News : 2017

From left, Diego Venegas, M.D., advisor, Julio Barredo, M.D., international advisor, Patricia Garcia, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., Minister of Health, Franklin Aldecoa, M.D., advisor, and Gino Venegas, M.D., senior advisor.

Sylvester Oncologist Dr. Julio Barredo Helps Peru Improve Outcomes of Kids with Leukemia

For Peruvian native Julio Barredo, M.D., director of children’s cancer programs at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, visits to his home country were often painful. He saw a cure rate of only 40 percent for the 700 children diagnosed annually with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common childhood cancer. He knew that many of them were dying unnecessarily.

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51st Miami Winter Symposium Will Focus on Stem Cells

The 51st Miami Winter Symposium, to be held January 28-31, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency in Miami, will focus entirely on stem cells. Expert international speakers will give invited plenary talks supplemented by 12 selected ‘Spotlight’ talks and a large poster session.

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Eugene Schiff, M.D., center with Lifetime Achievement Award, with, from left, Luis G. Chiappy, CFP, CLU, ChFC, LUTCF, Exec. VP, So. Fla. Branch of AXA Advisors, Alfred Sanchez, President & CEO of Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, and Chris Dudley, vice chair of the Chamber's Healthcare Committee.

Health Care Hero Dr. Eugene Schiff Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

The University of Miami Health System and Miller School of Medicine have enjoyed great success at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Health Care Heroes awards. Eugene R. Schiff, M.D., received the AXA Advisors Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in hepatology.

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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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Julio Frenk with Patricia and Philip Frost.

50th Miami Winter Symposium Opens with Announcement of Frost Institutes for Science and Engineering

Speaking to an audience of nearly 300 of the world’s leading scientists, researchers and physicians attending the 50th annual Miami Winter Symposium, University of Miami President Julio Frenk announced the creation of the Frost Institutes for Science and Engineering, an umbrella structure that will house individual institutes for the purposes of elevating science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) across the University.

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Cells with impaired chromatid separation (red arrows) in cultured WT and Asxl1+/- hematopoietic progenitor cells.

A Key Trigger in Myeloid Cancers

When the body is working well, hematopoietic (blood) stem cells in the bone marrow generate healthy red and white blood cells. However, faulty genes can produce abnormal cells, leading to myeloid leukemia and other conditions. Researchers have been working for years to untangle this complicated biology.

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50th Miami Winter Symposium is January 22-25

The 50th Miami Winter Symposium will take place January 22-25 at the Hyatt Regency Miami. Once again, it will showcase one of the Miller School of Medicine’s centers of excellence, in this case the Diabetes Research Institute. The topic is “Diabetes: Today’s Research, Tomorrow’s Therapies.” University of Miami President Julio Frenk will welcome the visitors, who come from across the globe.

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Kathleen M. Downey, Ph.D.

Dr. Kathleen M. Downey, Retired Professor of Medicine, Passes Away

Kathleen M. Downey, Ph.D., who spent 39 years on the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine faculty before retiring in 2007, passed away on November 7, 2016. She was 77. She and joined the Miller School’s Department of Medicine in 1968. She became a tenured full professor in 1982 and received a secondary appointment in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 1983.

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