Human kidneys.

Dr. Alessia Fornoni Receives Grants to Study Alport Syndrome


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.

From left, Manuel Blandino Rosano, Ph.D., with Ernesto Bernal-Mizrachi, M.D.

Research Illuminates Potential Pathway to Type 2 Diabetes


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.

From left, Maria Santaella, M.S.N., RN-BC, with Val D. Bias, CEO of the National Hemophilia Foundation.

Maria Santaella Wins Nurse of the Year Award from National Hemophilia Foundation


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.

Joshua M. Hare, M.D.

Study Shows Stem Cell Therapy Dosing Matters in Ischemic Cardiomyopathy


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.

Leukemia blast cells.

Sylvester Director Dr. Stephen D. Nimer Receives Grant to Study Protein’s Link to Leukemia


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).

From left, Nandini Venkateswara, M.D., Leslie Small, O.D., Richard Lee, M.D., and Mike Kelley get ready to leave in the Vision Van.

Bascom Palmer’s Vision Van Provides Relief Care to the Keys


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.

Edward Abraham, M.D.

Classes Resume at Miller School of Medicine


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.

From left, Michael Gittelman, Kymberlee J. Manni, Ph.D., Edward Abraham, M.D., UM President Julio Frenk, Jacqueline A. Travisano, Ed.D., and Jeffrey Duerk, Ph.D.

University of Miami Medical Campus Resumes Operations after Hurricane Irma


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.

Children of essential employees have fun during the storm at Bascom Palmer.

UHealth Cares for Patients, Employees and Families During Frightening Hurricane


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.

Clockwise from top left, Dr. Kendra Gillespie, dispatch supervisor Desiree Farrell, David Knight and Tatyanna Watkins celebrate baby Destiny Janine Knight.

Obstetrician Helps Deliver Hurricane Baby – Over the Phone


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.

Nanette H. Bishopric, M.D.

Researchers Explore First Treatment for Common Form of Heart Failure


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.

From left, Veronica Avila with Ellen DeGeneres.

Ellen DeGeneres Gives South Florida Cancer Survivor the Surprise of a Lifetime


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.

From left, Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., MPH, Stephan Züchner, M.D., Ph.D., and Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D.

Miller School and Collaborators in NIH ‘All of Us’ Research Program Awarded $4.45 Million


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.

The Miller School team shows its spirit at the FMA meeting.

Miller School Sends Big Team to Florida Medical Association Annual Meeting


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.

These fMRI scans show areas of increased brain activity in people with 'contagious itch.'

Study Reveals Brain Areas Responsible for 'Contagious Itch’


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.

From left, Sean Penn with Enrique Ginzburg, M.D.

Lights! Camera! Scalpel!


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.

Call for Abstracts for CaneSearch Research Symposium


The Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) invites you to be a part of CaneSearch on March 4, 2015 by submitting your abstracts for the Poster Session and Shared Resources Fair.

Sept. 18: Grand Rounds - "Creation and Use of the Visual Evaluation Report"


The Miami CTSI and the Department of Public Health Sciences are cohosting a Grand Rounds on September, 18 from noon to 1 p.m., in the Clinical Research Building, room 1080. James Pann, Ph.D., Chief Science Officer of the consulting firm, Research & Evaluation Network and professor at the Applied Research Center at the Abraham S. Fischler School of Education at Nova Southeastern University, will present the “Creation and Use of the Visual Evaluation Report."

May 1: Marine Mammals As Sentinels For Ocean And Human Health


Please join us May 1 from noon to 1 p.m., at the Lois Pope LIFE Center, seventh-floor auditorium for a special lecture by Gregory Bossart, V.M.D., Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Animal Health, Research, and Conservation and Chief Veterinary Officer at the Georgia Aquarium. Dr. Bossart will discuss "Marine Mammals As Sentinels for Ocean and Human Health."

April 2-3: FDA Seminar 'Improving Human Clinical Research'


Register now for the FDA seminar on "Improving Human Clinical Research" April 2-3, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the BankUnited Center, 1245 Dauer Drive, Coral Gables. All investigators and research team members are encouraged to attend this seminar.

March 28: SciVal Experts Seminar


Improve your ability to identify researcher expertise and potential collaborators with the SciVal Experts database. Register now for one of two demonstration sessions March 28 at the Miami CTSI Research Commons located in the Clinical Research Building, Suite 710.