Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., left, and Enrique A. Mesri, Ph.D.
An interdisciplinary team of Miller School of Medicine researchers has received a $1.8 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to study the role of stem cells in Kaposi’s sarcoma oncogenesis and therapy.
“Kaposi’s sarcoma (KS) is the main type of cancer that affects people with HIV/AIDS,” said Enrique A. Mesri, Ph.D., associate professor and Graduate Program Director of Microbiology and Immunology, Director of the AIDS-Malignancies Program of the Miami Center for AIDS Research, and a member of the Viral Oncology Program of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, who is one of the study’s principal investigators. “In the beginning of the AIDS epidemic, KS was rampant in the U.S. and the Western world. Since the implementation of anti-retroviral therapy, and the subsequent control and reduction of HIV viremia, KS incidence has been reduced.
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Stephen D. Nimer, M.D.
Two important genetic studies driven by the leader of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center provide new insights into an increasingly common bone marrow disorder known as myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS).
“Using leading-edge cellular reprogramming techniques in the laboratory, we were able to study two different chromosomal abnormalities found in patients with MDS, a group of disorders in which the bone marrow does not produce enough healthy blood cells,” said Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., Director of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and professor of medicine, biochemistry and molecular biology. “Our studies of 20q- and 7q- MDS provide us with new knowledge that will hopefully ultimately lead to our ability to correct the genetic defects that are connected with MDS and acute myeloid leukemia (AML).”
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David Zambrana, D.N.P., M.B.A., center, accepts the Hispanic Leadership Award with, from left, Felipe F. Basulto, Chairman of the SFHCC, Liliam M. Lopez, President & CEO of the SFHCC, Isis Zambrana-Diaz, David’s sister, and Anexis Lopez, RN, BHSA, Executive Director of Occupational Health, Workers’ Compensation and Infection Control for UHealth.
David Zambrana, D.N.P., M.B.A., the CEO of University of Miami Hospital, received the Hispanic Leadership Award in the health care category March 20 at the annual awards luncheon held by the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
The awards luncheon is a signature event that recognizes individuals who demonstrate excellence in a variety of fields within the Hispanic market of South Florida.
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From left, Andy Cummins, Hanna Cummins, Stephen Schwartz, M.D., M.B.A., Joseph Beauchamp, M.D., Jean Beauchamp, Audrey Lewis, Richard Lewis, Fran Gozon, Colleen Murphy, Paul Skapura, Helen McDonough, Gerald McDonough, Eduardo Alfonso, M.D., Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.
More than 250 friends and supporters of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute attended a hard hat tour and reception at Bascom Palmer’s new eye center that is under construction on Tamiami Trail in Naples.
Wearing hard hats around the construction site, people walked through what will be a $25 million, 20,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art eye care center, funded through foundation donations and the generosity of the Naples community. Located at the intersection of U.S. 41 and Cypress Woods Drive, across the street from Park Shore Drive, the two-story eye center will open in June.
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Joshua M. Hare, M.D.
Joshua Hare, M.D., Director of the Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute at the Miller School of Medicine, has co-authored a new study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation demonstrating that mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) create bone cells by triggering a biochemical switch that determines whether cells will become fat or bone. Although experimentation with bone growth is still in very early stages, and has at this point only been tested on mice, this discovery has the potential to lead to treatments for a variety of conditions including osteoporosis and obesity.
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Hemant Ishwaran, Ph.D.
A triple attack of radiation plus two immunotherapies appears to improve the immune system response in patients with metastatic melanoma, according to a recent study from a multidisciplinary team of researchers, including the Miller School’s Hemant Ishwaran, Ph.D., professor of public health sciences. The study, published online March 9 in Nature, used both a clinical trial and mouse study to better understand how to improve immune inhibitors and how cancer becomes resistant to therapy.
The immune system uses T cells, which are immune cells, to fight cancer and other pathogen-infected cells. Cancer stops this activity by using inhibitory receptors called immune checkpoint receptors. Recently, researchers have used antibodies against these inhibitory receptors on T cells, called immune checkpoint inhibitors, to re-activate T cells. While this has resulted in promising clinical responses across a variety of cancers, most patients have cancer that does not respond.
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Nelson Arboleda, M.D., M.P.H.
A high-profile physician who received a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine continues to blaze trails as Director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Central American Regional Office. In February, alumnus Nelson Arboleda, M.D., M.P.H., helped Guatemala’s Ministry of Health launch its new National Public Health Institute — an effort that will greatly strengthen the country’s capacity to prepare for and respond to emergencies and disasters, train field epidemiologists and strengthen laboratory systems.
“These efforts are designed to build capacity in areas of epidemiology, laboratory, research, ethics, health education and management,” said Arboleda, who serves as a voluntary professor in the Miller School’s Department of Public Health Sciences.
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On Thursday, March 26, Workday will be implemented on the Coral Gables, Rosenstiel and Miller School campuses, UHealth specialty hospitals, and satellite facilities. Are you ready to get started?
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Two labs on the Miller School of Medicine campus recently received 2014 Lab of the Year Awards from the University of Miami Office of Environmental Health and Safety.
The Miller School awardees were the labs of Grace Zhai, Ph.D., associate professor of molecular and cellular pharmacology, who uses the fruit fly to study the genetic and cellular basis of neural development, degeneration, and protection, and Theodore Lampidis, Ph.D., professor of cell biology and anatomy, who is investigating mechanisms of exploiting increased glucose metabolism in tumor cells.
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Fourth-year medical student Michael Maguire.
