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Glowing Tumor Surgery Offers New Hope to Brain Cancer Patient

Shawn Monti, left, discusses his surgery with Ricardo Komotar, M.D., as a video of the operation plays in the background.

Shawn Monti, left, discusses his surgery with Ricardo Komotar, M.D., as a video of the operation plays in the background. Photo GalleryView Photo Gallery

A Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center neurosurgeon has used new visualization technology that makes a brain tumor glow, enabling a safer resection with less damage to normal brain tissue that surrounds it, offering hope to a seriously ill patient and his family.

In a news conference Thursday at University of Miami Hospital, where the surgery was performed in November, the surgeon, Ricardo Komotar, M.D., assistant professor of neurological surgery at the Miller School of Medicine and Co-Director of Surgical Neuro-oncology at Sylvester, and the patient, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Deputy Shawn Monti, discussed the procedure. Komotar and Monti, who had been awake during the surgery, spoke as a video that showed removal of the fluorescent tumor played in the background.

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Gwendolyn B. Scott, M.D., left, and Margaret A. Fischl, M.D.

Gwendolyn B. Scott, M.D., left, and Margaret A. Fischl, M.D.

Miller School Researchers Receive $5.67 Million Grant for HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials

Two researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have received a $5.67 million four-year grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to continue their clinical trials of adult and pediatric patients with HIV/AIDS. It is the latest in a series of federal HIV/AIDS grants to the Miller School, dating back to 1986.

“With the support of the new grant, we will look at new ways of suppressing HIV, addressing complications of the disease and developing new classes of antiretroviral medications,” said Margaret A. Fischl, M.D., professor of medicine, Director of the AIDS Clinical Research Unit, and Co-Director of the Miami Center for AIDS Research at the Miller School. “For instance, it may be possible to develop longer-acting drugs that patients would take weekly rather than daily. In addition, we are still looking for a cure for HIV/AIDS.”

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Carl I. Schulman, M.D., Ph.D., M.S.P.H., and Antonia Eyssallenne, M.D., Ph.D.

Carl I. Schulman, M.D., Ph.D., M.S.P.H., and Antonia Eyssallenne, M.D., Ph.D.

Haiti Trauma Hospital Receives 24-Hour Telemedicine Support

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has just launched a telemedicine program that provides doctors at Haiti’s only trauma, critical care and rehabilitation hospital with access to around-the-clock medical support through live video communication with UM trauma specialists.

Located in Port-au-Prince’s Village Solidarite neighborhood, Hospital Bernard Mevs sees a high volume of adult and pediatric patients with a range of critical injuries and conditions that doctors there are not fully equipped to handle.

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Robert C. Fifer, Ph.D.

Robert C. Fifer, Ph.D.

Legendary UM Audiologist Receives Prestigious Speech, Language and Hearing Award

Robert C. Fifer, Ph.D., associate professor and Director of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology at the Mailman Center for Child Development, was recently honored with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation’s prestigious Frank R. Kleffner Lifetime Clinical Career Award.

The award recognizes audiology specialists for their lifetime clinical achievement and for changing the profession in areas of teaching, clinical science, administration and research.

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Yamelys Gonzalez, left, with CFLF's Adam Ridley and Andrew Colin, M.D.

Yamelys Gonzalez, left, with CFLF's Adam Ridley and Andrew Colin, M.D.

Patient Receives 500th Exercise Grant from Cystic Fibrosis Lifestyle Foundation

The Cystic Fibrosis Lifestyle Foundation celebrated its 500th recreation grant at the Batchelor Children’s Research Institute on Monday. The foundation is a non-profit that provides grants to Cystic Fibrosis patients to encourage exercise-based activities that benefit lung function, and this week it honored a patient treated by specialists at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disease that affects the digestive system, but predominantly the lungs, on which it has a chronic, progressive and limiting effect. Research has shown that exercise slows the decline in lung function and can help with digestive issues.

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The National White Coat Die-In demonstration, coordinated with 70 schools nationally, took place Dec. 10 in front of the Rosenstiel Medical Science Building.

The National White Coat Die-In demonstration, coordinated with 70 schools nationally, took place Dec. 10 in front of the Rosenstiel Medical Science Building.

Medical Students Join National White Coat Die-In

Dozens of University of Miami Miller School of Medicine students recently participated in the National White Coat Die-In in response to the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York City.

The demonstration, coordinated with 70 schools nationally, took place Dec. 10 in front of the Rosenstiel Medical Science Building.

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From left, Daniel Liebl, Ph.D., Poincyane Assis-Nascimento, Enmanuel Perez-Martinez, Nicole Wilson and Coleen Atkins, Ph.D.

From left, Daniel Liebl, Ph.D., Poincyane Assis-Nascimento, Enmanuel Perez-Martinez, Nicole Wilson and Coleen Atkins, Ph.D.

Three Miami Project Researchers Earn NINDS Fellowships

To support the career development of neuroscientists, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke provides National Research Service Award predoctoral training fellowships to promising students with the potential to become productive, independent investigators, and The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis recently was fortunate to receive three of these fellowships.

From the lab of Daniel Liebl, Ph.D., associate professor of neurological surgery, Poincyane Assis-Nascimento and Enmanuel Perez-Martinez received this honor. Nicole Wilson, from the lab of Coleen Atkins, Ph.D., assistant professor of neurological surgery, also received a fellowship.

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Yue Pan, M.S.

Yue Pan, M.S.

