Dr. Audina Berrocal operates on Creed Pettit. Video & Photo Gallery

Boy with Inherited Blindness First to Receive FDA-Approved Gene Therapy at Bascom Palmer

Creed Pettit, a 9-year-old legally blind boy from Mount Dora, Florida, on March 22 became the first patient to undergo a landmark gene therapy surgery at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, part of UHealth — the University of Miami Health System and the Miller School of Medicine. Creed was diagnosed at about age 2 with Leber congenital amaurosis, a blinding genetic disease caused by an RPE65 genetic mutation.

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Iron Arrow spring 2018 inductees.

Iron Arrow Taps Two Students from Miller School

With the telltale beating of a single drum and a tap on the shoulder with an iron arrow, members of the Iron Arrow Honor Society this week renewed one of the U’s greatest spring traditions. Marching across the Coral Gables and medical campuses in a solemn procession, they bestowed a leading University of Miami honor on 22 lucky recipients — membership in the organization that recognizes students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

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Susan Martin, center, with Alessia Fornoni, M.D., Ph.D., chief of the Katz Family Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, and Tom Green.

Susan Martin Receives Patriotic Employer Award from Office of Secretary of Defense

Susan Martin, senior division administrator for the Department of Medicine’s Katz Family Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, has received the Patriotic Employer Award from the Office of the Secretary of Defense – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. The award was presented on March 13 by Tom Green, area vice chair of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

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Top row, from left, Alfonso Sabater, M.D./Ph.D., Bradley Goldstein, M.D./Ph.D., Armando Mendez, Ph.D., and Keyvan Yousefi, Pharm.D. Bottom row, from left, Stefania Goncalves, M.D., Guerline Lambert, M.S., Lina Shehadeh, Ph.D., Wen Ding, PhD., and Amy Kloosterboer.

Collaborative Miller School Study Finds Potential Treatment for Rare Genetic Condition

A collaborative research team at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has developed a potential treatment strategy for Alport syndrome, a rare genetic condition characterized by kidney disease, hearing loss, and eye abnormalities. The researchers found that reducing osteopontin by genetic deletion can prevent kidney, vision, and hearing pathologies in the Alport mouse and could significantly extend its lifespan.

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Shouts of joy filled the tent as confetti rained down on the happy students and their families. Video & Photo Gallery

Match Day Inspires Cheers and Tears of Joy as Students Celebrate Their Futures

After three and a half years of medical school, a long residency application process, and an exciting, stressful week of waiting, the students under the tent in the Schoninger Research Quadrangle on Friday counted down the final 10 seconds to noon, dodged the confetti shooting through the air, and opened the envelopes that told them where they would spend the next several years of their lives.

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