AhR Agonists for Psoriasis: A Novel Mechanism for Treatment of PsO

Psoriasis is a difficult disease to manage due to a variety of factors including fluctuations in disease severity, limited treatment options, and a limited understanding of the pathogenesis of disease. Recently, the first new topical for PsO since 1997 was approved for adults with plaque PsO. This agent is a novel, steroid-free aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) agonist with no restrictions for duration, location, or extent of use. With the introduction of a first-in-class agent, clinicians must understand the mechanism of action, how it differs from other available topical therapies, and how to prescribe it in clinical practice. Further, because of the treatment benefits, it is important that clinicians are knowledgeable of the clinical efficacy and safety of AhR agonists to improve patient outcomes. Therefore, this educational activity will focus on disease pathogenesis, the novel mechanism of action, and clinical data for AhR agonists in patients with plaque PsO through medical animation and clinical evidence-based discussion.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for an audience of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other advanced practice providers (nurse practitioners/physician assistants) in medical practices that specialize in dermatology.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the pathogenesis of plaque PsO and how current therapies disrupt mechanisms of disease.
  • Assess the mechanism of action, how it differs from other available therapies, and clinical use of AhR agonists.
  • Evaluate the clinical efficacy and safety data for AhR agonists in patients with plaque PsO as well as emerging applications.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 1.00 ANCC
  • 1.00 Participation
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
  • Psoriasis: An Overview of Disease Pathogenesis - April Armstrong, MD, MPH
  • Mechanism of Action Video
  • Targeting Psoriasis: AhR Agonists - Leon Kircik, MD
  • Expert Roundtable Discussion - Linda Stein Gold, MD (moderator), April Armstrong, MD, MPH, and Leon Kircik, MD

Stein Gold

Linda F. Stein Gold, MD
Director of Clinical Research
Henry Ford Health
Detroit, MI


April W. Armstrong, MD, MPH - LiVDerm

April W. Armstrong, MD, MPH
Professor and Chief of Dermatology
University of California Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA


Leon H. Kircik, MD - LiVDerm

Leon H. Kircik, MD
Medical Director
Physicians Skin Care, PLLC, Louisville, KY
Skin Sciences, PLLC, Louisville, KY
DermResearch, PLLC, Louisville, KY


Credit provided by AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare

AKH Inc - Serving the CME/CE Enterprise in Healthcare

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare and Tarsus Cardio dba LiVDerm. AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


1 ANCC contact hour

Commercial Support
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Dermavant Sciences, Inc.


It is the policy of AKH Inc. to ensure independence, balance, objectivity, scientific rigor, and integrity in all of its continuing education activities. The author must disclose to the participants any significant relationships with ineligible companies whose products or devices may be mentioned in the activity or with the commercial supporter of this continuing education activity. Identified conflicts of interest are mitigated by AKH prior to accreditation of the activity. AKH planners and reviewers have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

April Armstrong, MDConsultantAlmirall, Arcutis, ASLAN, Beiersdorf, BMS, Dermavant, Lilly, Galderma, Incyte, Janssen, LEO, Modernizing Medicine, Nimbus, Novartis, Ortho Derm, Pfizer, Regeneron, Sanofi, Sun Pharma, UCB
 ResearcherAbbvie, ASLAN, BMS, Dermavant, Lilly, Galderma, Incyte, Janssen, LEO, Nimbus, Novartis, Ortho Derm, Pfizer, Sanofi, UCB
 SpeakerAbbvie, BMS, Regeneron, Sanofi, UCB
Leon Kircik, MDConsultant, SpeakerAbbott, Acambis, Aclaris, Allergan, Almirall, Amgen, Anacor, Astellas, Asubio, Berlex, Biogen-Idec, Biolife, Biopelle, Boehringer-Ingleheim, Breckenridge Pharma, Cellceutix, Celgene, Centocor, Cipher, Coherus, Colbar, Collagenex, Combinatrix, Connetics, Coria, Dermavant, Dermik, Dermira, Dow, Dusa Pharmaceuticals, Eli Lilly, Exeltis, EOS, Ferndale, Galderma, Genentech, Glaxo-Smith Kline, HealthPoint, Idera, Intendis, Innovail, Isdin, Johnson & Johnson, 3M, Leo, L'Oreal, Maruho, Medicis, Merck, Merz, NanoBio, Novartis, Novan, Nucryst, Obagi, Onset Therapeutics, OrthoNeutrogena, PediaPharma, Pfizer, PharmaDerm, Promius, Puracap, QLT, Quatrix, Quinnova, Serono, SkinMedica, Stiefel, Sun Pharma, Taro, TolerRx, Triax Pharmaceuticals, UCB, Valeant, Warner & Chilcott, Xenoport, ZAGE
Linda Stein Gold, MDAdvisory BoardGalderma, Ortho Derm, Almirall, Sun
 Consultant, Researcher and SpeakerGalderma, Ortho Derm, Almirall, Sun, Cutera

Dorothy Caputo, MA, BSN, RN, VP Healthcare CE and Operations

N/ANothing to disclose
Michele Bielarski, RN (planner/reviewer)N/ANothing to disclose
AKH Inc Staff and PlannersN/ANothing to disclose
Tarsus dba LiVDerm Staff and PlannersN/ANothing to disclose
All of the relevant financial relationships listed for these individuals have been mitigated.


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  • 1.00 ANCC
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