To help slow the spread of infectious diseases among intravenous drug users, the M·A·C AIDS Fund has awarded the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine a $100,000 grant to operate a needle exchange program that will be the first of its kind in Florida.
With the grant, the M·A·C AIDS Fund becomes a founding donor of the exchange since the passage of the Infectious Disease Elimination Act (IDEA), which was signed into law by Florida Governor Rick Scott in March after a five-year legislative battle inspired by former Miller School students.
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute — the global leader in eye care, vision research and ophthalmology education — has launched the world’s first Master’s degree in Vision Science and Investigative Ophthalmology (MVSIO). This innovative program offers comprehensive training in ophthalmic translational research, problem-based learning, management and a skill set available only at Bascom Palmer.
Sophia George, Ph.D., an obstetrics/gynecology expert at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, was recently awarded a $10,000 grant to help discover new methods of detecting and treating ovarian cancer. The award comes from the Colleen’s Dream Foundation, an organization offering seed funding to young investigators performing cutting-edge research in ovarian cancer.
The Minority Students in Health Care Motivation Program kicked off on June 6. The program essentially turns the first year of medical school into a seven-week crash course that exposes its participants to both clinical and classroom settings. Its coursework is designed to build the skills of competitive students seeking admission to medical school.
The Florida Cancer Data System, the State of Florida’s legislatively mandated population-based cancer registry located at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, recently received three national distinctions for the quality of its cancer registry data.
Nicole M. Wilson, a neuroscience Ph.D. candidate, won the Women in Neurotrauma Research (WiNTR) Award after competing in the trainee poster competition at the 2016 National Neurotrauma Society Symposium. The WiNTR award is given annually to recognize the top poster presentation by a woman. The trainee poster competition consisted of the top 22 (out of 377) graduate students and post-doctoral associates.