Prof. Jill Helms, from Stanford School of Medicine, USA will join Skin Ageing & Challenges 2023 to give a presentation titled: “Biology Underneath the Skin: Employing Nature’s Approach to Skin Rejuvenation ”.
Inspired by Nature, my group at Stanford is working on understanding why our skin ages, and then translating that new knowledge into therapeutic strategies that slow, prevent, and repair age-related skin disorders. At the heart of this new research is the self-renewing skin stem cell, and our growing realization that these stem cells can be activated by liposomal formulations of Wnt protein to regenerate the epidermis. Addressing challenges in skin aging and stem cell science require “moonshot thinking” and serious team science, both made possible by Stanford School of Medicine’s diverse environment.
About Prof. Helms
Dr. Helms is a Professor in the Department of Surgery at Stanford University, and her longevity research focuses on understanding why healing slows as we age. Many such age-related changes can be traced back to sluggish stem cells, and her group has developed methods to re-activate a patient’s own stem cells for therapeutic intervention in a broad range of conditions affecting skin, hair, bone, and cartilage.
Conducting clinically relevant research is her main objective, but it goes hand-in-hand with another goal: promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). All people desire, no matter their lifestyle nor gender, to find the best possible solutions for their skin health, and this point of view informs her research as well as her educational and outreach roles as the Vice Chair of DEI. By bringing scientific discoveries and innovations to people from the widest spectrum of racial, ethnic, gender, age, and socioeconomic backgrounds, Science becomes stronger and more relevant to today’s consumers.
Join Prof. Helms this November to learn more about the skin stem cells and skin health.