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Dileep Yavagal, M.D., left, with German Gallo.

UM Neurologist Uses Advanced Stent Surgery to Close Dangerous Aneurysms for Peruvian Executive

02.23.2018

When German Gallo, a 42-year-old businessman in Lima, Peru, started having episodes of double vision and a feeling of pressure in his skull last year, he quickly went to his local doctor. A series of brain scans found three large sausage-shaped aneurysms in his right carotid artery where it enters the brain. After unsuccessful treatments in several countries, Gallo came to the University of Miami Health System.

Sylvester Researchers Discover New Pathway Linking Inflammation and Cancer

02.23.2018

A team of researchers at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, collaborating with outside investigators, has discovered a new pathway of inflammation-driven cancer development. Their findings, “Initiation of Inflammatory Tumorigenesis by CTLA4 Insufficiency Due to Type 2 Cytokines,” were published online on January 26 by the Journal of Experimental Medicine.

Scientists to Explore the ‘Dark Genome’ for New Drug Targets

02.23.2018

Scientists in the international Illuminating the Druggable Genome (IDG) project, including the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, are taking an unprecedented approach to discovering new medical therapies. They’re exploring the 38 percent of the human genome that is considered “dark” or largely untapped – so far -- for potential new drug targets.

Stuart Weiss, M.D.

Medical Alumnus Encourages Others to Give Back

02.22.2018

Although it has been nearly 50 years since Stuart R. Weiss, M.D. ’71, graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine, he is still dedicated to ensuring the future of his medical alma mater. Weiss, an endocrinologist, has been a generous supporter of the medical school for more than 40 years. His first gift to the school came just three years after graduation.

Amiethab A. Aiyer, M.D., demonstrates proper ankle wrapping to a group of medical students.

Dr. Amiethab A. Aiyer Receives Grant to Study Prevention of Arthritis in the Ankle

02.21.2018

In hopes of finding new ways to potentially prevent the debilitating effects of arthritis in different regions of the ankle, Amiethab A. Aiyer, M.D., chief of the Foot & Ankle Service and assistant professor in the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, recently received a prestigious research grant from the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS).

Barbara A. Vance, Ph.D., CRA.

Dr. Barbara A. Vance to Join Sylvester as Assistant VP and Associate Director for Administration

02.20.2018

Barbara A. Vance, Ph.D., CRA, will join Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine on March 17 as assistant vice president and associate director for administration. Vance will be a senior member of Sylvester’s leadership team, responsible for efficient operations and financial performance, including submission of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Center Support Grant.

Team members of the Sylvester Phase 1 clinical trials program.

Sylvester Provides 100 Patients Potentially Life-Saving Treatments in its Phase 1 Trial Program

02.19.2018

Dr. Jaime Merchan is thrilled that Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center has reached the milestone number of 100 patients enrolled in a single year in its Phase 1 clinical trials program. The program, which tests new drugs and other novel treatment strategies for advanced solid tumors and hematological malignances, offers these patients something they couldn’t find elsewhere: hope.

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

New Analysis: Patients Receiving Chemo for Cancer at ADCC Institutions Have Highest Survival Rates

02.19.2018

Patients treated with chemotherapy for some of the most common types of cancer at Dedicated Cancer Centers have higher survival rates compared to patients treated at other types of hospitals, according to new analysis conducted by Milliman for the Alliance of Dedicated Cancer Centers. Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of only 11 members of the Alliance of Dedicated Cancer Centers.

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Sylvester Again Recognized as a Cancer Center of Excellence

02.16.2018

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center has once again been recognized as a Cancer Center of Excellence by the State of Florida — one of just four cancer centers in the state, and the only one in South Florida, to have earned this honor. The designation recognizes providers that exceed service standards and excel in providing quality, comprehensive and patient-centered, coordinated care for cancer patients in Florida.

UHealth Teams Invited to Showcase Process Improvement Projects

02.14.2018

The UHealth Process Improvement Team is launching its first Process Improvement Showcase and welcomes individuals and teams from across the University of Miami Health System to participate. All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to get involved. The showcase allows for teams to display and share their process improvement success stories with colleagues from all areas of the health system.

Project: New Born donors Jorge and Mairi Bustamante, with their son, Jaxon, and Eduardo Bancalari, M.D. Mairi shows off a bottle of Little Wings wine commemorating daughter, Mikaela, who was cared for at the Schatzi and Stanley Kassal Project: New Born Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Holtz Children’s Hospital at the UM/Jackson Memorial Medical Center.

Little Wings Wine Label Lifts Miller School’s Division of Neonatology

02.14.2018

They say that whenever an angel gets its wings, a bell rings. The bell that Miami resident Jorge Bustamante heard in his head three years ago may well have been a sign that his beloved daughter, Mikaela, whose life ended far too soon, had gotten her wings. But it also signaled the genesis of an idea Jorge had that would turn anguish into action, and tragedy into tribute.

Edward Abraham, M.D., (left) and Alex J. Mechaber, M.D. ’94, (first row right) pose with the student-scholars at the 2018 Medical Education Donors and Scholars Luncheon at the Coral Gables Country Club.

Scholars Say Thanks to Donors at Annual Gathering

02.14.2018

Sarah Sukkar vividly remembers the phone call from the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. At the other end of the phone, an admissions officer was telling her that not only had she been accepted into the medical school’s Class of 2020, but that she’d been awarded a scholarship too. The second-year M.D. candidate expressed her gratitude at the 2018 Medical Education Donors and Scholars Luncheon.

