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Francisco Tausk

TitleProfessor
InstitutionSchool of Medicine and Dentistry
DepartmentDermatology
AddressUniversity of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 697
Rochester NY 14642
Other Positions
TitleProfessor
InstitutionSchool of Medicine and Dentistry
DepartmentPsychiatry

 
 Awards And Honors
1981     First Prize. Residents' and Fellows' Forum, University of Buenos Aires, Department of Dermatology.
1984     Dermatology Foundation: Roche Pharmaceuticals Award
1984     Henry Stelwagon Award, American College of Physicians of Philadelphia: Best original work presented by Residents/Fellows at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology
1985     Dermatology Foundation: Award from the Society for Investigative Dermatology
1985     American Academy of Dermatology: Bronze Award for Original Investigation
1985     Nelson Paul Anderson Memorial Prize, Pacific Dermatological Association
1997     Faculty of the year award, for outstanding patient care and teaching, by theResidents of the Department of Dermatology, Johns Hopkins University
2004     Recognition Award for Commitment to the Education and Well-being of the Residents of the Department of Dermatology, Johns Hopkins University
2004     The Israel Zeligman Annual Lectureship: "Stress and the Skin" , Johns Hopkins University
 
 Overview
Two major research projects are ongoing.
Classical Conditioning in the Pharmacotherapy of Psoriasis: Placebo arms are required in clinical trials in order to evaluate the non-specific effects of drug administration. One mechanism by which these are believed to work is Classical Conditioning. Our hypothesis is that patients exposed to a successful treatment, will subsequently benefit from the administration of a placebo through the mechanism of expectancy. We are conducting a study in which subjects with severe psoriasis will be treated with cyclosporine until remission, at which point we will maintain them clear with significantly lower doses of the drug by interspersing placebo with their schedule of cyclosporine.

Effects of Stress on UV induced carcinogenicity: We have recently shown that psychological stress significantly accelerates the development of UV induced Squamous Cell Carcinomas in SKH mice. Our laboratory is interested in understanding the mechanisms underlying the effects of stress on the biology of the skin, in particular, wound healing, as well as the generation of skin cancer

