Latest News : 2015

Camillo Ricordi, M.D.

Italian Surgical Team Transplants Islet Cells Using Diabetes Research Institute Technique

A surgical team in Milan, Italy, has transplanted insulin-producing islet cells in a patient with diabetes, using an innovative technique developed at the Miller School of Medicine’s Diabetes Research Institute. On November 17, Dr. Federico Bertuzzi, who heads the Islet Transplant Program at Ospedale Niguarda Ca’ Granda, a public hospital in Milan, successfully completed the first such transplant in the world outside Miami.

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More than 600 ophthalmologists from Latin America and the Caribbean attended Bascom Palmer Eye Institute’s 37th Annual Inter-American Course in Clinical Ophthalmology.

International Ophthalmologists Gather in Miami for Bascom Palmer’s Annual CURSO

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute held its 37th Annual Inter-American Course in Clinical Ophthalmology (CURSO) at the InterContinental Hotel in Miami on November 22-25. The four-day course attracted 633 ophthalmologists from 33 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. CURSO is the largest meeting in the United States held for Spanish-speaking ophthalmologists.

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Camillo Ricordi, M.D.

Dr. Camillo Ricordi Delivers Inaugural Lecture Named in His Honor

Camillo Ricordi, M.D., Director of the Miller School of Medicine’s Diabetes Research Institute, was chosen to deliver the keynote address at the Cell Transplant Society’s recent international congress in Melbourne, Australia. He delivered the inaugural Camillo Ricordi Lecture, named in his honor, on “Translational challenges and opportunities in cellular therapies and regenerative medicine.”

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Eckhard Podack, M.D., Ph.D.

Celebration of Life Honoring Dr. Eckhard Podack Draws Hundreds of Colleagues, Family and Friends

“The greatest happiness for the thinking man is to have fathomed the fathomable; and to quietly revere the unfathomable.” These words, written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, opened the program for the recent celebration of life for Eckhard R. Podack, M.D., Ph.D., a world-class medical researcher who devoted his life to making groundbreaking scientific discoveries that will ultimately extend or save the lives of many others.

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Eckhard Podack, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Eckhard Podack and Research Team Find Perforin-2 to be Potent Weapon against Bacterial Infection

The late eminent Miller School of Medicine researcher Eckhard Podack, M.D., Ph.D., and a multi-disciplinary team of investigators have discovered that the protein Perforin-2 is a highly potent mechanism of the immune system for fighting bacterial infection. Their findings may provide an answer to the looming medical threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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Adrian S. Ishkanian, M.D.

DCC Funds at Work: Researchers Combine Immunotherapy and Radiation to Improve Cancer Outcomes

By using radiation therapy to boost the body’s immune system, researchers at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine are exploring a promising new approach to fighting this disease.

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Eckhard Podack, M.D., Ph.D.

Colleagues Remember Distinguished Researcher and Educator Eckhard Podack

During a long and distinguished career as a cancer researcher at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Eckhard Podack, M.D., Ph.D., made discoveries pointing toward more effective treatments for lung cancer, infectious diseases and immune system disorders. The renowned professor and Chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology passed away on Thursday, October 8.

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From left, Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Joshua W. Rednick, President and CEO, Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, Dora Berman-Weinberg, Ph.D., Camillo Ricordi, M.D., Wendy Peacock, Elina Linetsky, Ph.D., Rodolfo Alejandro, M.D., and David Baidal, M.D.

First Transplant Patient in BioHub Trial No Longer Needs Insulin Therapy

For more than two decades, Wendy Peacock went to bed every night fearful of not waking up. Peacock, a type 1 diabetic who suffers from severe hypoglycemia unawareness — an unfelt, and dangerous, drop in blood sugar that could send her into a fog or a faint — worried about slipping into a diabetic coma in her sleep.

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Camillo Ricordi, M.D.

Diabetes Research Institute Successfully Transplants First Patient in Pilot BioHub Trial

The Diabetes Research Institute (DRI), a Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, announced that the first patient in its clinical trial to test for the first time a novel transplant technique for insulin-producing cells has been successfully completed.

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National Youth Leadership Forum participants.

Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs Hosts 2015 National Youth Leadership Forum: Medicine

The Miller School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs hosted the 2015 National Youth Leadership Forum: Medicine on June 29 at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute’s Berrocal Auditorium. Founded in 1992, the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF) helps high-achieving high school students gain real-world career experience and explore professional career opportunities in the fields of medicine and health care.