Public-Private Partnership to Facilitate Ontology Use and Application

02.14.2018

A collaborative U01 grant titled “Unifying Templates, Ontologies and Tools to Achieve Effective Annotation of Bioassay Protocols” has been awarded to the University of Miami together with Stanford University and Collaborative Drug Discovery. The principal investigators of this $2,088,678 U01 grant are Stephan Schürer of the UM Miller School of Medicine, Mark Musen of Stanford, and Barry Bunin at Collaborative Drug Discovery.

UM Researcher Joins New NIH Partnership to Promote Organization of Big Data in Biomedicine

02.14.2018

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is joining a partnership to combine advances in ontologies, templates and other research tools to take digital biomedical research data to the next level. The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $2,088,678 U01 grant to be shared under a cooperative agreement between Stephan Schürer, Ph.D., and colleagues at Stanford University and Collaborative Drug Discovery.

Adult bone marrow transplant procedure.

Florida Blue Renews Recognition of Sylvester's Adult Bone Marrow Transplant Program

02.13.2018

Florida Blue has renewed its Blue Distinction Center for Transplants designation for the adult bone marrow transplant program at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. The renewed designation is recognition that the program at Sylvester, part of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, continues to meet the insurer’s national standards for high quality care and outcomes.

Members of Team Hurricanes celebrate DCC VIII.

Thousands Ride, Run and Walk to Support Sylvester at Dolphins Cancer Challenge

02.10.2018

Four generations of the Kapnek-Zasloff family took part in the eighth annual Dolphins Cancer Challenge on Saturday to support the life-saving work of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Throughout the day, thousands of South Floridians shared hugs, smiles and a few tears in recalling their loved ones during the DCC VIII celebration at Hard Rock Stadium.

Erin N. Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H., Jimmy Patronis, and Stephen D. Nimer, M.D. (from left in center), with fire department representatives.

Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis Tours Sylvester, Praises Firefighters Cancer Initiative

02.09.2018

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine welcomed the State of Florida’s Chief Financial Officer, Jimmy Patronis, on February 5, giving him a tour of its cancer-fighting technologies. Patronis also met with representatives from more than a dozen of South Florida’s fire departments whose members are collaborating with Sylvester’s Firefighters Cancer Initiative.

From left, Alvaro J. Alencar, M.D., Edmundo Carvalho Mauad, M.D., Ph.D., Gilberto de Lima Lopes, M.D., M.B.A., Sergio Vicente Serrano, M.D., Ph.D., and Joseph D. Rosenblatt, M.D.

Sylvester and Brazil’s Barretos Cancer Hospital Sign Agreement for Collaborative Research

02.06.2018

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and Barretos Cancer Hospital — one of the most advanced public hospital cancer centers in Brazil — signed a memorandum of understanding on February 2 for wide-ranging collaborative research that may begin by the end of this year. Representatives from Barretos traveled to Miami to sign the agreement, meet with Sylvester researchers and clinicians, and tour Sylvester’s facilities.

From left, Alvaro J. Alencar, M.D., Edmundo Carvalho Mauad, M.D., Ph.D., Gilberto de Lima Lopes, M.D., M.B.A., Sergio Vicente Serrano, M.D., Ph.D., and Joseph D. Rosenblatt, M.D.

Sylvester and Brazil’s Barretos Cancer Hospital Sign Agreement for Collaborative Research

02.06.2018

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and Barretos Cancer Hospital — one of the most advanced public hospital cancer centers in Brazil — signed a memorandum of understanding on February 2 for wide-ranging collaborative research that may begin by the end of this year. Representatives from Barretos traveled to Miami to sign the agreement, meet with Sylvester researchers and clinicians, and tour Sylvester’s facilities.

Oct. 14 Webinar: Promotores de Salud E-Learning Program

10.14.2015

In observance of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), will host a Spanish-language webinar discussing Promoting Healthy Choices and Community Changes: An E-learning Program for Promotores de Salud on October 14 at 2:30 p.m. (EST).

Sept. 24: Join A Live Webcast on Marijuana Use Among Youth

09.21.2015

In alignment with the Substance Abuse and Mental Services Administration’s celebration of National Recovery Month, members of the community are invited to join a live webcast on Thursday, September 24 from 6 to 7 p.m. to learn about marijuana use among youth.

Learn how URIDE data can benefit your research

09.14.2015

The Miami CTSI will be offering several 30-minute sessions to demonstrate a powerful, large-scale data research tool called URIDE, the University Research Informatics Data Environment.

CTSI Program Director Dr. Erin N. Kobetz Named Senior Associate Dean for Health Disparity

06.17.2015

Erin N. Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H., has been named Senior Associate Dean for Health Disparity at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. In this role Kobetz will be responsible for elevating the awareness of current regional health disparities while developing a culture in which UHealth – University of Miami Health System and the Miller School can achieve health equity for patients through research, clinical and educational endeavors.

June 22: Introduction to REDCap

06.11.2015

If you need to collect and store data for a research project, consider using REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture). REDCap is a Web-based application that allows you to quickly build and manage databases and online surveys. Join us Monday, June 22 for a one-hour introduction to REDCap at the CRB, Room 989A.

April 9: Our Community, Our Health Forum on Type 1 Diabetes & High Blood Pressure

04.06.2015

Members of the community are invited to join a live webcast on Thursday, April 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. to learn about Type 1 diabetes, high blood pressure and tips on talking to your healthcare provider about these issues. This national online forum will be led by experts from the University of Florida and Health Literacy Missouri.

First Certified Community Health Workers in Florida Recognized

01.30.2015

The Miami CTSI's Project Manager for the Community Engagement & Cultural Diversity Program, Brendaly Rodriguez, who is also co-chair of the Florida Community Health Worker Coalition along with the Florida Legislature, and the Florida Certification Board celebrated the state’s first credentialed Community Health Workers in events across the state of Florida.