News & Events : 2017

A wound before and after treatment with Apligraf.

Study Reveals How Live Cell Therapy Application Triggers Genomic Changes to Drive Wound Healing

A team of University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researchers has uncovered the secret behind a type of skin made from live human cells that stimulates healing of venous leg and diabetic foot ulcers. The FDA-approved Apligraf, which is marketed by Organogenesis, Inc., does not take to the wound as a graft would. Instead, it disappears from the wound within a week or two, yet it still triggers healing.

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From left, Robert Kirsner, M.D., Ph.D., Antonella Tosti, M.D., Stephane Colleu and Steven Falcone, M.D., M.B.A.

Dr. Antonella Tosti Receives First Fredric Brandt Endowed Professorship

Already renowned for her work in hair and nail diseases, Antonella Tosti, M.D., a professor in the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has been awarded the first Fredric Brandt Endowed Professorship.

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Black and Hispanic Caregivers’ Behaviors, Motivations, and Barriers to Sun Protection in Children

Major shortcomings in efforts to prevent skin cancer in minority communities include increased incidence of melanoma and higher rates of mortality. We compare black, Hispanic white, and non-Hispanic white caregivers’ behaviors, motivations, and barriers to sun protection in children aged 4 to 12 years in Miami, Florida. This information is imperative to understanding family-based factors that can lead to lifelong, habitual sun safety behaviors.

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The Role of Bone Scintigraphy in the Diagnosis of Calciphylaxis

Calciphylaxis is a rare, life-threatening small vessel vasculopathy, predominantly seen in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Most physicians rely on clinical findings and risk factors to diagnose calciphylaxis. However, mimickers exist,2 and tissue biopsy can be helpful to differentiate these diseases.

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A Missed Opportunity to Discuss Racial and Gender Bias in Dermatology—Reply

Stephen Symes, MD1; Joshua D. Fox, MD2; Robert S. Kirsner, MD, PhD2

Our most important finding was that patients, independent of dermatology clinic setting and regardless of race or gender, preferred physicians in photographs who wore professional attire. We believe our results are valid despite not including “no preference” as a possible answer. If no patient preference for physician attire existed, then answers would likely have been spread more equally among all possible choices. While we found that our study population preferred the white woman and black man in our photographs to wear professional attire at a greater rate than the white man in our photographs, this does not necessarily imply white or gender privilege in medicine. That is but one potential explanation.

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Rash on patient's stomach.

University of Miami Physicians Publish Case Study of First Locally Acquired Zika Infection

Following the recent Zika outbreak in Miami-Dade County, a multidisciplinary team of physicians with the University of Miami Health System and Miller School of Medicine published a case study January 11 in The New England Journal of Medicine, describing in detail the nation’s first locally transmitted case of Zika.

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Marjana Tomic-Canic, Ph.D.

Discovery about the Effects of Glucocorticoids in Wound Closure Could Open Wider Possibilities

Even after years of careful research pointed investigators toward a novel pathway involved in wound healing, Marjana Tomic-Canic, Ph.D., and her team were still surprised. The specific molecule and the potential scope of applications to other autoimmune and inflammatory processes beyond the skin were both unexpected.

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