News : 2014

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

Breast Cancer Researcher to Study Personalized Treatment Using Multi-Hormone Combinations

Tan A. Ince, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of pathology and member of the University of Miami’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, has received a $250,000 grant from the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) to research personalized treatment of breast tumors with multi-hormone combinations.

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Andrew V. Schally, Ph.D., M.D.h.c., D.Sc.h.c., left, and Norman Block, M.D.

New Data Shows Most Breast Cancers are Growth Hormone-Releasing Hormone-Receptor Positive

Researchers have presented data that supports the cancer fighting potential of growth hormone-releasing hormone technology developed by two Miller School of Medicine scientists. The work was featured in a September 5 presentation at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) Breast Cancer Symposium 2014.

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Dr. Caroline Cray invited to speak at Biennial Conference in Copenhagen

Carolyn Cray, Ph.D., professor of clinical pathology and microbiology and immunology, was invited to speak at the closing session of the XVI Biennial Conference of the International Society of Animal Clinical Pathology in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Alan Pollack, M.D., Ph.D.

Miller School Researchers Win $3 Million NIH/NCI Grant to Study Prostate Cancer Management

The National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute has awarded researchers at the Miller School of Medicine $3 million in funding over five years to explore breakthrough uses of MRI imaging and genetic signatures in managing prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment.

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Richard J. Cote, M.D.

UM Department of Pathology Leading Efforts to Bring Healthcare into 21st Century

In a push to bring healthcare further into the 21st Century at the Miller School of Medicine and UHealth, Richard J. Cote, M.D., is leading a transformation in the Department of Pathology that is redefining a sustainable and successful model for healthcare services across UHealth. Cote’s efforts were featured in the July issue of the College of American Pathologists’ CAP TODAY.

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Richard J. Cote, M.D.

UM Pathologist Highlights Evolving Role of Clinical Laboratories at National Conference

In an era of integrated care, clinical laboratories need to improve operational performance while creating high-value testing services, according to Richard J. Cote, M.D., professor and Joseph R. Coulter, Jr. Chair of Pathology at the Miller School of Medicine.

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Cor Vitae Stroke Award winner Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., right, with Heart Ball Corporate Chairman Carlos Castresana of Wells Fargo.

Dr. Ralph L. Sacco Receives Cor Vitae Stroke Award from American Heart Association

The American Heart Association has presented its prestigious Cor Vitae Stroke Award to Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., professor and Olemberg Chair of Neurology. Sacco received the award at the AHA’s 2014 Miami Heart & Stroke Ball, held May 17 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. UHealth was a Platinum Sponsor of the event.

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Gregory Bossart, V.M.D., Ph.D., presents “Marine Mammals as Sentinels for Ocean and Human Health.”

Record Turnout for Pathology Grand Rounds By Marine Mammal Expert

The Department of Pathology, in conjunction with the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), hosted a special Grand Rounds by marine mammal expert and pathologist Gregory Bossart, V.M.D., Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Animal Health, Research, and Conservation and Chief Veterinary Officer at Georgia Aquarium.

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Norman H. Altman, V.M.D.

Dr. Norman H. Altman Named New Miller School Ombudsperson

Norman H. Altman, V.M.D., professor of pathology and Director of the Division of Comparative Pathology, has been appointed the new Miller School ombudsperson. He succeeds Richard J. Thurer, M.D., the B. and Donald Carlin Professor of Thoracic Surgical Oncology (emeritus), who was named the School’s first ombudsperson when the office was created in 2010.

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Dressed as minions based on the movie <em>Despicable Me</em>, lab directors and staff performed “Labby,” a scientific rendition of the Pharrell Williams song “Happy.”

Department of Pathology Celebrates National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

The Department of Pathology celebrated National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week April 20-26 in honor of its more than 300 laboratory professionals, whose contributions are pivotal in determining patient diagnoses.

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Noted marine mammal expert Gregory Bossart, V.M.D., Ph.D., will discuss the application of aquatic species as sentinels for human health on May 1.

Marine Mammal Expert to Discuss Emerging Diseases in Dolphins -- Sentinels

The Department of Pathology, in conjunction with the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), will host a special Grand Rounds by marine mammal expert and pathologist Gregory Bossart, V.M.D., Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Animal Health, Research, and Conservation and Chief Veterinary Officer at Georgia Aquarium, on Thursday, May 1, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Lois Pope LIFE Center, seventh-floor auditorium.

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Tongyu Cao Wikramanayake, Ph.D.

Study Reveals Complex Role of Largely Unknown Mpzl3 Gene

A multidisciplinary study led by Tongyu Cao Wikramanayake, Ph.D., research assistant professor of dermatology and cutaneous surgery, has pinpointed multiple roles of the little-known protein-coding gene Mpzl3 (myelin protein zero-like 3).

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Miller School of Medicine, Schoninger Research Quadrangle

Departments Post Gains in NIH Research Grants

Reflecting the growing recognition of the University of Miami as one of the nation’s preeminent research institutions, six of the Miller School of Medicine’s departments rose in national rankings based on the size of the research grants they received from the National Institutes of Health during the 2013 federal fiscal year. The gains were especially significant in a year that saw across-the-board reductions in NIH grants.

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Krishna Komanduri, M.D., second from right, celebrates his Laboratory of the Year award with, front row from left, Lizzeth Meza, Despina Kolonias, and Melanie Peapell, and back row from left, Eric Wieder, Ph.D., Daniel Dammrich, M.D., Dietlinde Wolf, Ph.D., and Cara Benjamin, Ph.D.

Three Miller School Labs Named “Lab of the Year”

Three labs on the Miller School campus tied for the 2013 Lab of the Year award from the University of Miami Office of Environmental Health and Safety. The chemistry research lab of College of Arts and Sciences Dean Leonidas G. Bachas on the Coral Gables campus received the same honor.

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

Researchers Discover New Hormone Receptors to Target When Treating Breast Cancer

In a new study directed by Tan A. Ince, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of pathology at the Miller School of Medicine and member of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, researchers have developed a new breast cancer classification system that shifts the focus away from genetic mutations, a common approach of mainstream cancer research, but one that has been less effective than first imagined.

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