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58 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2016 | Med Esthetics NEWS & EVENTS KYTHERA SUBMITS INVESTIGATIONAL NEW DRUG APPLICATION FOR KYTH-105 KYTHERA Biopharmaceuticals has submitted an Investigational New Drug Application (IND) to the U.S. Food and Drug Admin- istration (FDA) for KYTH-105 (setipiprant) for the treatment of androgenic alopecia (AGA). Setipiprant, a selective oral antagonist of the prostaglandin D2 (PGD2) receptor, has been previously evaluated by Actelion Pharmaceuticals in nine clinical studies as a potential allergic infl ammation treatment, resulting in a safety data- base of more than 1,000 patients with no safety issues identifi ed. Early research has shown that men with AGA have elevated levels of PGD2 in the balding scalp area. PGD2 inhibitors like KYTH-105 were found to extend the anagen phase of the hair cy- cle in preclinical and in vitro human hair follicle models. KYTHERA will evaluate the effi cacy and safety of setipiprant in male subjects with AGA with a human proof-of-concept study. ASPS AND PSF WELCOME NEW PRESIDENTS The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and The Plastic Surgery Foundation (PSF) announced their new leaders at Plastic Surgery: The Meeting in October. ASPS President: David H. Song, MD. Dr. Song is an inter- nationally recognized expert in plastic surgery with additional training in reconstructive microsurgery. He specializes in breast reconstruc- tion and oncoplastic surgery. PSF President: Charles E. Butler, MD. Dr. Butler is chairman and professor in the department of plastic surgery at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and an interna- tional expert in complex torso reconstruction, microsurgery, fl ap, component separation, implantable biologic matrices and tissue engineered constructs. ASDS ELECTS NEW OFFICERS The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) has announced its offi cers for 2016. Naomi Lawrence, MD, is the new president of the ASDS and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association (ASDSA). Dr. Lawrence is the head of the division of dermatol- ogy section of procedural dermatology and profes- sor of clinical medicine at Cooper University Health Care in New Jersey. She was the 2007 recipient of the ASDS President's Award, served as annual meeting chair in 2003 and has served on numerous ASDS committees, work groups and task forces since 1994. The new ASDS leadership team also includes: President-Elect Thomas E. Rohrer, MD; Vice President Lisa M. Donofrio, MD; and Treasurer Mathew M. Avram, MD. Dr. Rohrer is a physician at SkinCare Physicians in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, and adjunct associate professor of dermatology at Brown University. Dr. Donofrio is a partner at the Savin Center PC in New Haven, Connecticut, associate clinical professor in the depart- ment of dermatology at the Yale University School of Medicine, and assistant clinical professor in the department of dermatology at the Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Avram is director at the MGH Dermatology Laser and Cosmetic Center, assistant profes- sor in the Harvard Medical School department of dermatology, and affi liate faculty at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. ACARA LAUNCHES REACH BEYOND MARKETING Acara Partners, a leading business consulting group with a focus on developing and growing companies within the beauty, health and wellness industries, is launching Reach Beyond Marketing, a new communications division. Reach Beyond is a full-service marketing, advertising and com- munications agency that manages both digital and traditional com- munications for clients, including web design and development, content and copy creation, branding and logo design, reputation management and social media, search engine marketing, media buying, marketing strategy, video and photography, and print design. "Acara Partners has been the incubator for developing and launching Reach Beyond Marketing," said Francis Acunzo, Acara Partners CEO and co-founder. "Now is the time to allow it to stand alone as a full service marketing, advertising and communi- cations agency for the beauty, health and wellness industries." For more information visit CORRECTION In the November/December 2015 issue of MedEsthetics, we misspelled the name of Alex P. Colque, MD, founder of the Skiin Anti-Aging Lounge in Waukesha, WI. CONTINUING EDUCATION The National Institute of Medical Aesthetics (NIMA) has opened a new training facility in Las Vegas. The facility offers a variety of skill- based and practice management-based educational opportunities for providers, including comprehensive laser courses; comprehensive injectables training, laser tattoo and body contouring classes, and comprehensive courses on how to launch an aesthetic practice and how to incorporate aesthetic treatments into your existing medical practice. Following are the latest courses available for 2016. To view the full schedule of courses and register for upcoming sessions, contact: 800.280.7109, Naomi Lawrence, MD

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