Clinique sets up dermatology centre with med school Icahn Mount Sinai

By Julia Wray | Published: 5-Feb-2024

The Mount Sinai-Clinique Healthy Skin Dermatology Center aims to deliver breakthroughs in dermatology and allergic skin solutions

Clinique and New York’s Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have partnered to establish a dermatology centre. 

Called the Mount Sinai-Clinique Healthy Skin Dermatology Center, it will develop research in dermatology, exploring how skin ages. 

It will also explore the biology behind skin allergies and inflammatory or eczematous skin conditions.

The Estée Lauder Company (ELC)-owned skin care brand has committed US$5m over seven years to the centre. 

It said funds will be used to recruit physicians and scientists, and provide resources, including equipment, clinical and laboratory space, and key support staff.

Clinique is specifically interested in the investigation into healthy skin, which will take place alongside the skin of those with atopic dermatitis and other allergic skin disorders.

Through this, the centre’s researchers may learn how to slow the visible signs of ageing generally, as well as in patients with eczema, who show signs of premature ageing.

Insights from this research, said Clinique, will inspire future product innovation to offer solutions for people with allergic or sensitive skin.

Clinique’s President of Global Brands, Michelle Freyre, said the brand was “inspired by the team’s dedication to the research and future discoveries of allergic skin and its life impact, including ageing”. 

“I am confident that this first-of-its-kind partnership will enable groundbreaking research by leading physician-scientists dedicated to advancing allergy science,” Freyre added. 

“Years of chronic inflamed skin plays a role in premature ageing,” said Dr Emma Guttman, Waldman Professor and System Chair at the Icahn School of Medicine’s Department of Dermatology. 

“Extensive research has helped us understand the molecular map of skin conditions associated with allergy, such as eczema and contact dermatitis, and we’re now at a pivotal point in addressing these conditions and more. 

“With Clinique’s support, we will continue to actively explore targeted approaches to reversing eczematous and allergic skin conditions with the goal of creating and sustaining healthy skin.”

Mount Sinai Health System is one of the largest academic medical systems in the New York metro area, with more than 43,000 employees working across eight hospitals. 

Clinique’s partnership with Mount Sinai is the latest investment by ELC into institutions researching ageing. 

In December, the conglomerate’s flagship brand Estée Lauder announced it was joining forces with the Stanford Center on Longevity.

For that partnership, the beauty company is helping fund a range of research activities to advance the understanding of perceptions on longevity and vitality.

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