News : 2015 : June

From left, Nagi Ayad, Ph.D., Claes Wahlestedt, M.D., Ph.D., Chiara Pastori, Ph.D., and Ricardo J. Komotar, M.D.

Researchers Discover Novel Cellular Mechanism Crucial to Brain Cancer Growth

A team of researchers at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Miller School of Medicine has discovered that a previously unappreciated so-called long noncoding RNA mechanism controls tumor growth of Glioblastoma Multiforme cells.

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Tan A. Ince, M.D., Ph.D.

Sylvester Researchers Develop Technique for Growing Ovarian Cancer Cell Lines in Long-Term Culture

A team of researchers at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has developed a technique for growing ovarian cancer cell lines that mimic the original tumor in long-term cultures.

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From left, medical students Matthew Stark, Shelly Birch, Simone Caccamo, Bryan Perez and Adam Aldahan.

Medical Education Holds 20th Annual Clinical Skills Exercises for Third-Year Students

The University of Miami Hospital and Clinics welcomed all 189 third-year Miller School students from both the Miami and regional medical campuses June 6-7 for the 20th 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 for the annual assessment.

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From left, Brazilian National Academy of Medicine President Pietro Novellino, Tomas A. Salerno, M.D., and Academy member Ivo Nesralla.

Dr. Tomas A. Salerno Inducted into Brazil’s National Academy of Medicine

Tomas A. Salerno, M.D., professor of surgery, Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Vice Chairman for Faculty Development and Mentoring in the Department of Surgery, and Chairman of the University of Miami Faculty Senate, was inducted into Brazil’s National Academy of Medicine, one of the oldest and most exclusive medical academies in the world, on May 7.

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Eduardo J. de Marchena, M.D.

UM Hospital Performs First Mitral Clip Procedure

On May 11, a UHealth surgical team led by Eduardo de Marchena, M.D., professor of medicine and surgery, performed University of Miami Hospital’s first mitral clip procedure — a new, minimally invasive method of reducing mitral regurgitation in patients who are not good candidates for conventional surgical repair.

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Omaida C. Velazquez, M.D.

Dr. Omaida C. Velazquez Honored with Distinguished Graduate Award from University of Pennsylvania

Omaida C. Velazquez, M.D., professor of surgery and David Kimmelman Endowed Chair in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at the Miller School of Medicine, was honored recently by the University of Pennsylvania as one of its most distinguished former residents.

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