News : 2015

William J. Whelan, Ph.D., D.Sc.

Medical Journal Dedicates Special Issue to Miller School’s Pioneering Biochemist

One of the Miller School’s most distinguished researchers, William J. Whelan, Ph.D., D.Sc., was honored in the December issue of Molecular Aspects of Medicine with a “Festschrift” celebrating his scientific accomplishments and continuing influence on biochemistry.

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From left, Board members Lawrence Feldman, Ph.D., and Lubby Navarro, Board Chair Perla Tabares Hantman, Marta Pérez Wurtz, Ph.D., J.D., Omaida C. Velazquez, M.D., Schools Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho, Romulo M. Cuy, M.D., Board member Raquel Regalado and Board Vice Chair Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall.

Miami-Dade School Board Recognizes Dr. Omaida C. Velazquez for Her Career Achievements

The Miami-Dade School Board on November 18 issued a proclamation recognizing Omaida C. Velazquez, M.D., David Kimmelman Endowed Chair in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, and Chair of the DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery, for her career achievements.

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Dorraya El-Ashry, Ph.D.

Novel Biomarkers Could Help Detect Metastatic Breast Cancer

Dorraya El-Ashry, Ph.D., breast cancer researcher at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and collaborators studied cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) in the tumor microenvironment. Fibroblasts are cells in the connective tissue that produce collagen and other fibers. Previous studies have found that CAFs facilitate cancer metastasis, even though the exact mechanisms have yet to be elucidated.

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From left, Ashutosh Agarwal, Ph.D., Jean-Pierre Bardet, Ph.D., Gloria Marina Bellelli, Alessia Fornoni, M.D., Ph.D., Paolo Di Nardo, M.D., and Richard J. Cote, M.D.

Italian Biomedical Researchers Visit Miller School to Discuss Collaboration Opportunities

A delegation of Italian scientists and biomedical engineering specialists visited the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine on October 1 to explore potential multi-disciplinary collaborations in nanotechnology, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Core Holds Second Annual Supply Center Open House on September 24

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) Core will hold its second annual Supply Center Open House on Thursday, September 24. The event will be held in the Gautier Building, Room 118, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Richard J. Cote, M.D.

Dr. Richard J. Cote Appears Today on Webinar Addressing Laboratory Reimbursement Strategies

Richard J. Cote, M.D., professor and Joseph R. Coulter, Jr. Endowed Chair in Pathology, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, and Director of BioNIUM, will be a panelist on a webinar today that will address strategies for laboratories to deliver value in ways that increase reimbursement for their lab testing services.

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Stephen D. Nimer, M.D.

Sylvester Study of Blood Cell Production Could Lead to New Strategies to Inhibit Cancer Cell Growth

Research from the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has identified an enzyme’s key role in the production of blood cells — a finding that could lead to new clinical strategies for inhibiting cancer.

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Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., addresses firefighters and fellow researchers.

Sylvester Launches Research Partnership with South Florida Fire Rescue Departments

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is leading a new research partnership with South Florida Fire Rescue Departments to understand why firefighters face a high risk of cancer and find ways to improve their health and safety.

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Omaida C. Velazquez, M.D.

Dr. Omaida C. Velazquez Named Chair of Department of Surgery

Omaida C. Velazquez, M.D., professor of surgery, radiology, and biochemistry and molecular biology, and David Kimmelman Endowed Chair in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, has been named Chair of the DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, after a thorough search that reviewed the most talented leaders in the surgical field in the U.S.

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Matthias Loebe, M.D.

Dr. Matthias Loebe Joins Miami Transplant Institute

Matthias Loebe, M.D., Ph.D., has joined the Miami Transplant Institute (MTI) as Director of Thoracic Transplantation and Mechanical Support. “There is an enormous need here in South Florida to provide heart and lung transplantation services at a very high level in an academic environment,” said Loebe.

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Stephan L. Züchner, M.D.

Researchers Identify a Novel Disease Gene Causing Neurodegenerative Disorders

Researchers at the University of Miami have discovered and characterized a previously unknown disease gene linked to the degeneration of optic and peripheral nerve fibers. The study titled “Mutations in SLC25A46, encoding a UGO1-like protein, cause an optic atrophy spectrum disorder” is published in the journal Nature Genetics.

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Sanjoy Bhattacharya, Ph.D., M.Tech.

Bascom Researcher Receives $1 Million Federal Defense Grant to Study Lipids to Combat Glaucoma

A researcher at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute is leading a research study to test whether a class of lipids found in inner eye fluid can help halt the progression of glaucoma among military troops and others who have experienced traumatic eye injury.

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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, Teresia Carreon, Giovanni Gregori, Ph.D., Sanjoy Bhattacharya, Ph.D., M.Tech., Jianhua (Jay) Wang, M.D., Ph.D., M.S., and Ayman Aljohani, M.D.

Bascom Palmer Researchers Discover Protein that Leads to Glaucoma

A team of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute researchers has discovered that the protein cochlin, most recognized in concentrated levels within the inner ear, is present in the eye and has an effect on glaucoma.

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2016 Winter Symposium, January 24-27

The University of Miami’s 2016 Miami Winter Symposium will be held January 24-27 at the Hyatt Regency Miami.

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From left, Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., Director of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Julio C. Barredo, M.D., Linda Martinez, Ph.D., Jorge Martinez, and Audrey Martinez, M.D., at a previous check presentation from CancerFree KIDS in 2012.

CancerFree KIDS Awards Grant to Dr. Julio C. Barredo

Thanks to a grassroots fundraising effort, Julio C. Barredo, M.D., the Director of Children’s Cancer Programs at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has been awarded a grant to help find new treatments and cures to battle pediatric cancers.

