New Center at Hampton University to Conduct Research on Skin Disease Among African Americans and Other People of Color

Hampton University, the historically black educational institution in Virginia, has established the Skin of Color Research Institute. The new center will conduct research on skin relating to African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, and Native Americans. Research will focus on skin diseases or disorders common among members of minority groups and in finding cures for these afflictions.

The new research center will be housed in a 20,000-square-foot building on the Hampton University campus. Two Hampton faculty members will codirect the institute: David McDaniel, who has more than 30 years of experience as a dermatologist, and Valerie Harvey, a practicing dermatologist who has focused on ethnic skin.