University of Miami's newly launched Cosmetic Medicine and Research Institute is a first multi-specialty research center that will concentrate on unearthing the role played by genetics in skin appearance. Researchers of CMRI are hopeful that in 5 years time they will make a major genetic breakthrough related to skin appearance. This institute came into being on August 2008.

Highlights of CMRI
a. This is believed to be the first multi specialty, university-based research center to explore the role of genetics in skin appearance.
b. The CMRI staff includes
c. Experts in cosmetic dermatology, facial plastic surgery, oculoplastic surgery and nutrition form the staff here.
d. The dermatology faculty has experts in skin care and fillers, cosmetic surgery, lasers and light devices and ethnic skin care.
e. About 65 residents a year are being trained at the CMRI clinic.
f. About 2225 residents are from dermatology.
g. Residents rotate not only with faculty in their specialty but with other experts as well.

What they do
a. Researchers have created a skin repository to help them in their efforts.
b. This repository consists of skin donated by surgery patients.
c. The skin and information on its phenotype are being stored for future research.
d. The phenotype information is expected to help in identifying genes.
e. It could also reduce both the cost of cosmetic research and the need for animal testing.
f. Extra fat from liposuction procedures is also being collected for use in stem cell research.