For nearly 10 years, Cherise Irons suffered migraines so intense she sometimes blacked out while driving her car. Ultimately, it affected her ability to continue in her role as assistant principal at a Maryland high school.
“It’s affecting my sleep. My appetite is gone, I’m starting to feel tingling in my fingers and toes,” she said, recalling a low point in her battle against migraines. “I’m lying on the desk at meetings. I’m not functional at all.”
A new imaging tool has the potential to transform microsurgical procedures for many specialties, including male fertility surgery. Ranjith Ramasamy, M.D., director of male reproductive medicine and surgery and assistant professor of urology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and his team performed the first-ever male infertility microsurgery in Florida using the ORBEYE, a 4K-3D video microscope.
Tizeta Wolde appreciates the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s efforts to support diversity, inclusion and equity. A second-year medical student whose family is from Ethiopia, Wolde is actively involved in the school’s new Restorative Practice Program. “We meet monthly, talk about our experiences and learn from each other,” said Wolde.
Along with education and clinical care, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences conducts research into a wide range of disorders. “We have a number of ongoing clinical trials into depression, anxiety, addictions, post-traumatic stress disorders and other issues,” said Gabriela Vargas, M.B.A., project manager of the Behavioral Research Assessment Center.
Neuromuscular experts with the University of Miami Health System and the Miller School of Medicine will launch a Phase 1/2 clinical trial (NCT04146051) using the CAR-T drug, Descartes-08, to treat patients with generalized myasthenia gravis.
As if there hadn’t been enough suffering, a fatal car accident occurred recently in Cooper’s Town, a tiny community on Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas, one of the areas pummeled by Hurricane Dorian in early September.