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From left, Jacqueline J. Master, Fred Lippman, Kimberly Juanico, B.S.N., Col. Brodes Hartley, Jr., Eduardo Bancalari, M.D., Richard J. Cote, M.D., and Dimitri A. Godur.

Miller School’s ‘Health Care Heroes’ Receive Top Honors

Before hundreds of their fellow health care leaders, two of the Miller School of Medicine’s leading physicians, a nurse and a student volunteer were honored at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Health Care Heroes Awards Luncheon, held on May 19 at Jungle Island.

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From left, medical students Alexandra Cocores and Houda Boucekkine with Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

Medical Students Honor Outstanding Teachers at 2015 Paff Awards Ceremony

For Miller School medical students and teachers, the 2015 George Paff Teaching Awards Ceremony was a warm and memorable experience, punctuated by tears of joy, plenty of hugs and a baby’s cry.

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Kenneth Rudd, Ph.D., left, and Murray Deutscher, Ph.D.

Researchers Uncover New Information About E. coli Gene Expression

Miller School of Medicine investigators conducting collaborative research using a K-12 laboratory strain of E. coli bacteria have uncovered new information regarding its gene expression that may assist in the development of an intervention strategy for clinical variants of E. coli and similar bacteria.

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Stephen D. Nimer, M.D.

Sylvester Leader’s Genetic Studies Provide New Insights into Bone Marrow Disorders

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).

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From left, Sophie Shrestha, her mother Sapna Deo, Ph.D., Sophie Bachas-Daunert, her mother Sylvia Daunert, Ph.D., Pharm. D., M.S., Rose Kobetz and her mother Erin Kobetz-Kerman, Ph.D, M.P.H.

Faculty Honored with Women’s Cancer Association Researcher of the Year Award

Three Miller School of Medicine faculty women, who collaborated to develop a rapid human papillomavirus (HPV) test to prevent cervical cancer among minority and underserved women, were recently honored with the Researcher of the Year award by the Women’s Cancer Association of UM.

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David J. Robbins, Ph.D., left, and Jun Long

Scientists Identify Novel Link Between Cellular Growth and Metabolism

A team of Miller School of Medicine researchers, working with investigators from three other institutions, has identified a relationship between a family of lipid modifications of a growth factor, and how that growth factor may regulate cellular fate and growth. This discovery may begin to show how the function of these proteins is modified by metabolic activity in both developmental and disease settings.

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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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Antoni Barrientos, Ph.D., left, and Ph.D. candidate Ya-Ting Tu.

Researchers Discover the Mitochondrial Equivalent of the Nucleolus

In a study published in the February 12 issue of the journal Cell Reports, a group of University of Miami Miller School of Medicine scientists led by Antoni Barrientos, Ph.D., professor of neurology and biochemistry and molecular biology, discovered a factor that plays an essential role during the early stages of mitoribosome large-subunit assembly.

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Michael D. Norenberg, M.D.

Journal Honors Pathologist Dr. Michael D. Norenberg with Dedicated Issue

The academic journal Neurochemical Research has bestowed a rare honor upon Miller School of Medicine physician-scientist Michael D. Norenberg, M.D., professor of pathology, biochemistry and molecular biology, neurology and neurological surgery, and a member of the staff of the Miami VA Medical Center, by dedicating its February issue to his contributions to the fields of neuroscience and neuropathology.

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From left: Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.; Leonidas Bachas, Ph.D.; Ram Datar, Ph.D.; Richard J. Cote, M.D.; Sylvia Daunert, Ph.D., Pharm.D., M.S.; Thomas J. LeBlanc, Ph.D.; President Donna E. Shalala,; Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Board Members Thomas Mark, M.D., Steven Pabalan, M.D., Karl Smiley, M.D., Margaret Starner, CFP, Gary Dix, CPA, and Dean Roller, M.D.; Foundation Executive Director Kim Greene, LCSW, Rodney Howell, M.D.; and James Tien, Ph.D.

Grand Opening Held for the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation BioNIUM Nanofabrication Facility

The new nanofabrication facility at the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Biomedical Nanotechnology Institute at the University of Miami (BioNIUM) gives researchers the latest technology to make major advances in the fast-growing field of biomedical nanotechnology.

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William J. Whelan, Ph.D., D.Sc., F.R.S., with Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

Renowned Cancer Scientists Present Their Latest Findings at 48th Miami Winter Symposium

Leading scientists from around the world presented their latest findings on cellular, molecular and genetic approaches to treating cancer at the Miami Winter Symposium 2015, “Towards Personalized Cancer Medicine,” on January 18-21 at the Hyatt Regency Miami.

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Feng Gong, Ph.D.

Researchers Identify Enzyme as a Regulator of DNA Damage Response

A team of Miller School researchers has proven that enzyme USP24 plays a strong role in regulating how cells cope with damaged DNA and prevent the development of cancer. Their findings have been published in the journal Cell Reports.

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Maria T. Abreu, M.D., Sen. Eleanor Sobel, D-Hollywood, and Sylvia Daunert, Ph.D., Pharm.D.

Florida State Senator Visits the Elaine and Sydney Sussman Family Crohn’s and Colitis Clinic

To help raise awareness about inflammatory bowel disease, Florida State Senator Eleanor Sobel, D-Hollywood, recently visited the Elaine and Sydney Sussman Family Crohn’s and Colitis Clinic at UHealth, the University of Miami Health System..

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Richard Myers, Ph.D., left, and Leila Abdelrahman.

Summer Scholars Program Turns Students into Scientists

Leila Abdelrahman, a high school senior, was teamed with Richard Myers, Ph.D., lecturer in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute High School Scholars Research Program. Since then, she has presented her research findings at an international biotechnology conference and been accepted by two of the nation’s top technology-based universities.

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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.

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