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History of the Touch Research Institute

The Touch Research Institute was formally established in 1992 by Director Tiffany Field, Ph.D. at the University of Miami School of Medicine via a start-up grant from Johnson & Johnson.

The TRI was the first center in the world devoted solely to the study of touch and its application in science and medicine. The TRI distinguished team of researchers, representing Duke, Harvard, Maryland, and other universities, strive to better define touch as it promotes health and contributes to the treatment of disease. Research efforts that began in 1982 and continue today have shown that touch therapy has numerous beneficial effects on health and well-being.

Location

The Touch Research Institute is located at the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Mami, Miller School of Medicine, Miami Florida.

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Directions

Exit Metrorail at the Civic Center Station. The Mailman Center is on the corner, just east of the Metrorail Station.

The University of Miami's Mailman Center for Child Development and the Debbie Institute are located in connecting buildings at 1601 NW 12th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33136, on the southeast corner of the NW 12th Avenue- 16th Street intersection.

Via I-95 from the North

Exit 1-95 onto SR 836 West. Stay right and take first exit, 14th Street. Continue west straight ahead on 14th Street to 12th Avenue. Turn right onto 12th Avenue. Continue north to 16th Street (2nd traffic light). Turn right onto 16th Street (East). Mailman Center is the first building on your right. Parking is available in the parking garage (2nd building on right) just past the stop sign.

Via I-95 from the South

Exit 1-95 onto SR 836 West. Move over to the right lane and exit onto 12th Avenue. Turn right from exit ramp onto 12th Avenue. Continue north to 16th Street (2nd traffic light). Turn right onto 16th Street (East). Mailman Center is the first building on your right. Parking is available in the parking garage (2nd building on right), just past the stop sign.

From SR 826 (Palmetto Expressway), Airport, and points west

Take SR 836 East. Exit at NW 17th Avenue North (Civic Center/ Hospitals). While on exit ramp, bear left to 17th Avenue. Turn right (north) onto 17th Avenue. Cross bridge and turn right onto NW North River Drive (first traffic light). Make first left at NW 13th Terrace. Turn right onto NW 14th Street and continue to 12th Avenue. Continue north to 16th Street (2nd traffic light). Turn right onto 16th Street (East). Mailman Center is the first building on your right. Parking is available in the parking garage (2nd building on right), just past the stop sign.