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Dr. Nipun B. Merchant Honored with the Alan Livingstone Endowed Chair in Surgical Oncology 11.08.2018

In a ceremony that honored the achievements of two exemplary members of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, renowned surgical oncologist Nipun B. Merchant, M.D., became the inaugural holder of the Alan Livingstone Endowed Chair in Surgical Oncology.

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Study Illuminates the Largely Unrecognized Role of Youth Caregivers 11.06.2018

Despite the essential role Destiny and other youth caregivers play, little is known about how they learn to manage medications, what they know about the medicine they administer, and what kind of rewards and challenges they encounter day to day.

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A New Target Against Pancreatic Cancer 11.05.2018

Pancreatic cancer is a horrible condition on many levels. In its early stages, it has few distinct symptoms and is easily confused with gastrointestinal or liver disorders. Also, pancreatic tumors recruit immune and other cells to generate a protective shell, or microenvironment, that helps them resist treatment. According to the National Institutes of Health, only about 8.5 percent of patients survive for five years.

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Study Points to Novel Epigenetic Target for Alzheimer’s Disease 11.05.2018

A research team at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Center for Therapeutic Innovation (CTI) has identified a novel epigenetic drug target to simultaneously normalize multiple deficits in Alzheimer’s disease (AD), the most common form of dementia in the elderly and the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Donut Dash and Team UM Events Thank Medical Campus Employees and Support United Way 11.02.2018

The line at the south end of the Calder Breezeway stretched from here to … well, you get the idea. At the Donut Dash, a faculty and staff appreciation event held on the medical campus on November 1, The Salty Donut gave away 1,000 donuts at the rate of one per person (ID required), so the turnout was at least 1,000 employees.

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Sylvester Researcher Nationally Recognized for LGBT Training for Oncologists 11.02.2018

Julia Seay, Ph.D., research assistant professor at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, is the lead author of the study on the feasibility and acceptability of this training program, which is a multi-institutional collaboration between investigators at Sylvester, Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, and the University of Florida Health Cancer Center in Gainesville.

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A Safer Way to Edit Genes? 10.31.2018

CRISPR-Cas9 has set the research community on fire for its gene editing efficiency. But that doesn’t mean we can’t do better. Now, in a paper published in the journal PLOS ONE, researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have shown a system used for decades in bacteria can also edit human cells. With a little optimization, this approach — called recombineering — could be a safer way to edit genes.

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Dr. Guillermo Prado Receives National Award for Research Excellence 10.31.2018

Guillermo “Willy” Prado, Ph.D., dean of the University of Miami Graduate School, Leonard M. Miller Professor of Public Health Sciences, and director of the Division of Prevention Science and Community Health at the Miller School of Medicine, was recently honored by the National Hispanic Science Network with the National Award of Excellence in Research by a Senior Investigator.

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Dr. G. Patricia Cantwell Provides Post-Hurricane Medical Support to First Responders in Mexico Beach 10.30.2018

For 24 years, G. Patricia Cantwell, M.D., has provided medical support for first responders after hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and the 9/11 terrorist attack in New York City. In mid-October, she was deployed to Mexico Beach, Florida, the Panhandle community devastated on October 10 by Hurricane Michael that left 29 dead.

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Five Questions: The Rare, Polio-like Illness Affecting Children 10.29.2018

A rare illness that can lead to paralysis or death, acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), is making headlines across the nation, with one of the newest cases confirmed last week by a hospital in Jacksonville, Florida.

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