Research

Research

The University of Miami Division of Plastic Surgery maintains a basic science laboratory that is dedicated to advancing scientific knowledge that will translate to clinical applications in improving wound healing, skin aging and skin rejuvenation.

Our Laboratory for Skin Rejuvenation and Gender Differences in Wound Healing continues to evolve and develop new approaches for our research. Our affiliation within the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine provides the laboratory with an unparalleled breath of available research collaborations. Such partnerships allow us to develop cutting edge and innovative ideas that will enhance the clinical practice of plastic surgery.

The primary focus of the laboratory has been the effects of steroid hormones in the skin. Advancing age steroid hormone deficiencies are more prevalent today. This eventually becomes detrimental to the normal physiologic process of wound healing. Impaired wound healing, especially in the elderly population can result in significant clinical morbidity. Continued advances in the field of basic science research are even more vital in this current environment of restricted resources.

Previous experiments from our lab have clearly delineated the positive effects of estrogen on wound healing in a diabetic mouse model. We are extending our laboratory studies to evaluate the potential role of other steroid hormones. Another hormonal agent has great promise for future clinical applications.

We plan to utilize novel techniques for further examination of various additional agents. They could possibly be administered as potential anti-aging substances. In an effort to continue our promising dynamic research, we welcome individuals within the University or industry to partner with us.