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Miller School of Medicine Sets New Record in NIH Research Grant Funding

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine received a record $133.5 million in research grants from the National Institutes of Health in Federal Fiscal Year 2018 — a $12.8 million increase over the school’s FFY 2017 total, raising the school another point to No. 40 of 147 institutions in the national rankings.

According to data compiled by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, that total again made the Miller School the No. 1 NIH-funded institution in Florida. It also put the Miller School $28.2 million and six ranking places above the next-highest Florida medical school in terms of NIH funding.

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From left, Juan Dominguez-Bendala, Ph.D., with Ricardo Pastori, Ph.D., in the laboratory.

Diabetes Research Institute Scientists Engineer ‘Suicide Genes’ to Safely Grow Insulin-Producing

Researchers have been advancing methods to generate insulin-producing beta cells from pluripotent stem cells for the clinical treatment of type 1 diabetes. However, transplantation of these immature cells into patients poses substantial risks, namely the development of tumors (teratomas) and the growth of these stem cells into unwanted cell types.

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A team of UHealth neurosurgeons and neurologists was the first in the eastern U.S., and the second in the nation, to implant the Vercise Cartesia Directional Lead.

UHealth Parkinson’s Experts Continue to Advance Deep Brain Stimulation with Newer Surgical Options

Neurologists and neurosurgeons at UHealth – the University of Miami Health System are continuing to advance Deep Brain Stimulation for people with Parkinson’s Disease. Among the health system’s latest surgical advances, the team recently became the first in the eastern U.S. and the second in the nation to implant the Vercise Cartesia Directional Lead.

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Libert Ramos, MSN/Ed, APRN (left), and Ranjith Ramasamy, M.D.

UHealth Urologist Receives Nurse Practitioner Advocacy Award

Mentoring another medical professional may seem like a one-sided practice, but these interactions often benefit both parties. Sometimes the benefit for the physician mentor is unexpected, as was the case for UHealth urologist Ranjith Ramasamy, M.D. He recently found out he won the 2019 Florida Award for Advocate Excellence from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

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Jeffrey Goldberger, M.D., MBA, observes as patient Marvin Pickholz checks his pulse. Video & Photo Gallery

UHealth’s Center for Atrial Fibrillation Delivers Advanced Care and Innovative Research

For patients with dangerous irregular heartbeats, the Center for Atrial Fibrillation at UHealth — the University of Miami Health System and the Miller School of Medicine offers leading-edge personalized care.

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From left, Henri R. Ford, M.D., MHA, Emmanuel Thomas, M.D., Ph.D., and CTSI Director Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., MS. Video & Photo Gallery

Dean Henri R. Ford Launches Interdisciplinary Research Lecture Series

Emmanuel Thomas, M.D., Ph.D., a researcher at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, was the inaugural speaker in Dean Henri R. Ford’s Interdisciplinary Research Lecture Series. Dr. Thomas’s lecture was titled “An Integrated, Multidisciplinary Approach for the Prevention and Early Detection of Viral Hepatitis-induced Hepatocellular Carcinoma.”

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