News : 2014 : November

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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