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News & Articles : 2016

Michael Freundlich, M.D.

Researchers Uncover Mechanism for Vitamin D-Mediated Cardio-Protection in Kidney Insufficiency

Miller School of Medicine researchers have found that abnormal vitamin D status and elevated levels of the hormone FGF23 contribute to cardiac hypertrophy — a thickening of the heart muscle that may result in a decrease in size of the chamber of the heart and affect cardiac performance — in patients with chronic kidney disease.

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From left, Jonathan R. Wolpaw, M.D., W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D., Ozcan Ozdamar, Ph.D., and Daniel S. Rizzuto, Ph.D.

University of Miami Hosts First Neural Engineering Symposium

The University of Miami hosted its first Neural Engineering Symposium on October 13 to promote collaborations among research, educational, and industry programs for this rapidly growing discipline. Ozcan Ozdamar, Ph.D., professor and chair of the College of Engineering’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, and W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D., Scientific Director of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis were Co-Directors.

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From left, Roland Jurecic, Ph.D., Paolo Serafini, Ph.D., Samita Andreansky, Ph.D., and Richard L. Riley, Ph.D.

Interdisciplinary Team Awarded $3.4 Million to Research Safer, Improved Chemotherapy

Armed with a new $3.4 million grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), an interdisciplinary research team of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center members is creating a blueprint that may help to deliver safer, more-effective chemotherapy, with far fewer long-term negative health consequences.

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Theodore J. Lampidis, Ph.D.

Sylvester’s Dr. Theodore J. Lampidis Honored by Congress for His Cancer Research

Theodore J. Lampidis, Ph.D., a cell biology and anatomy expert at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, recently received recognition from the 144th Congress of the United States in honor of his work studying the combination of two non-toxic drugs as a universal treatment for cancer.

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Mario Stevenson, Ph.D., has developed a quick and inexpensive diagnostic blood test for Zika.

Zeroing in on Zika

Mosquito-borne transmission of the Zika virus appeared in South Florida just recently, but UHealth physicians are already busy counseling prospective parents and treating pregnant women, and UM scientists are working overtime to bring diagnostic and therapeutic responses from the laboratory to the clinic — some possibly by the end of this year.

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Noriyuki Kasahara, M.D., Ph.D.

Ingenious Brain Tumor Therapy Found Safe and Effective in Early Trial

A Phase I dose-escalation trial, conducted at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and multiple sites nationwide, has shown that a new gene therapy treatment for high-grade gliomas — the most aggressive brain tumors — is safe and improves patient survival. Having passed this milestone, the treatment will move on to more advanced trials.

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Nicole Wilson

Neuroscience Ph.D. Candidate Nicole M. Wilson Wins Women in Neurotrauma Research Award

Nicole M. Wilson, a neuroscience Ph.D. candidate, won the Women in Neurotrauma Research (WiNTR) Award after competing in the trainee poster competition at the 2016 National Neurotrauma Society Symposium. The WiNTR award is given annually to recognize the top poster presentation by a woman. The trainee poster competition consisted of the top 22 (out of 377) graduate students and post-doctoral associates.

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Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., and Erin Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Innovative Community-Based Health Screening Initiative Prepared for Launch

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and other units of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine are collaborating in the launch of an innovative health initiative to screen hard-to-reach populations in Miami-Dade County for multiple conditions and help them connect with appropriate care.

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From left, Coleen M. Atkins, Ph.D., with W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D.

Novel Drug Shows Potential for Aiding Memory and Learning after Traumatic Brain Injury

Treating rats with an experimental drug at three months following a traumatic brain injury improves their memory and learning ability, as reported in a new study published in the The Journal of Neuroscience. The drug is currently under development, and is being tested as a potential therapy for TBI by researchers at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

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W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D.

Miami Project Researchers Receive $1.6 Million Grant to Study Brain Temperature Effect on Concussion

W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D., Scientific Director of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and Senior Associate Dean for Discovery Science, and colleagues have received a $1.6 million National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke award to study the importance of brain temperature on mild traumatic brain injury or concussion.

