Skin, Cells, and Skin Grafts Opening Reception
Jan 17, 2013 at 6:30 pm
What do skin cells look like when they grow? How do scientists study the body’s largest and most visible organ? And how do health care professionals help repair or reconstruct damaged skin?
In the exhibition, Skin, Cells, and Skin Grafts, on view at swissnex San Francisco from January 17 through February 15, 2013, a series of photographs and videos zooms in on skin. Patients and scientists alike—even Sir Roger Moore, aka James Bond—help explain how research into the skin is advancing care for burn victims and others, revealing the secret beauty of this delicate yet vital barrier to the outside world. After all, it’s only skin deep.
Murielle Michetti, Lee Ann Laurent-Applegate, and professor Wassim Raffoul of the University Hospital of Lausanne designed the exhibition, shown in May of 2012 at the Claude Verdan Foundation in Lausanne, Switzerland. Special thanks to Lady Kristina Moore and Sir Roger Moore (the “Godfather” of the laboratory in Lausanne, as well as this exhibition) for their support.
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This exhibition is part of the skin series.
Lee Ann Laurent-Applegate
Lee Ann Laurent-Applegate earned her doctorate at the University of New Mexico. She moved to Switzerland for an International Fellowship for Cancer Research Award in 1989 and is currently the director of cellular therapies in the department of musculoskeletal medicine. She holds joint appointments at EPFL and the University of Zurich. Laurent-Applegate has developed cellular therapies for different clinical applications since 1993 using progenitor cells from musculoskeletal tissues and particularly for the treatment of burn patients, with a special interest in the safety and stability of cellular therapies.
Wassim Raffoul is a board-certified physician in both plastic and reconstructive surgery and in surgery of the hand and peripheral nerves. Raffoul is the head of the plastic and reconstructive surgery department and the head of all activities in this sector for the National Burn Center in Lausanne. His principal areas of research center on wound healing and reconstruction of the skin with new cellular therapies and regeneration of peripheral nerves. He is a founding member of Flavie, the national association for burn victims in Switzerland, and co-director of the Swiss Military Major Burn Disaster Management Plan. His expertise in reconstruction of all tissues is central to traumatology management and the exploration of innovative tissue engineering therapeutics.
Murielle Michetti’s interests cover both photography and biological medicine. From 1983 to 2000, Michetti worked as a biological laboratory assistant in Lausanne, Tokyo, and Boston before graduating in 2005 from the School of Applied Arts for Photography in Vevey, Switzerland. Throughout her apprenticeship, she has been the student of prominent photographers such as Arno Raphael Minkkinen, Arnaud Claass, Joan Fontcuberta, and Dolores Marat. Since 2004, she has exhibited her work at various festivals, museums, and galleries across Europe.
Michetti has won several awards, including a special photography award from La Montre Hermès in 2005 and the 2008 Voies Off 2nd Prize in Arles, France. Her work has also appeared in various publications, notably Space Cowboys in 2009, a monograph devoted to the toys created by François Burland, Vevey ville d’images in 2008, and in Faces: the New Photographic Portrait by William A. Ewing in 2008. In April 2012, she joined Lee-Ann Laurent Applegate’s research team at the University of Lausanne.
Photo: Myleen Hollero