The inaugural annual scientific meeting of the North American Rheumatologic Dermatology Society (NARDS) was held on October 17, 2009, at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology. The highly informative 1-day meeting program was organized by 2 NARDS founding members, Victoria P. Werth, MD, and Melissa I. Costner, MD. Presentations included a progress report on the development of a multicenter, Web-based clinical research database for cutaneous lupus erythematosus (LE); new data concerning the risk of interstitial lung disease in patients with dermatomyositis followed by dermatologists; the clinical expression of morphea and localized scleroderma; the population-based epidemiology of cutaneous LE; the impact of cutaneous LE on health care quality of life; the role of lenalidomide in the treatment of cutaneous LE; the cytokine gene signatures of dermatomyositis skin lesions; and informative reviews of the etiopathogenesis of cutaneous disorders that display a lichenoid tissue reaction or interface dermatitis and the treatment of the scleroderma group disorders.
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