Public Health Sciences Doctoral Student Receives National Award

Yue Pan, M.S., an epidemiology doctoral student in the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences, was recently awarded a national student scholarship to attend the American Public Health Association’s 142nd Annual Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans.

“I am exceedingly grateful that I was awarded the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting student scholarship by the nation’s largest public health student-led organization,” said Pan, who is UM’s campus liaison for the APHA Student Assembly and received the $475 award to help defray the cost of attending the Nov 15-19 exposition.

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Runners leave the starting line.

Runners leave the starting line.

Hundreds Honor an Icon at the First Edna C. Shalala 5K Run/Walk

Inaugurating the Edna C. Shalala 5K Run/Walk, more than 900 people raced, jogged, or walked across the University of Miami campus Saturday to honor the legacy of UM President Donna E. Shalala’s mother and benefit the Edna C. Shalala Women’s Athletics Fund, which was established on the occasion of her 100th birthday. An accomplished lawyer, nationally ranked amateur tennis player, and avid supporter of women’s athletics, Mother Shalala, as she was affectionately known, passed away December 2 at age 103. View a slideshow of the run/walk.

Dean’s 2nd Annual Happy Holiday Cheer - Cookies and Hot Chocolate

In recognition of your hard work throughout the past year, and for all the lives you have transformed through education, research and service, Dean Goldschmidt would like to invite you to share in the holiday spirit with him and your colleagues. Please take a few moments to stop by for some cookies and hot chocolate.

When: Thursday, December 18, 8-10 a.m.

Where: CRB Lobby


Be Green! Support UM’s Energy Conservation Initiative during the Holiday Break

As many of us are planning to take time off during the upcoming holidays, Green U and Facilities Management encourage all faculty, staff, and students to support the University of Miami’s Energy Conservation Initiative. With your support, the University can substantially reduce its carbon footprint.

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Dolphins Cycling Challenge V to Include First 5K Walk/Run

For the first time since its inception, the Dolphins Cycling Challenge (DCC) will include a 5K walk/run, providing something for everyone interested in supporting lifesaving cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. The walk/run will be held at Sun Life Stadium on Sunday, February 8, the second day of the two-day ride that spans three counties.

The University is once again honored to partner with the Miami Dolphins for the DCC, which has raised more than $7 million for groundbreaking research and patient care at Sylvester. These funds have helped build programs that have made a difference in the lives of countless cancer patients across South Florida.

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Career Fair to Be Held at Miami Winter Symposium 2015

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Miami Winter Symposium 2015 will take place January 18-21 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Miami.

New to this year’s conference is the Life Sciences Career Fair, which will be held from noon to 3 p.m. January 19 and 20, and will give students and postdoctoral fellows a unique opportunity to interview with academic and industry employers from the life sciences, clinical research fields, scientific journals, hospitals, sales and regulatory agencies.

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Are You Ready to Swim with the Sharks?

Do you have a business idea worthy of a pitch to the expert investors on the hit ABC television series Shark Tank? If you think you do, polish your one-minute elevator speech, because the show’s casting team will be on UM’s Coral Gables campus on Friday, January 16. Prospective entrepreneurs can stop by the Storer Auditorium at the School of Business Administration from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to try out for the show and pick up information about the upcoming season. Tryouts are open to UM students, alumni and faculty.

See the Dolphins Take on the Vikings and Benefit the United Way

The Miami Dolphins are offering UM employees, their families and friends discounted tickets to one more home game — against the Minnesota Vikings on December 21 — and will contribute a portion of the proceeds to TeamUM’s 2014 United Way campaign. Purchase tickets by clicking here and using the promotion code UNITEDWAY.


Miami Heat Partners with TeamUM United Way Campaign

Three-time NBA champions the Miami Heat are once again partnering with the University of Miami to offer a limited number of tickets to upcoming regular season games in February. University of Miami faculty and staff who make their 2014 United Way contributions online through myUM by December 31 can receive two complimentary tickets to see the Miami Heat in action. Leadership-level contributors (one percent) will receive four complimentary tickets. Each ticket will be accompanied by a food voucher for the night of the game.

Tickets will be available for the following games:

  • February 21, 2015 vs. New Orleans
  • February 23, 2015 vs. Philadelphia
  • February 28, 2015 vs. Atlanta

Again, tickets are limited, and the offer above is only for faculty and staff who have made their 2014 United Way contributions online through myUM by December 31. Remaining tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Details for ticket distribution will be announced in early 2015.

The TeamUM 2014 United Way campaign ends December 31. Please log into myUM to make your contribution today. For more information, visit the TeamUM United Way website.


Sign Your High Schooler Up Now to Earn College Credit this Summer

The University’s three-week Summer Scholars Program offers talented high school sophomores and juniors an opportunity to earn college credit in one of 12 academic specialties, learn from renowned UM professors and experience college life — all before graduation. Students attend classes with their peers, learn time management skills and explore South Florida on weekend excursions. Residential and commuter options are available.

The Summer Scholars Program runs June 27, 2015, through July 17, 2015. Students are encouraged to apply early to reserve space in their preferred program — the early action deadline is February 1. Applications will be accepted until May 1, 2015 or until the program has reached capacity.

Read more about the Summer Scholars Program »

Miller School Newsletter Holiday Schedule

This is the last issue of e-Update for 2014. The newsletter will not be published on Tuesday, December 23, or Tuesday, December 30.

Also, please note that the deadline for the January issue of MED is Tuesday, December 30, at noon.

Happy Holidays!

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