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The Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation Announces New President - Al Aly, MD Print
San Francisco, CA (April 27, 2014) –The Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation (ASERF), the philanthropic research and education arm of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, today announced the appointment of its new president, Al Aly, MD. He brings more than 19 years of experience as a doctor specializing in aesthetic plastic surgery, as the vice-chairman and professor at the Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery Institute at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Aly succeeds William P. Adams, Jr., MD, who has served as the ASERF president for the past year.

“Dr. Aly will be well suited to serve as ASERF president,” states Dr. Adams.  “He has a long history of both clinical expertise and applied research interest in our specialty, and he has had a keen interest in education for many years all of which are all key drivers of the fundamental mission of ASERF.”

Dr. Aly is a graduate of the Georgetown School of Medicine. He completed his surgical training at Vanderbilt University followed by a Facial Plastic Fellowship at the University of California, Irvine and a Plastic Surgery Residency at the University of Miami. He has lectured and performed surgical demonstrations in more than 25 countries and edited the first textbook about and entitled Body Contouring after Massive Weight Loss, a work which is considered the definitive resource for this type of surgery globally.

Educating physicians is a passion of Dr. Aly’s. He is the Body Contouring section editor for the Aesthetic Surgery Journal and associate editor for the Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Journal, two of the most prestigious publications in the plastic surgery field.

 “I am delighted and honored to take on this new role with ASERF and I look forward to working with the staff to further the Foundation’s mission to advance the effectiveness and safety of aesthetic surgery through research and education for the benefit of not only patients but also physicians and the entire field of medicine,” said Dr. Aly. “One of my missions this year will be to increase our understanding of the science of attractiveness which should increase our ability to produce better results for our patients," he added.
Clinical Adipose Stem Cell Banking: Is young better? Print

Researcher: J. Peter Rubin, MD

Grant Award: ASERF Interim Grant

Amount Awarded: $65,000

Project Name: Clinical Adipose Stem Cell Banking: Is young better? 

Project Summary: Adult stem cells have the potential to transform plastic and reconstructive therapies and have been used to clinically enhance fat grafting, for skin rejuvenation, radiation injury, diabetic wound healing, ischemic neovacularization osseous tissue engineering, acute burn and other indication. Adipose tissue is an ideal source of stem cells (ASCs) that are capable of differentiating to multiple tissue types, potentially immunosuppressive, and capable of homing to damages tissue. ASCs are a very exciting stem cell population in a very exciting time of regenerative cell therapy discovery. Because of the large number of potential applications, patients may choose to bank ASCs at the time of elective liposuction procedures for future clinical use, with the premise that cells banked at a younger age will have superior function to older cells. To date, no study has ever examined biologic differences between banked stem cells freshly harvested from the same patient at a much later age(<10 years).We anticipate such data will be very high impact and will generate a highly relevant publication for plastic surgeons.

Specific aim is to conduct a comparative pilot study of ASCs harvested and banked ten years ago to freshly harvested and banked ASCs.

Impact on ADMs on Biofilms Around Breast Implants Print
Researcher: Terry Myckatyn, MD

Grant Award: ASERF Interim Grant

Amount Awarded: $52,900

Project Name: Impact on ADMs on Biofilms Around Breast Implants
Project Summary: The proposed study will evaluate the problem of capsular contracture in aesthetic breast surgery. Importantly, a cellular dermal matrices are being touted for their utility in revision aesthetic breast surgery and for their ability to limit capsular contracture. Claims related to reduced capsular contractures are based on modest animal data, and a scant few qualitative comments in the literature.
The goal is to establish whether a cellular dermal matrices impact periprosthetic biolfilm formation-a leading culprit in the putative mechanism for capsular contracture.

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