As the most visible of bodily organs, the skin and its imperfections are frequently cause for concern, but rarely is the skin's true function acknowledged. Panelists at the 15th annual Catherine N. Stratton Aging Successfully Lecture will discuss the aging process of skin in terms of function--the protection of deeper tissues, regulation of body temperature, and housing the sense of touch.
"Aging Skin" will be held April 11, from 9:30 a.m. to noon in Wong Auditorium, Tang Center (E51). A question-and-answer period will follow the lecture, which is free and open to the public. The lecture is cosponsored by MIT Medical and the MIT Women's League .
A panel of dermatologists will discuss the aging process of skin and the impact of lifestyle, trauma, disease, toxins, heredity and sun exposure, as well as treatments and beneficial practices to enhance skin's performance. They'll talk specifically about new treatments, what to do about the 'misbehavior' of older skin, and surgical approaches to the aging face.
Panelists are Dr. Barbara A. Gilchrest, Dr. Tania J. Phillips and Dr. Thomas E. Rohrer. Dr. William M. Kettyle, an internist and geriatrician who is director of MIT Medical, will moderate.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on April 3, 2002.