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Zika Virus was Introduced in South Florida Multiple Times in 2016, Study in Nature Reveals

A team of University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researchers worked with a team of scientists at The Scripps Research Institute in California and investigators at other leading institutions to solve a mystery about the first U.S. outbreak of Zika virus in 2016.

Sequencing the Zika virus RNA of infected people and Aedes aegypti mosquitoes revealed some surprises. It turns out that the virus was introduced to Miami at least four times last year, and possibly as many as 40 times, the researchers reported in the journal Nature. No “patient zero” was responsible, therefore, for the 256 locally spread infections reported to health officials.

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Sylvester Associate Director Receives $2.5 Million Grant for Predictive Testing of Ocular Melanoma

J. William Harbour, M.D., associate director for basic research at Sylvester, and the Mark J. Daily Chair and vice chairman for translational research at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, has been awarded a $2.5 million grant from the National Cancer Institute, a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to study predictive testing of ocular (or uveal) melanoma, one of the deadliest types of cancer.

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The Nuances for Psychiatrists Supervising PAs Vary Across Southern States

Physician assistants can provide a great service in expanding the reach of mental health services to patients in underserved areas of the country, including some southern U.S. states where the need is greatest. However, psychiatrists would be wise to first familiarize themselves with the subtleties of regulations in their state before supervising PAs to avoid exposure to legal risks.

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Collaborative Clinical Study Tests Impact of Novel Imaging Technology on Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, working in collaboration with the inventors of a novel imaging technology at the Florida International University Department of Biomedical Engineering, are conducting a clinical study of a scanner that can see into tissue and monitor real-time physiological activity in diabetic foot ulcers.

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Miller School physicians helped displaced families in Ecuador.

Miller School Team Finds Sharp Rise in Zika Cases in Ecuador After 2016 Earthquake

A University of Miami Miller School of Medicine team has found a sharp rise in Zika virus cases in northeast Ecuador after a devastating earthquake on April 16, 2016. “We saw many pregnant women with typical signs of Zika on multiple UM medical missions to the affected region,” said Leonardo Tamariz, M.D., MPH, associate professor of medicine in the Division of Population Health and Computational Medicine.

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Megan McSherry, an M.D. candidate in the Class of 2019, works with student Yisreala Turner. Video & Photo Gallery

Student-run ‘Debbie Project’ Celebrates Successful First Year

When Eric Gibbs, a second-year student at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, walks into one of the classrooms at the Debbie School, he’s often greeted by a gaggle of toddlers who love to playfully tackle him to the ground. “It’s generally the best part of my week,” said Gibbs, an M.D. candidate in the Class of 2019, who is going into pediatrics.

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