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.
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.
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., 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
As he begins his adventure as dean of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Henri R. Ford, M.D., says he is “extraordinarily excited and at the same time humbled by this great privilege.” He is ready to break down silos, build bridges between research areas, and promote connectivity that will lead to the medical advances of tomorrow.
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.
The Miami CTSI hosted its annual Foundations and Tools of Clinical and Translational Research Workshop on December 18 and 19 to give early stage faculty, fellows, post docs and students an extensive overview of the translational research being conducted by some of the University’s most successful investigators.
Lina Shehadeh, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology and an investigator in the Miller School’s Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute (ISCI) was recently awarded a four-year, $2 million RO1 grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to study the role of Osteopontin in mitochondrial function in Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction (HFpEF) in cardiorenal syndrome.
Brendaly Rodriguez, manager for the Miami CTSI Community Engagement & Cultural Diversity Program and Co-President of the Florida Community Health Worker Coalition has been appointed by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) as a member of its Advisory Panel on Patient Engagement.
On January 16 & 17, 2018, the Miami CTSI, CFAR, and the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is hosting a workshop on 'Building the Next generation of HIV & Cancer Researchers'.
Emmanuel Thomas, M.D., Ph.D., returned to his hometown of Miami in 2012 to start a translational research program focused on preventing liver disease and hepatocellular carcinoma at the Miller School of Medicine. In 2015, Emmanuel became a Miami CTSI KL2 Scholar. The protected time, education and training resources and mentorship that the award brought, were critical in enabling Emmanuel to successfully secure two important and highly-competitive grants in 2017.
On November 8, 2017, the Miami CTSI partnered with U Innovation to host Introduction to Innovation (i2i) Day featuring international and local guest speakers with expertise in translational research, industry-academic collaborations, commercialization of research and business law.
Through funding by National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) and UInnovation, the Miami CTSI successfully wrapped up the University’s first I-Corps™ entrepreneurial research training program called I-Corps@UM-CTSI.
Since 2015 the University of Miami, led by Miami CTSI Program Director Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., and manager and co-president of the Florida Community Health Worker Coalition, Brendaly Rodriguez, along with the Health Council of South Florida, have developed and piloted a structured research training program in patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) for community health workers. As a result, hundreds have been trained and certified in Florida and other states around the country.
One-on-one grant writing consultations with Dr. Mary Lou King are available to help University of Miami faculty researchers, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students with new or previous grant submissions.
It’s hurricane season. Do you know what to do to prepare for a storm? Join the Network of Clinical Research Professionals on July 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mailman Center for Child Development, 8th floor auditorium.