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BioNIUM Research Awards Fund Collaborative Projects Across Different Fields

From left in the front row are Teresa Brown, M.B.A.; Ami Raval, Ph.D.; Richard J. Cote, M.D.; Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School of Medicine; Sylvia Daunert, Ph.D., Pharm.D., M.S.; Merce Jorda, M.D., Ph.D.; and Ashutosh Agarwal, Ph.D. In the back row, from left, are Patricia Avissar; Ram Datar, M.Phil., Ph.D.; Carmen Gomez-Fernandez, M.D.; Emrah Celik, Ph.D.; Vincent Moy, Ph.D.; Sapna Deo, Ph.D.; Helena M. Solo-Gabriele, Ph.D., and Dileep Yavagal, M.D.

From left in the front row are Teresa Brown, M.B.A.; Ami Raval, Ph.D.; Richard J. Cote, M.D.; Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School of Medicine; Sylvia Daunert, Ph.D., Pharm.D., M.S.; Merce Jorda, M.D., Ph.D.; and Ashutosh Agarwal, Ph.D. In the back row, from left, are Patricia Avissar; Ram Datar, M.Phil., Ph.D.; Carmen Gomez-Fernandez, M.D.; Emrah Celik, Ph.D.; Vincent Moy, Ph.D.; Sapna Deo, Ph.D.; Helena M. Solo-Gabriele, Ph.D., and Dileep Yavagal, M.D.

Fulfilling its mission to foster collaboration across different disciplines, the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Biomedical Nanotechnology Institute at the University of Miami (BioNIUM) has awarded three Pilot Research Awards through the BioNIUM Pilot Funding Program, the first such awards aimed at providing seed money to fund initial research.

With the same goal in mind, BioNIUM and the UM College of Engineering, in conjunction with Florida International University’s College of Engineering and Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, have established a Collaborative Research Exchange Forum (CREF) in nanotechnology that gave four awards in nanotechnology and nanobiotechnology.

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James F. Symes, M.D.

Cardiothoracic Surgeon James F. Symes Passes Away

James F. Symes, M.D., professor of surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and chief of cardiothoracic surgery at the Bruce W. Carter VA Medical Center, passed away on Sunday, August 31, on the island of Nantucket, Massachusetts, his favorite place, after a long battle with prostate cancer.

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Keith A. Webster, Ph.D.

Miller School-Based Vascular Biotechnology Company Receives Start-Up Funding

In the first joint investment resulting from a novel public/private alliance, Integene International Holdings, a vascular biotechnology company led by Keith A. Webster, Ph.D., professor of molecular and cellular pharmacology and the Walter G. Ross Distinguished Chair in Vascular Biology, has received $600,000 in start-up capital.

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Khin Zaw, M.D.

Miller School Introduces Hospice and Palliative Care Fellowship Program

The Miller School of Medicine, recognizing the need to educate a new generation of physicians in the growing complexities of medical care, has introduced the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program.

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Eric Peterson, M.D., left, and Ricardo J. Komotar, M.D.

UM Neurological Surgeons to Lead Florida Neurosurgical Society

Two faculty members from the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Neurological Surgery have been elected to leadership roles in the Florida Neurosurgical Society. Ricardo J. Komotar, M.D., assistant professor of neurological surgery, and Eric Peterson, M.D., assistant professor of neurological surgery, have been selected as President and President-Elect, respectively, for the upcoming year.

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Clockwise from top left, John C. Beier, Sc.D.; Karina M. Lizzi, M.P.H.; Scott C. Brown, Ph.D.; and Whitney A. Qualls, Ph.D., M.S.

Researchers Urge Expanded Vector Management Strategies to Protect Public Health

Public Health researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine published an article that was featured in the August issue of Cell Press’s Trends in Parasitology. The article, “Expanding Integrated Vector Management to Promote Healthy Environments,” outlines the importance of integrated vector management strategies to protect communities from pathogen transmission by arthropods -- and their limitations.

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