A groundbreaking study by a team of University of Miami Miller School of Medicine dermatologists has identified the genetic triggers for chronic itch in patients with atopic dermatitis (eczema) and psoriasis.

“This is the first study examining all the molecular targets of chronic itch in humans with these widespread skin diseases,” said Gil Yosipovitch, M.D., professor of dermatology and director of the Miami Itch Center, one of the nation’s only comprehensive, multidisciplinary clinics dedicated to the diagnosis and management of itch disorders. “Our laboratory findings point the way to potential new clinical strategies, while expanding our understanding of the human genome.”

Yosipovitch was co-author of a new study, “The Genetics of Chronic Itch: Gene Expression in the Skin of Atopic Dermatitis and Psoriasis Patients with Severe Itch,” published January 6 in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.