From left, Gillian A. Hotz, Ph.D., with Dr. Esther Shohami.

UM Team Studying Effects of Cannabinoids on Concussion Visits Experts in Israel


Gillian A. Hotz, Ph.D., research professor of neurological surgery and director of the concussion program at the University of Miami Sports Medicine Institute, visited experts in Israel this month with some members of her multidisciplinary team leading a study on the effectiveness of cannabinoids in treating mild traumatic brain injury.

A normal mouse spleen section, left, next to a spleen section from a mouse that has developed acute myeloid leukemia (AML).

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Awards Prestigious Grant to Sylvester to Accelerate Epigenetic Research


Recognizing the expertise, proven success record and promise of further discovery, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) has awarded a Specialized Center of Research (SCOR) grant to a 12-member team of researchers at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The team is led by Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., director of Sylvester.

From left, Michael A. Kolber, M.D., Ph.D., Hansel Tookes, M.D., M.P.H., and Daniel J. Feaster, Ph.D.

NIDA Grant Awarded to Researchers to Identify Best Practices to Boost PrEP Adherence


An international collaboration among researchers in Miami, New York, and Montreal aims to determine the best strategies for effectively providing people who inject drugs with pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to protect them from HIV infection. Their efforts will be backed by an $8 million grant just awarded from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

A Step Closer to Realizing the Promise of Precision Medicine in Cancer


New findings by researchers at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center may prove to be an important solution to one of the more difficult problems faced in the field of precision medicine when it comes to treating cancer. An article reporting their findings, “Discordancy Partitioning for Validating Potentially Inconsistent Pharmacogenomic Studies,” was published online November 9 by Scientific Reports.

From left, Juan M. Vidal, RN, with Jose G. Castro, M.D.

Miller School Takes Action to Manage Antibiotic Use in Outpatient Settings


Through an innovative outpatient antimicrobial stewardship program, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is taking action to manage antibiotics appropriately. “At least 30 percent of outpatient antibiotic prescriptions are unnecessary,” said Jose G. Castro, M.D., medical director of the University of Miami Medical Group Infection Control Department.

Dr. Thomas J. Harrington with the 2017 Harrington Program graduates of the UM/Jackson internal medicine residency.

Renowned Harrington Medical Training Program Celebrates 50th Anniversary


Peru’s former Minister of Health Patricia Jannet Garcia Funegra, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., Panamanian infectious disease specialist Nestor Sosa, M.D., and Brazilian oncologist Paulo M.G. Hoff, M.D., Ph.D., are three of the 464 Latin American and Caribbean physicians who have gained invaluable clinical and research knowledge in the past five decades through the William J. Harrington Medical Training Programs.

Study: AI Helps Identify Patients at High Risk for Repeat Penetrating Trauma


Artificial intelligence can help predict which patients with penetrating trauma are most likely to return with repeat injury in the future, a new study published online October 18 by JAMA Surgery reveals. Identifying people at higher risk could allow physicians to know when to take more aggressive preventive action.

The Summer Scholars Program gives high school sophomores and juniors an opportunity to earn college credits at UM.

December 1 is Early-Action Deadline for UM Summer Scholars Program


The University of Miami’s Summer Scholars program gives high school sophomores and juniors the opportunity to experience college life and earn six college credits in a variety of academic areas, including health and medicine. The three-week program starts July 7, 2018. Students who apply by the early-action deadline of December 1, 2017 can receive half off the application fee with the special waiver code SSPDEC1.

From left, Kerry L. Burnstein, Ph.D., Mai Huynh, Govindi Samaranayake, Rolando Lyles, Clara Troccoli, and Priyamvada Rai, Ph.D.

Sylvester Researchers and Colleagues Identify Novel Therapeutic Target for Incurable Prostate Cancer


A collaborative study by researchers at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and colleagues has identified a novel therapeutic target for incurable prostate cancer. The research found a critical role for thioredoxin-1, a protein that protects cells from oxidative stress, in the progression of prostate cancer to the incurable castration-resistant stage.

