Medicine 64: Causes of Itchy Skin Gain Understanding with Possible Remedies at One-of-a-Kind Center for Research

Grades: 9 - 12

Dr. Brian Kim, MD, is an assistant professor of dermatology and co-director of the Center for the Study of Itch & Sensory Disorders at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. His team discovered an itch molecule, interleukin-4 (IL-4), that activates sensory neurons which cause itching. Dr. Kim suggests that the anti-inflammatory drug Xeljanz, a rheumatoid arthritis medication, has potential as a new therapy for chronic itch. Science in Research, Science in Practice videos give scientists an opportunity to share their work investigating a wide array of scientific topics.