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Celebrating 50 years of excellence are, from left, Ralph Sacco, M.D., M.S., UM President Donna E. Shalala, Mark and Janet Levy, Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and Cindy and Tom Feltenstein.

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Celebrating 50 years of excellence are, from left, Ralph Sacco, M.D., M.S., UM President Donna E. Shalala, Mark and Janet Levy, Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and Cindy and Tom Feltenstein.

Hundreds Celebrate Department of Neurology’s 50th Anniversary

Some 380 guests from South Florida and beyond attended the 50th Anniversary Gala of the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Neurology on Saturday, February 25, at The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach.

Amid socializing, dining, dancing, and entertainment by comedian and television personality Jay Leno, attendees learned about the Miller School’s long legacy of neurological excellence.

Supporting the event’s theme, “Solving the Neurological Puzzle,” UM President Donna E. Shalala acknowledged the history of expert leadership and dedication to research that brought the department from its humble beginnings, even before its official formation in 1962, to its current position as a “national and international powerhouse providing excellence in 14 sub-specialties, robust science, and patient outreach.”

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Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D., left, is the study's principal investigator and David C. Landy, M.P.H., the lead author.

Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D., left, is the study's principal investigator and David C. Landy, M.P.H., the lead author.

Miller School Study Offers Tools to Prevent Atherosclerosis in Survivors of Childhood Cancer

In a study that provides practical tools for identifying pediatric cancer survivors at high risk for premature death from atherosclerosis, Miller School researchers found that teenagers and young adults who survived childhood cancer have increased odds of already having blocked arteries, as well as an elevated risk of suffering a myocardial infarction, stroke, or coronary death over the next 30 years.

But the study published in the February issue of the American Heart Journal and led by Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D., professor and chair of pediatrics and associate executive dean for child health, found that the cardiometabolic health of young cancer survivors was not significantly different from a similarly aged sibling who had never battled cancer. The finding suggests that poor cardiometabolic health of childhood cancer survivors is not strongly associated with their cancer or their treatment, but with their physical inactivity, a modifiable risk that can be targeted early to prevent premature death.

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From left, are Ricardo Komotar, M.D., patient Cathy Hoffman-Booker, and Deborah Heros, M.D.

From left, are Ricardo Komotar, M.D., patient Cathy Hoffman-Booker, and Deborah Heros, M.D.

Miller School Offers Brain Cancer Vaccine, Gives Patient Hope

The first patient in Florida to receive a novel vaccine for brain cancer, Cathy Hoffman-Booker believes fate steered her to UHealth. “I feel everything happens for a reason, and I’m thankful that I was given a chance,” she told reporters at a Miller School news conference.

Hoffman-Booker’s “chance” is her participation in a clinical trial using a vaccine to target what remains of her brain tumor – a glioblastoma multiforme, the most common and aggressive form of brain tumor. She is the first person treated by a team of surgeons and oncologists at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth–University of Miami Health System, after enrolling in a clinical trial for a vaccine to target glioblastoma multiforme – the same type of tumor that claimed the life of U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy and, more recently, baseball Hall of Famer Gary Carter.

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Susan Schmitz, M.A., left, and Suzanne Lechner, Ph.D., were among the researchers who exhibited posters at the fair.

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Susan Schmitz, M.A., left, and Suzanne Lechner, Ph.D., were among the researchers who exhibited posters at the fair.

Researchers Gather for Shared Resources Fair and Drug Discovery Forum

The Miller Office of Research hosted two events this month at the Miller School for the research community – a Shared Resources Fair on the morning of February 17, and a Collaborative Research Exchange Forum (CREF) on drug discovery in the afternoon.

More than 200 researchers attended the third Shared Resources Fair, which featured nearly 50 posters with information about the varied core laboratories, facilities, and shared resources supporting discovery science, translational, and clinical research. Later, more than 50 faculty, staff, and students gathered at the Lois Pope LIFE Center for the forum to share information on drug discovery.

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The MFA Spring Party includes an  exclusive viewing of The Margulies Collection at The Warehouse, including Will Ryman's “Dinner Party.”

The MFA Spring Party includes an exclusive viewing of The Margulies Collection at The Warehouse, including Will Ryman's “Dinner Party.”

Support Scholarships at MFA’s Spring Party at The Margulies Collection on March 11

UM faculty and administration and their family and friends are invited to attend the Miller School Medical Faculty Association’s annual fundraiser, the MFA Spring Party, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 11. The event will be held at The Margulies Collection at The Warehouse at 591 N.W. 27 Street, Miami. Tickets are $125 a person and include a champagne, wine, and hors d’oeuvres reception and exclusive viewing of the art collection, with all proceeds benefiting scholarships and awards for medical, graduate, and nursing students.

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