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Extracutaneous Comorbidities of Psoriasis: Joint, Cardiovascular, Metabolic, and Psychological Impact
Edward (Ted) Lain, MD, MBA
Supported by independent educational grants from Janssen Biotech, Inc and UCB

Psoriasis is a complex condition that can affect the body beyond the skin, including influences on joint, cardiovascular, metabolic, and psychological health. This lecture will outline the pathophysiology and diagnostic criteria for psoriatic arthritis, cardiovascular inflammation, and the co-morbidities associated with gut and psychological health.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the multitude of comorbidities and understand patient characteristics of those particularly affected
  • Review screening tools that can be easily implemented to provide greater insight into comorbidities
  • Discuss the affect of various treatment options on comorbidities, including those that may reduce them


Edward (Ted) Lain, MD MBA
Edward (Ted) Lain

Dr Ted Lain is a board-certified dermatologist practicing in Austin, Texas since 2006. He serves as the Chief Medical Officer for Sanova Dermatology, a group practice with locations in Texas and Louisiana, as well as the Executive Director for Austin Institute for Clinical Research (AICR). As the Principal Investigator for AICR, Dr Lain has run numerous medical, cosmetic, device and skincare trials since 2013, including over 20 in psoriasis vulgaris.  

He uses his clinical and research experience to assist industry with protocol design, marketing strategy, and sales force training. In addition, he enjoys being a faculty member of numerous domestic and international educational conferences, publishing and editing journal articles, and co-directing the Science of Skincare Summit.

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Jason Ezra Hawkes

Dr. Hawkes is a board-certified dermatologist and Investigator at the Oregon Medical Research Center in Portland, Oregon. He completed his medical school and residency at the University of Utah. During medical school, he completed a fellowship in translational immunology in the NIH-HHMI Research Scholars Program. He also received a Master’s Degree in Clinical Investigation from Rockefeller University, where he was Chief Clinical Scholar and Principal and sub-Investigator on multiple human research protocols in the Laboratory for Investigative Dermatology. He has held academic appointments in the Departments of Dermatology at the University of Utah, University of California-Davis, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Dr. Hawkes is a current Councilor in the International Psoriasis Council and serves on the NPF Medical Board and Scientific Advisory Committee. He also serves as the official delegate of the AAD as a member of the international guidelines and workgroup committee for urticaria. His research has been funded by the NIH, NSF, NPF, and Dermatology Foundation, and he is the recipient of several teaching awards including NPF Outstanding Educator in Psoriatic Disease and Exceptional Teacher of the Year in the Department of Dermatology at Mount Sinai. His primary clinical and research interests include novel immune therapies for inflammatory conditions like psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, HS, alopecia areata, vitiligo, and urticaria.

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