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State Awards $500,000 to UM-led Florida Stroke Registry 06.26.2018

The Florida Stroke Registry, a statewide initiative led by stroke experts at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, recently received $500,000 in state funds to further expand the registry’s mission to identify, monitor and reduce stroke disparities, and improve stroke care for hospitals and stroke centers throughout Florida. “With the funding, we’re now able to do more,” said Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S.

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Dr. Robert Myerburg Explores Genetic Links to Sudden Cardiac Death 06.26.2018

Cardiologist Robert J. Myerburg, M.D., at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and colleagues in Finland have uncovered genetic links that offer new explanations for some sudden cardiac deaths in young people. Myocardial fibrosis — scarring of the cardiac muscle — is a common postmortem finding in such cases. There is no known single cause, and in some individuals, there is no identifiable cause at all.

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First Major Study Comparing Robotic to Open Surgery Published in The Lancet 06.25.2018

The first comprehensive study comparing the outcomes of robotic surgery to those of traditional open surgery in any organ has found that the surgeries are equally effective in treating bladder cancer. The seven-year study, conducted at 15 institutions, including Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and directed by Dipen J. Parekh, M.D., chair of urology at the Miller School of Medicine, is published in The Lancet.

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Sylvester Team is Florida Sterling Showcase Champion 06.22.2018

A multidisciplinary and talented team from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center presented a project called “Letting Go” of Denied Charges to Build a Lean Healthcare System at the 26th Annual Florida Sterling Conference, took home the top team prize, and patients are benefiting from their work. The 12-minute presentation included a song-and-dance performance with a Frozen theme.

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Researchers Uncover Clues to Treatment for Chemotherapy-induced Peripheral Neuropathy 06.22.2018

Chemotherapy can extend life, or even provide a cure, but occasionally with side effects so severe that patients reduce or discontinue treatment. Take the case of paclitaxel, an agent originally derived from the bark of the western yew tree, and one of the most common tools used to treat cancers of the ovary, breast, lung, and head and neck.

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Symposium for Graduate and Post-Doctoral Students Offers Valuable Information on Career Options 06.21.2018

The University of Miami Career Development Committee, a Ph.D.-student-run branch under the Biomedical Graduate Student Government and the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, hosted its first annual Graduate Student/Post-Doc Career Symposium on May 30. The goal of the symposium was to provide Ph.D. and post-doctoral students with a comprehensive workshop on career options and skill sets needed to obtain career goals.

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Comprehensive Diabetes Center at Lennar awarded ADA Certificate of Recognition 06.19.2018

The University of Miami Health System’s Comprehensive Diabetes Center, located in The Lennar Foundation Medical Center on UM’s Coral Gables campus, has been awarded a Certificate of Recognition by the American Diabetes Association. The center received the certification, which extends through October 1, 2021, for the high quality of its diabetes self-management education program.

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Dr. Alberto Caban-Martinez Reappointed to NIOSH Construction Sector Council 06.18.2018

Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, D.O., Ph.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of public health sciences and deputy director of the Miami Occupational Research Group, has been reappointed to the Construction Sector Council of the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety. Its goal is to stimulate innovative occupational health and safety research, and improve workplace practices and well-being.

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Miller School Introduces Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and Aging 06.15.2018

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has renamed the Center on Aging as the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and Aging, reflecting a growing emphasis on brain research, diagnostic and clinical services, and educational programs. “Our mission is to be a national and international leader in cognitive neuroscience,” said newly appointed director David Loewenstein, Ph.D.

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Holes in the Head 06.14.2018

According to a new study led by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s David S. Kushner, M.D., trepanation was so expertly practiced in ancient Peru that the survival rate for the procedure during the Incan Empire was about twice that of the American Civil War — when, more three centuries later, soldiers were trepanned presumably by better trained, educated and equipped surgeons.

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