Selected Highlights from the Past
Access to Care
- Provided a grant to establish a contact dermatitis clinic in the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
- Provided a grant to support a dermato-immunology laboratory at Vargas Hospital in Caracas, Venezuela.
- Provided funds for the acquisition of a multi-head microscopic to facilitate the training of medical and dermatology students and dermatopathology fellows.
- Granted scholarships for fellowship training in dermatopathology and a Master of Science degree in biomedical engineering and the skin in the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
- Funded the publication of a manual on fungi that cause skin, hair and nail infections.
- Provided support for Dr. Victor Witten’s Profiles of the Past: An Audio History of Dermatology, a compilation of audio interviews chronicling the history of dermatology.
- Awarded travel grants to enable physicians and investigators to attend national and international scientific meetings to present research supported by the Dermatology Foundation of South Florida.
- Provided grants to support cutting edge scientific research on transdermal delivery of drugs
- Provided grants to support cutting edge scientific research on psoriasis.
- Provided grants to support cutting edge scientific research on wound healing, including the benefits of occlusive dressings.
- Provided grants to develop education regarding public health implications of chronic wounds
Skin Cancer and Melanoma
- Provided grants to support cutting edge scientific research on skin cancer.
- Provided grants to support field research on tropical bacterial, fungal and parasitic diseases, including endemic impetigo in Puerto Rico, “immersion foot syndrome,” in Vietnam and endemic scabies in the San Blas Islands off the coast of Panama.
- Supported a global health initiative to eradicate scabies in the indigenous Kuna Indian population of the San Blas Islands that led to validation of 5 % Permethrin cream as the preferred treatment.
- Supported ground breaking research in the Everglades and Vietnam that discovered that a coating of silicone grease could prevent warm water immersion foot syndrome.
- Supported an open label research trial that found that a single dose of ivermectin is an effective treatment for scabies in healthy patients and many patients with HIV infection.
- Supported a pivotal study that found that topical mupiricin is a safe and effective alternative to oral antibiotic therapy in the treatment of impetigo.
- Supported research on a novel treatment using bioengineered skin to stimulate wound healing in patients with epidermolysis bullosa, a genetic disease that causes blisters in the skin and mucous membranes.
Supported research on the effect of early corticosteroid therapy on the skin eruption and pain of herpes zoster
- Contributed to the Marion B. Sulzberger Chair of Dermatology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
- Granted “Best Dermatology Research” awards to University of Miami dermatologists in training for outstanding dermatology research.
- Funded the training of research assistants in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine