Governor Rick Scott and Senator Rene Garcia visited the Miller School of Medicine Monday to present a check from the state of Florida for $1 million to advance HIV/AIDS research. The funding will help support ongoing AIDS research programs and extend the research capacity of UM’s Center for AIDS Research through synergistic collaborations with investigators at other institutions in South Florida. In addition, the funds will promote the creation of the University of Miami HIV/AIDS Institute, which will serve as the umbrella under which clinical, research and philanthropic activities at UM will be coordinated.
“For anyone who has ever worked in healthcare, every day you help somebody’s life,” said Scott, who was a hospital executive before entering politics. “Funding research to cure the horrible diseases that afflict our loved ones has to be one of our top priorities. One of the nice things to happen in our state in the last four years is that we have turned our economy around. So as our economy gets better, we have more money in the budget, and we can do more things. Healthcare is clearly one of them. We must work together to treat these complex diseases, which require much more research and development.”
A long-time Miller School of Medicine developmental psychologist, whose touch therapy program has transformed the health of hundreds of premature infants, was honored in Washington, D.C., for her holistic treatment approach that was enhanced by research with rats.
Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., M.P.H., professor of medicine and public health sciences, Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Director of Community Engagement at the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), has been named one of Diversity MBA Magazine’s Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Leaders.
Every second matters after a person has a stroke, and everyone, regardless of where they live, should have access to the critical treatment needed within a few hours of the stroke’s onset.
Robert C. Hendel, M.D., professor of medicine, radiology and interim Chief of the Cardiovascular Division, was part of a delegation of Florida cardiologists who met with members of Congress and their staff in Washington, D.C.
Lilian M. Abbo, M.D., associate professor of clinical medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases, has been named Associate Chief Patient Safety and Quality Officer for UHealth and Medical Director for Antimicrobial Stewardship for the UHealth system and Jackson Memorial Hospital.