The 7th Annual Albert M. Kligman/Phillip Frost Leadership Lecture
“Learning from Leprosy: Patterns of Inflammation in Skin Disease”
Robert L. Modlin, MD
Robert L. Modlin, M.D. completed his undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins University, received his medical degree at the New York University School of Medicine, was a pediatrics intern at NYU, and a dermatology resident at Los Angeles County/University of Southern California School of Medicine. Dr. Modlin’s primary research mentor is Barry R. Bloom, although the training has been unofficial, it began in 1983 by telephone and FedEx, then continued by fax and email. Since 1990, Dr. Modlin has been at UCLA, presently as the Klein Professor of Dermatology, Professor of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics, Chief of the Division of Dermatology and Vice Chair for cutaneous medicine and dermatologic research in the Department of Medicine.
Dr. Modlin’s interest in leprosy began during his dermatology residency at the Los Angeles County/ University of Southern California Medical Center, learning from Dr. Thomas Rea. The goal of his research is centered on the study of leprosy as a model to learn about mechanisms of host defense in humans. As such, Dr. Modlin’s laboratory has made fundamental insights into T cell subsets, cytokine patterns, antigen presentation, innate immunity and antimicrobial mechanisms in the human immune response to infection. Dr. Modlin has published over 200 articles, including 14 papers in Science and Nature, and 6 in Nature Medicine. The Modlin lab’s manuscripts identifying distinct T cell cytokine profiles in leprosy lesions and the identification of microbial lipoprotein as ligands for Toll-like receptor 2, and the TLR induced vitamin D antimicrobial pathway, have each been cited over 1000 times.
Dr. Modlin received the Montagna Award for outstanding young investigator from the Society for Investigative Dermatology and has given the Sulzberger lectureship of the American Academy of Dermatology. He received a merit award from the National Institutes of Health for his research on Toll-like receptors. Dr. Modlin is a member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the American Association of Physicians. He has served as Deputy Editor for the Journal of Immunology, as well as being a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Infection and Immunity and Immunology. Dr. Modlin was Vice President of the Society for Investigative Dermatology. Dr. Modlin was inducted in 2011 as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and in 2013 as a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.
Dr. Albert M. Kligman Dr. Phillip Frost
About the Albert M. Kligman/Phillip Frost Leadership Lecture Award:
The Albert M. Kligman/Phillip Frost Leadership Lecture Award was established in 2007 to recognize outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to the understanding of structure and function of skin within the previous five years. This award is made possible through the generosity of Dr. Phillip Frost. A $25,000 honorarium accompanies the award.