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RCP Christmas lecture will be live-streamed: Santa brought me a new skin

RCP Christmas lecture will be live-streamed: Santa brought me a new skin

The Royal College of Physicians' annual Christmas lecture is aimed at young people aged 12–18 years.  Tickets are free and the lecture will be followed by afternoon tea. If you can't make it the lecture will be live streamed here at 3pm on 22 December 2016.

 Skin: the most amazing organ

Forming a sheet more than 1.5 square metres in size, skin provides a mechanical barrier against the external environment and has further roles in stabilising the body’s temperature, metabolism, and the regulation of fluid balance, as well as being socially important in contributing to physical and chemical attraction between people.

But the very accessible nature of skin also makes it vulnerable to damage, such as from physical injury or burns. For most people, minor skin damage will be restored within a few days but unfortunately this is not the case for everyone. In fact, some children are born with genetically fragile skin that keeps getting blistered and sore after mild injury – and this skin will simply not repair itself. The skin in these children is incredibly sore and painful and their big wish is just to have a tougher skin so that they can do all the things everyone else does and takes for granted.

Advances in medical science using gene and cell therapies are beginning to help these children, improving wound healing and reducing pain. But the hunt for a cure goes on – and hopefully soon for these children their ultimate Christmas wish really will come true.

How to book

Tickets are available free of charge by contacting the RCP Conferences team. Email conferences@rcplondon.ac.uk or call 0203 0752389.

The lecture will be at The Royal College of Physicians of London, 11 St Andrews Place, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4LE.

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