Sunday, May 10, 2015

Helping Your Skin Get Healthier Every Year: The SID 2015 Meeting

Logo for the SID. <SOURCE>
This past week I attended the annual meeting of the Society for Investigative Dermatology (SID). The SID is the premier organization for promoting dermatological research, and they meet ever year to discuss recent advances in all sciences related to the skin. Since I was lucky enough to attend the meeting this year, I wanted to share my experience with you, the reader. I will talk about my impressions of the conference, but I am going to refrain from discussing the research presented because the focus was on unpublished research and this was a closed meeting.

Before the conference itself started, I was fortunate enough to attend the SID retreat for early investigators. This two day retreat focused on providing young researchers like myself with resources and advice about grant writing, publications, and other aspects of career development. I found this incredibly helpful both in the information I received and in the networking that allowed me to meet other young researchers in my field. Overall this retreat was incredibly helpful and I know I walked away a stronger scientist. I would recommend this to anybody else who is pursuing a dermatological research.

Our lab had a lot of fun at the meeting. Here we are
poolside before the meeting gets started.
After the retreat, the official meeting kicked off and it was a blast. The science discussed was very exciting research on the bleeding edge of the dermatology field. Something that impressed me, in addition to the science, was the large social aspect of the meeting. There was a strong focus on networking , meeting other members of the research field, and casually sharing our science (at least relative to most other meetings I have attended). This was a great opportunity, especially for somebody like me who is newer to the field.

Overall this was a really cool meeting, and I definitely recommend it to anybody else focusing on dermatological research. As always, if you have any questions or comments about the meeting, feel free to drop me an email or leave a comment below.

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