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New Publication: Nanospheres with a Smectic Hydrophobic Core and an Amorphous PEG Hydrophilic Shell: Structural Changes and Implications for Drug Delivery

Understanding the internal structure of nanospheres can give clues to effective drug delivery Nanospheres are often regarded as little homogenous balls with a readily recognizable size. This study shows that some nanospheres have a layered structure such that the size depends on the layers that are included in the measurement, and provides a detailed view … Read More

Polymeric Nanospheres for Topical Delivery of Adalpene

Dr. Michniak recently presented a Keynote talk at the 6th International Conference on Clinical and Experimental Dermatology in Chicago.  Hair follicles are considered as an alternative pathway for topical and transdermal delivery.  They can contribute to absorption and uptake of large molecules and nanoparticles.  Therefore, nanocarriers can potentially be an effective drug delivery system targeting … Read More

Clinical and Experimental Dermatology

Each year, the Journal of Clinical & Experimental Dermatology Research (JCEDR) and Omics International host a global conference bringing together skin care experts around the globe.  This year, The 6th International Conference on Clinical and Experimental Dermatology held their conference in Chicago.  The topic was Global Tuning of Innovative Therapies.  This conference lays a platform … Read More

Summer internship with GSK, Consumer Health Care

Ms. Pei-Chin Tsai, our Ph.D. graduate student form Pharmaceutical Science at Rutgers University was selected to participate in a twelve-weeks summer internship at GlaxoSmithKline, Consumer Health Care located at Parsippany, NJ. During her summer internship, she worked with GSK’s Smokers Health New Product R&D team on an independent project to facilitate innovation in nicotine replacement … Read More

Excipient Graduate Student Scholarships Awardee

Ms. Tannaz Ramezanli, a Ph.D. graduate student in the Pharmaceutical Sciences at Rutgers University, New Jersey was one of six graduate students to be awarded the prestigious Excipient Graduate Student Scholarships sponsored by the IPEC Foundation for this year. This award recognizes excellence in research conducted at the graduate level in the field of excipients. … Read More

Global Competition Recognizes Emerging Scientific Talent in the Pharmaceutical Sciences

Mania Dorrani, of Rutgers University and the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy was chosen as one of the four winners in the AAPS & Catalent Applied Drug Delivery Institute’s 4th Annual Global Academic Competition for Life Science Leaders of Tomorrow Award. Each winner will receive a cash prize of $2,000 and annual membership to the … Read More

Pharmacy Student Receives Prestigious AFPE Scholarship

Rose Soskind, a student of the School of Pharmacy, has received the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education (AFPE) Gateway to Research Scholarship. Soskind is PharmD./ Ph.D. student advised by Professor Bozena Michniak-Kohn (Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy). She is interested in targeted drug delivery and photomedicine. According to the AFPE,  “for more than 70 years, … Read More

Dr. Michniak-Kohn speaks at the FDA /CDER’s Center for Advancing Scientific Education (CASE) Workshop

Dr. Krishnaiah Yellela of FDA/CDER organized a course on “Product Quality of Transdermal Systems” which Dr. Bozena Michniak-Kohn spoke at earlier this month. The venue was the FDA’s White Oak campus in Silver Spring, MD.  The White Oak campus of the FDA was impressive with many new buildings and excellent laboratory facilities and equipment. The … Read More

Attendance at BIO International Convention

The world’s largest, most influential biotech meeting is coming to the Pennsylvania Convention Center, June 15-18, 2015, and you won’t want to miss it. The BIO International Convention regularly attracts 15,000 of the most powerful biotech and pharma players from 65 countries, offering powerful business partnering, networking and education that go far beyond professional development. … Read More

The Importance of Vitamin A in Cosmeceutics

Over two decades ago, the importance of Vitamin A and cosmeceutics was pioneered by the likes of Kligman and Fernandes. Today high dose topical antioxidant Vitamins A and C are widely recognized for their significant rejuvenating / anti-aging aesthetic properties, as well as important benefits against precancerous lesions in the case of Vitamin A. The … Read More

Dr. Bozena Michniak-Kohn as a Distinguished Fellow of the Collegium of Eminent Scientists

On January 12, 2015, The Kosciuszko Foundation recognized Dr. Bozena Michniak-Kohn as a Distinguished Fellow of the Collegium of Eminent Scientists. As the American Center of Polish Culture, the Kosciuszko Foundation has established the Collegium of Eminent Scientists to recognize and honor eminent scientists of Polish origin and ancestry who are working in the United … Read More

Innovations in Dermatological Sciences 2015

The organizing committee for the 3rd Annual Innovations in Dermatological Sciences Conference has begun planning for this year’s event.  It will be held at the Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick New Jersey on November 10, 2015.  This year’s title is “Innovations in Dermatological Sciences- Skins Sensations: Itch And Other Things We Feel” Several speakers have … Read More

Dermaceutics Graduate Course 2015

January 22nd was the first day of the Dermaceutics Graduate Course presented by Professor Bozena Michniak-Kohn of the Center for Dermal Research. “Dermaceutics” is an in-depth full semester course designed for graduate level students as well as scientists in the pharmaceutical/personal care and cosmetic industries who need to learn more about the fundamentals of skin, … Read More

UNESCO Science Fellow Visits Over the Fall

Oluwatoyin Adeleke‘s passion is in pharmaceutical research specifically in drug delivery systems designed by pharmaceutical industrial pharmacists. Her research is currently focused on developing a patient-friendly drug delivery system in South Africa for the management of tuberculosis, which was recently revealed by Stats SA as the number one cause of death in the country. “TB … Read More

