Skinergy Dermatology | March/April 2015
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Dr. Jennifer DePry awarded for advancing eye protection during phototherapy

Jennifer DePry, DO, 3rd year resident and academic chief resident, won the Daniel Koprince Award. Each year, all third year residents are required to give a lecture at the Annual American Osteopathic College of Dermatology Meeting. The Koprince Award is given to two osteopathic dermatology residents who present high-quality lectures. Jennifer DePry won the award for her presentation titled, “UVB Protective Properties of Contact Lenses with Intended Use in Photoresponsive Eyelid Dermatoses”.

This research project was published in the Photodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine journal in 2013 and was the result of a multidisciplinary collaboration between University Hospitals Department of Dermatology, University Hospitals Department of Ophthalmology, Case Western University Department of Physics, and Daavlin, a phototherapy company. The study showed that several contact lenses could provide adequate ocular protection during narrowband UVB phototherapy treatment. The use of these UV-protective contact lenses can particularly be useful in patients who would benefit from eyelid phototherapy, as the use of goggles would preclude treatment to the affected area.

Dr. Koprince was one of the founders of AOCD and established the award in 1986 to encourage excellence in osteopathic dermatology resident lectures that were presented at the AOCD meetings. The award has been given to the top presentations since 1987.

Each resident lecture is judged on fifteen different criteria and the top presentations are awarded the Koprince award. Jennifer DePry is the first UH dermatology osteopathic resident to win this award.

UVB-protective properties of contact lenses with intended use in photoresponsive eyelid dermatoses

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