Alessia Fornoni, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine, chief of the Katz Family Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, director of the Peggy and Harold Katz Family Drug Discovery Center, and associate director of the newly NIH-funded Medical Scientist Training Program, has received $100,000 in research funding from the Alport Syndrome Foundation.
Researchers at the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine are taking a closer look at a cell signaling pathway known to be important in regulation of insulin sensitivity. Specifically, they want to learn more about how changes in this mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) pathway within beta cells of the pancreas can lead to development of type 2 diabetes.
Maria E. Santaella, M.S.N., RN-BC, hemophilia nurse coordinator in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has received the Nurse of the Year Award from the National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF). The award was presented during the foundation’s recent annual meeting in Chicago.
A rise in fungal infections of the retina is linked to the nation’s opioid crisis, according to researchers at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. Physicians treating intravenous drug users should be aware of this dangerous complication and screen their patients for recent changes in their vision.
University of Miami physicians are the first in the United States to offer patients pain relief using a new epidural infusion device recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The new instrument makes it easier to verify correct placement of the epidural injection.
The Phase II TRIDENT study, led by Joshua M. Hare, M.D., and colleagues at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, found that a dose of 100 million allogeneic human mesenchymal stem cells, versus 20 million, was more effective in decreasing scar tissue and restoring left ventricular ejection fraction in study of 30 people with ischemic cardiomyopathy.
Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., director of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, was awarded a $300,000 Translational Research Program grant from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). Nimer’s laboratory has been studying the RUNX1 protein, previously referred to as AML1, because it is commonly involved in chromosomal translocations seen in acute myeloid leukemia (AML).
A volunteer team from Bascom Palmer Eye Institute spent three days in Key West last week providing urgently needed vision care for residents, nurses, and disaster recovery personnel working to restore services in the Lower and Middle Keys that were devastated by Hurricane Irma. “We moved quickly to equip our Vision Van for the disaster relief effort in the Keys,” said Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D., director of Bascom Palmer.
The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine resumed its normal class schedule September 18 as cleanup from Hurricane Irma continued across the campus. “Here at the Miller School, we are back 100 percent and ready to resume teaching and training,” said Dean Edward Abraham in a video message to returning students.
Even before Hurricane Irma’s winds had finally subsided, the Miller School of Medicine campus was in recovery mode, making sure that it, and the University of Miami Health System satellite facilities, would be able to return to business as usual with minimal delay. In fact, with few exceptions, operations were back to normal on Wednesday morning, as employees returned to work, and patients began arriving for appointments.
First there was the impromptu birthday party for three children who had to stay at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute during Hurricane Irma because their parents were taking care of patients or working to keep things running throughout the University of Miami Health System. The goal of this and other moments was to ease families' anxieties as the storm approached and then lingered for what seemed like forever over South Florida.
With Hurricane Irma’s winds roaring outside the Liberty City apartment where they were sheltered, one couple endured a whirlwind of a different kind last Sunday. Tatyanna Watkins went into labor with her boyfriend, David Knight, as her only midwife. Together with the expert advice of a dispatcher and a University of Miami Health System obstetrician on the phone, they safely delivered their daughter, Destiny Janine Knight.
The heart adapts to many types of chronic stress by undergoing hypertrophy, a thickening of the heart muscle. There is currently no treatment for hypertrophy, but researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine are conducting studies that may lead to the first. They have shown that hypertrophy develops when stress causes two key proteins to interact in the cell nucleus, altering the expression of many genes.
A predictive tumor biomarker can help clinicians identify lung cancer patients who are most likely to benefit from immunotherapy, according to Gilberto de Lima Lopes, Jr., M.D., M.B.A., a researcher at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
As a 12-year-old cancer survivor, Veronica Avila has already fought more than her share of difficult battles. But it was a visit to Los Angeles earlier this year that left the seventh-grader from Coconut Creek nearly speechless. It was then that Veronica got to meet one of her favorite performers — talk show host Ellen DeGeneres — during a live taping of her national show.
The University of Miami and other collaborators have been given a $4.45 million funding award and selected to join the highly visible NIH All of Us Research Program as part of the Southeast Enrollment Center (SEEC) network. The All of Us Research Program is a growing precision medicine research effort with more than 25 institutional collaborators across the United States.
An enthusiastic group of University of Miami Miller School of Medicine students, residents, faculty members and administrators attended the annual meeting of the Florida Medical Association last month, and one student was honored for his research work at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.
The latest on Hurricane Irma and how it is affecting the medical campus.
When some people hear a story about bed bugs or see others scratching for any reason, they immediately start itching. This involuntary "contagious itch" can afflict a wide range of people, but especially atopic dermatitis patients, who remain at particularly high risk. Previous studies trying to figure out the connection only scratched the surface. But now a study using functional MRI is taking a deeper look.
For a brief moment in Sean Penn’s new film, The Last Face, Enrique Ginzburg, M.D., is doing what the Miller School of Medicine trauma surgeon knows all too well: triaging bloodied and moaning patients in a makeshift hospital in one of the world’s most impoverished and unstable countries.