University of Colorado



Dellavalle / Dunnick

Dermato-Epidemiology Lab


Principle Investigators

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Robert Dellavalle, MD, PhD, MSPH

Dr. Dellavalle is a board certified dermatologist, professor of dermatology, and public health leader that has published over 200 peer-reviewed, PubMed cited research articles. He is a strong advocate in the fight against skin cancer and regularly mentors medical students. In addition to dermato-epidemiology, Dr. Dellavalle specializes in teledermatology, the global burden of skin disease, and dermatology big data research. 

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Cory Dunnick, MD

Dr. Dunnick is a board certified dermatology and professor of dermatology. She is Treasurer of the American Contact Dermatitis Society and is heavily involved in the mentorship of medical students. In addition to allergic contact dermatitis, Dr. Dunnick specializes in general dermatology, women's health, arthropod bites, and cosmetic dermatology. 


Derm-Epi Overview

Our work covers a broad range of topics that orbit around one central pinnacle: Dermato-epidemiology. Through the collection and analysis of data, we investigate how we can better improve the lives of those in our community. Skin conditions alone contribute 1.79% to the global burden of disease and provide significant disability and morbidity across the globe. However, the impact of dermatologic conditions in populations are significantly underestimated. To improve community health, we aim to identify gaps in the literature and characterize the burden of dermatologic conditions. 



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Skin Smart Campus

All sunlight contains UV rays, which can penetrate below the skin’s surface to cause both immediate and long term damage. In Colorado, we are exposed to a greater intensity of UV radiation than anywhere else in the United States due to the high altitude and sunny weather. It is extremely important to understand the risks of UV exposure, and to take preventative measures as early as possible to protect your skin.

In addition to sunscreen, it is a good idea to wear sun protective clothing, a wide-brimmed hat, and polarized sunglasses when you are outside. Some companies sell clothing and sunglasses that have a UV protection rating and will provide the best coverage.


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