News : 2015 : November

From left, Board members Lawrence Feldman, Ph.D., and Lubby Navarro, Board Chair Perla Tabares Hantman, Marta Pérez Wurtz, Ph.D., J.D., Omaida C. Velazquez, M.D., Schools Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho, Romulo M. Cuy, M.D., Board member Raquel Regalado and Board Vice Chair Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall.

Miami-Dade School Board Recognizes Dr. Omaida C. Velazquez for Her Career Achievements

The Miami-Dade School Board on November 18 issued a proclamation recognizing Omaida C. Velazquez, M.D., David Kimmelman Endowed Chair in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, and Chair of the DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery, for her career achievements.

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David Roth, M.D.

Antiviral Therapy Shows Hope for Advanced Kidney Disease Patients with Hepatitis C Virus Infection

A University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researcher has played a principal role in an international phase III study, known as the C-SURFER trial, of the effect of direct-acting antiviral therapy for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in patients with chronic kidney disease stage 4 or 5. The therapy has shown positive results — a first for patients with advanced kidney disease.

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Marilyn K. Glassberg, M.D.

Age of Donor Affects Stem Cell Effectiveness in Repairing Lung Damage from Pulmonary Fibrosis

Miller School of Medicine researchers have found that the age of a donor mouse affects the ability of its mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) to repair damage to the lungs caused by pulmonary fibrosis. Their laboratory study, published recently in Translational Research, has important implications for clinical stem cell treatments in older patients with damaged and scarred lung tissue caused by smoking or other conditions.

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Tanya Zakrison, M.D., M.P.H.

Researchers Study Perceived Health Consequences of Gold Mining in Postwar El Salvador

The mining of heavy metals, such as gold, has long been known to have the potential for negative health impacts on local populations through chemical pollution of aquifers. Now a group of researchers from the Miller School of Medicine, collaborating with researchers in El Salvador and Canada, has conducted research indicating that related political and socioeconomic factors also have serious health consequences.

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Eduardo J. de Marchena, M.D.

Miami Valves 2015 Highlights New Cardiac Intervention Techniques

Interventional cardiologists from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and other leading institutions demonstrated the latest advances in minimally invasive treatments for damaged heart valves at Miami Valves 2015, a global conference held October 29-31 at The Alexander Resort on Miami Beach.

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