KEYNOTE: Non-invasive and Minimally Invasive Skin Technologies are Setting the Framework for a Digital Skin Twin

Time: 13:30 - 14:00

Date: Wednesday 4 September


This presentation will explore the evolving landscape of clinical skin research, highlighting the pivotal role of advanced imaging and data science while addressing the critical gap in understanding the molecular mechanisms of skin biology. Current methodologies heavily rely on sophisticated imaging techniques that provide detailed visualizations of skin structure and pathology, complemented by novel data analysis approaches that interpret these complex datasets to reveal unprecedented patterns and insights.

However, a significant aspect remains underexplored—the molecular mechanisms underpinning skin functions and disorders which explain the morphological features present in imaging. This presentation delves into how integrating molecular biology into the existing imaging framework can enrich our understanding, leading to more targeted and effective interventions.

The discussion will cover the latest advancements in imaging technologies and data analytics, showcasing their potential to uncover not just structural and phenotypic data but also guide the discovery of underlying molecular processes. Examples include using high-resolution imaging to track cellular-level changes and applying machine learning models to predict skin disease progression from large-scale datasets.

Progress in emerging approaches in skin microsampling, a less invasive method for obtaining skin cells and biomarkers without disrupting skin integrity, will be discussed. This technique is poised to revolutionize skin sample collection for molecular analysis, offering a more detailed molecular landscape of the skin in health and disease.

Concluding the presentation, the development of a digital twin for skin—a comprehensive digital model replicating the skin’s physical and biochemical properties—is discussed. This groundbreaking tool will serve research, industry, and regulation, offering a step-change improvement in developing, testing, and approving skin care products and pharmaceuticals. By bridging technological and methodological advancements, the digital twin will enhance our fundamental understanding of skin biology and pave the way for personalized and precision dermatology.


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