Universal health care programs in the U.S. and Mexico are under challenge by critics.

A Dark Day for Universal Health Coverage


In a commentary published in The Lancet, UM President Julio Frenk and Felicia Marie Knaul, Ph.D., director of the Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas, point out that universal health care programs are under siege in the U.S., which they describe as a “mature democracy,” and in Mexico, “a fairly young democracy without the institutional checks and balances that prevent arbitrary decisions.”

Miller School representatives Robert S. Kirsner, M.D., Ph.D. (third row, far left), and Marjana Tomic-Canic, Ph.D. (second row, far right), joined representatives from NIDDK and the other five Clinical Research Units at the first Diabetic Foot Consortium meeting.

Wound Healing Clinical & Translational Research Team Receives Grant to Join Diabetic Foot Consortium


To help improve outcomes for patients with diabetic foot ulcers, the clinical and translational research team at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery received a four-year, $1.7 million grant to become one of six Clinical Research Units (CRU) across the U.S. This team approach to research is part of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease

Richard Carlisle of CAN Community Health, left, with David Forrest, Ph.D., program director, IDEA Exchange, and Hansel E. Tookes, M.D., MPH.

CAN Community Health Partners with the IDEA Exchange


Making phone calls to secure a shelter bed, handing cold water to someone living on the street, taking an oral swab to test for HIV, escorting a newly diagnosed patient to Jackson Memorial Hospital – these are all part of a typical day for staff members at the University of Miami’s two-year-old IDEA Exchange, Florida’s first and only legislatively authorized syringe exchange.

Dorinda Carolina.

Dorinda Carolina to Join UHealth as Chief Human Resources Officer


Dorinda Carolina, a human resources executive with more than 25 years of leadership experience at leading medical institutions, will join the University of Miami Health System as associate vice president of human resources and chief human resources officer for UHealth on February 1. As chief human resources officer for the UHealth system, Carolina will lead overall talent and workforce strategies, projects and initiatives.

Collections conducted at 11 construction sites in 2017 and 2018 found mosquitoes living and actively reproducing in large numbers in protected places where water can accumulate.

Construction Sites Are Excellent Breeding Grounds for Vector Mosquitoes, Researchers Find


Researchers from the Public Health Sciences Department at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, collaborating with scientists from the Miami-Dade County Mosquito Control Division, set out to determine if urbanization — altering the natural environment to accommodate increasing human populations — was creating new places in which mosquito populations could also thrive.

From left, researchers in the study included Jiaqi Liu, Yi Zhu, M.D., Amjad Farooq, Ph.D., Grace Zhai, Ph.D., Chong Li, Ph.D., Mustafa Tekin, M.D., Katherina Walz, Ph.D., Guney Bademci, M.D., and Clemer Abad, D.V.M.

Miller School Researchers Discover New Genetic Cause of Deafness


Hearing loss is the most common sensory deficit worldwide. There is, however, a great deal that is still unknown about its causes. When parents are told their children are deaf or hard of hearing, they often have many questions, and one of the most common is: “Why?”