The Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute continues to receive national attention for its groundbreaking research translating stem cell biology into clinical trials. Joshua M. Hare, M.D., director of the Institute, headlined National Public Radio’s Science Friday program, hosted by Ira Flatow, on July 22.
Richard A. Iacino Memorial Fund 07.26.2011
The Richard A. Iacino Memorial Fund has been established at the Miller School of Medicine to benefit the Medical Wellness Center. An online giving page has been designed for anyone who is interested in making a donation.
The Miller School’s Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency raised more than $19,000 at its first annual Fishing for Life Tournament on Saturday, June 25. The charity event was designed to raise funds and awareness of the critical need for organ, eye and tissue donations for those awaiting the gift of life through transplantation in South Florida.
Miller School of Medicine researchers and their collaborators have identified important risk factors for death and transplantation in children with dilated cardiomyopathy (heart muscle disease), in findings published online July 25 in the journal Circulation.
The Miller School’s Vascular Biology Institute and Department of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology have been awarded a $2 million grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health. The grant will support a translational research program that combines gene therapy with engineered stem cells for the treatment of cardiovascular disease.
Five University of Miami Miller School of Medicine programs at Jackson Memorial Medical Center (UM/Jackson) have been ranked among the best in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals survey, with UM’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute ranked Number One in ophthalmology for the eighth year in a row.
Researchers from the Miller School of Medicine joined dozens of other institutions from across the United States and Oxford University in England to publish a very unusual genetic map in the journal Nature. The African American recombination map highlights areas that promote genetic variation in this population, making it a useful tool with which to study human evolution and the genetics of disease.
The 2011 Alzheimer’s Association Bengt Winblad Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., director of the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics and the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Professor of Human Genomics, during a ceremony at the opening of the Alzheimer’s Association’s annual meeting on July 17.
To honor the remarkable 43 years the late Sung Lan Hsia, Ph.D., devoted to the Department of Dermatology and Cuteaneous Surgery, his admirers gathered with his family on July 14 to dedicate in his memory the same lab where he helped discover the cancer-inhibiting potential of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) and the significant role HDL cholesterol plays in protecting the cardiovascular system.
Mahendra Kumar, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and psychology and director of the Molecular Neuroendocrinology and Neurotransmitters Laboratory, was recently awarded more than $3 million for a National Institutes of Health research project grant titled “HIV-1 Infection in Methamphetamine Abusers: Endocrine Outcomes.”