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Jennifer J. Hu, Ph.D.

Jennifer J. Hu, Ph.D.

UM Researchers Help Pinpoint Genetic Variants that Increase Risk for ER-Negative Breast Cancer

Two Miller School researchers are part of an international consortium that identified four genetic “spelling mistakes” that can increase the risk of one of the most aggressive forms of breast cancer all too common in South Florida. The findings are reported in one of five studies produced by the Collaborative Oncological Gene-environment Study (COGS), a European Union-based consortium of more than 160 research groups, and published in a special issue on genetic risk factors for common cancers in the journal Nature Genetics.

Jennifer J. Hu, Ph.D., Associate Director for Cancer Prevention and Control at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and professor of epidemiology and public health, and Jorge L. Rodriguez Gil, B.S., research assistant at Sylvester, collaborated on the study that identified four risk loci specific to Estrogen receptor-negative (ER-negative) breast tumors. Disproportionally occurring in younger women and women of African ancestry, ER-negative tumors represent 20 to 30 percent of all breast cancers and are associated with worse short-term prog¬noses than ER-positive tumors.

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Thomas Hughes, center, receives the AAN Minority Scholarship from John Mazziotta, M.D., Ph.D., Chair of the American Brain Foundation's Board of Trustees, left, and Charles Flippen, M.D., Chair of the AAN Foundation's Minority Scholars Program.

Thomas Hughes, center, receives the AAN Minority Scholarship from John Mazziotta, M.D., Ph.D., Chair of the American Brain Foundation's Board of Trustees, left, and Charles Flippen, M.D., Chair of the AAN Foundation's Minority Scholars Program.

Miller School Students Shine at American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting

Three second-year Miller School students were recognized at the American Academy of Neurology 2013 Annual Meeting in San Diego.

Thomas Hughes became the first Miller School student to be awarded the AAN Minority Scholarship, which recognizes significant achievements in neurology by medical students, and Christine Greer received the AAN SIGN (Student Interest Group in Neurology) Scholarship. Both awards allowed the students to attend the AAN annual meeting.

Kevin Fu also was recognized for his superior work and statistical analysis on the project he shared with Hughes, “Age-Related Memory Loss and Alzheimer’s Disease: A Randomized, Interactive Web-Based Educational Intervention Study,” which was selected to be presented at the annual meeting.

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University of Miami Hospital

University of Miami Hospital

University of Miami Hospital Earns Designation as Blue Distinction Center for Quality

University of Miami Hospital has been designated a Blue Distinction Center for quality in knee and hip replacement.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield awards the national designation, part of the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program, to medical facilities that demonstrate expertise in delivering quality specialty care. Designations also serve as a consumer aid in choosing high-performing hospitals.

Dan Snyder, Chief Executive Officer of UMH, credited hospital staff for earning the distinction with their dedication.

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Anne Auguste was among dozens of Miller School employees to enjoy yoga on the quad.

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Anne Auguste was among dozens of Miller School employees to enjoy yoga on the quad.

Week of Well-Being Offers Something for Everyone

From an exhilarating yoga session on the sun-drenched lawn to an eye-opening lecture on the ill effects of a diet high in animal protein, the University’s inaugural Week of Well-Being ended on the Miller School campus last week with rave reviews from employees.

“Oh my god, I love it,’’ said Anne Auguste, who joined about 150 employees for a lunchtime hour of stretching, breathing, bending and contemplation on a sea of purple yoga mats stretched across a corner of the Schoninger Research Quadrangle on April 4. “We need to do this once a week on the quad. It would be awesome.”

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Wearing protective gear, UMH operations and clinical personnel Gustavo Gonzalez, left, Mimi Pinder, center, and Joseph Falise, right, decontaminate a "patient" who they were told was exposed to an unidentified chemical during a cruise ship explosion.

Wearing protective gear, UMH operations and clinical personnel Gustavo Gonzalez, left, Mimi Pinder, center, and Joseph Falise, right, decontaminate a "patient" who they were told was exposed to an unidentified chemical during a cruise ship explosion.

UMH Stages Successful Drill to Prepare for Unthinkable Disaster

Last Wednesday unfolded at University of Miami Hospital as the kind of day doctors, nurses and other staff hope they will never see, but are well-prepared to handle: An explosion on a cruise ship two miles offshore had unleashed smoke, fire and a chemical vapor of unknown origin, inflicting various burns, respiratory distress, blunt trauma and lacerations on 150 people. Some of the survivors were being transported to UMH.

Fortunately, the mass casualty incident was a mock exercise designed to test, evaluate and ultimately strengthen UMH’s Medical Surge and Fatality Management capabilities, ensuring hospital personnel and their community partners are ready and equipped to treat multiple disaster victims who require decontamination and a range of medical interventions.

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Sylvester/UMHC Radiation Oncology Expands Services to New Location

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center/University of Miami Hospital and Clinics has expanded its radiation oncology services. The new UMHC/Sylvester West satellite office, located in the University of Miami Hospital West Building, provides enhanced patient access and the same quality and continuity of care provided at all Sylvester facilities.

Staffed by Sylvester’s premier physicians, patients receive the most advanced radiation oncology treatment options delivered with the compassion and expertise for which the world-class cancer center is known. The facility provides radiation therapy to outpatients referred to Sylvester, as well as patients admitted to University of Miami Hospital, who can now begin or continue radiation therapy with Sylvester’s multidisciplinary team of dedicated healthcare professionals while hospitalized.

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