A researcher at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has identified a potential target for halting the unchecked cell division in medulloblastoma, the most common pediatric brain tumor. However, laboratory studies indicate that inhibiting cellular division must be done carefully during a relatively narrow window of time to avoid damage to a child’s still-developing brain.
“Our work has significantly advanced understanding of neurogenesis, the cellular process that results in the creation of new neurons in the cerebellum, the last part of a child’s brain to develop,” said Nagi G. Ayad, Ph.D., a Sylvester member and associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences.
Achieving significant career accomplishments before your 40th birthday can be notable on its own, but having peers nominate you for an award that highlights those achievements is even more noteworthy.
Leading Alzheimer’s genetics researchers with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics (HIHG) and neurologists with the University of Miami Health System presented groundbreaking research and received national media coverage at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2019 in Los Angeles.
Two University of Miami Miller School of Medicine doctoral candidates, Zachary Silver and Yi Zhu, are the recipients of the 2019 Louis J. Elsas Research Award in Biochemical Genetics for their innovative genetic research into neurodegenerative disease and HIV.
Members of the brand new Miller School M.D. Class of 2023 were greeted at orientation by Dean Henri R. Ford, M.D., M.H.A., celebrating “the day that begins your exhilarating journey.”
The Mary Brickell Trailblazer Award, named after one of Miami’s founders, is given by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce to those at the forefront of achieving something significant, a leader in their field. On August 7 that award was presented to Director Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., on behalf of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.