News : 2016

From left, Daniel Ferraresi, Eliana C. Martinez, M.D., Ph.D., Judy Schaechter, M.D., MBA, Emmalee S. Bandstra, M.D., Laurence B. Gardner, M.D., Jon Batchelor, Sandy Batchelor, Julio Frenk, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.

Dr. Emmalee S. Bandstra Honored with 2016 Micah Batchelor Award

Renowned for her expertise in perinatal substance abuse, Emmalee S. Bandstra, M.D., recently received the prestigious 2016 Micah Batchelor Award for Excellence in Children’s Health Research. The award was presented November 8 during a ceremony at the Batchelor Children’s Research Institute before Batchelor family members and trustees of the Batchelor Family Foundation, UM and Miller School of Medicine leadership.

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A model for patient care in the future, The Lennar Foundation Medical Center has been carefully designed to meet the needs of patients, their families and staff.

Offering State-of-the-Art Cancer Care

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, is bringing its state-of-the-art multidisciplinary care to the Coral Gables campus. Its sixth satellite facility will be a core component of The Lennar Foundation Medical Center, which opens in December.

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Christine L. Curry, M.D., Ph.D., speaking to Miami Beach City Commissioners about the Zika virus threat.

Miller School Clinicians and Researchers Urge Proactive Approach to Controlling Zika Virus

Controlling the mosquito-borne Zika virus must continue to be a public health priority for South Florida, according to several University of Miami Miller School of Medicine clinicians and researchers who spoke on September 14 at a public hearing held by the Miami Beach City Commission.

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From left, John C. Beier, Sc.D., David Watkins, Ph.D., Mario Stevenson, Ph.D., President Julio Frenk, Christine L. Curry, M.D., Ph.D., Ivan A. Gonzalez, M.D., and Paola N. Lichtenberger, M.D.

Expert Panel Discusses Variety of Responses by UM to Zika Virus Challenge

At a Zika symposium hosted by the University of Miami, the Miller School of Medicine, and UHealth – the University of Miami Health System today, UM President Julio Frenk called on Congress to approve emergency federal funding for Zika research, treatment and monitoring.

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Women’s Cancers in the Americas: Strategies for Synergy, October 5-6

On October 5 (full day) and October 6 (half day), Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Miami Institute for the Americas will hold a conference, “Women’s Cancers in the Americas: Strategies for Synergy,” at the University of Miami’s Braman Miller Center for Jewish Student Life.

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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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George R. Attia, M.D., M.B.A., and Christine L. Curry, M.D., Ph.D.

UHealth Zika Seminars to Address Family Planning

UHealth – the University of Miami Health System is hosting free Zika seminars on Tuesday, August 16, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and on Sunday, August 21, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Both events will take place in the executive boardroom at the University of Miami Hospital, 1400 N.W. 12th Ave.

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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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Miller School of Medicine, Schoninger Research Quadrangle

Miller School of Medicine Has Record-Breaking Fundraising Year

Continuing an upward trend, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine reached a record-breaking fundraising total for the fiscal year 2016. According to standards set by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the Miller School raised an unprecedented $159.8 million for the fiscal year, which ended May 31.

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Sophia George, Ph.D.

Dr. Sophia George Awarded Grant from Colleen’s Dream Foundation

Sophia George, Ph.D., an obstetrics/gynecology expert at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, was recently awarded a $10,000 grant to help discover new methods of detecting and treating ovarian cancer. The award comes from the Colleen’s Dream Foundation, an organization offering seed funding to young investigators performing cutting-edge research in ovarian cancer.

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Aaron H. Wolfson, M.D.

Sylvester Researchers Show Tumor Size Can Predict Vaginal Cancer Survival

Researchers at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have shown that tumor size in women with stage I or II vaginal cancer can strongly influence their overall survival. The research was published in the journal Gynecologic Oncology.

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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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Miller School Class of 2017 participants Linsey E. Lindley, Ph.D., left, with Seth Sankary.

Medical Education Conducts Skills Exercises for Third-Year Students

The University of Miami Hospital and Clinics welcomed 198 third-year Miller School of Medicine students from both the Miami and regional medical campuses for the 21st annual Objective Structured Clinical Examinations — a medical school rite of passage that tests the clinical skills of students. More than 100 faculty members served as evaluators in the annual assessment.

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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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Brian M. Slomovitz, M.D.

Sylvester Researcher Launches Study on Early Detection of Ovarian Cancer

A Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher is leading a new clinical study focusing on early detection of ovarian cancer in postmenopausal women. “An effective screening or diagnostic test could potentially save the lives of thousands of women around the world,” said Brian Slomovitz, M.D., who is Co-Leader of Sylvester’s Gynecologic Cancers Site Disease Group.

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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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WIAM 2015-16 Advisory Board members: Back row, from left, Wen-Hsiang Lee, M.D., Ph.D., Ivette Motola, M.D., M.P.H., Lilian M. Abbo, M.D., Maria L. Alcaide, M.D., and Yvonne M. Diaz, M.D. Front row, from left, Anne E. Burdick, M.D., Ph.D., Rose Maria Van Zuilen, Ph.D., Michele I. Morris, M.D., Judi M. Woolger, M.D., and JoNell E. Potter, Ph.D.

Women in Academic Medicine Organization Supports Faculty Development

“This is a great time for women and minorities at the Miller School of Medicine,” said Lilian Abbo, M.D., President of Women in Academic Medicine (WIAM), an organization formed in 2008 with the mission of transforming the development, recruitment and retention of women faculty at the Miller School through education, networking and mentoring.

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