News : 2016

From left, Mario Stevenson, Ph.D., Ronald C. Desrosiers, Ph.D., and meeting organizers Raymond F. Schinazi, Ph.D., and Charles Boucher, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Ronald C. Desrosiers Receives International HIV Research Award

Ronald C. Desrosiers, Ph.D., professor of pathology and Director of Research Faculty Development at the Miller School of Medicine and an international leader in HIV research, received the David Barry DART Achievement Award at the HIV DART and Emerging Viruses conference in Los Cabos, Mexico.

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

Study Identifies Gastric Cancer Biomarker and Possible Treatment

Scientists at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Miami, and Shantou University Medical College in Guangdong, China, have shown that the hormone receptor GHRH-R could be a potential biomarker for gastric cancer, enabling earlier diagnoses and better staging.

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Kendal Harr, D.V.M., M.S.

Veterinary Pathologist to Speak on Oil Spill Health Implications Thursday

Do you know it is likely that more 100,000 turtles and 50,000 birds were killed following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010? It is also estimated that it will take 39 years for the dolphin population to recover due to exposure to the oil. Furthermore, oil spills like the Deepwater Horizon disaster affect the entire ecosystem, including people.

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From left, Lina Shehadeh, Ph.D., Ashutosh Agarwal, Ph.D., Jae K. Lee, Ph.D., and Emmanuel Thomas, M.D., Ph.D.

Request for Applications for Internal Competition to Attend Eureka Institute Certificate Program

The Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) is requesting applications for an internal competition to sponsor up to four faculty to attend the Eureka Institute 9th International Certificate Program in Translational Medicine, April 23-29 in Siracusa, Italy.

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From left, John C. Beier, Sc.D., David Watkins, Ph.D., Mario Stevenson, Ph.D., President Julio Frenk, Christine L. Curry, M.D., Ph.D., Ivan A. Gonzalez, M.D., and Paola N. Lichtenberger, M.D.

Expert Panel Discusses Variety of Responses by UM to Zika Virus Challenge

At a Zika symposium hosted by the University of Miami, the Miller School of Medicine, and UHealth – the University of Miami Health System today, UM President Julio Frenk called on Congress to approve emergency federal funding for Zika research, treatment and monitoring.

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Front row, from left, Dania Mateu, Emilio Margolles-Clark, Ph.D., and Ana Hernandez, Ph.D. Back row, from left, Jennifer McCue, Ibis Hernandez, Lili Samways, Casiana Fernandez-Bango, Tania Pumariega and Phillip Ruiz, M.D., Ph.D.

UM Transplant Laboratories Among First in U.S. to Offer NGS High-Resolution HLA Typing

The DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery Transplant Laboratories (Immune Monitoring Lab and Histocompatibility Lab) have been awarded accreditation by the American Society of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ASHI) to perform next-generation sequencing (NGS) on the Ion Torrent S5 platform for high-resolution molecular typing of human leukocyte antigen (HLA) Class I and Class II loci.

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Mario Stevenson, Ph.D., has developed a quick and inexpensive diagnostic blood test for Zika.

Zeroing in on Zika

Mosquito-borne transmission of the Zika virus appeared in South Florida just recently, but UHealth physicians are already busy counseling prospective parents and treating pregnant women, and UM scientists are working overtime to bring diagnostic and therapeutic responses from the laboratory to the clinic — some possibly by the end of this year.

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Noriyuki Kasahara, M.D., Ph.D.

Ingenious Brain Tumor Therapy Found Safe and Effective in Early Trial

A Phase I dose-escalation trial, conducted at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and multiple sites nationwide, has shown that a new gene therapy treatment for high-grade gliomas — the most aggressive brain tumors — is safe and improves patient survival. Having passed this milestone, the treatment will move on to more advanced trials.

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Miller School of Medicine, Schoninger Research Quadrangle

Miller School of Medicine Has Record-Breaking Fundraising Year

Continuing an upward trend, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine reached a record-breaking fundraising total for the fiscal year 2016. According to standards set by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the Miller School raised an unprecedented $159.8 million for the fiscal year, which ended May 31.

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Laura Barisoni, M.D.

Miller School Pathologist’s Latest Study Contributes to Standardizing Analysis of Kidney Disorder

A new study led and co-authored by a University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researcher is helping to build the foundation for standardized analysis of nephrotic syndrome, a kidney disorder caused by damage to the small blood vessels that filter waste and excess water from the blood.

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Francisco Vega, M.D.

Sylvester’s Dr. Francisco Vega speaks at Karolinska Institute in Sweden

As part of a research collaboration, Francisco Vega, M.D., Ph.D., a lymphoma expert at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, was recently invited to speak at the Department of Oncology-Pathology at the renowned Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Jeong Hee Cho-Vega, M.D., Ph.D.

Molecular Diagnostics Separate Malignant from Benign Melanocytic Tumors

Jeong Hee Cho-Vega, M.D., Ph.D., a skin cancer expert at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and colleagues have shown that a relatively simple, multi-step molecular diagnostic algorithm can help determine whether rare, atypical spitzoid tumors are benign spitz nevi or malignant melanomas.

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Sakir Humayun Gultekin, M.D.

Dr. Sakir Humayun Gultekin Joins Sylvester and Department of Pathology

Sakir Humayun Gultekin, M.D., has joined Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and UHealth. Gultekin will serve as Director of Clinical and Molecular Neuropathology for the University of Miami Brain Tumor Initiative, where he will support its comprehensive brain tumor program via clinical and basic science research.

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Oleksandr Kryvenko, M.D.

Sylvester Researchers Conduct First Active Surveillance Study of Prostate Cancer in Hispanic Men

A new study by prostate cancer researchers at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has characterized the active surveillance criteria in Hispanic men, marking the first such study in this population.

