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Dr. Justin Watts Honored with the Pap Corps Endowed Professorship in Leukemia

From left, Dr. Henri R. Ford, Linda Moses, Dr. Justin Watts, Dr. Sara Iobst, and Dr. Stephen D. Nimer.

From left, Dr. Henri R. Ford, Linda Moses, Dr. Justin Watts, Dr. Sara Iobst, and Dr. Stephen D. Nimer. Photo GalleryView Photo Gallery

In the battle to fight cancer, and to identify cures that not only save patients but also improve their quality of life, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and the Pap Corps, Champions for Cancer Research, have forged a remarkable partnership close to 70 years strong. This was evident on the evening of June 27, in the Lois Pope LIFE Center, when Justin Watts, M.D., received the Pap Corps Endowed Professorship in Leukemia.

Thanking his mentors, colleagues, staff and family members, Dr. Watts, an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology-Oncology at the Miller School, talked about his ambitious goals. “My mission is to design and develop the next generation of drug therapies and precision medicine platforms that will be less toxic and cure more leukemia patients,” he said.

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New Vice President for Medical Development and Alumni Relations Announced

Sarah Christensen, a fundraising and development executive with a track record for orchestrating strategic growth in the area of philanthropy, has been named the new vice president for medical development and alumni relations, the University of Miami announced Wednesday.

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Sulagna Banerjee, Ph.D., left, with research assistant Nikita Sharma. Video & Photo Gallery

Two Sylvester Pancreatic Cancer Researchers Awarded Grants

Cigarette smoking is one of the major risk factors for pancreatic cancer and a focus of study for Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers Vikas Dudeja, M.D., and Sulagna Banerjee, Ph.D. Their individual research projects, recently awarded state funding, examine different tobacco-related mechanisms that promote or drive this aggressive cancer.

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A team of UHealth neurosurgeons recently performed Florida’s second deep brain stimulation surgery for a patient with intractable epilepsy.

UHealth Launches New Deep Brain Stimulation Treatment for Epilepsy

A clinical team from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center and the Department of Neurosurgery recently performed Florida’s second deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery for a patient with intractable epilepsy. The new treatment, which was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2018, offers a new therapeutic strategy for patients whose epilepsy cannot be treated effective

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Dr. Monica Broome

Dr. Monica Broome Receives Exceptional Mentor Award from American Medical Women’s Association

Monica Broome, M.D., assistant professor of medicine and director of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Communications Skills Program, has received the Exceptional Mentor Award from the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA).

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UM to Lead New NIH-Funded Study of Aging of Men and Women with HIV

The National Institutes of Health has awarded University of Miami researchers $14 million for an ambitious seven-year project that will keep the Miller School of Medicine at the forefront of cutting-edge HIV research. The research will track cardiovascular and pulmonary disease as well as other non-infectious conditions that people with HIV – both women and men – experience as they age.

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