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Lina Shehadeh, Ph.D.

Aptamers May Hold Clue to Treating Heart Failure

As the heart progresses toward heart failure, it produces high levels of a protein called Osteopontin, which is known to activate pathological remodeling of the heart. Lina Shehadeh, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine, and a team of investigators decided to see if they could find a way to block Osteopontin signaling to prevent — or possibly even reverse — heart failure.

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Amar R. Deshpande, M.D.

Next-Generation Medical Education Task Force to Design the Ideal Training for Doctors of the Future

As medicine and the delivery of health care continue to be transformed, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine — already a national leader in innovative education — is taking a global look at transforming the entire medical curriculum. And Amar R. Deshpande, M.D., who is leading the charge as chair of the Next Generation Medical Education Task Force, says the timing couldn’t be better.

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UM Investigators Win $13 Million in Zika Research Grants from Florida Department of Health

The Florida Department of Health announced Feb. 1 the award of 12 grants totaling $13,170,784 from the 2016-17 Zika Research Grant Initiative to investigators at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and the University of Miami Health System. The grants are more than half of the $25 million state fund supporting a total of 34 Zika research projects at UM and nine other institutions.

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Sheldon Greer, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus Sheldon Greer Passes Away, Services on Friday

Sheldon Greer, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, passed away on Monday, December 19. Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 23, at 1 p.m., at Riverside Gordon Memorial Chapel, 20955 Biscayne Boulevard, Aventura, Florida 33180. Following the services, a gathering of family and friends will be held at the same location until 6 p.m.

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From left, Camillo Ricordi, M.D., receives the Advocacy Award from Bernard Siegel, founder and Chairman of the World Stem Cell Summit.

DRI Director Dr. Camillo Ricordi Receives Advocacy Award

Camillo Ricordi, M.D., Director of the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, received the World Stem Cell Summit’s Advocacy Award for being “a path-finding diabetes researcher, motivating the biomedical community to take a stand for cures.” He accepted the award on December 7 during the annual Stem Cell Action Gala at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.

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