 
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  1. Tausk F, Ader R, Duffy Smith N. The placebo effect: Why we should care. Clin Dermatol. 2013 Jan; 31(1):86-91.
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  2. Vegas O, Vanbuskirk J, Richardson S, Parfitt D, Helmreich D, Rempel M, Moynihan J, Tausk F. Effects of psychological stress and housing conditions on the delay of wound healing. Psicothema. 2012 Nov; 24(4):581-6.
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  3. Iorizzo LJ, Scott G, Tausk FA. Gianotti-Crosti syndrome: a case report in an adult. Cutis. 2012 Apr; 89(4):169-72.
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  4. Rieder E, Tausk F. Psoriasis, a model of dermatologic psychosomatic disease: psychiatric implications and treatments. Int J Dermatol. 2012 Jan; 51(1):12-26.
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  5. Fuhrmann T, Smith N, Tausk F. Use of complementary and alternative medicine among adults with skin disease: updated results from a national survey. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2010 Dec; 63(6):1000-5.
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  6. Moynihan J, Rieder E, Tausk F. Psychoneuroimmunology: the example of psoriasis. G Ital Dermatol Venereol. 2010 Apr; 145(2):221-8.
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  7. Smith N, Fuhrmann T, Tausk F. Psychoneuro-oncology: its time has arrived. Arch Dermatol. 2009 Dec; 145(12):1439-42.
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  8. Smith N, Weymann A, Tausk FA, Gelfand JM. Complementary and alternative medicine for psoriasis: a qualitative review of the clinical trial literature. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2009 Nov; 61(5):841-56.
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  9. Ibrahim SF, Pryor J, Tausk FA. Stress-induced erythema annulare centrifugum. Dermatol Online J. 2009; 15(4):15.
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  10. Sandoz A, LoPiccolo M, Kusnir D, Tausk FA. A clinical paradigm of delusions of parasitosis. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2008 Oct; 59(4):698-704.
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  11. Arndt J, Smith N, Tausk F. Stress and atopic dermatitis. Curr Allergy Asthma Rep. 2008 Jul; 8(4):312-7.
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  12. Ritchlin C, Tausk F. Centers for psoriasis: a comprehensive approach to patient care, education and research. Curr Opin Rheumatol. 2008 Jul; 20(4):381-3.
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  13. Koblenzer CS, Koblenzer PJ, Tausk FA. Re: What is psychocutaneous medicine? Cutis. 2008 Jun; 81(6):487; author reply 487.
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  14. LoPiccolo M, Crestanello J, Yoo SS, Sciubba J, Fernández C, Tausk FA. Facial erythema ab igne of rapid onset. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod. 2008 May; 105(5):e38-40.
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  15. Tausk F, Elenkov I, Moynihan J. Psychoneuroimmunology. Dermatol Ther. 2008 Jan-Feb; 21(1):22-31.
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  16. Ritchlin C, Tausk F. A medical conundrum: onset of psoriasis in patients receiving anti-tumour necrosis factor agents. Ann Rheum Dis. 2006 Dec; 65(12):1541-4.
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  17. Cummins DL, Delacerda D, Tausk FA. Mycobacterium marinum with different responses to second-generation tetracyclines. Int J Dermatol. 2005 Jun; 44(6):518-20.
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  18. Parker J, Klein SL, McClintock MK, Morison WL, Ye X, Conti CJ, Peterson N, Nousari CH, Tausk FA. Chronic stress accelerates ultraviolet-induced cutaneous carcinogenesis. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2004 Dec; 51(6):919-22.
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  19. Yoo SS, Tausk F. Cupping: East meets West. Int J Dermatol. 2004 Sep; 43(9):664-5.
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  20. Tausk FA, Nousari H. Stress and the skin. Arch Dermatol. 2001 Jan; 137(1):78-82.
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  21. Kimyai-Asadi A, Tausk FA, Nousari HC. A patient with dermatomyositis and linear streaks on the back. Centripetal flagellate erythema (CFE) associated with dermatomyositis. Arch Dermatol. 2000 May; 136(5):667, 670.
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  22. Nousari HC, Kimyai-Asadi A, Huang CH, Tausk FA. T-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia mimicking dermatomyositis. Int J Dermatol. 2000 Feb; 39(2):144-6.
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  23. Kimya-Asadi A, Tausk FA, Nousari HC. Verrucous varicella zoster virus lesions associated with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. Int J Dermatol. 2000 Jan; 39(1):77-8.
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  24. Kimyai-Asadi A, Tausk FA, Nousari HC. Ecthyma secondary to herpes simplex virus infection. Clin Infect Dis. 1999 Aug; 29(2):454-5.
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  25. Nousari HC, Kimyai-Asadi A, Santana HM, Diglio GM, Tausk FA, Cohen BA. Generalized lupus panniculitis and antiphospholipid syndrome in a patient without complement deficiency. Pediatr Dermatol. 1999 Jul-Aug; 16(4):273-6.
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  26. Nousari HC, Ha VT, Laman SD, Provost TT, Tausk FA. "Centripetal flagellate erythema": a cutaneous manifestation associated with dermatomyositis. J Rheumatol. 1999 Mar; 26(3):692-5.