This image shows the clinical mismatch between infarct size (purple) and larger perfusion area.

Major Advance Extends Time for Intervention after Stroke


Researchers have discovered a way to extend how long clinicians have to reverse a stroke caused by a large clot blocking an artery in the brain. A new multicenter trial has shown that a combination of special brain imaging and reperfusion — restoration of blood flow — helps to identify stroke sufferers who can receive benefit for up to 24 hours.

Tomas A. Salerno, M.D.

Iron Arrow Taps Five from Miller School of Medicine


With the telltale beating of a single drum and a tap on the shoulder with an iron arrow, members of the Iron Arrow Honor Society renewed one of the U’s greatest traditions during homecoming week. Marching across the Coral Gables and medical campuses in a solemn procession, they bestowed a leading University of Miami honor on 20 lucky recipients.

Linda Eads with personal trainer Anas Mahmoud.

UHealth’s Supervised Exercise Program Makes Fitness a Medical Priority


Linda Eads entered the Supervised Exercise Program offered by UHealth – the University of Miami Health System because “I had high cholesterol, my legs and hips hurt — and I hated to sweat.” Norman H. Altman, V.M.D., says, “I had an illness that caused neuropathy. After it was successfully treated, I realized I needed to get into a regular exercise program.” What they had in common was a lack of regular exercise.

Joanna Johnson, Ph.D.

AAMC Award Focuses on Improving Science Writing and Coding


Biomedical researchers often find it difficult to reproduce laboratory and clinical studies – a problem that raises costs, reduces the credibility of investigators and undermines the public trust in science, according to two University of Miami faculty members taking a fresh approach. Poorly written prose and software code are under-recognized contributors to failures to replicate other researcher's results, they say.

Exercise, including familiar boxing workouts, has helped Angelique Muniz regain her strength.

Cancer Survivor: A Real-Life Wonder Woman


Angelique Muniz boxed in college, and since then she has kept physically active at a local gym, mixing cardio kickboxing with Zumba and yoga classes. But she fought the fight of her life two years ago, when an irritation in her throat turned out to be stage 3 oral cancer. Her aggressive cancer required an aggressive response: the removal and reconstruction of half of her tongue, followed by radiation and extensive therapy.

The late Eckard R. Podack, M.D., Ph.D., in his laboratory.

Sylvester Researcher's Lung Cancer Immunotherapy Delivers Positive Results


Pique Therapeutics, Inc. has announced encouraging results in a clinical trial of PT 107, an immunotherapy developed by a renowned scientist at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine to treat non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), the most common form of the disease.

Dipen J. Parekh, M.D.

UHealth Reaches Landmark 5,000 Robotic Surgeries with da Vinci Xi System


There’s nothing magical about the number 5,000, Dr. Dipen Parekh says, but the fact that Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and University of Miami Hospital recently exceeded that number of procedures with the breakthrough da Vinci Xi Surgical System “indicates very clearly for patients that they should have a very high level of confidence coming here for robotic surgeries because this is what we do day in and day out."

The hospital command center on Sunday, October 29.

UHealth is Transformed into a Fully Integrated Academic Health System


New signs on buildings across the University of Miami Health System (UHealth) herald the creation of a fully integrated academic health care system and a new name for all hospital-based facilities: University of Miami Hospital and Clinics. The change, which launched Sunday, October 29, after more than a year of preparation, is the first major step in the transformation of UHealth into a true single academic health center.

Wael El-Rifai, M.D., Ph.D.

A Renowned Physician-Scientist Joins Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center


Wael El-Rifai, M.D., Ph.D., an internationally renowned physician-scientist, has joined the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine as co-leader of the Tumor Biology Program and associate director for Program Development. His departmental appointments are professor and associate vice chair of surgery, and professor of biochemistry and molecular biology.

Annual Intensive Workshop Cultivates Careers in Translational Research


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


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


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


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.