News : 2014

Carl I. Schulman, M.D., Ph.D., M.S.P.H., and Antonia Eyssallenne, M.D., Ph.D.

Haiti Trauma Hospital Receives 24-Hour Telemedicine Support

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has just launched a telemedicine program that provides doctors at Haiti’s only trauma, critical care and rehabilitation hospital with access to around-the-clock medical support through live video communication with UM trauma specialists.

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Alessia Fornoni, M.D., Ph.D.

Katz Center Builds Global Reputation for Excellence in Kidney Disease Research

When the American Society of Nephrology held its annual Kidney Week global conference in Philadelphia, the Center’s entire research team was in attendance because every one of their submissions had been accepted for presentation. Earlier in the month, the Center signed a $3.3 million contract with Swiss-based pharmaceutical giant Hoffmann-LaRoche for drug discovery related to two rare kidney diseases.

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From left, Alejandro Caicedo, Ph.D., Per-Olof Berggren, Ph.D., and Midhat Abdulreda, Ph.D.

Young Blood Vessels Give New Life to Aging Islets, Researchers Find

A team of international researchers, led by investigators at the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Medicine and Diabetes Research Institute (DRI), has found that young capillary vessels can rejuvenate aged pancreatic islets. The study finding is significant because it suggests that targeting inflammation and fibrosis in the small blood vessels of the islet may offer new treatment options for type 2 diabetes.

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On the helipad where the Burn Center surgical team meets critically burned patients are, from left, Louis Pizano, M.D., M.B.A., Nicholas Namias, M.D., M.B.A., professor of surgery and Chief of the Division of Trauma, and Carl I. Schulman, M.D., Ph.D., M.S.P.H., associate professor of surgery, Director of the William Lehman Injury Research Center and the Eunice Bernhard Endowed Chair in the Division of Burns in the DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery.

UM/Jackson Burn Center Remains Only Verified Center in South Florida

Recently re-verified by the American Burn Association (ABA) and American College of Surgeons, the Burn Center at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital remains one of only 63 burn centers in the nation and the only one in South Florida to earn the ABA’s highest honor. The Center’s verification will continue for another three-year cycle.

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Eduardo H. Bancalari, M.D.

38th Annual Neonatology Conference Draws a Global Audience of Pediatric Professionals

Practitioners from all over the world gathered last week at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach for the 38th annual Miami Neonatology conference, sponsored by the Miller School of Medicine and presented by the Department of Pediatrics’ Division of Neonatology. This year’s theme, “Advances in Respiratory Care,” featured two dozen of the field’s leading experts sharing the latest research and clinical knowledge.

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From left, Camillo Ricordi, M.D., Cherie Stabler, Ph.D., Ashutosh Agarwal, Ph.D., and Richard J. Cote, M.D.

$4.9 Million NIH Grant Funds “Organ on a Chip” for Diabetes Research

A trio of Miller School of Medicine investigators has received a $4.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for a collaborative effort to move the search for novel treatments for diabetes to a new level. The grant, one of only four awarded, is a part of the Consortium on Human Islet Biomimetics, a group under the newly formed Human Islet Research Network.

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Iron Arrow members help David Birnbach, M.D., M.P.H., into his new jacket.

New Iron Arrow Tappees Humbled and Honored

Thirty-one students, faculty, staff, and alumni, including nine from the Miller School, were tapped last Wednesday and Thursday into the University of Miami Iron Arrow Honor Society.

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Donald M. Buckner, M.D., right, receives a retirement card from longtime colleague Ken Goodman, Ph.D., Director of Bioethics and Co-Director of UM's Ethics Programs.

Dr. Donald M. Buckner Retires After 40 Years of Service

Since 1973, Donald M. Buckner, M.D., has touched the lives of countless babies and their families as a skilled pediatric surgeon at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he has been an invaluable Miller School of Medicine faculty member. After 40 years of service, Buckner has retired.

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A member of the U.S. military's Joint Task Force Bravo unit uses the Global MedAid app to process patients during a mock hurricane exercise.

New Mobile App Designed to Improve Emergency Response in Third World

Carl I. Schulman, M.D., Ph.D., M.S.P.H., professor of surgery in the Divisions of Trauma & Surgical Critical Care and Burns, has developed a lightweight, wireless, Android-based app to help medical responders in remote locations capture data during times of disaster.

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Alice Tomei, Ph.D., and Peter Buchwald, Ph.D.

