e-Update: News for University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Faculty and Staff

Up Front

Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D., left, and James D. Wilkinson, M.D., M.P.H.

Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D., left, and James D. Wilkinson, M.D., M.P.H.

With $14.2M in New Grants, Researchers Hope to Improve Treatment for Pediatric Heart Disease

Miller School pediatric researchers have been awarded two multicenter grants totaling more than $14.2 million to identify genetic mutations associated with pediatric cardiomyopathy and develop better and more targeted treatment for children diagnosed with one of the rare but devastating diseases of the heart muscle.

Awarded by the NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to principal investigator Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D., professor of pediatrics and director of the Batchelor Children’s Research Institute, and a team of the nation’s other pediatric cardiomyopathy experts, the four-year grants are designed to significantly increase the understanding of one of the leading causes of heart failure, death and heart transplantation in children. Characterized by an enlarged, thick or rigid heart, cardiomyopathies affect one of about every 50,000 children, nearly 40 percent of whom receive a heart transplant or fail medical management and die within two years of developing symptoms.

Read more about the grants »

More News

Roy C. Levitt, M.D., and Eden R. Martin, Ph.D.

Roy C. Levitt, M.D., and Eden R. Martin, Ph.D.

Department of Anesthesiology and Hussman Institute Team Up to Fight Pain

Roy C. Levitt, M.D., professor of anesthesiology and director of translational research and academic affairs, and statistical geneticist Eden R. Martin, Ph.D., professor of human genetics and director of the Center for Genetic Epidemiology and Statistical Genetics at the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, have been awarded a five-year $2.5 million NIH grant to study genetic susceptibility to certain persistent pain syndromes.

For the grant, “CA8 Variants: New Mechanisms Underlying Transitions to Persistent Pain Syndromes,” Levitt and Martin will study the human carbonic anhydrase 8 gene (CA8) and its role in pain signals.

Read more about the grant »

Lina Shehadeh, Ph.D.

Lina Shehadeh, Ph.D.

Dr. Lina Shehadeh Receives “Stop Heart Disease Researcher of the Year Award”

Lina Shehadeh, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine in the Cardiovascular Division, has been awarded the “Stop Heart Disease Researcher of the Year Award” by the Florida Heart Research Institute for advancing the treatment of cardiovascular disease using RNA therapy.

Shehadeh was presented with the award at the annual meeting of the Florida Chapter of the American College of Cardiology in Orlando on August 25.

Read more about Dr. Shehadeh's award »

Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., delivers the keynote address at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., delivers the keynote address at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., Addresses Miami Chamber of Commerce

Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., director of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, was the keynote speaker at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce monthly trustee luncheon, August 1 at Jungle Island.

Speaking before 350 business professionals and community leaders, Nimer, a nationally renowned leader in leukemia research, talked about his background and offered insights into the unique opportunity that prompted him to leave Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York to come to South Florida and lead Sylvester.

Read more about Dr. Nimer's keynote address »

Thea Pizzeria and Cafe, one of several businesses open at the UM Life Science & Technology Park, features a 30-square-foot, 210,000-piece glass mosaic mural of pastel-hued peonies, roses, and daffodils in its cozy dining room.

Thea Pizzeria and Cafe, one of several businesses open at the UM Life Science & Technology Park, features a 30-square-foot, 210,000-piece glass mosaic mural of pastel-hued peonies, roses, and daffodils in its cozy dining room.

New Restaurants and Shops Open at UM Life Science & Technology Park

Several new restaurants and retailers are now open at the University of Miami Life Science & Technology Park, located on the eastern edge of the Health District, along Northwest 7th Avenue. Parking is free for patrons (with validation) and valet parking is available. The Health District trolley also stops right outside the shops and restaurants.

Read more about the restaurants and shops at UMLSTP »

NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal will be among this year's honorees at the Great Sports Legends Dinner

NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal will be among this year's honorees at the Great Sports Legends Dinner

Join The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis in Honoring Some of Sports’ Greatest Legends

Join us on Monday, September 24, at the Great Sports Legends Dinner, which benefits The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, the fundraising arm of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. The annual event, held at the famed Waldorf=Astoria in New York City, pays tribute to philanthropic heroes and sports legends who inspire and motivate those affected by spinal cord injuries. The much-anticipated event assembles celebrities and corporate leaders who support the efforts of the Buoniconti Family.

Among the legends who will be honored are: basketball’s Shaquille O’Neal, baseball’s Joe Torre and Tony Perez, football’s Marshall Faulk, boxing’s Jake La Motta, NASCAR’s Mark Martin, golf’s Lorena Ochoa, and women’s basketball’s Lisa Leslie. Miami music producer Emilio Estefan will receive The Outstanding Business Leader Award and retired Miami Heat star Alonzo Mourning will receive The Buoniconti Fund Award. NBC Sports’ Bob Costas will serve as emcee and Grammy Award winning Earth, Wind & Fire will perform in support of Nick and Marc Buoniconti and their mission to cure paralysis.

Read more about the event and reserve your table »