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 Expert  729139

Expert in Acute Wound Healing, Animal Models, Re-epithelization, Wound Infection, Burn Wound Healing, Bacteria


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Florida (FL)
USA
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Expert and her mentor, David Taplin were the first to identify flower water as a potential source of hospital acquired bacterial infections. She also worked on and helped develop a medium that has a color indicator to detect dermatophytes. She then turned her attention towards developing animal models that have been validated in the literature for over 25 years. Among these models are ones for acute and burn wound healing. She has studied the process of wound infection including the role of anaerobic and aerobic microrganisms. The models that she developed have been used by other investigators and have validated many therapies that are now commercially available in the wound-care market. Her early work on DuoDerm showed that it was an effective bacterial barrier and the rate of epithelization. The models she developed measure the migration of keratinocytes into and over a wound and/ or burn. The use of biological wound dressing materials, epidermal growth factor, as well as IL1, EGF, TGF beta, fibrin glue have been studied in the model and are in publication in peer review journals. A Human tissue repair model was also developed and used by her group in the Department of Dermatology.

She and her mentor, William H. Eaglstein, MD, were the first to describe the importance of vehicles in the wound healing process. Most recently she has turned her attention to the role of bacterial biofilms in wounds and their effects on wound healing. She is especially interested in the pathogen Acintobacter baumanni that has been responsible for infected wounds in returning Iraq veterans. Her support during her professorship has been mainly from Industry and the military.

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acute wound

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anaerobic microbiological process

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angiogenesis

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bacterial inhibition

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biological wound dressing material

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dermatology

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epidermal growth factor

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epithelial cell

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epithelization

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fibrin glue

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granulation tissue

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growth factor

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human tissue repairing

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infection

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infectious skin disease

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keratinocyte

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lesion

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lotion

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repairing

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revascularization

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skin injury

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wound

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wound analysis

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wound dressing material

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wound healing

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wound infection


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Localities:
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Miami, Florida;  Hialeah, Florida;  Fort Lauderdale, Florida;  Hollywood, Florida;  Pembroke Pines, Florida;  Miami Beach, Florida;  West Palm Beach, Florida;  Pompano Beach, Florida;  Boca Raton, Florida;  and Deerfield Beach, Florida.

Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1961   BA   Biological Science   University of Miami  
1958   AB   Biological Science   Illinois State University  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2003 to

 

(Undisclosed)

 


 

Prinicipal

 

She is the principal of the company and acts as consultant to industry and performs clinical trials with dermatologists.

1986 to 2003

 

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

 

Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery

 

Professor Emeritus

 

Directed a Laboratory that performed wound healing and infection studies for industry and military

1980 to 1986

 

University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine

 

Department of Dermatology

 

Associate Professor

 

She directed a laboratory that performed wound healing and infection studies for industry.

1964 to 1980

 

University of Miami, School of Medicine

 

Department of Dermatology

 

Assistant Professor, Research Associate

 

She conducted research in infection, mycology,and developed wound healing models

1962 to 1963

 

Academy of the Assumption

 

High School

 

Science Teacher

 

She taught high school science, physical science and biology.

1961 to 1962

 

University of Miami, School of Medicine

 

Department of Biochemistry

 

Technologist

 

She worked as a technologist in a biochemistry laboratory on a project comparing wound healing in old and young mice.


Career Accomplishments:
Associations/Societies

1966 - 2004 American Society of Microbiology;

1975 – 1990 Pseudomonas Society;

1979 - 1985 Bioengineering and the Skin;

1979 – 1990 Mycological Society of the Americas;

1980 - Present Society for Investigative Dermatology;

1980 – 1990 United States Federation for Culture Collections (Charter Member);

1981 - 1986 Western Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Microbiology;

1981 - 1986 Affiliate of the Center for Latin American Studies;

1984 – Life Time Member American Academy of Dermatology;

1984 - Present American Association for Laboratory Animal Sciences;

1986 - Present Surgical Infection Society;

1986 - Present American Association for the Advancement of Science;

1988 - Present Bioelectrical Repair and Growth Society;

1989 - 1990 Academy of Surgical Research;

1989 - Present Applied Research Ethics National Association;

1990 - Present American Society for Dermatologic Surgery;

1990-Present The Bioelectromagnetics Society;

1990-Present Society for Physical Regulation in Biology and Medicine;

1998-Present Women's Dermatologic Society; 2004 -Present Board Member Advancing the Practice, Campaign.

