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Dr. Dipen J. Parekh at the da Vinci Xi Surgical System.

Dr. Dipen J. Parekh at the da Vinci Xi Surgical System.

First Major Study Comparing Robotic to Open Surgery Published in The Lancet

The first comprehensive study comparing the outcomes of robotic surgery to those of traditional open surgery in any organ has found that the surgeries are equally effective in treating bladder cancer. The seven-year study, conducted at 15 institutions, including Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and directed by Dipen J. Parekh, M.D., chair of urology and director of robotic surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, is published in the June 23 issue of The Lancet.

The Randomized Open Versus Robotic Cystectomy (RAZOR) trial showed lower blood loss and blood transfusion rates and shorter hospital stays for patients who received minimally invasive surgery, but there were no differences in complication rates and the two-year progression-free survival was nearly the same.

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Poster winners, from left, Lauren Gjolaj, Lauren Gallegos, B.S.N., RN, Angela Olier-Pino, M.B.A., D.N.P., ARNP, Julia Khalil, Pharm.D., Rohanmi Perez, B.S.N., RN, Gloria Campos, Denise Perez, B.S.N., RN. Video & Photo Gallery

Sylvester Team is Florida Sterling Showcase Champion

A multidisciplinary and talented team from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center presented a project called “Letting Go” of Denied Charges to Build a Lean Healthcare System at the 26th Annual Florida Sterling Conference, took home the top team prize, and patients are benefiting from their work. The 12-minute presentation included a song-and-dance performance with a Frozen theme.

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From left, at commencement, research team leader R. Grace Zhai, Ph.D., with first author Jennifer M. Brazill, Ph.D., whose dissertation described the findings that appeared in the journal article.

Researchers Uncover Clues to Treatment for Chemotherapy-induced Peripheral Neuropathy

Chemotherapy can extend life, or even provide a cure, but occasionally with side effects so severe that patients reduce or discontinue treatment. Take the case of paclitaxel, an agent originally derived from the bark of the western yew tree, and one of the most common tools used to treat cancers of the ovary, breast, lung, and head and neck.

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Isaiah Hankel, Ph.D., founder of Cheeky Scientist, offered tips for transition to careers in industry.

Symposium for Graduate and Post-Doctoral Students Offers Valuable Information on Career Options

The University of Miami Career Development Committee, a Ph.D.-student-run branch under the Biomedical Graduate Student Government and the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, hosted its first annual Graduate Student/Post-Doc Career Symposium on May 30. The goal of the symposium was to provide Ph.D. and post-doctoral students with a comprehensive workshop on career options and skill sets needed to obtain career goals.

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Comprehensive Diabetes Center at Lennar awarded ADA Certificate of Recognition

The University of Miami Health System’s Comprehensive Diabetes Center, located in The Lennar Foundation Medical Center on UM’s Coral Gables campus, has been awarded a Certificate of Recognition by the American Diabetes Association. The center received the certification, which extends through October 1, 2021, for the high quality of its diabetes self-management education program.

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Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, D.O., Ph.D., M.P.H. Video & Photo Gallery

Dr. Alberto Caban-Martinez Reappointed to NIOSH Construction Sector Council

Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, D.O., Ph.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of public health sciences and deputy director of the Miami Occupational Research Group, has been reappointed to the Construction Sector Council of the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety. Its goal is to stimulate innovative occupational health and safety research, and improve workplace practices and well-being.

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