News : 2015

From left, Roy Weiss, M.D., Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Medicine; Michael A. Kolber, M.D., Ph.D., professor and Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Medicine, Clinical Director of HIV for Infectious Diseases, and Director of the Comprehensive AIDS Program; Senator René García; Ronald Desrosiers, Ph.D.; Rafael Campo, M.D.; and Mario Stevenson, Ph.D.

UHealth HIV Physician-Researchers Open New University of Miami Infectious Disease Research Unit

Top infectious disease researchers and physicians from UHealth—the University of Miami Health System and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine cut the ribbon on December 8 for the new University of Miami Infectious Disease Research Unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Read more »

Andrew V. Schally, Ph.D., M.D.h.c., D.Sc.h.c.

Sylvester Nobel Laureate Researcher Elected to National Academy of Inventors

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center pathologist Andrew V. Schally, Ph.D., M.D.h.c. (Multi), D.Sc., whose groundbreaking research into the endocrine system was recognized with a 1977 Nobel Prize, was recently elected a Fellow in the National Academy of Inventors.

Read more »

Dorraya El-Ashry, Ph.D.

Novel Biomarkers Could Help Detect Metastatic Breast Cancer

Dorraya El-Ashry, Ph.D., breast cancer researcher at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and collaborators studied cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) in the tumor microenvironment. Fibroblasts are cells in the connective tissue that produce collagen and other fibers. Previous studies have found that CAFs facilitate cancer metastasis, even though the exact mechanisms have yet to be elucidated.

Read more »

Ronald Desrosiers, Ph.D.

Newly Discovered Virology Principle Helps Guide Vaccine Development

A new study by researchers at the Miller School of Medicine describes for the first time a new general principal of virology — that all members of the six persistent families use an unusual strategy to stringently regulate, in a time-ordered fashion, the expression of the proteins that make up the virus particle.

Read more »

Department of Pathology staffers wore pink lab coats -- and shared pink donuts -- to support breast cancer research.

Department of Pathology Hosts ‘PINK’ Day

On October 22, in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Department of Pathology engaged its teams in a day of thankfulness and purpose. In keeping with the thematic use of the color pink in October, the department decided to give ‘PINK’ its own special meaning.

Read more »

The directors of the three participating cancer centers, from left, Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., of Sylvester, Thomas Sellers, Ph.D., of Moffitt, and Jonathan D. Licht, M.D., of UF Health.

Personalized Medicine Conference Highlights Progress in Cancer Therapies

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine joined other renowned Florida cancer centers hosting the 2nd Annual Beyond the Promise: Addressing Evidence and Value in Personalized Medicine Conference in Tampa Oct. 2 and 3.

Read more »

From left, Ashutosh Agarwal, Ph.D., Jean-Pierre Bardet, Ph.D., Gloria Marina Bellelli, Alessia Fornoni, M.D., Ph.D., Paolo Di Nardo, M.D., and Richard J. Cote, M.D.

Italian Biomedical Researchers Visit Miller School to Discuss Collaboration Opportunities

A delegation of Italian scientists and biomedical engineering specialists visited the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine on October 1 to explore potential multi-disciplinary collaborations in nanotechnology, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

Read more »

Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., receiving a flu shot.

Schedule a Flu Shot Session for Your Group

UHealth annual influenza vaccination is a safety priority and in the best interest of our patients and our employees. We are asking everyone in the UHealth community to get a flu shot. We can come to you! For large departments, one of the best ways to get to compliance quickly is to organize a vaccination session dedicated to your group. For this program, you’ll need 10 or more people to participate.

Read more »

Richard J. Cote, M.D.

Dr. Richard J. Cote Appears Today on Webinar Addressing Laboratory Reimbursement Strategies

Richard J. Cote, M.D., professor and Joseph R. Coulter, Jr. Endowed Chair in Pathology, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, and Director of BioNIUM, will be a panelist on a webinar today that will address strategies for laboratories to deliver value in ways that increase reimbursement for their lab testing services.

Read more »

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.

Read more »

David Watkins, Ph.D.

Dr. David Watkins Elected to Fellowship in American Academy of Microbiology

David Watkins, Ph.D., professor and Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Pathology, has been elected to fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology. The Academy, which is the honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology, recognizes excellence, originality and leadership in the microbiological sciences.

Read more »

From left, Jacqueline J. Master, Fred Lippman, Kimberly Juanico, B.S.N., Col. Brodes Hartley, Jr., Eduardo Bancalari, M.D., Richard J. Cote, M.D., and Dimitri A. Godur.

Miller School’s ‘Health Care Heroes’ Receive Top Honors

Before hundreds of their fellow health care leaders, two of the Miller School of Medicine’s leading physicians, a nurse and a student volunteer were honored at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Health Care Heroes Awards Luncheon, held on May 19 at Jungle Island.

