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Black health care pioneers share experiences to inspire commitment to community

Four pioneers of community health care in Miami came to the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Wednesday night to share lessons from the past and inspiration for the future at a Black History Month roundtable.

“We wanted to do this because it’s so important to understand our community, to understand its history, and one of the best ways to do that is to listen to the people who have lived it,” said Judy Schaechter, M.D., M.B.A., Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, which joined the dean’s office in hosting Black Health Care History in Miami: Practitioners’ Perspectives.

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UM and Flinders University Identify the First Biological Fluid-Based Biomarker for ALS Progression

The absence of suitable biomarkers for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) poses a major obstacle to therapy development. For this reason, the discovery and validation of potential disease progression and pharmacodynamic biomarkers is a highly significant component of ALS research.

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From left, David Faber, M.D. Candidate, Class of 2017, fourth-year liaison to the Miller School of Medicine Medical Alumni Association Board of Directors, with George L. Sanders, M.D. ’69, during a tour of the medical school February 21. Video & Photo Gallery

George L. Sanders, M.D. ’69, to be Honored as a UTrailblazer

When George L. Sanders, M.D. ’69, came to South Florida to study at the University of Miami School of Medicine in 1965, the shadow of racism was never far away. The school’s only African-American student at the time, he was refused admittance to most of the medical societies, and he was once barred from entering an apartment complex where his classmates had arranged a study session.

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Lina Shehadeh, Ph.D.

Aptamers May Hold Clue to Treating Heart Failure

As the heart progresses toward heart failure, it produces high levels of a protein called Osteopontin, which is known to activate pathological remodeling of the heart. Lina Shehadeh, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine, and a team of investigators decided to see if they could find a way to block Osteopontin signaling to prevent — or possibly even reverse — heart failure.

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From left, Robert Kirsner, M.D., Ph.D., Antonella Tosti, M.D., Stephane Colleu and Steven Falcone, M.D., M.B.A.

Dr. Antonella Tosti Receives First Fredric Brandt Endowed Professorship

Already renowned for her work in hair and nail diseases, Antonella Tosti, M.D., a professor in the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has been awarded the first Fredric Brandt Endowed Professorship.

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Sylvester Recognized for Patient Satisfaction by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, recently received four stars as part of the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey, conducted on behalf of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Sylvester was the only hospital in Miami-Dade County to receive four stars.

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