Isaiah Hankel, Ph.D., founder of Cheeky Scientist, offered tips for transition to careers in industry.

Symposium for Graduate and Post-Doctoral Students Offers Valuable Information on Career Options


The University of Miami Career Development Committee, a Ph.D.-student-run branch under the Biomedical Graduate Student Government and the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, hosted its first annual Graduate Student/Post-Doc Career Symposium on May 30. The goal of the symposium was to provide Ph.D. and post-doctoral students with a comprehensive workshop on career options and skill sets needed to obtain career goals.

Dr. Dipen J. Parekh at the da Vinci Xi Surgical System.

First Major Study Comparing Robotic to Open Surgery Published in The Lancet


The first comprehensive study comparing the outcomes of robotic surgery to those of traditional open surgery in any organ has found that the surgeries are equally effective in treating bladder cancer. The seven-year study, conducted at 15 institutions, including Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and directed by Dipen J. Parekh, M.D., chair of urology at the Miller School of Medicine, is published in The Lancet.

Rajesh Garg, M.D.

Comprehensive Diabetes Center at Lennar awarded ADA Certificate of Recognition


The University of Miami Health System’s Comprehensive Diabetes Center, located in The Lennar Foundation Medical Center on UM’s Coral Gables campus, has been awarded a Certificate of Recognition by the American Diabetes Association. The center received the certification, which extends through October 1, 2021, for the high quality of its diabetes self-management education program.

Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, D.O., Ph.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Alberto Caban-Martinez Reappointed to NIOSH Construction Sector Council


Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, D.O., Ph.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of public health sciences and deputy director of the Miami Occupational Research Group, has been reappointed to the Construction Sector Council of the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety. Its goal is to stimulate innovative occupational health and safety research, and improve workplace practices and well-being.

From left, Rosie Curiel, Psy.D., David Loewenstein, Ph.D., and Elizabeth Crocco, M.D.

Miller School Introduces Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and Aging


The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has renamed the Center on Aging as the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and Aging, reflecting a growing emphasis on brain research, diagnostic and clinical services, and educational programs. “Our mission is to be a national and international leader in cognitive neuroscience,” said newly appointed director David Loewenstein, Ph.D.

More ancient skulls bearing evidence of trepanation — a telltale hole surgically cut into the cranium — have been found in Peru than the combined number found in the rest of the world.

Holes in the Head


According to a new study led by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s David S. Kushner, M.D., trepanation was so expertly practiced in ancient Peru that the survival rate for the procedure during the Incan Empire was about twice that of the American Civil War — when, more three centuries later, soldiers were trepanned presumably by better trained, educated and equipped surgeons.

Bromeliad with retained water.

Miller School Study Confirms Ornamental Bromeliads Contribute to Zika Mosquito Breeding


A new study led by public health researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has shown that ornamental bromeliad plants contribute to breeding of the Aedes aegypti mosquito — a key culprit in the Zika virus outbreak that hit Miami-Dade County and other areas of Florida and the Americas in 2016. In addition to Zika, bites from the Aedes aegypti mosquito can spread dengue, yellow fever and chikungunya.

Dr. Robert Myerburg Contributes Editorial to JAMA on ECG Screening and Cardiac Risks


Robert J. Myerburg, M.D., professor of medicine and physiology and the American Heart Association Chair in Cardiovascular Research at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, was invited to contribute an editorial to the Journal of the American Medical Association about new recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force regarding the use of electrocardiogram screening for cardiovascular disease risk.

Dr. Stephen D. Nimer and Gloria Mas Martin in the lab.

Targeting CARM1 Inhibits AML and Spares Normal Cells


Researchers at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have shown that inhibiting the enzyme CARM1 (also called PRMT4) dramatically slows acute myeloid leukemia (AML) progression but does not affect normal blood production. This selectivity could make it an ideal drug target for AML – a disease with few treatment options. The study was published online June 11 in Cancer Cell.

From left, Adam Carlin, Bill Tenney, Lourdes Beltran and Dr. Stephen D. Nimer cut the ribbon.

