• Biology of Human Skin
    September 21, 2021 - November 30, 2021
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
by UCD
When:
7pm-9pm on a Tuesday
6 x 2-hour lectures
Duration:
September 21st – November 30th 2021 (dates are below)
Location:
Online via Zoom
Cost:
Image Skillnet Member Price: €562.50
Full price for non-Image Skillnet members: €750

Course Requirements
This CPD course is suitable for a range of students (graduates and non-graduates) from biological or general life sciences backgrounds, and is also open to clinicians (incl. nurses) and other professionals working in industrial (pharma/personal care) or academic research environments. 

Course Overview
This part-time and wholly online webinar based Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course includes an interactive lecture schedule of 12 hours of direct teaching to provide a fundamental and comprehensive knowledge base in the biology of human skin. The lecture block will cover an introduction to the biology of the skin, and where relevant, will include variations with gender, age, and geographic ancestry. This then will be followed by a series of lectures specific to human skin (incl. epidermis, dermis, and adipose sub-cutis). While this course will not focus specifically on topics of overt clinical pathology of the skin, it will refer to common ‘physiological’ changes (e.g., dry/oily skin, blemishes etc.) that may be of interest to those in the personal care market.

The lectures will be delivered by Prof. Desmond Tobin, Full Professor of Dermatological Science and an active skin and hair follicle researcher. There may be occasional lectures delivered by invited specialists.

Course Content
The topics covered in this course are;

  • Introductory Lecture: Skin Anatomy/Histology (incl. hair follicle, nail & sweat glands)
  • Skin Immune System
  • Skin Interaction with Light (UVR & visible light incl. blue light)
  • Skin Health & Nutrition (incl. nutraceuticals)
  • Skin Heath & Common physiological variants (dry/oil/sensitive skin)
  • Skin Pigmentation (in health & mild physiological variants)
  • Skin Aging – Part 1
  • Skin Aging – Part 2
  • Skin Stem Cells
  • Skin Wound Healing
  • Skin Microbiome
  • Skin in Personal Care / Cosmeceuticals

Project Work / Work Experience / Exams
This course does not have an exam or any follow-up project work. Additional reading around the lecture content will be encouraged and supported via a key recent review article for each lecture.

Learning Outcomes
Participants will develop a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of human skin and will enhance their knowledge of the scientific basis of skin function. They will also develop an understanding of the impact of skin on our well-being.

On completion of this CPD course, participants should have the following competencies:

  • Have a comprehensive introductory knowledge of the biology of human skin
  • Have a comprehensive introductory knowledge of skin aging
  • Have a comprehensive introductory knowledge of skin pigmentation
  • Have a comprehensive introductory knowledge of gender and geographic ancestry-related aspects of the skin.
  • wound healing in the skin
  • Have a comprehensive introductory knowledge of skin stem cells
  • Appreciate the basics of skin care issues

Applying Knowledge and Understanding
Webinars will be interactive, allowing the participants to actively engage with the lecturer and facilitating discussion by the participants with an expert in the field of skin (biological) science. There will NOT be a formal assessment at the end of the trimester.

On completion of this Continuing Professional Development course in hair follicle science we will expect the student to be able to:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the biology of skin.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of how the skin varies by age, gender, and geographic ancestry.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the skin responds in wound healing.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the basics of personal care to physiological or sub-clinical variations in the human skin.

Making Judgements
Throughout this lecture series there will be a significant emphasis on the need for self-directed learning and the importance of understanding skin-related research. Critical appraisal of scientific literature will be a major feature of all lectures, to be able to separate fact from fiction.

On completion of the Professional Certificate participants should have the following competencies:

  • Critically appraise the current human skin science landscape.
  • Develop a structured approach to critical appraisal of the cutaneous scientific literature.
  • Assess the contribution of cutaneous research to the development of personal care strategies for human skin.
  • Evaluate personal learning and develop learning skills.

Communication and Working Skills
On completion of this CPD Course in Human Hair Follicle Growth, we will expect the applicants to be able to:

  • Ensure that skin variations are not inappropriately dismissed as trivial or unimportant to the individual.

Learning Skills

  • Participants should further develop a multitude of learning skills. During this interactive webinar series participants will be encouraged to further explore the content of every webinar through self-directed learning and critical appraisal of current literature.
  • Participants will also be requested to reflect on their webinar-based content and apply what they have learnt to their current occupational contexts where appropriate. Interactive webinar-based question and answer sessions should further develop their ability to ask pertinent skin personal care-relevant questions.

Qualification Awarded On Completion
Upon completion you will receive a Certificate of Attendance with total CPD points stated.

Timeline Schedule
Week 1 (21st September)

  • Introductory Lecture: Skin Anatomy/Histology (incl. hair follicle, nail & sweat glands)
  • Skin Immune System

Week 2 (28th September)

  • Skin Interaction with Light (UVR & visible light incl. blue light)
  • Skin Health & Nutrition (incl. nutraceuticals)

Week 3 (19th October)

  • Skin Heath & Common Physiological Variants (dry/oil/sensitive skin)
  • Skin Pigmentation (in health & mild physiological variants)

Week 4 (2nd November)

  • Skin Aging – Part 1
  • Skin Aging – Part 2

Week 5 (16th November)

  • Skin Stem Cells
  • Skin Wound Healing

Week 6 (30th November)

  • Skin Microbiome
  • Skin in Personal Care / Cosmeceuticals

* Please note dates and lecture order may be subject to change

About Professor Desmond Tobin
Desmond Tobin is a Full Professor of Dermatological Science at UCD School of Medicine and Director of the Charles Institute of Dermatology, University College Dublin (since Sept 2018). 
Over the past 25+ years he has researched in basic and applied skin/hair sciences, with a particular focus on the regulation of hair growth in health and disease especially those conditions with an immune-medicated basis, and on the biology of human melanocytes/pigmentation in health and disease.

Des Tobin holds fellowships of:
Royal College of Pathologists (UK)
Royal Society of Biology (UK)
Institute of Biomedical Sciences (UK),
Institute of Trichologists (UK) (Vice-President 2000-2021).
Elected member of the Royal Irish Academy.
Chair of the British Society for Investigative Research 2018-2020
Panel member of the REF 2021 (UK) (Sub-panel 3 (Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy).

Des serves(ed) on several editorial boards including Associate Editor of Experimental Dermatology. He has published over 150 publications, incl. 3 books.

For more information on this course go to https://www.ucd.ie/charles/education/cpd/cpce01120biologyofhumanskin/

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