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29th Great Sports Legends Dinner Huge Success for Buoniconti Fund To Cure Paralysis

From left are Barth Green, M.D., Joe Sakic, Bill Simon, Bill Cowher, Hakeem Olajuwon, Nick Buoniconti, Calvin Hill, Lauryn Williams, Pedro Martinez, Grant Hill, Warren Sapp, Erik Compton, and Marc Buoniconti (center, front) at the 29th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner to benefit The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis at The Waldorf Astoria. <em>(Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for The Buoniconti Fund To Cure Paralysis)</em>

From left are Barth Green, M.D., Joe Sakic, Bill Simon, Bill Cowher, Hakeem Olajuwon, Nick Buoniconti, Calvin Hill, Lauryn Williams, Pedro Martinez, Grant Hill, Warren Sapp, Erik Compton, and Marc Buoniconti (center, front) at the 29th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner to benefit The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis at The Waldorf Astoria. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for The Buoniconti Fund To Cure Paralysis)

Celebrities, sports legends, corporate leaders and more joined NFL Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti, his son Marc, and event Chair Mark Dalton as they hosted a sold-out crowd in celebration of the 29th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner presented by Carnival Corporation & PLC and the Carnival Foundation. Held at New York’s famed Waldorf Astoria on September 29, the dinner paid tribute to philanthropic heroes and sports icons who inspire and motivate those affected by spinal cord injuries, and raised important funds for research and the Human Clinical Trials Initiative at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.

Tom Brokaw of NBC News served as Master of Ceremonies of the dinner not only to support the efforts of The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, but also to honor this year’s Great Sports Legends: Hakeem Olajuwon, Warren Sapp, Pedro Martinez, Joe Sakic, Bill Cowher, Mary Lou Retton and Lauryn Williams. Music legend Smokey Robinson treated guests to a special performance.

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Miller School and Holy Cross Hospital Launch Internal Medicine Residency Program

The Miller School of Medicine and Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale are expanding their education partnership to create 42 new residency slots in internal medicine. The program will provide Miller School graduates and residents with additional training opportunities, and it will enable Holy Cross to make the transition to an academic teaching hospital providing a higher level of patient care.

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Sylvester Physicians to Investigate Breast Cancer and Depression Connection

Armed with a $200,000 grant from the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation, Marc E. Lippman, M.D., Kathleen and Stanley Glaser Professor of Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and several colleagues have started new research to more closely examine how depression plays a role in the development of breast cancer.

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Mauricio G. Cohen, M.D., left, and Vikas Singh, M.D.

Study Finds Better Outcomes for Coronary Stent Procedures when Performed by Experienced Cardiologists at High Volume Centers

A multi-institutional study led by a number of researchers across the country, including senior author Mauricio G. Cohen, M.D., associate professor of medicine and Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at University of Miami Hospital, represents the largest and the most contemporary study of percutaneous coronary intervention volume and its effect on outcomes.

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Lan Wang, Ph.D.

Armed with New Grants, Sylvester Researcher Hopes to Develop Leukemia Therapies

Lan Wang, Ph.D., assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, has received three grants this year for her research studies in the field of blood cancers. “My research focuses on understanding the pathogenesis of hematological malignancies and stem cell studies,” said Wang. “I am interested in identifying the genes that are disrupted and developing new therapeutic strategies for patients with these diseases.”

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From left are Michelle Feige, MSW, Chief Education Specialist in the Division of Education and Development in the Office for Human Research Protections; Elyse I. Summers, J.D., President and CEO of the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs; Dushyantha Jayaweera, M.D., Associate Vice Provost for Human Subject Research; Thomas J. LeBlanc, Ph.D., Executive Vice President and Provost; and Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

Conference Promotes Best Practices in Human Subject Research Protection

More than 300 members of the South Florida research community gathered September 11 and 12 for the Human Subject Research Office’s 2014 HSR Community Conference at the Student Activities Center on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables Campus. The event offered researchers in every facet of a human research protection program a unique learning and networking opportunity.

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