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  27. Tausk F, Whitmore SE. A pilot study of hypnosis in the treatment of patients with psoriasis. Psychother Psychosom. 1999; 68(4):221-5.
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  28. Nousari HC, Kimyai-Asadi A, Tausk FA. Subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus associated with interferon beta-1a. Lancet. 1998 Dec 5; 352(9143):1825-6.
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  29. Tausk FA. Alternative medicine. Is it all in your mind? Arch Dermatol. 1998 Nov; 134(11):1422-5.
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  30. Tausk F, Undem B. Exogenous but not endogenous substance P releases histamine from isolated human skin fragments. Neuropeptides. 1995 Dec; 29(6):351-5.
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  31. Bhat RV, Tausk FA, Baraban JM, Mains RE, Eipper BA. Rapid increases in peptide processing enzyme expression in hippocampal neurons. J Neurochem. 1993 Oct; 61(4):1315-22.
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  32. Husten EJ, Tausk FA, Keutmann HT, Eipper BA. Use of endoproteases to identify catalytic domains, linker regions, and functional interactions in soluble peptidylglycine alpha-amidating monooxygenase. J Biol Chem. 1993 May 5; 268(13):9709-17.
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  33. Tausk FA, Milgram SL, Mains RE, Eipper BA. Expression of a peptide processing enzyme in cultured cells: truncation mutants reveal a routing domain. Mol Endocrinol. 1992 Dec; 6(12):2185-96.
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  34. Skriver K, Wikoff WR, Patston PA, Tausk F, Schapira M, Kaplan AP, Bock SC. Substrate properties of C1 inhibitor Ma (alanine 434----glutamic acid). Genetic and structural evidence suggesting that the P12-region contains critical determinants of serine protease inhibitor/substrate status. J Biol Chem. 1991 May 15; 266(14):9216-21.
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  35. Tausk F, Harpster E, Gigli I. The expression of C3b receptors in the differentiation of discoid lupus erythematosus and systemic lupus erythematosus. Arthritis Rheum. 1990 Jun; 33(6):888-92.
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  36. Tausk F, Gigli I. The human C3b receptor: function and role in human diseases. J Invest Dermatol. 1990 Jun; 94(6 Suppl):141S-145S.
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  37. Tausk F, Fey M, Gigli I. Endocytosis and shedding of the decay accelerating factor on human polymorphonuclear cells. J Immunol. 1989 Nov 15; 143(10):3295-302.
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  38. Gimenez MF, Gigli I, Tausk FA. Differential expression of Langerhans cells in the epidermis of patients with leprosy. Br J Dermatol. 1989 Jul; 121(1):19-26.
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  39. Stratton CW, Tausk F. Intrinsic resistance of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Antibiot Chemother. 1989; 42:275-86.
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  40. Gigli I, Tausk FA. C1, C4, and C2 components of the classical pathway of complement and regulatory proteins. Methods Enzymol. 1988; 162:626-39.
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  41. Tausk F, Stratton CW. Beta-lactamase alteration of beta-lactam inhibitory zones. Eur J Clin Microbiol. 1987 Aug; 6(4):474-6.
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  42. Stratton CW, Tausk F. Synergistic resistance mechanisms in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. J Antimicrob Chemother. 1987 Apr; 19(4):413-6.
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  43. Gimenez MF, Tausk F, Gimenez MM, Gigli I. Langerhans' cells in paracoccidioidomycosis. Arch Dermatol. 1987 Apr; 123(4):479-81.
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  44. Stratton CW, Weeks LS, Tausk F. Beta-lactamase induction and aminoglycoside susceptibility in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. J Antimicrob Chemother. 1987 Jan; 19(1):21-5.
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  45. Tausk F, Stratton CW. Effect of clavulanic acid on the activity of ticarcillin against Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 1986 Oct; 30(4):584-9.
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  46. Tausk FA, McCutchan A, Spechko P, Schreiber RD, Gigli I. Altered erythrocyte C3b receptor expression, immune complexes, and complement activation in homosexual men in varying risk groups for acquired immune deficiency syndrome. J Clin Invest. 1986 Oct; 78(4):977-82.
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  47. Tausk FA, McCutchan JA, Schreiber RD, Spechko P, Gigli I. Deficiency of erythrocyte C3b receptor (CR1) in AIDS and AIDS-related syndromes. Biosci Rep. 1986 Jan; 6(1):81-6.
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  48. Tausk F, Hoffmann T, Schreiber R, Gigli I. Leprosy: altered complement receptors in disseminated disease. J Invest Dermatol. 1985 Jul; 85(1 Suppl):58s-61s.
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  49. Tausk F, Evans ME, Patterson LS, Federspiel CF, Stratton CW. Imipenem-induced resistance to antipseudomonal beta-lactams in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 1985 Jul; 28(1):41-5.
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  50. Tausk FA, Schreiber RD, Gigli I. CR1 deficiency in patients with Hansen's disease. Trans Assoc Am Physicians. 1984; 97:346-52.
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