A University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researcher has received a large grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to study the impact of the Zika virus in laboratory animals. David I. Watkins, Ph.D., professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Pathology, will use the $821,000 grant to develop a model for rhesus macaques that can guide the development of diagnostic tools, vaccines and therapies in humans.
“Our Miller School researchers are playing a critical role in addressing the global challenge of the Zika virus,” said Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Dean of the Miller School. “This highly competitive grant from the Gates Foundation will help support the important scientific and clinical work being done here to find a solution for this growing public health threat.”
Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., will retire as Dean of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine at the end of May to follow his passion for international medicine. During a sabbatical, he will explore opportunities for the Miller School and UHealth in other countries and advise Steven M. Altschuler, M.D., Senior Vice President for Health Affairs and CEO of UHealth, on international medical education.
Thinh H. Tran, M.D., M.B.A., an accomplished hospital and health plan executive with a strong mix of clinical knowledge and operational skills, will be joining UHealth on June 1 as Chief Clinical Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Tran comes from Baptist Health South Florida, where he has been Chief Medical and Quality Officer since 2007.
University of Miami President Julio Frenk clearly recalls the day he chose a career in medicine. Speaking to the Miller School of Medicine’s Class of 2016 at the May 7 commencement ceremony at the BankUnited Center, Frenk said he originally considered becoming an anthropologist.
The Women and Minority Leadership and Professional Development Symposium — a first-of-its-kind interdisciplinary event sponsored by the Miller School of Medicine’s Women in Academic Medicine (WIAM) organization — attracted more than 300 professionals on May 13 for a day of medical-career-oriented advice and inspiration at the University of Miami’s Shalala Student Center.
In keeping with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s longstanding commitment to community service, a group of medical students has begun an initiative that reaches out to the senior veterans at the Miami Veterans Affairs Healthcare System. Their organization, Operation: Veteran Engagement (OVE), organizes weekly recreational activities at the Community Living Center at the Miami VA.