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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”