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Thomas R. Malek, Ph.D., left, and Alberto Pugliese, M.D.

Researchers Establish Therapeutic Window of Interleukin-2 Treatment for Autoimmune Diseases

Researchers at the Miller School of Medicine have provided critical data supporting treatments using a low dose of the protein Interleukin-2 (IL-2) as a new therapeutic approach for patients with type 1 diabetes and other autoimmune diseases.

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Tan A. Ince, M.D., Ph.D.

Sylvester Researchers Develop Technique for Growing Ovarian Cancer Cell Lines in Long-Term Culture

A team of researchers at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has developed a technique for growing ovarian cancer cell lines that mimic the original tumor in long-term cultures.

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From left, Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Alan Pollack, M.D., Ph.D., Erin Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H., Arul M. Chinnaiyan, M.D., Ph.D., Ronald C. Desrosiers, Ph.D., Diana Lopez, Ph.D., Jonathan C. Trent, M.D., Ph.D., Vinata B. Lokeshwar, Ph.D., and Stephen D. Nimer, M.D.

Zubrod Memorial Lecture Program Spotlights Faculty and Young Investigators

Six Miller School of Medicine physician-scientists were recognized for their contributions to cancer research and treatment as part of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s 16th Annual Zubrod Memorial Lecture and Cancer Research Poster Session on May 15. It was the first time multiple faculty awards have been part of the program.

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Survivors observe rubble in Nepal following the earthquake..

Miller School Students from Nepal Plead for Help for Earthquake Survivors

When Shaurya Joshi, a Ph.D. student in biomedical science in the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology, heard about the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal Saturday, his first thoughts were of his mom and relatives living in the nation’s capital, Katmandu.

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From left, Savita Pahwa, M.D., Margaret A. Fischl, M.D., Robert C. Gallo, M.D., Mario Stevenson, Ph.D.

CFAR Symposium Explores New Frontiers of HIV Research and Therapies

The 11th annual Miami CFAR Symposium, “Confronting HIV and Its Complications,” drew nearly 200 clinicians, researchers, educators, students and pharmaceutical company representatives to hear some of the world’s leading experts present the most current information available on HIV research and therapies.

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From left, Donald T. Weed, M.D., Paolo Serafini, Ph.D., and Marc Giattini.

Erectile Dysfunction Drug Plays Role in Novel Cancer Treatment

At a news conference on April 7, a Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center patient talked about his participation in a clinical trial that explored the role of a well-known erectile dysfunction drug in weakening head and neck squamous cell tumors prior to their surgical removal.

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Randall J. Brenneman, Ph.D.

M.D./Ph.D. Student Receives Two Grants for Cancer Research

Randall J. Brenneman, Ph.D., an M.D./Ph.D. student pursuing a career in radiation oncology, has received two medical student grants to help support his research into the development of targeted cancer therapies.

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Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., left, and Enrique A. Mesri, Ph.D.

Miami CFAR, ISCI and Sylvester Researchers Receive Grant to Study Stem Cell Role in Kaposi's Sarcoma

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.

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Joseph D. Rosenblatt, M.D.

Two UM Researchers Awarded Forum on Women’s Health Grant

Joseph D. Rosenblatt, M.D., Chief of the Division of Hematology-Oncology in the Department of Medicine, and Seung-Uon Shin, Ph.D., research associate professor in the Division, have been awarded a grant that will help develop a new approach to the treatment of ovarian cancer.

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Eli Gilboa, Ph.D.

Dr. Eli Gilboa Receives Avant-Garde Award from NIH for HIV/AIDS Research

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researcher Eli Gilboa, Ph.D., is one of five scientists selected from across the nation to receive a 2015 Avant-Garde Award for HIV/AIDS research from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health.

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From left, Zhibin Chen, Ph.D., M.D. student Sarah Teplicki and Ph.D. student Jen Bon Lui.

Students Led By Dr. Zhibin Chen Make Immunology Discovery

Miller School of Medicine Ph.D. student Jen Bon Lui, in collaboration with medical student Sarah Teplicki and Ph.D. graduate Priya Devarajan, are celebrating the success of a cellular immunology discovery. Their findings are published in the February issue of Cell Report.

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