Projects Directory

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Sunsmart 5K Run

The SunSmart 5K is a Miller School of Medicine annual student-run event that brings together runners, spectators and the local dermatology community to raise awareness about sun safety and skin cancer. After the race dermatologists from the University of Miami and local dermatology community will provide free skin cancer screening and give informative presentations about sun safety and skin

The Role of Glucocorticoids in Acute Inflammation

Purpose of the Project

The role of the skin is to maintain a barrier that protects us from exposure to mechanical (scratch), chemical (soaps) and biological injuries (UV/sunlight exposure). As the first line of defense, the skin also mobilizes other cells via pro-inflammatory signals. Given the need for a quick and frequent pro-inflammatory response in the epidermis, there must

Microenvironment Regulation of Adipose Derived Stem Cells in Wound Angiogenesis and Repair

Purpose of Project

Our research will study the contribution of adipose tissue (fat tissue) derived stem cells (ADSCs) to wound healing in a human skin model. Stem cells are cells that have potential to develop into diverse specialized cell types. Adult ADSCs have characteristics similar to bone marrow stem cells and represent an alternative source of stem cells. Due to their abu

Dermatology Research

  • 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 Immunolo

Blistering Diseases

  • 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

Skin Infections

  • 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 India

Skin Cancer and Melanoma

  • Provided grants to support cutting edge scientific research on skin cancer.

Wound Healing

  • 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


  • Provided grants to support cutting edge scientific research on psoriasis.

Drug Delivery

  • Provided grants to support cutting edge scientific research on transdermal delivery of drugs


  • 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 inte


  • 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.
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