News : 2017

From left, Angelique Muniz, Stacy Cutrono, Ph.D., and Patricia Emard.

Sylvester’s U Survive & Thrive Program Helps Cancer Survivors Regain Strength

It was just a staircase, but to Patricia Emard, it could have been a mountain. With the help of the world-class oncologists at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, she had triumphed over breast cancer, but it had taken all she could give. Two surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation had sapped her strength. She looked at the staircase and chose the elevator instead.

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Second, third and fourth from left, Education/Advocacy Award winners Dolores M. Perdomo, Ph.D., Chin-Chin Lee, M.S., M.S.P.H., and Sara J. Czaja. Ph.D., with other Claude Pepper Award winners.

Center on Aging Faculty Honored at United HomeCare Annual Dinner

Faculty and staff members with the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine’s renowned Center on Aging have been honored for their work in aging research and improving the quality of life for older adults. The ceremony was held May 11 at Jungle Island and included several awards named for the longtime political leader that celebrate the achievements of exceptional individuals in the community.

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From left, medical student Owen Tan with Nagi G. Ayad, Ph.D.

Student Researcher Owen Tan Named 2017 St. Baldrick’s Summer Fellow

To support his research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Owen Tan, a student at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has been awarded a $5,000 summer fellowship grant from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. The Miller School is one of only 21 institutions in the U.S. — and the only one in Florida — to receive a grant. Tan plans to use his to support his research into pediatric brain tumors.

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Researchers are pushing the frontiers of bioinformatics programming languages.

Miller School Researchers Help Push the Limits of Programming Languages in Biology

Bohdan Khomtchouk, a fourth-year human genetics and genomics Ph.D candidate working in the Center for Therapeutic Innovation and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has spearheaded the publication of a high-impact review paper published in the journal Briefings in Bioinformatics.

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From left, William F. Pirl, M.D., M.P.H., with Kelly Irwin, M.D., and Donna Greenberg, M.D., of Massachusetts General Hospital.

Sylvester’s Dr. William F. Pirl Recognized with APOS Education and Training Award

The American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) selected William F. Pirl, M.D., M.P.H., associate director for Cancer Support Services at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, for the Outstanding Education and Training Award at its national conference on February 16. APOS grants the annual award to an individual who makes substantial contributions to educating or training others in the field.

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Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D.

In JAMA, UHealth Researcher Urges Caution in Use of Ketamine for Depression

In an article published in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) Psychiatry, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine psychiatrist Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., joins colleagues in warning that physicians should carefully weigh the risks and potential benefits before prescribing ketamine as a treatment for depression.

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Claes Wahlestedt, M.D., Ph.D.

FDA Approves Therapy Based upon Pioneering Work by Miller School Researcher

In a comprehensive new review article in Nature Biotechnology, Claes Wahlestedt, M.D., Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and associate dean for therapeutic innovation, at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, describes the entire field of oligonucleotide therapeutics as it relates to a wide variety of disorders of the central nervous system.

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From left, Hilit F. Mechaber, M.D., Nanette Vega, M.A., Ivette Motola, M.D., M.P.H., and Stephen Symes, M.D.

Honoring Women in Academic Medicine and Their Achievements

Women in Academic Medicine, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Committee of Interns and Residents at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine hosted the annual Evening of Fellowship on January 23, honoring recent successes and achievements of the Miller School’s women faculty. The event began with networking among attendees from various departments, including many chairs and center directors.

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Ihsan Salloum, M.D., M.P.H.

Could OTC Medications Help Treat Alcohol Abuse?

Researchers have long wondered if medications could treat alcohol abuse. Ihsan Salloum, M.D., chief of the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, hopes to answer that question in part with a new clinical trial to determine if two over-the-counter (OTC) medications can diminish alcohol abuse in diagnosed bipolar patients.

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