Thanking our Sponsors

Thanking our sponsors is an important function for the Center for Dermal Research. Last month at the 2nd Annual Innovations in Dermatological Sciences Conference, Dr. Bozena Michniak-Kohn presented the 2014 CDR Sponsor of the Year award to Galderma. Galderma is a company that is committed to delivering innovative medical solutions to meet the dermatological needs … Read More

LDD – Summer in Germany

This summer, I participated in a pharmaceutical science research internship at the Max Planck Institute for Polymers in Mainz, Germany. Prior to conducting research studies, I attended a 2-week introductory German language course held in Munich, or “München”, where I was able to gain some German language fundamentals that helped me during the rest of … Read More

Another Student Award for the Laboratory for Drug Delivery

We are delighted to announce that Pei-Chin Tsai is the recipient of the 2014 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Graduate Student Research Award in Biotechnology. This annual award is provided by the Biotech Section of AAPS and sponsored by Janssen Research and Development, LLC. The program is designed to recognize excellence in graduate education in the … Read More

Skin Inflammation and Sensitivity

Most of us have experienced the problem of skin inflammation whether it was sensitivity to a new topically applied cream or a nasty insect bite. We usually then go to the local pharmacy and purchase a steroid preparation perhaps containing hydrocortisone, in addition a local anesthetic such as lidocaine and maybe an antihistamine. Inflammation as … Read More

A Nanoparticle Summer

With a beautiful summer in full swing, vacations and trips to the beach we are all getting a lot of exposure to the rays of the sun. Often we are aware of the dangers of burning our skin and apply sunscreen (often not enough as we are told by the dermatologists) however, on many occasions … Read More

Jéssica São José

Story of Pharmacy Biochemistry undergraduate, student at the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Ribeirão Preto – University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil. I am a Pharmacy Biochemistry undergraduate student at the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Ribeirão Preto – University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil. I had always wanted the opportunity to travel and to … Read More

Global Academic Competition for Life Science Leaders of Tomorrow

We are thrilled to announce that CDR’s own Tannaz Ramezani (Ph.D. student in Dr. Michniak-Kohn’s research group) has been named one of five winners in the Catalent Applied Drug Delivery Institute and American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) “Global Academic Competition for Life Science Leaders of Tomorrow.” Tannaz was chosen from leading U.S. and International … Read More

Anna Langerveld speaking at Otto Mills / CDR event

“Incorporating Genomics into Skin Care Product Development: How do products really work?” Essentially genomics covers gene expression, gene regulation & epigenetic changes. Anna Langerveld is the President and CEO of GeneMarkers (founded in 2007) located in Kalamazoo Michigan. She was the speaker at the Center for Dermal Research CDR/ Basic & Applied Dermatology Forum joint … Read More

Zeta Fraction™ technology platform

We were doubly delighted to announce AkzoNobel has become our latest Gold level member and to have Michael Koganov, AkzoNobel’s Biomaterials Research Director for Surface Chemistry speak at our recent Natural Products Day event. Michael spoke about Unlocking Potential of Living Plants for Skin Health with Novel Technology. He is primarily responsible for heading up … Read More

Exploring Natural Products and the Skin

Each of the presentations of the day’s speakers focused upon the abundance of remedies that Mother Nature provides to promote healthy skin and enhancing beauty. We recently enjoyed a unique experience at The Center for Dermal Research’s Natural Products Day. Each of the presentations of the day’s speakers focused upon the abundance of remedies that … Read More

Center Goals Being Reached!

Making available the many video recordings of the CDR’s lectures and seminars to CDR Members has long been a goal of the Center. At long last, we have created a separate, “Members Only” section of our website. A current listing of all the videos now available is located on the Video Library page of the … Read More

Dr. Grazia Stagni- Skin Microdialysis: Insights and Applications to Topical and Transdermal Delivery

Tape stripping, suction blister, and skin biopsy are the common methods to study dermal penetration of topical formulations, but they are usually inconvenient for the patients. On February 10th 2014, Dr. Grazia Stagni was the guest speaker at Center for Dermal Research. She is a professor of Pharmaceutics at the Arnold and Marie Schwartz College … Read More

Prof. Michniak-Kohn appointed academic chair of the Transdermal Working Group

The Catalent Applied Drug Delivery Institute will be launching the Non-Invasive Macromolecule Drug Delivery Consortium on June 23rd 2014 in San Diego, CA.  This will consist of working groups chaired by leading experts in oral, inhalation, nasal, transdermal and ocular drug delivery. Prof. Bo Michniak-Kohn will be the academic chair of the Transdermal Working Group … Read More

Dr. Richard Mendelsohn Presents: Vibrational Spectroscopy and Microspectroscopic Imaging: Introduction and Applications to Skin Biophysics and Pharmacology

Part of the CDR Fall 2013 Seminar Series In the world of skin research, where a drug’s efficacy often depends on how well it can travel through the skin, new analysis technologies need always be developed to improve researchers’ understanding of what happens beneath our skin.  So, in an effort to keep our CDR members … Read More

Stem Cell Day

Stem Cell Day – The Skin Harbors the Body’s Largest Reservoir of Stem Cells You may not be aware that the skin harbors the body’s the largest reservoir of stem cells. There are products now appearing on the market that advertise that they contain “stem cells”, mainly from plants. These claims pose several important questions. … Read More

Skin Seminar – Touching on Skin

Thoughts on Dermal and Pharmaceutical Research By Bozena Michniak-Kohn PhD. Founder of the Center for Dermal Research at Rutgers University Ever Wonder Where Our Drug Policies Come From? Well, at the United States Pharmacopeia’s (USP) first-ever Forum held at the Center for Dermal Research at Rutgers University attendees received a comprehensive briefing. Choosing the venue … Read More