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University of Miami Medical Team Reports Acute Findings from the Havana Embassy Phenomenon

Miller School Professor Michael E. Hoffer, M.D., center, begins report by UM researchers and collaborators of their findings regarding the Havana Embassy Phenomenon.

Miller School Professor Michael E. Hoffer, M.D., center, begins report by UM researchers and collaborators of their findings regarding the Havana Embassy Phenomenon. Photo GalleryView Photo Gallery

A team of University of Miami Miller School of Medicine faculty, along with collaborators from the University of Pittsburgh, today presented the first report of acute symptoms and clinical findings in 25 diplomatic personnel living in the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba, who experienced severe neurosensory symptoms after exposure to a unique sound and pressure phenomenon.

“Objective testing showed evidence of a balance disorder that affects the inner ear and a unique pattern of cognitive and behavioral dysfunction,” said Michael E. Hoffer, M.D., professor of otolaryngology and neurological surgery. “This cluster of auditory and neurological symptoms, along with associated psychological issues, does not resemble more classic traumatic brain injury (TBI) based on our team’s vast experience in this area.”

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At the Micah Batchelor Awards ceremony, from left, Henri R. Ford, M.D, MHA, Brent Pfeiffer, M.D., Ph.D., Merline Benny, M.D., Juan Solano, M.D., Asha Pillai, M.D., Judy Schaechter, M.D., MBA, and President Julio Frenk.

Four Researchers Honored by the Batchelor Foundation

The 14th presentation of the Micah Batchelor Awards for Excellence in Children’s Health Research, created to recognize and inspire the development of innovative ideas and solutions to improve the health and well-being of children, took place November 8. Four researchers from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine were honored at the ceremony.

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Researchers at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have developed biodegradable nanoparticles that can shepherd therapeutic molecules through the Blood-Brain Barrier.

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Sylvester Researcher Rallies for Increased Medical Research Funding

Barry I. Hudson, Ph.D., a researcher at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and assistant professor of cell biology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, attended the Rally for Medical Research held this fall in Washington, D.C.

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Development Programs Ramp Up Research Success for Early-Career Physician-Scientists

A major benefit of being an early-career physician-investigator at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is all the research expertise nearby. Two programs help young researchers take full advantage of this invaluable resource.

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From left, Maritza Alencar, D.N.P., MBA, APRN, with Jessica MacIntyre, MSN, APRN. Video & Photo Gallery

Sylvester’s Nurse Practitioner Oncology Fellowship Program Earns Accreditation

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has issued an Accreditation with Distinction to the oncology fellowship program developed for nurse practitioners at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

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