Bioengineered skin improves pediatric wound healing

Mar 01, 2004, 5:00am

Miami, Fla. - Dermatologists face extraordinary difficulties in their efforts to heal the wounds of epidermolysis bullosa (EB) patients because of the genetic absence of anchoring structures, such as anchoring fibrils and hemidesmosomes. While there has been significant progress in the science of identifying the structural defects and genetic sites of damage that lead to this disease, wound healing remains a great challenge, according to Lawrence Schachner, M.D., professor of dermatology, professor of pediatrics and interim chair at the University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, Fla.