Sylvester Honors the Woman’s Cancer Association


For nearly 60 years, the Woman’s Cancer Association of the University of Miami has supported cancer research, education and patients’ needs. On June 7, the WCA was honored in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at The Lennar Foundation Medical Center. This special celebration marked the dedication of a patient lounge on the fourth floor that now bears the group’s name.

Dr. Gilberto Lopes, left, is interviewed by reporters at the ASCO meeting.

After ASCO 2018: Sylvester Presenter Among ‘Cream of the Crop’


Journalists from Japan, Portugal and other countries lined up to interview Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s associate director of global oncology, Gilberto Lopes, M.D., MBA, outside the press room at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. It was June 3, and as lead author of the Keynote-042 study, Lopes had just released the impressive results of an immunotherapy drug for lung cancer patients.

Jackson Invites UM Employees to Century of Miracles Celebration


Jackson Health System invites all UHealth and Miller School of Medicine employees to a celebration of “a century of miracles” on Monday, June 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., in Alamo Park at Jackson. Live music, food and more will be featured at the event expressing gratitude “for your compassion and commitment to building a stronger community.” Join your UM and Jackson colleagues in celebrating 100 years of miracles.

Surgery Research Day Showcases Wide Scope of Cutting-Edge Advances


Surgical and basic science faculty, surgical trainees and invited guests explored and shared a wide range of advances at Surgery Research Day at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The second annual event was held May 10.

Sara J. Czaja, Ph.D.

Dr. Sara J. Czaja Steps Down to Direct New Aging Center at Weill Cornell Medicine


After nearly 30 years at the University of Miami, Sara J. Czaja, Ph.D., professor and director of the Center on Aging in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Miller School of Medicine, has accepted a position as professor of medicine in the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine and director of the new Center on Aging and Behavioral Research at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York.

Joe U. Levi, M.D.

Renowned Surgeon Joe U. Levi Retires After 44-Year Career


Long known as a “surgeon’s surgeon,” Joe U. Levi, M.D., recently retired from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. In a UM career spanning 44 years, Levi, who was professor of surgery and Chief of General Surgery, treated thousands of patients and taught generations of medical students and residents. “Joe was a treasured colleague and an extraordinary surgeon,” said Laurence B. Gardner, M.D.

From left in front, students Abdul Zalikha, Eva Williams and Ian Zheng participate in the exercises.

Clinical Skills of Third-Year Medical Students are Tested at Annual Exercises


The University of Miami Hospital and Clinics welcomed 196 third-year Miller School students from both the Miami and Regional Medical Campuses for the 23rd annual Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), a medical school rite of passage that tests the clinical skills of students. More than 100 faculty and residents served as evaluators for the assessment.

From left, Eduardo Bancalari, M.D., Alisa Sanchez, and Neva Kirk-Sanchez, Ph.D., PT.

Miami Teen Has Recipe for Successful Philanthropy Effort


Hoping to be in medicine one day, Alisa Sanchez isn’t waiting to make a difference in the health care field. The 16-year-old, who just graduated from Coral Gables Senior High School, recently made a donation to 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 — the results of a successful bake sale she organized.

The high school students brought plenty of youthful energy to the program.

Mailman Center Collaborates with Special Olympics on Youth Leadership Summit


The Miller School of Medicine’s Mailman Center for Child Development collaborated with Special Olympics in a youth leadership summit, which took place June 3 at UM’s Donna E. Shalala Student Center. The purpose of the summit was to highlight the Unified Champion Schools program, which incorporates Special Olympics’ sports, leadership and related activities that empower youth to be change agents in their communities.

WayWay M. Hlaing, Ph.D., M.S., M.B.B.S.

Dr. WayWay M. Hlaing Elected Fellow of American College of Epidemiology


WayWay M. Hlaing, Ph.D., M.S., M.B.B.S., associate professor of public health sciences, has been elected a fellow of the American College of Epidemiology (ACE). The college is the credential-based professional organization dedicated to continued education and advocacy for epidemiologists in their efforts to promote public health.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.