SCC annual meeting examines advances in cosmetic science

By Guy Montague-Jones

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The 2008 SCC Annual Scientific Meeting glimpsed into the future of cosmetics, exploring the potential of scientific advances such as tissue engineering to revolutionize beauty treatments.

Attendees gathered in New York on December 11-12 for presentations on the latest research into topical themes including multicultural formulating and sustainability.

Two conference sessions were also dedicated to the interaction of polymers and surfactants as a tribute to the renowned colloids and surface scientist Ed Goddard, who passed away a year ago.

Looking over the conference program, SCC vice president Professor Robert Lochhead told CosmeticsDesign.com that the Frontiers of Science Lecture by Dr Buddy Ratner of the University of Washington was one of the major highlights.

Cosmetic potential of tissue engineering

Ratner said the science of tissue engineering is advancing rapidly and organs including a bladder and a trachea have already been engineered and implanted into living organisms.

The director of the Biomaterials Engineering Research Center said tissue engineering could not only transform medical science but also deliver significant advancements in anti-aging.

Lochhead, who is also Professor of Polymer Science at the University of Southern Mississippi, said we could soon be using our own cells to treat wrinkles thanks to tissue engineering.

Alongside the conference sessions at the annual meeting was a technology showcase featuring over 200 presentations on the latest innovations from the leading cosmetics companies.

Awards and appointments

SCC also held an awards lunch in recognition of achievements in cosmetic science. The most prestigious of the prizes, the Maison G. deNavarre Award, went to Kevin Cooper, professor of dermatology at Case Western Reserve University.

Cooper was chosen for the lifetime achievement award for his work on skin diseases and the biology of UV-induced immune suppression.

The 2009 board of directors was also announced at the annual meeting with Gary Agisim, Wyeth Consumer Healthcare, becoming president and Robert Lochhead, who was president in 1994, taking over as vice president.

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