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2016 George Paff Teaching Award winners.

Medical Students Present 2016 Paff Teaching Awards to Outstanding Instructors

Warren Kupin, M.D., professor of medicine, was one of 18 outstanding Miller School of Medicine instructors honored by their students at the 2016 George Paff Teaching Awards Ceremony on April 28 at the University of Miami Hospital Seminar Center. Second-year students Shirin Razdan and Matthew Chen co-chaired the ceremony, assisted by Soum Lokeshwar, Sophia Liu and Catherine Lee.

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From left, Jose Szapocznik, Ph.D., Thomas M. Hooton, M.D., Kenneth W. Goodman, Ph.D., Lillian Rivera, Ph.D., M.S.N., Administrator, Florida Department of Health, Miami-Dade County, John Beier, Sc.D., Micheline McCarthy, M.D., Ph.D., Esper G. Kallas, M.D., Ph.D., Mario Stevenson, Ph.D., Raymond F. Schinazi, Ph.D., Ronald Desrosiers, M.D., Ph.D., Christine L. Curry, M.D., Ph.D., Glen N. Barber, Ph.D., David I. Watkins, Ph.D., Rafael E. Campo, M.D., and Anna Marie Likos, M.D., M.P.H., Director, Division of Disease Control and Health Protection, Florida Department of Health.

Miller School Researchers Making Major Strides Against Zika Virus

Speaking at the Miller School’s “Zika Forum: State of the Science, Public Health Safety and Ethics,” Mario Stevenson, Ph.D., professor of medicine and Chief of Infectious Diseases, said, “We have a formidable team of virologists here who are up to the task of taking appropriate action against the virus.”

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Brian Deegan, Ph.D., left, with Sylvia Daunert, PharmD, M.S., Ph.D., in Daunert's lab.

Miller School of Medicine Achieves Significant Gains in NIH Research Grant Rankings

The Miller School of Medicine rose one position in the national rankings of medical schools based on research grants received from the National Institutes of Health during the 2015 federal fiscal year. That gain is significant, considering the ongoing reductions in NIH grants that have caused many medical schools to fall in the rankings.

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From left, Mehrdad Nadji, M.D., David Watkins, Ph.D., Sylvia Daunert, Pharm.D., M.S., Ph.D., Glen N. Barber, Ph.D., Sapna Deo, Ph.D., Mario Stevenson, Ph.D., and Ronald Desrosiers, Ph.D.

Miami CTSI Supports Collaborative Research Team to Study Zika Virus

As the Zika virus outbreak develops as a public health emergency, both internationally and for South Florida, David Watkins, Ph.D., professor and Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Pathology, and a team of top Miller School researchers are rapidly working to develop better diagnostic tests and to understand the virus’s link to neurological complications such as microcephaly.

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From left, Joan J. Guinovart, Ph.D., Peter Libby, M.D., and Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

Renowned Scientists Present Latest Findings on Inflammation at 49th Miami Winter Symposium

The 49th Miami Winter Symposium, organized in part by Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Miller School of Medicine, attracted 330 researchers, clinicians and students from 32 countries to address one of the world’s most challenging medical issues, “Inflammation — Causes, Prevention and Cures.”

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Juan Dominguez-Bendala, Ph.D.

Diabetes Research Institute Pioneers Safer Approach for Creating Insulin-Producing Cells

Scientists at the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have successfully converted non-insulin-producing cells of the pancreas into insulin-producing cells using a single agent, bone morphogenetic protein-7 (BMP-7), which is already approved by the Food and Drug Administration for clinical use.

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Glen N. Barber, Ph.D.

Sylvester Researcher Identifies Key Connection between Cellular Sensor and Colorectal Cancer

A researcher at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has found that epigenetic silencing of a key sensor pathway allows colorectal cancer cells, and perhaps other tumors, to hide from the body’s immune system — a discovery that could help clinicians develop more effective diagnostics and treatments.

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