The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is making the rounds at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The challenge, which involves pouring a bucket of ice water over your own head, was created to help raise awareness of the neurodegenerative disorder, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and generate donations to ALS research.
Those who accept the challenge and douse themselves with freezing water must then challenge others to do the same within 24 hours or make a donation to fight ALS. The first person on the Miller School campus to be challenged was Michael Benatar, M.D., Ph.D., Walter Bradley Professor of ALS Research and Chief of the Neuromuscular Division.
Miller School of Medicine researchers have received three grants in the latest round of funding from the Florida Translational Research Program (FTRP), a state-funded initiative to advance drug discovery. All of the projects receiving awards focus on the discovery and development of novel small molecules for the treatment of disease, specifically cancer.
Knowing the size of the human genome, it is exciting to consider just how many molecular targets could represent an opportunity for therapeutic intervention. As part of an NIH Common Fund project called Illuminating the Druggable Genome (IDG), Stephan Schürer, Ph.D., research associate professor of molecular and cellular pharmacology, has received part of a $5.8 million grant.
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is making a new state-of-the-art weapon available to its patients, becoming only the fourth facility in the U.S. and the first on the east coast to acquire an MRI-guided radiation therapy system from ViewRay Inc.
With more than three decades of experience, Diana D. Cardenas M.D., M.H.A., professor and Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, knows the many medical complications that may occur in patients undergoing medical rehabilitation.
Resident physicians will now have access to the most comprehensive ultrasound and echocardiography simulator in the Southeast region, thanks to a project spearheaded by University of Miami and Jackson Memorial Hospital physicians, residents and leaders, and funded by the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR), the union that represents housestaff at UM/Jackson.