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

Sylvester Researchers Identify Novel Treatment for Aggressive Form of Breast Cancer

A recent study by researchers at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine revealed that triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), which has generally been unresponsive to hormone receptor-targeted treatments, can indeed be treated using vitamin D and androgen receptor-targeted therapy. The discovery offers a new treatment option beyond chemotherapy.

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David Watkins, Ph.D.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Awards Grant to Miller School for Zika Virus Study

A Miller School of Medicine researcher has received a large grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to study the impact of the Zika virus in laboratory animals. David I. Watkins, Ph.D., professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Pathology, will use the $821,000 grant to develop a model for rhesus macaques that can guide the development of diagnostic tools, vaccines and therapies in humans.

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2016 George Paff Teaching Award winners.

Medical Students Present 2016 Paff Teaching Awards to Outstanding Instructors

Warren Kupin, M.D., professor of medicine, was one of 18 outstanding Miller School of Medicine instructors honored by their students at the 2016 George Paff Teaching Awards Ceremony on April 28 at the University of Miami Hospital Seminar Center. Second-year students Shirin Razdan and Matthew Chen co-chaired the ceremony, assisted by Soum Lokeshwar, Sophia Liu and Catherine Lee.

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From left, Jose Szapocznik, Ph.D., Thomas M. Hooton, M.D., Kenneth W. Goodman, Ph.D., Lillian Rivera, Ph.D., M.S.N., Administrator, Florida Department of Health, Miami-Dade County, John Beier, Sc.D., Micheline McCarthy, M.D., Ph.D., Esper G. Kallas, M.D., Ph.D., Mario Stevenson, Ph.D., Raymond F. Schinazi, Ph.D., Ronald Desrosiers, M.D., Ph.D., Christine L. Curry, M.D., Ph.D., Glen N. Barber, Ph.D., David I. Watkins, Ph.D., Rafael E. Campo, M.D., and Anna Marie Likos, M.D., M.P.H., Director, Division of Disease Control and Health Protection, Florida Department of Health.

Miller School Researchers Making Major Strides Against Zika Virus

Speaking at the Miller School’s “Zika Forum: State of the Science, Public Health Safety and Ethics,” Mario Stevenson, Ph.D., professor of medicine and Chief of Infectious Diseases, said, “We have a formidable team of virologists here who are up to the task of taking appropriate action against the virus.”

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Carmen Gomez-Fernandez, M.D.

40th Annual Review and Recent Practical Advances in Pathology Conference Attracts Global Attendance

Pathologists from the Department of Pathology welcomed colleagues from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, and other units at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and from around the world at the 40th Annual Review and Recent Practical Advances in Pathology conference at the Fontainebleau Hotel Miami Beach.

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Brian Deegan, Ph.D., left, with Sylvia Daunert, PharmD, M.S., Ph.D., in Daunert's lab.

Miller School of Medicine Achieves Significant Gains in NIH Research Grant Rankings

The Miller School of Medicine rose one position in the national rankings of medical schools based on research grants received from the National Institutes of Health during the 2015 federal fiscal year. That gain is significant, considering the ongoing reductions in NIH grants that have caused many medical schools to fall in the rankings.

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Ernesto A. Pretto, Jr., M.D., M.P.H.

Miller School Professor Edits First Comprehensive Textbook on Transplant Anesthesia

A Miller School professor has edited the first scholarly textbook in the field of transplant anesthesia and critical care. “Transplant anesthesiology is an emerging field of medicine that requires specialized skills and knowledge,” said Ernesto A. Pretto, Jr., M.D., M.P.H., professor and Chief of the Division of Solid Organ Transplant and Vascular Anesthesia at the Miami Transplant Institute.

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43rd Miami Pediatric Nephrology Seminar and Renal Pathology Course, March 10-13

The 43rd Miami Pediatric Nephrology Seminar and Renal Pathology Course, sponsored by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Holtz Children’s Hospital at Jackson Memorial Hospital, will be held March 10 to 13 at The Alexander All Suite Ocean Front Resort on Miami Beach.

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

Miller School Researcher’s Peptide May Help Control High Levels of Lipids in Type 1 Diabetes

A peptide developed by Nobel Laureate Andrew V. Schally, Ph.D., M.D.hc (Multi), D.Sc., professor of pathology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, may help control unhealthy levels of lipids in type 1 diabetes.

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From left, Mehrdad Nadji, M.D., David Watkins, Ph.D., Sylvia Daunert, Pharm.D., M.S., Ph.D., Glen N. Barber, Ph.D., Sapna Deo, Ph.D., Mario Stevenson, Ph.D., and Ronald Desrosiers, Ph.D.

Miami CTSI Supports Collaborative Research Team to Study Zika Virus

As the Zika virus outbreak develops as a public health emergency, both internationally and for South Florida, David Watkins, Ph.D., professor and Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Pathology, and a team of top Miller School researchers are rapidly working to develop better diagnostic tests and to understand the virus’s link to neurological complications such as microcephaly.

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Multidisciplinary Authors Publish Teaching Atlas of the Pancreas

A group of Miller School of Medicine faculty members, some of whom have worked together for as much as 25 years, have authored the Multidisciplinary Teaching Atlas of the Pancreas: Radiological, Surgical, and Pathological Correlations.

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Oleksandr Kryvenko, M.D.

Prostate Cancer Surveillance Criteria May Not Be Accurate for African American Men

A new study by Oleksandr N. Kryvenko, M.D., a urologic pathologist at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, revealed that African American men with prostate cancer produce less prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and have significantly lower PSA density (PSAD) than Caucasian men.

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