Fourth-year M.D./M.P.H. student Michael Maguire just returned from Hong Kong, where he represented the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine at the Institute of Medicine’s Investing in Young Children Globally Forum. Maguire has been working as an intern with the Board of Children, Youth and Families at the Institute of Medicine in Washington. Due to his success with his research, IOM asked him to present in China.
“I discussed a decision-making tool for interventions in early childhood development,” he said. “It is evidence based and can help policy makers in large and small communities globally. The goal is to share and learn how to create healthy children and healthy families.”
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By walking through a tunnel representing a giant colon, visitors see the difference between normal and diseased colon tissue.
The Giant Inflatable Colon, a walk-through interactive exhibit that creates awareness about the risks, symptoms, prevention, early detection and treatment options for colorectal cancer, will pay a visit to the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center today.
The exhibit will be set up in the Sylvester Courtyard from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event, which is open to the public, offers tours with a close-up look at depictions of healthy tissue, tissue with non-malignant colorectal disease and tissue with various stages of colorectal cancer.
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The exciting — and loud — Ultra Music Festival will be in Miami March 27-29. Thousands of people, including many from the Miller School community, will be attending the concerts.
But as with other high-volume South Florida activities, such as nightclubs, NASCAR races and the Fort Lauderdale Sea and Air Show, along with the fun comes the serious risk of hearing loss. That risk even applies to certain activities here on campus, such as cranking up your favorite tunes when you work out at the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center.
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2013 Take Our Children to Work Day participants.
The 2015 Take Our Children to Work Day will be held at the Miller School of Medicine on Friday, April 10, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The theme of this year’s event is “#MPOWR, Knowledge + Choice = Strength.” Registration for children ages 8 to 14 has been extended to Friday, April 3, or until capacity is reached. The cost is $10 per child and $10 per adult, and includes breakfast, lunch and a day full of career activities. Space is offered on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 100 children to sign up.
In keeping with UM’s efforts and policies to avoid discrimination and promote gender inclusion, Human Resources has renamed the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day program Take Our Children to Work Day.
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Physicians from the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Otolaryngology will offer free head and neck cancer screening examinations to the public at three locations April 16-17.
On Thursday, April 16, exams will be performed at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Room DTC 270, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
On Friday, April 17, exams will be performed at University of Miami Hospital, Seminar Room C, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Room 1301, from 1 to 5 p.m.
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Individuals from across South Florida participate in the advocacy training seminar.
The Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL), in collaboration with the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA), trained 27 committed individuals from across South Florida on community advocacy tools during a two-day Empowerment and Civic Engagement Training (ECET) seminar held at the Miller School of Medicine on March 10-11. The diverse group included participants from non-profit organizations, HCHS/SOL friends, community health workers, and others.
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From left, former Heat dancer Nikki Sapp, Miami Heat Head Coach Erik Spoelstra, Buoniconti Fund Communications Manager Jackie Tommasino, fitness instructor Zack Held and celebrity fitness trainer Derek DeGrazio.
The “Ride For Those Who Can’t” event held Sunday, March 8, to benefit The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis was a huge success! The sold-out ride took place at SoulCycle in Coral Gables. Guilt-free protein baked goods were provided courtesy of CraveClean Protein BakeShop. The event brought out a few notable attendees, including Miami Heat Head Coach Erik Spoelstra and WPLG Local 10 News’ Victor Oquendo.
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The first annual Faculty Showcase will be held on Friday, April 10, at the BankUnited Center (Hurricane 100). This event will showcase ways that technology can be used to enhance teaching and learning, and will give faculty and staff the opportunity to share how they network with other colleagues, use technology in unique ways and generate new project ideas.
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U Innovation, the home of technology advancement at the University of Miami, has kicked off a year-long series of monthly seminars that are focused on the commercialization of intellectual property and business concepts.
The 2015 Concept to Commercialization “C2C” seminars feature guest speakers and are free and open to all UM faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows and students.
Each seminar will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. in the main conference room on the first floor of the Life Science and Technology Park, 1951 NW 7th Avenue. Entrepreneurs at the Life Science and Technology Park are welcome to attend.
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University of Miami faculty, staff and students will be invited to transform their lives through wellness as part of the annual Week of Well-Being, April 6-10. Featuring five days of events and activities focused on workplace wellness, this year’s Week of Well-Being will present workshops led by motivational speaker and author of One Word That Will Change Your Life, Jimmy Page; interactive exercise sessions led by UM alumna and fitness enthusiast Nicole Chaplin; nutritional classes; financial education seminars; wellness fairs with giveaways, free massages and vision screenings courtesy of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.
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Would you like to have volunteers work in your department this summer? The University of Miami’s Summer Volunteer Program starts on June 8 and runs through August 7, 2015. Eligible volunteers are encouraged to complete at least six weeks of the nine-week program, committing to a minimum of 100 hours. The Office of Human Resources encourages departments to submit their completed applications by April 30. Applications will be accepted beyond this date on a rolling basis.
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The Take Steps is Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) national walk is the nation’s largest event dedicated to finding cures for digestive diseases. It is a casual 2-3 mile stroll to raise money for crucial research, bringing us closer to a future free from Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Over 1.6 million American adults and children are affected by these digestive diseases. While many suffer in silence, Take Steps brings this community together in a fun, energetic and supportive atmosphere.
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In honor of National Mental Health Awareness Month this May, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine will host “STOP the Stigma: A Mental Health Summit” on Saturday, May 2, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at University of Miami Hospital’s Seminar Center. The event is free and open to families, professionals and those living with mental illness.
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