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An Update from The American Acne and Rosacea Society

The American Acne & Rosacea Society
The American Acne & Rosacea Society (AARS), founded in 2005, provides a forum for the exchange of information about acne and rosacea as well as the promotion of research into these two skin diseases. Its mission is to address the need to bring clarity to the millions of Americans who are suffering from acne and/or rosacea and who are not receiving adequate treatment. For more information, visit www.acnesociety.org. If you are interested in becoming a member or have questions about the AARS, feel free to contact us via phone: (888) 744-DERM (3376) or e-mail: info@aarsmember.org.

REGISTER NOW FOR THE 7TH ANNUAL AARS SYMPOSIUM TO BE HELD IN SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA! SPACE IS LIMITED
The AARS will be holding its 7th Annual Symposium on Friday, March 16, 2012, at the San Diego Wine and Culinary Center. The Annual AARS business meeting for members only will be held from 5:30PM to 6:00PM. This will be followed by a reception for AARS members and corporate benefactors from 6:00PM to 6:45PM. An update on the activities and accomplishments of the AARS will be presented by AARS President Dr. Diane Thiboutot and Chair of the Grant Committee Dr. Guy Webster. The 2012 AARS research and mentorship grant awards will also be announced. Dr. Anne Lucky, Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, will deliver the keynote address entitled, “What I’ve learned from acne.” Admission is free for all current AARS members. For information on how to become a member or to register for the symposium, please visit www.acneandrosacea.org.

VISIT THE AARS EXHIBIT BOOTH AT WINTER ACADEMY MEETING IN SAN DIEGO!
We encourage you to visit the AARS at booth #4454 at the 70th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology to be held in San Diego, California. Booth hours are held each day from 10:00AM to 5:00PM from Saturday, March 17, 2012, to Monday, March 19, 2012. Please come by to visit with other AARS members to learn more about the value of becoming an AARS member or corporate benefactor for 2012!

NATIONAL PEDIATRIC ACNE GUIDELINES INITIATIVE—FREE CME WEBINAR AVAILABLE NOW!
Acne is the most common skin condition affecting children and adolescents. Specific, up-to-date guidelines for the diagnosis and management of acne in pediatric patients are currently lacking. The majority of clinical trials to date for acne medications do not specifically examine safety and efficacy in patients younger than 12 years of age. Therefore, practitioners often rely on expert opinion in addition to available data. Recognizing the need to address the special issues regarding the diagnosis and treatment of acne in children of various ages, a panel of experts met to discuss these issues (Figure 1). The panel included the following dermatologists: Diane Thiboutot, MD (Co-Chair); Lawrence Eichenfield, MD (Co-Chair); Hilary Baldwin, MD; James Del Rosso, DO; Sheila Friedlander, MD; Andrew Krakowski, MD; Moise Levy, MD; Anne Lucky, MD; Anthony Mancini, MD; Seth Orlow, MD; Caroline Piggott, MD; Guy Webster, MD, PhD; Albert Yan, MD; and Andrea Zaenglein, MD.

To promote the pediatric acne treatment guidelines, a free CME webinar can be found on the AARS website titled, “Expert Recommendations for Treatment of Pediatric and Adolescent Acne” focusing on discussion moderated by Dr. Lawrence Eichenfield with panelists Drs. Anne Lucky and Anthony Mancini. This free CME symposium includes interactive panel discussions, slide presentations of clinical data and practice experience, summaries of meetings held to discuss consensus treatment guidelines for pediatric acne, and a post-meeting evaluation.

•    Accreditation: Rady Children’s Hospital–San Diego is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
•    CME Credit: The Rady Children’s Hospital–San Diego designates the enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
•    Certificate of Documentation and Disclosures are available through the weblink featured at the end of the activity or by contacting Rady’s Children’s Hospital. Please complete all paperwork provided at the conclusion of the program.

SAVE THE DATE! AARS “HOT TOPICS IN ACNE AND ROSACEA RESEARCH” SYMPOSIUM AT THE 2012 SOCIETY OF INVESTIGATIVE DERMATOLOGY ANNUAL MEETING, RALEIGH, North Carolina
The AARS is pleased to announced its first scientific satellite symposium to be held Wednesday, May 9, 2012, from 11:00AM to 12:00PM at the Society of Investigative Dermatology (SID) Annual Meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina. Renowned acne researcher, Dr. Jenny Kim, will be featured as the keynote speaker. The latest abstracts on acne and rosacea research will be selected from those submitted to the SID for oral presentation in the AARS symposium. This will be an exciting opportunity to both learn about the latest advances in acne and rosacea research and to engage in exchange of ideas. Stop by the symposium for more information or visit the AARS booth during the SID meeting!

CLINICAL RESEARCH GRANT AWARD RECIPIENT BRAD YENTZER PUBLISHES FINDINGS IN ARCHIVES OF DERMATOLOGY
Dr. Brad Yentzer published the clinical research findings from his AARS study titled “An Internet-based Survey and Improvement of Acne Treatment Outcomes” in the October 2011 Archives of Dermatology. Dr. Yentzer of Wake Forest University School of Medicine was a recipient of the AARS Clinical Research Grant in 2008. Congratulations, Dr. Yentzer!

Visit the AARS website to learn more about clinical research and mentorship grant award opportunities. The deadline for the 2013 awards will be December 2012.

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SPECIAL MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS AND CORPORATE BENEFACTOR OPPORTUNITIES: JOIN AARS NOW!
AARS is looking for new members interested in acne and rosacea to lead the AARS into the future. Our goal is to recruit members who perform basic and clinical research as well as provide daily care for acne and rosacea patients. Membership benefits include admission to the AARS Annual Symposium, discounted subscriptions to journals featured on the AARS bibliography, an online subscription to the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, and invitations to accredited national and regional level educational programs on acne and rosacea. We are currently providing a free offering of the first AARS Acne Vulgaris textbook written and edited by leading AARS members Drs. Alan Shalita, James Del Rosso, and Guy Webster as a new member benefit. The AARS annual membership fee is less than the retail cost of this textbook.
The funds received from the AARS annual membership dues, as well as support from corporate benefactors, enable the development of educational and promotional programs to further the awareness of acne and rosacea diagnosis and treatment.

Special thanks to all of the 2011 Corporate Benefactors for their annual support:

• Stiefel Laboratories
Diamond Benefactor
• Galderma Laboratories
Platinum Benefactor
• Medicis Pharmaceuticals
Platinum Benefactor
• Bayer Healthcare
Gold Benefactor
• Ortho Dermatologics
Gold Benefactor
• Valeant Pharmaceuticals
Bronze Benefactor
• Warner-Chilcott
Bronze Benefactor
• Obagi Medical Products
Bronze Benefactor
• Onset Therapeutics
Contributing Benefactor

The AARS 2012 Corporate Benefactors will be published in a future announcement. There is still time for distinguished recognition and to be partners in support of acne and rosacea research and education!
For more information on membership or to learn more about the corporate benefactor opportunities and benefits, please e-mail us at info@aarsmember.org, contact any of the AARS members below, or call our office at:
(888) 744-DERM (3376).

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