Course: Week 11: Atopic Dermatitis
Week 11: Atopic Dermatitis
Apple Bodemer, MD +2
Supported by Pipette and YoRo Naturals

Welcome to week 11 as we begin applying integrative dermatology principles to disease management, starting with atopic dermatitis!

Overview of Atopic Dermatitis

This lecture offers an overview of atopic dermatitis, both historically and with modern updates in pathophysiology and therapeutics.

After completing this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the key features of Atopic Dermatitis from a pathophysiologic perspective.
  2. Outline the changes in disease understanding over the past several hundred years.
  3. Identify some of the areas that are still poorly understood. 

Update on Pathophysiology of AD

We take a deep, up-to-date dive on the current understanding of AD from a molecular biology, physiologic, and psychological perspective.

After completing this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the key features of AD pathophysiology
  2. Outline the role of the itch-scratch cycle in the disease
  3. Identify some areas that are not well understood and require further research 

Update on AD Therapy

This session delves into both conventional as well as alternative and integrative therapies for AD.

After completing this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the current guidelines for AD therapy
  2. Outline some of the potential therapies that may fill in treatment gaps
  3. Identify some of the pitfalls and limitations of these approaches  

Skin Barrier

The skin barrier is an important factor in the development of diseases like atopic dermatitis. This lecture will review the basic science of the skin barrier as well as some of the emerging clinical research that relates to the skin barrier and its function.

After completing this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the features of the epidermis and stratum corneum that affect skin barrier function
  2. Recall the effect of bleach and irritants on the skin barrier
  3. Diagram and differentiate how the skin barrier on the face and body are similar and different for atopic dermatitis and rosacea     

Atopic Dermatitis and Itch

This course will cover the role itch plays in atopic dermatitis and review appropriate initial approaches to alleviating itch.

After completing this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the mechanism for itch in atopic dermatitis
  2. List two important mediators of itch
  3. Identify life style factors that help alleviate itch  

The Microbiome in AD

We examine the relationship between the gut microbiome and skin health and review the literature on the similarities and differences between the microbiomes.

After completing this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe some of the roles of the microbiome in the gut and on the skin
  2. Outline some of the potential connections between these disparate microbiomes
  3. Identify some of the diagnostic and therapeutic potential of better understanding these systems


User: Apple Bodemer
Apple Bodemer

After finishing Medical School and Dermatology Residency at the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Bodemer completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. She was the first Dermatologist to be board certified in both Dermatology and Integrative Medicine and currently is the only Dermatologist to serve on the Integrative Medicine Board. She has authored academic texts and curriculum and has spoken widely on a variety of topics related to Integrative Dermatology. She has always been drawn to exploring how lifestyle choices impact skin health and disease and feels that the most powerful role a physician can play is as an educator and guide, empowering people to get healthy and stay healthy.

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Peter Lio

Dr. Peter Lio is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, completed his internship in Pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital, and his Dermatology training at Harvard where he served as Chief Resident in Dermatology. Dr. Lio is the founding director of the Chicago Integrative Eczema Center and has spoken nationally and internationally about atopic dermatitis, as well as alternative medicine.

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Raja Sivamani

Dr. Raja Sivamani is a board-certified dermatologist and practices as an integrative dermatologist at Pacific Skin Institute. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical Dermatology at the University of California, Davis and Director of Clinical Research and the Clinical Trials Unit.He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the California State University, Sacramento and an Associate Professor of Dermatology at California Northstate University, College of Medicine.He engages in clinical practice as well as both clinical and translational research that integrates bioengineering, nutrition, cosmetics, and skin biology. With training in both Allopathic and Ayurvedic medicine, he takes an integrative approach to his patients and in his research.He has published over 100 peer-reviewed research manuscripts, 10 textbook chapters, and a textbook entitled Cosmeceuticals and Active Cosmetics, 3rd Edition with a passion for expanding the evidence and boundaries of integrative medicine for skin care.

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