Collagen: The Great Biological Architect

Collagen: The Great Biological Architect


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(Abstract taken from the Distinguished Scientist Lecture Series Program 1988-1989).

Dr. Fleischmajer is Chairman and a professor of the Department of Dermatology of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York City. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Dr. Fleischmajer earned his B.A. degree from Manuel Belgrano and his M.D. degree from the University of Buenos Aires. A United States citizen, Dr. Fleischmajer served as a resident of a number of hospitals, including New York University Hospital and Bellevue Hospital, both in New York City, and Philadelphia's Skin and Cancer Hospital. Dr. Fleischmajer has taught as an instructor at New York University and as a visiting lecturer at the University of Philadelphia. From 1968-79, Dr. Fleischmajer served as a professor of Medicine and the Director of the Division of Dermatology at the Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia, until his move to Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Fleischmajer' s awards include the Henry Silver Award in 1963 and a number of gold and silver awards for scientific exhibits. He currently serves as chief editor of Progress in Diseases of the Skin, a position he has held since 1980. He was chief editor of the International Journal of Dermatology for almost 15 years. Dr. Fleischmajer has been a reviewer for more than ten scientific journals and has written several books. The doctor's memberships include the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Dermatological Association, the American Association of Pathologists, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

His Work: Dr. Fleischmajer has concentrated his research efforts on the biochemistry of skin, particularly its lipid metabolism and protein structure. His work has led him to an investigation of the role of collagen in the development of skin disorders such as scleroderma.


Dermatology, Biochemistry

Creation Date

March 11, 1989

Collagen: The Great Biological Architect