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.
With support from the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) through its Emerging Diseases Funding Award, Watkins and his collaborators, including experts from Brazil and Emory University, will focus their research on two areas — diagnostics and pathogenesis.
Laurence R. Sands, M.D., M.B.A., a renowned colorectal surgeon at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Eugene R. Schiff, M.D., one of the world’s leading authorities on liver diseases, have been unanimously selected by the Faculty Senate to receive two of its most prestigious awards, the Outstanding Teaching Award and the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award.
The 49th Miami Winter Symposium, organized in part by Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Miller School of Medicine, attracted 330 researchers, clinicians and students from 32 countries to address one of the world’s most challenging medical issues, “Inflammation — Causes, Prevention and Cures.”
Brian Noga, Ph.D., research associate professor of Neurological Surgery and a researcher at The Miami Project, and colleagues, have received a $2.4 million National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke award to study Gait Ignition after Spinal Cord Injury.
UM President Julio Frenk will speak on the medical campus on Thursday, February 11, as part of the Department of Public Health Sciences’ Distinguished Lecture Series. The title of his lecture will be “Health Professionals for the 21st Century: Leading the Education Revolution.” Frenk will speak at 5 p.m. in the seventh floor auditorium at the Lois Pope LIFE Center.
At a ceremony before his family, friends, colleagues, and the University of Miami and Miller School of Medicine leadership, Tomas A. Salerno, M.D., professor and Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, and Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery, was presented with the DeWitt C. Daughtry Endowed Chair in Cardiothoracic Surgery.