News : 2018

From left, Luis Chiappy, AXA Advisors, Mary Bartlett Bunge, Ph.D., and Chris Dudley, Advancement Associates, Inc.

UM Researcher, Transplant Surgeon and Sylvester Trustee among 2018 Health Care Heroes

For nearly 30 years, Mary Bartlett Bunge, Ph.D., worked tirelessly as a neuroscientist with The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Her pioneering work in the area of nervous system regeneration and her decades-long dedication to finding ways to repair spinal cord damage earned Bunge the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.

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The award for Dr. Tanya Zakrison's paper was announced at the Annual Scientific Assembly of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma.

Researchers Find Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Prevalent Among Male Trauma Center Patients

One out of every six men who present to trauma centers is a survivor of some form of violence, with one in 20 having experienced both intimate partner and sexual violence (IPSV), according to a study by researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and four other institutions. In addition, men affected by penetrating trauma were slightly more likely than women to screen positive for IPSV.

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Gianluca Iacobellis, M.D., Ph.D., speaking at the ESC Conference in Vienna.

Researcher Reports Diagnostic, Prognostic and Therapeutic Promise of Epicardial Fat at Conference

When it comes to screening and modifying risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease, research on epicardial fat is getting to the heart of the matter. This organ-specific fat has a unique genetic profile and dictates important local and systemic effects throughout the body.

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From left, Ashok, Saluja, Ph.D., Vrishketan Sethi, M.B.B.S., and Vikas Dudeja, M.D.

A New Take on Immunotherapy: Gut Microbes and Tumor Growth

Investigating the microbiome has provided new insights into infection control, metabolism and mental health. It may also play a significant and surprising role in cancer. Scientists at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center have shown that depleting the gut microbiome reduces tumor growth and metastases in models of pancreatic cancer and melanoma and slows metastases in colon cancer.

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Miller School of Medicine Rises in NIH Research Grant Funding

The Miller School of Medicine received $120.7 million in research grants from the National Institutes of Health in Federal Fiscal Year 2017 — a $9.5 million increase over the school’s FFY 2016 total. According to the national rankings of medical schools based on data compiled by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, that total made the Miller School the No. 1 NIH-funded institution in Florida.

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Juan Dominguez-Bendala, Ph.D. (at the microscope), Ricardo Pastori, Ph.D., and their team have confirmed the existence of progenitor cells within the human pancreas that can be stimulated to develop into glucose-responsive beta cells.

DRI Scientists Identify Pancreatic Cells with Potential to Regenerate Glucose-Responsive Beta Cells

Scientists from the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have confirmed the existence of progenitor cells within the human pancreas that can be stimulated to develop into glucose-responsive beta cells. These significant findings, published in Cell Reports, open the door to developing regenerative cell therapies for those living with type 1 diabetes.

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Stromal cells in the laboratory.

Mesenchymal Stromal Cells Shown to Prevent Lung and Skin Fibrosis, Restore Wound Healing

A cross-disciplinary group of researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has found that allogeneic adipose-derived mesenchymal stromal cells (ASCs) will prevent lung and skin fibrosis, and restore wound healing.

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From left, Sanjoy Bhattacharya, Ph.D., Armando Garcia, Sayed Ibrahim, and Erika Ellis.

Bascom Palmer’s First MVSIO Graduates Match with Ophthalmology Residency Programs

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is proud to announce that two members of the graduating class of the pioneering Master of Science in Vision Science and Ophthalmology (MVSIO) graduate degree program have matched for ophthalmology residency programs.

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