UM Researchers Awarded Grants to Find Treatments and Cure for Type 1 Diabetes

Two University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researchers have been awarded funding from the Iacocca Foundation, a nationally renowned organization committed to funding innovative research in the hopes of finding a cure for type 1 diabetes.

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Keith A. Webster, Ph.D.

Miller School-Based Vascular Biotechnology Company Receives Start-Up Funding

In the first joint investment resulting from a novel public/private alliance, Integene International Holdings, a vascular biotechnology company led by Keith A. Webster, Ph.D., professor of molecular and cellular pharmacology and the Walter G. Ross Distinguished Chair in Vascular Biology, has received $600,000 in start-up capital.

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Rong Wen, M.D., Ph.D.

Bascom Palmer Licenses Retinal Disorder Product to Biotech Company

In a deal that may lead to the first viable treatment for retinal diseases, Amarantus Bioscience Holdings, Inc., a biotechnology company, has exercised its exclusive right to license intellectual property related to a protein product developed by a researcher at the Miller School of Medicine’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.

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Liver transplant recipient Makinley Edwards with parents Nicki and Michael.

Transplant Saves Life of Baby with Rare Cancer

Makinley Edwards, who turned 1 on June 14, is like lots of adorable baby girls. Just a few months ago, however, her prospects were grim. Shortly after her birth, Makinley was diagnosed with stage 3 hepatoblastoma — a form of liver cancer that tends to strike young children. Without the life-saving liver transplant she received at the Miami Transplant Institute, she never would have reached her first birthday.

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Donor Omar Figueroa, left, with Giselle Guerra, M.D., and Michael Goldstein, M.D.

Miami Transplant Institute Performs Florida’s First Three-Way Kidney Exchange

At a dramatic news conference on July 17, the Miami Transplant Institute at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center announced the first successful three-way paired kidney exchange in the state of Florida. In the exchange, three families with a member needing a kidney transplant each found a match in one of the other families.

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Norma Sue Kenyon, Ph.D.

Dr. Norma Sue Kenyon Joins NIH Council of Councils

The National Institutes of Health announced the appointment of nine new members to the NIH Council of Councils, including the Miller School’s Norma Sue Kenyon, Ph.D., the Martin Kleiman Professor of Surgery, Microbiology and Immunology, and Biomedical Engineering, Chief Innovation Officer of the Miller School and Program Director of Novel Methods at the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI).

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Alice Tomei, Ph.D.

Researchers Develop Novel Method for Protecting Islets after Transplantation for Type 1 Diabetes

An international research team led by investigators at the Miller School’s Diabetes Research Institute has developed a novel method of protecting diabetes-reversing islets that may prevent islet rejection or destruction by the immune system after they are transplanted in Type 1 diabetic patients.

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Marilyn K. Glassberg, M.D.

NEJM Publishes Research Finding Medication Slows Devastating Lung Disease

An international team of researchers, including Miller School pulmonologist Marilyn K. Glassberg, M.D., has confirmed the results of earlier trials that pirfenidone, a medication already approved for use in nearly three dozen countries, is effective in slowing the progress of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Their findings were published in the May 20 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.

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Tomas A. Salerno, M.D.

Dr. Tomas A. Salerno Elected Chair of the Faculty Senate

Message from Dean Goldschmidt: It is with great pride that I announce to you that our colleague Tomas A. Salerno, M.D., professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Surgery, has been elected Chair of the Faculty Senate. His one-year term will begin June 1.

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Brazilian National Academy of Medicine President Pietro Novellino, on left, leads the applause for Alan S. Livingstone, M.D., following his induction ceremony.

Alan Livingstone, M.D., Inducted into Brazil’s National Academy of Medicine

Alan S. Livingstone, M.D., the Lucille and DeWitt Daughtry Professor and Chairman of Surgery, is usually addressed as “Dr. Livingstone,” sometimes as “Professor Livingstone.” Now there is a new option: “Your Excellency.” On March 27, Livingstone was inducted into Brazil’s National Academy of Medicine, one of the oldest and most exclusive medical academies in the world, and the title accompanies that honor.

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Michael J. Goldstein, M.D.

Michael J. Goldstein Named Director of Kidney Transplantation at Miami Transplant Institute

Michael J. Goldstein, M.D., has been named director of kidney transplantation at the Miami Transplant Institute, a collaborative program between the Miller School of Medicine and Jackson Memorial Hospital. Goldstein also has been appointed Executive Director of the Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency.

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