Read more »

Kenneth W. Goodman, Ph.D.

Miller School’s Bioethics Institute Will Confront Broad Range of 21st Century Challenges

The University of Miami Faculty Senate has unanimously and enthusiastically approved the establishment of the Miller School of Medicine Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy. The Senate legislation was signed by President Donna E. Shalala in April.

Read more »

From left, Savita Pahwa, M.D., Margaret A. Fischl, M.D., Robert C. Gallo, M.D., Mario Stevenson, Ph.D.

CFAR Symposium Explores New Frontiers of HIV Research and Therapies

The 11th annual Miami CFAR Symposium, “Confronting HIV and Its Complications,” drew nearly 200 clinicians, researchers, educators, students and pharmaceutical company representatives to hear some of the world’s leading experts present the most current information available on HIV research and therapies.

Read more »

From left, Joan St. Onge, M.D., Heidi Allespach, Ph.D., Yvonne M. Diaz, M.D., Halcyon M. Quinn.

Miller School Launches Pioneering Program for First-Year Residents

In a single week last August in New York City, two first-year residents, in different programs and in separate incidents, jumped to their deaths. What could have happened, just three months after their triumphant graduation from medical school, that would have made them want to take their lives? We may never know, but a likely contributing factor is a syndrome called burnout.

Read more »

Laura Barisoni, M.D.

Dr. Laura Barisoni Elected to Board of Renal Pathology Society

Laura Barisoni, M.D., professor of pathology and Division Chief of the Renal Pathology Service, has been elected Councilor — a board of directors title — of the Renal Pathology Society. She was nominated for the position by three of her peers. Her four-year appointment will culminate in her becoming President of the Society in 2019.

Read more »

John L. Bixby, Ph.D., and Mary Bartlett Bunge, Ph.D.

Miller School Researchers Collaborate in Use of Cancer Drug for Spinal Cord Repair

A team of Miller School of Medicine researchers, collaborating with investigators at other institutions, has demonstrated that the cancer drug epothilone promotes regeneration and locomotor recovery following spinal cord injury in adult rats. The research was recently published in Science.

Read more »

Ronald Desrosiers, Ph.D.

Study in Nature Reports Antibody-Like Molecule Protects Against HIV/AIDS

A collaborative research team has found that an antibody-like molecule provides long-term protection against HIV/AIDS infection, according to a University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researcher who played a contributory role in the study.

Read more »

Michael D. Norenberg, M.D.

Journal Honors Pathologist Dr. Michael D. Norenberg with Dedicated Issue

The academic journal Neurochemical Research has bestowed a rare honor upon Miller School of Medicine physician-scientist Michael D. Norenberg, M.D., professor of pathology, biochemistry and molecular biology, neurology and neurological surgery, and a member of the staff of the Miami VA Medical Center, by dedicating its February issue to his contributions to the fields of neuroscience and neuropathology.

Read more »

Merce Jorda, M.D., Ph.D., left, and Monica T. Garcia-Buitrago, M.D.

Abstract on Pathology’s Success with Lean Six Sigma Method Accepted at Top Conference

Merce Jorda, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pathology and Vice Chair of Anatomic Pathology in the Department of Pathology, will present her abstract titled “Successful Implementation of Six Sigma Methodology in Gastrointestinal Pathology Service” at the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology’s (USCAP) 104th Annual Meeting in Boston. The meeting, held March 21 to 27, is the world’s largest gathering of pathology profes

Read more »

From left: Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.; Leonidas Bachas, Ph.D.; Ram Datar, Ph.D.; Richard J. Cote, M.D.; Sylvia Daunert, Ph.D., Pharm.D., M.S.; Thomas J. LeBlanc, Ph.D.; President Donna E. Shalala,; Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Board Members Thomas Mark, M.D., Steven Pabalan, M.D., Karl Smiley, M.D., Margaret Starner, CFP, Gary Dix, CPA, and Dean Roller, M.D.; Foundation Executive Director Kim Greene, LCSW, Rodney Howell, M.D.; and James Tien, Ph.D.

Grand Opening Held for the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation BioNIUM Nanofabrication Facility

The new nanofabrication facility at the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Biomedical Nanotechnology Institute at the University of Miami (BioNIUM) gives researchers the latest technology to make major advances in the fast-growing field of biomedical nanotechnology.

Read more »

Grand Opening of Nanofabrication Facility

Grand opening of the Dr. John T. MacDonald Foundation Biomedical Nanotechnology Institute’s nanofabrication facility located at UM’s Miller School of Medicine.


Opening Photos

Read more »