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Dr. Alessia Fornoni Receives Grants to Study Alport Syndrome

09.25.2017

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

09.21.2017

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

09.21.2017

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

09.19.2017

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

09.19.2017

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

09.18.2017

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

09.18.2017

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

09.14.2017

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

09.14.2017

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

09.14.2017

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

09.07.2017

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

09.06.2017

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

09.06.2017

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

09.06.2017

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’

08.31.2017

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!

08.29.2017

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.

Annual Intensive Workshop Cultivates Careers in Translational Research

11.04.2016

Clinicians interested in incorporating research into their clinical practice or want to explore clinical and translational research possibilities should attend the Miami CTSI's Foundations and Tools of Clinical and Translational Research Workshop on November 10-11, CRB room 1552.

New Clinical Service to Provide UHealth Patients Access to Research Opportunities

09.26.2016

Beginning in October, South Florida’s only academic medical system, UHealth — the University of Miami Health System, will take a major step in expanding the way its pioneering research touches the lives of patients. With the launch of the UHealth Consent-To-Contact Initiative, patients who come in for care will have a unique opportunity to take advantage of the many innovative therapies and treatments available through the health system.

Apply For New Grant Writing Series Which Begins July 12

06.13.2016

The Miami CTSI Grant Writing Workshop is back with a new series running July 12 to August 9. This highly interactive workshop is designed to provide step-by-step practical advice on writing the various sections of NIH R- or K-style grants.

Translating Laboratory Discoveries into Better Hearing

04.28.2016

By harnessing the various CTSA-supported resources available to investigators, Suhrud Rajguru, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Otolaryngology, has been able to advance his research on the neuroprotective effects of hypothermia during cochlear implant surgery.