Latest News : 2018

At the Micah Batchelor Awards ceremony, from left, Henri R. Ford, M.D, MHA, Brent Pfeiffer, M.D., Ph.D., Merline Benny, M.D., Juan Solano, M.D., Asha Pillai, M.D., Judy Schaechter, M.D., MBA, and President Julio Frenk.

Four Researchers Honored by the Batchelor Foundation

The 14th presentation of the Micah Batchelor Awards for Excellence in Children’s Health Research, created to recognize and inspire the development of innovative ideas and solutions to improve the health and well-being of children, took place November 8. Four researchers from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine were honored at the ceremony.

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CTSI Leadership and Central Operations Team: from left, top row, Patricia Avissar, Caprice Battle, Marisabel Davalos, Jonelle Wright, Ph.D., Sheela Dominguez and Stella Covelli; from left, bottom row, Rosalina Das, Raquel Perez, Dushyantha Jayaweera, M.D., Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., Daru Lane Ransford and Chin Chin Lee.

Major NIH Award Makes Miami CTSI a Hub for Biomedical Discovery and Innovation

The Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute has received a five-year $21.5 million National Institutes of Health grant, which will be supplemented by the Miller School of Medicine and the University of Miami Office of the Provost, to fund collaborative research to speed the discovery of new medical treatments and cures.

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Vivien Chen in the laboratory.

Miller School Student Wins First-Ever Wound Healing Society Summer Research Fellowship

Vivian Chen, a member of the Miller School Class of 2021, won the first Summer Research Fellowship Award ever given by the Wound Healing Society. The award, in addition to a stipend and funds for supplies, includes funding for travel expenses to present her research at the Wound Healing Society’s 2019 Annual Meeting next May in San Antonio.

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Camillo Ricordi, M.D.

New Study Explores Effects of Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Vitamin D in Type 1 Diabetes

Scientists from the Diabetes Research Institute are launching a new clinical trial that will assess the impact of high-dose omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D supplementation on halting the progression of type 1 diabetes. The study will compare the effects of the proposed intervention in children and adults newly diagnosed and in those with longer-standing type 1 diabetes to evaluate any benefit of early and late interventions.

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Jessica MacIntyre, M.S.N., ARNP, helps patient Althea Chung try on one of the new hoodies.

Donated Hoodies Help Sylvester Patients and Staff by Adding Convenience and Comfort

Patients at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine are the first in the country to receive new specially designed hoodies donated by Oscar de la Renta, LLC. In place of a long zipper down the middle, these hoodies have two shorter diagonal zippers that make it easier for nurses to access chemotherapy chest ports, while helping patients stay warm.

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BC-3 cells were stained with DAPI, anti-vFLIP, anti-CADM1, and cholera toxin B conjugated with red fluorescence to detect GM-1 and subjected to confocal microscopy.

Sylvester Researchers Identify Protein that Triggers Virus-Mediated Chronic Inflammation and Cancers

Viruses are linked to approximately 12 percent of all cancers and are associated with chronic inflammation. Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers Noula Shembade, Ph.D., Richard Hunte and colleagues honed in on what activates that process. They found the human protein CADM1 interacts with Kaposi’s sarcoma viral proteins and promotes inflammation that can result in development of certain cancers.

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Miller School of Medicine Rises in NIH Research Grant Funding

The Miller School of Medicine received $120.7 million in research grants from the National Institutes of Health in Federal Fiscal Year 2017 — a $9.5 million increase over the school’s FFY 2016 total. According to the national rankings of medical schools based on data compiled by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, that total made the Miller School the No. 1 NIH-funded institution in Florida.

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Sylvester Researchers Discover New Pathway Linking Inflammation and Cancer

A team of researchers at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, collaborating with outside investigators, has discovered a new pathway of inflammation-driven cancer development. Their findings, “Initiation of Inflammatory Tumorigenesis by CTLA4 Insufficiency Due to Type 2 Cytokines,” were published online on January 26 by the Journal of Experimental Medicine.

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From left, Enrique A. Mesri, Ph.D., Consul General Marcelo Martin Giusto, Edward Abraham, M.D., and Stephen D. Nimer, M.D.

Argentina Consulate Celebrates Research Collaboration with Sylvester and CFAR

The Consul General of Argentina in Miami came to the medical campus last week to pay tribute to the consortium of researchers at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, the University of Miami Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) and institutions in Argentina that was awarded a prestigious National Cancer Institute U54 grant to study AIDS-related malignancies while developing the careers of junior researchers in Argentina.

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