The University of Miami Faculty Senate has unanimously and enthusiastically approved the establishment of the Miller School of Medicine Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy. The Senate legislation was signed by President Donna E. Shalala in April.
Alessia Fornoni, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, spent her formative years tending to livestock and making cheese on her family’s farm in the remote village of Ardesio (Bergamo) in the Italian Alps. While most children were expected to work in the farm or textile factories by age 13, Fornoni was later granted a formal education.
Nick and Marc Buoniconti, University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala, Jackson Health System President and CEO Carlos A. Migoya, and other dignitaries gathered on April 29 to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Christine E. Lynn Rehabilitation Center for The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center.
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researchers Alejandro Caicedo, Ph.D., and Carlos T. Moraes, Ph.D., have been awarded a multiple principal investigator R33 grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to study mitochondrial signaling in beta cells in vivo. The purpose of their research is to determine how environmental toxins affect mitochondrial function, potentially causing diabetes.
Addressing public concern about cognitive aging, scientists from the Miller School of Medicine and three other leading research universities heard a message of hope at the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute 8th Annual Inter-Institutional Meeting on April 30 at the downtown Miami Hyatt Regency.