Professional Appointments

Wounds Journal - Editorial Board. Wound Care Information Institute - Board of Directors. Medical Science Sub-Committee for the Protection of Human Rights. Departmental Representative. Medical Mycological Society of the Americas – Chairperson for annual meeting. Pathogenesis of Wound and Biomaterial-Associated Infections - Helsingor, Denmark; Session Chairperson. Dermatology '90 - Vancouver, Canada; Session Chairperson. The International Society for Burn Injuries; Chicago, IL; Session Chairperson. Florida International University, Ninth Annual Bioengineering Conference; Session Chairperson. 2nd International Congress on Immune Consequences of Trauma, Shock and Sepsis - Munich, Germany; Session Chairperson. Advanced Wound Care Symposium - San Diego, CA – First Place for Poster Presentation titled Pulsed Electrical Stimulation Increases Collagenase Activity in Burn Wounds: A Possible Mechanism for Enhanced Healing. 1st European Tissue Repair Society Meeting - Oxford, England, Session Chairperson. The International Society for Burn Injuries - New Orleans, Louisiana; Session Chairperson. Second Tricontinental Meeting of the Japanese Society for Investigative Dermatology (JSID), The Society for Investigative Dermatology (SID) and the European Society for Dermatological Research (ESDR) Kyoto, Japan; Session Chairperson.

Awards/Recognition

The Symposium on Advanced Wound Care and the Medical Research Forum on Wound Repair – San Diego California; First Place for Poster Presentation titled The evaluation of a cadexomer iodine dressing in preventing the multiplication of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in wounds; Second Place for Poster Presentation titled CT-102, A thrombin induced platelet releasate, stimulates the healing of acute partial thickness and full thickness wounds; Third Place for Poster Presentation titled Fibrosis as a model for abnormal wound healing in pigs: The effects of TGFß and anti TGFß2 and ß3 (1995). The Symposium on Advanced Wound Care and the Medical Research Forum on Wound Repair – Atlanta, Georgia; First Place for Poster Presentation titled Collagen fiber orientation as detected by small angle light scattering technique in a wound healing model of fibrosis (1996). International Women's Show Miami, Florida; First Place Women of influence in Education 1996

Listed in American Women of Science since 1980; Included in various editions of Marquis Who's Who since 1979; Member of faculty for Kimberly-Clark Skin Wellness Institute 1999-present.

Association for the Advancement of Wound Care Board Member for Research 2001, 2002 & 2003, 2004-2005

Medical/Professional Internships

American Burn Society Symposium; Symposium on Burn Wound Management; Postgraduate course on skin microbiology, American Society of Microbiology; Continuing Education Course on Pseudomonas Species, American Society of Microbiology; Symposium on measurement of physical properties of skin; University of California - San Francisco Department of Dermatology; Skin microbiology; relevance to clinical infections; Biology and management of surgical wounds; Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson, Inc.; Workshop on dermatiaceous fungi; Continuing Education Course on assessment of safety and efficacy of topical drugs and cosmetics; American Society of Microbiology; NATO Conference of wounds, wound coverings and wound contaminations; Symposium on serious skin and soft tissue infection, American Society of Microbiology; NATO Panel VII RSG II burn wound symposium; Symposium on skin microbiology: relevance to infection, American Society of Microbiology; International Symposium on Cutaneous Development, Aging and Repair; Second International Symposium on Tissue Repair; International Symposium in honor of Luigi Galvani on "Electrobiology Today"; International Society for Burn Injuries, Wound Healing and Wound Management; Advances in Understanding Trauma and Burn Injury; Third International Symposium on Tissue Repair; Medical Research Forum on Wound Repair; 18th World Congress of Dermatology; Therapeutic Advances in Wound Healing; The International Society for Burn Injuries; The Symposium on Advanced Wound Care; Joint Meeting - The Wound Healing Society; European Tissue Repair Society; Second Tri-continental Meeting of the Japanese Society for Investigative Dermatology (JSID), The Society for Investigative Dermatology (SID) and the European Society for Dermatological Research (ESDR); 6th International Symposium on Wound Healing and Wound Management; Symposium on Advanced Wound Care - Medical Research Forum Wound Healing Society Meeting; Symposium on Advanced Wound Care - Medical Research Forum; American Society for Clinical Evoked Potentials; Wound, Ostomy and Incontinence Nursing Society; Symposium on Advanced Wound Care- Medical Research Forum; Wound Healing Society Meeting; Advanced Wound Care Symposium; Wound Healing Society Meeting; Advanced Wound Care Symposium; Society of Investigative Dermatology; Joint meeting of Wound Healing Society and European Tissue Repair Society; Advanced Wound Care Symposium; Society of Physical Regulation in Biology and Medicine; Biofilms 2000 ASM Conference Big Sky, Montana; Advanced Wound Care Symposium and Research Forum, Las Vegas, NV; Society of Investigative Dermatology, Washington, DC; American Academy of Dermatology, Washington DC; Wound Healing Society, Albuquerque, NM; American Academy of Dermatology, New Orleans, LA; 7th International Antibacterial Drug Discovery Development Conference, Princeton, NJ; 15th Annual Symposium on Advanced Wound Care, Baltimore, MD; The Society for Investigative Dermatology 63rd Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA; Joint Conference of the Wound Healing Society, Baltimore, MD; International Society of Dermatology Conference, Porto Portugal 20th World Congress of Dermatology, Paris France; H&H Dermatology Seminar, South Beach, FL; AAD 61st Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA; 16th Annual Symposium on Advanced Wound Care, Las Vegas, NV; The Society for Investigative Dermatology International Meeting, Miami Beach, FL; 103rd American Society of Microbiology Meeting, Washington, DC; AAD 62 nd Annual Meeting, Washington DC; 17th Annual Symposium of Advanced Wound Care, Orlando Fl.; 2nd Congress of the World Union of Wound Healing Societies, Paris France; 18th Annual Symposium of Advanced Wound Care, San Diego, CA; 19th Annual Symposium of Advanced


