge stations will open at noon Thursday, March 20, at and close at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 25. For more detailed information about hours of operation, see page 36 of the Advance Program.

For more information about the 2014 Annual Meeting, visit www.aad.org/AM14. Be sure to bookmark www.aadmeetingnews.org  and follow @AADMtgs on Twitter to stay up-to-date on the latest AAD Annual Meeting news.

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