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Isaiah Hankel, Ph.D., founder of Cheeky Scientist, offered tips for transition to careers in industry.

Symposium for Graduate and Post-Doctoral Students Offers Valuable Information on Career Options

06.21.2018

The University of Miami Career Development Committee, a Ph.D.-student-run branch under the Biomedical Graduate Student Government and the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, hosted its first annual Graduate Student/Post-Doc Career Symposium on May 30. The goal of the symposium was to provide Ph.D. and post-doctoral students with a comprehensive workshop on career options and skill sets needed to obtain career goals.

Dr. Dipen J. Parekh at the da Vinci Xi Surgical System.

First Major Study Comparing Robotic to Open Surgery Published in The Lancet

06.20.2018

The first comprehensive study comparing the outcomes of robotic surgery to those of traditional open surgery in any organ has found that the surgeries are equally effective in treating bladder cancer. The seven-year study, conducted at 15 institutions, including Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and directed by Dipen J. Parekh, M.D., chair of urology at the Miller School of Medicine, is published in The Lancet.

Rajesh Garg, M.D.

Comprehensive Diabetes Center at Lennar awarded ADA Certificate of Recognition

06.19.2018

The University of Miami Health System’s Comprehensive Diabetes Center, located in The Lennar Foundation Medical Center on UM’s Coral Gables campus, has been awarded a Certificate of Recognition by the American Diabetes Association. The center received the certification, which extends through October 1, 2021, for the high quality of its diabetes self-management education program.

Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, D.O., Ph.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Alberto Caban-Martinez Reappointed to NIOSH Construction Sector Council

06.18.2018

Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, D.O., Ph.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of public health sciences and deputy director of the Miami Occupational Research Group, has been reappointed to the Construction Sector Council of the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety. Its goal is to stimulate innovative occupational health and safety research, and improve workplace practices and well-being.

From left, Rosie Curiel, Psy.D., David Loewenstein, Ph.D., and Elizabeth Crocco, M.D.

Miller School Introduces Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and Aging

06.15.2018

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has renamed the Center on Aging as the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and Aging, reflecting a growing emphasis on brain research, diagnostic and clinical services, and educational programs. “Our mission is to be a national and international leader in cognitive neuroscience,” said newly appointed director David Loewenstein, Ph.D.

More ancient skulls bearing evidence of trepanation — a telltale hole surgically cut into the cranium — have been found in Peru than the combined number found in the rest of the world.

Holes in the Head

06.14.2018

According to a new study led by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s David S. Kushner, M.D., trepanation was so expertly practiced in ancient Peru that the survival rate for the procedure during the Incan Empire was about twice that of the American Civil War — when, more three centuries later, soldiers were trepanned presumably by better trained, educated and equipped surgeons.

Bromeliad with retained water.

Miller School Study Confirms Ornamental Bromeliads Contribute to Zika Mosquito Breeding

06.13.2018

A new study led by public health researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has shown that ornamental bromeliad plants contribute to breeding of the Aedes aegypti mosquito — a key culprit in the Zika virus outbreak that hit Miami-Dade County and other areas of Florida and the Americas in 2016. In addition to Zika, bites from the Aedes aegypti mosquito can spread dengue, yellow fever and chikungunya.

Dr. Robert Myerburg Contributes Editorial to JAMA on ECG Screening and Cardiac Risks

06.12.2018

Robert J. Myerburg, M.D., professor of medicine and physiology and the American Heart Association Chair in Cardiovascular Research at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, was invited to contribute an editorial to the Journal of the American Medical Association about new recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force regarding the use of electrocardiogram screening for cardiovascular disease risk.

Dr. Stephen D. Nimer and Gloria Mas Martin in the lab.

Targeting CARM1 Inhibits AML and Spares Normal Cells

06.11.2018

Researchers at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have shown that inhibiting the enzyme CARM1 (also called PRMT4) dramatically slows acute myeloid leukemia (AML) progression but does not affect normal blood production. This selectivity could make it an ideal drug target for AML – a disease with few treatment options. The study was published online June 11 in Cancer Cell.

From left, Adam Carlin, Bill Tenney, Lourdes Beltran and Dr. Stephen D. Nimer cut the ribbon.

Sylvester Honors the Woman’s Cancer Association

06.11.2018

For nearly 60 years, the Woman’s Cancer Association of the University of Miami has supported cancer research, education and patients’ needs. On June 7, the WCA was honored in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at The Lennar Foundation Medical Center. This special celebration marked the dedication of a patient lounge on the fourth floor that now bears the group’s name.