Publications:
Publications and Patents Summary

She has 71 publications in peer reviewed journals, 26 books and monographs, 170 abstracts, 5 published letters and 4 invited discussions.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Archives of Dermatology  
 - Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery  
 - Journal of Dermatologic Surgery  
 - Journal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation  
 - Journal of Investigative Dermatology  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
2009 to 2009   Department of Defense   Peer Reviewer Grants   She viewed the grants assigned and wrote critiques, and attended the 2 day meeting in Virginia and defended her critiques.
2005 to 2005   NIH   Peer Reviewer Grants   She reviewed grant applications and wrote a critique which was then defended at the meeting.
2002 to 2002   NIH   Peer Reviewer Grants   She reviewed grant applications and wrote a critique which she then defended at the meeting.
2002 to 2002   American Institute of Biological Science   Peer Review Grants   She reviewed grant applications and wrote a critique which she then defended at the meeting.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • She consulted with Occlassen Phama for the development of a research plan to support the antimicrobial claims and wound healing claims of Cadexomer iodine products. The experiments were successful and used in marketing of the product. The product has now been purchased by another group.
  • She consulted with ConvaTec Squibb and developed and in vivo model to demonstrate that DuoDerm could exclude bacteria from a wound. She published the paper and the model is now used by other pharmaceutical companies and is used in marketing of DuoDerm. She and her colleques studied the effects of dressings on wound healing and showed that DuoDerm enhances epithelization of acute wounds.
  • She studied the ability of the liquid band-age made by J & J to exclude bacterial pathogens from wounds. This study is also used for marketing. and she published on the Barrier and Antibacterial Properties of 2-Octyl Cyanoacrylate Derived Wound Treatment.
  • She consulted with Therox and partiscipated in an SBIR grant for topical oxygen emulsion for wound healing.
  • She consulted with Kendall Pharm on "The Use of New Antimicrobial Gauze Dressings: Effects on the Rate of Epithelialization of Partial-Thickness Wounds". She devised a challenge test for Pseudomonas aeruginosa which is uded for marketing of the product.
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International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
1980 to 2004   San Juan, Puerto Rico   She organized and acted as a co-investigator or principal investigator in studies of mupirocin ointment, mupirocin cream, magainin cream of over 750 subjects with either impetigo or secondary skin infections. She supervised the microbiology in some of the studies. Among the sponsors were Smith, Kline, Beecham, Magainin Pharm, and TEVA.
1991 to 1991   Brussels, Belgium   She lectured to the wound healing investigators at Janssen Research Foundation.
1991 to   Amsterdam, Holland   She lectured at the Academisch Ziekenhuis bij de Universiteit Van Amsterdam Academisch Medisch Centrum.
1991 to   Munich, German   She lectured at the 2nd International Congress on Immune Consequences of Trauma, Shock and Sepsis.
1991 to   Oxford, UK   She lectured at the 1st European Tissue Repair Society Meeting on Pulsed Electrical Stimulation of Wounds can Manipulate the number of Mast Cells.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language  
Little Spanish  

Market Research:
Expert has a specific interest in wound healing and has watched the industry growth and trends over the years. She is personally aquanited with many of the players in this industry and is on first name basis with the others.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:
Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Expert has worked with industry almost exclusively for over 25 years and has the experience and know-how to contact vendors/suppliers in the wound care and anti-infective area.

Other Skills and Services

One point that does not come-out in reading this skill-set is her skills in mycology. In her early career she identified all the dermatophytes and yeasts and maintained a collect of the same for residences in dermatology. She developed a guinea pig model for Trichophyton rubrum and also participated in a human model of the same organism.


 

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