Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine hosted the inaugural surgery research day and Lily Altschuler Memorial Symposium in Pancreatic Cancer Research on May 12, showcasing scientific achievements of faculty and trainees.
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Dominican Republic’s Instituto de Oncologia Dr. Heriberto Pieter. The agreement allows Miller School oncology experts to provide their evidence-based expertise to improve cancer care, research and clinical trial initiatives and health outcomes in the Dominican Republic.
The University of Miami Hospital and Clinics welcomed 201 third-year Miller School students from both the Miami and regional medical campuses for the 22nd annual Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), a medical school rite of passage that tests the clinical skills of students.
Thanks to the extraordinary philanthropy of Bernard Osher, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine will soon be one of a select few institutions offering a unique and comprehensive center for evidence-based, integrative medicine. The Bernard Osher Foundation, founded in 1977, recently approved a $5 million endowment gift to create the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, along with a $500,000 current-use grant.
UM Expert Presents New National Lipid Association Recommendations for Cholesterol Reduction 05.31.2017
New patient-centered guidelines for the use of PCSK9 inhibitors to reduce cholesterol have been issued by a panel of experts from the National Lipid Association (NLA) chaired by Carl E. Orringer, M.D., a top lipid expert at the University of Miami Health System and professor of medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
Stopping VEGF, a Cancer Super-Villain 05.30.2017
For years, a protein called vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) has been known for its ability to generate new blood vessels. As tumors grow, and need more oxygen and nutrients, they secrete VEGF to increase their blood supply. That was a radical discovery 20 years ago, and some believed it would create many therapeutic opportunities against cancer.
Using Epigenetics to Fight Blood Cancers 05.30.2017
Researchers are trying to figure out why changes in the interactions of proteins can cause cancer. Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., director of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, was co-senior author on a paper, published in the journal PNAS, that describes how the protein DPF2 regulates blood production. High levels of DPF2 are seen in patients with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML).
Zika Virus Was Introduced in South Florida Multiple Times in 2016, Study in Nature Reveals 05.24.2017
A team of University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researchers worked with a team of scientists at The Scripps Research Institute in California and investigators at other leading institutions to solve a mystery about the first U.S. outbreak of Zika virus in 2016.Sequencing the Zika virus RNA of infected people and Aedes aegypti mosquitoes revealed some surprises.
Elizabeth Sierocinski, who just completed her third year at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has received a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to continue a research project in Germany looking at patients’ responses to findings in research imaging.
Sylvester Associate Director Receives $2.5 Million Grant for Predictive Testing of Ocular Melanoma 05.23.2017
J. William Harbour, M.D., associate director for basic research at Sylvester, and the Mark J. Daily Chair and vice chairman for translational research at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, has been awarded a $2.5 million grant from the National Cancer Institute, a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to study predictive testing of ocular (or uveal) melanoma, one of the deadliest types of cancer.