News : 2018

Scott and Carrie Proctor present a check from M.E.'s Team Foundation to Melvin Almodóvar, M.D., chief of pediatric cardiology at the Miller School of Medicine and director of the Children’s Heart Center at Jackson Health System's Holtz Children’s Hospital.

M.E.’s Team Foundation Makes Generous Gift to Pediatric Cardiology Research

As a former Major League reliever, Scott Proctor was used to the pressure of coming into a close game, in front of thousands of fans, and trying to pitch his way to victory. Nothing, however, prepared Scott and his wife, Carrie, for the news they received 12 years ago that their three-week-old daughter, Mary Elizabeth (“M.E.”) needed life-saving open-heart surgery to correct a dangerous narrowing of her aorta.

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Rishi Rattan, M.D.

New Study Reveals Troubling Trends in VTE Tracking

In a first-of-its-kind study, Rishi Rattan, M.D., assistant professor of clinical surgery in the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery, along with a team of six faculty members and students, examined the risk for patients of developing venous thromboembolism (VTE) following trauma.

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Women comprise 58 percent of the Miller School's current first-year class.

Miller School Recognizes Women in Medicine Month

Each September, the Women Physicians Section of the American Medical Association celebrates Women in Medicine Month to honor physicians who have offered their time, wisdom and support to advance the careers of women in medicine. “It is important to recognize the vital — and growing — role that women physicians play at the Miller School of Medicine,” said Henri R. Ford, M.D., MHA, dean and chief academic officer.

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Feng Gong, Ph.D., enjoys the interactive aspects of teaching M.D. and M.D./MPH students and training residents.

Miller School Professors Recognized for Promoting Positive Learning Environment in PULSE 360 Survey

In all, 33 Miller School professors received high scores for promoting a positive learning environment in the first PULSE 360 Survey for Faculty-Learner Engagement. The survey was performed by the Physicians Development Program Inc., an independent organization, to allow comparison to national data and to assure anonymous feedback to individual faculty members.

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PiBS faculty and incoming students enjoy a spirited start to the new academic year.

New Ph.D. Students Begin Their Miller School Journey

The Ph.D. Programs in Biomedical Sciences (PiBS) at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine held its New Graduate Student Orientation and White Coat Ceremony on August 13. The 39 new students learned about the support they will receive from faculty and mentors, and their access to collaborative groundbreaking research in labs, classrooms, workshops, student groups and professional development for career advancement.

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Gaetano Ciancio, M.D., M.B.A., standing in the entrance to the operating room named in his honor.

Dr. Gaetano Ciancio is Honored with Named Operating Room in Buenos Aires

Many patients undergoing lifesaving surgeries at the first institute in Latin America dedicated to organ transplantation will be wheeled into an operating room named for a renowned transplant surgeon from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and the Miami Transplant Institute at UM/Jackson Memorial Hospital.

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Camillo Ricordi, M.D.

New Study Explores Effects of Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Vitamin D in Type 1 Diabetes

Scientists from the Diabetes Research Institute are launching a new clinical trial that will assess the impact of high-dose omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D supplementation on halting the progression of type 1 diabetes. The study will compare the effects of the proposed intervention in children and adults newly diagnosed and in those with longer-standing type 1 diabetes to evaluate any benefit of early and late interventions.

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School-to-Work mentors and students at final meeting of academic year.

Miller School Mentors High School Students Seeking Careers in Health Care

“My little nurse” — Brianna Manker still remembers what she was called when, at only 3 or 4, she would go to the refrigerator to get her grandmother’s insulin. Manker is grown up now — she just graduated from high school — but in a way, the nickname she earned as a toddler provided a goal that remained with her. She starts college in the fall at Florida A&M University to earn a degree in nursing.

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Marilyn K. Glassberg, M.D., speaking at the Vatican's

Dr. Marilyn Glassberg Presents Findings on Stem Cell Treatments for Lung Diseases

Marilyn K. Glassberg, M.D., professor of medicine, surgery and pediatrics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, spoke recently at an international health care conference held at the Vatican. Her presentation was part of “The Pharmacy of the Future – Cardiovascular, Pulmonary and Neurodegenerative Diseases,” a panel discussion moderated by medical journalist Sanjay Gupta, M.D.

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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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