From left, Kim Popendorf, Ph.D., with Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, D.O., Ph.D., M.P.H.

Researchers Receive State Funding to Study Human Impact of Harmful Algal Blooms


Researchers with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, in collaboration with UM’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, have been awarded state funds that support research efforts to improve the understanding of the potential long-term human-health impacts of harmful blue-green algal blooms (HABs). The Florida Department of Health announced the award on December 9.

Dr. Thomas Wakefield, director of the cardiovascular center at the University of Michigan, presents the Jobst Lecture plaque to Dr. Omaida Velazquez.

Dr. Omaida Velazquez Presents Conrad Jobst Lecture on ‘Innovations in Critical Limb Ischemia’


Cellular and genetic therapies may hold the key to better outcomes for patients suffering from critical limb ischemia, a condition in which a serious obstruction of the arteries reduces blood flow to the feet, legs or hands, according to Omaida C. Velazquez, M.D., the David Kimmelman Endowed Chair in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

From left, Dr. Rose van Zuilen, WIAM president, Dr. Hilit Mechaber, Dr. Gwendolyn Scott, and Dr. Judy Schaechter.

Exceptional Women Faculty Honored for Mentorship, Discovery and Care


Extraordinary women faculty members at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine were celebrated Wednesday evening at an event that inspired applause, tears – and a standing ovation for Gwendolyn Scott, M.D., professor emeritus of pediatrics, who received the Women in Academic Medicine Career Achievement Award.

Dr. Tan Ince

HDAC7 Gene Plays a Critical Role in Breast Cancer Stem Cells


In a study recently published in the journal Oncogene, a research team led by Tan Ince, M.D., Ph.D., described the mechanisms that help the gene histone deacetylase (HDAC) 7 control other genes, driving breast cancer and helping maintain cancer stem cells. In addition, the paper showed HDAC7 activity is downstream from other HDAC molecules, particularly HDAC1, possibly making it a better therapeutic target for future

Ralph L. Sacco, M.D.

‘Highly Cited Researchers’ Recognized for Important Contributions to their Fields


Even though they hail from diverse departments across the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine – including neurology, human genetics and cell biology – they have something in common: Their research ranks among the most commonly cited work in their respective disciplines. Making the “Highly Cited Researchers” list means scientific peers frequently reference the investigator’s work.

Miller School of Medicine Launches Magazine


The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has launched University of Miami Medicine, a magazine that will be distributed twice a year to the many stakeholders in the Miller School community — alumni, faculty, staff, students, residents, donors and administrators. It will also be mailed to the deans of other medical schools and physicians in specialties related to the content of each issue.