About a hundred people who attended the Community Health and Resource Fair in North Miami last month received free health screenings and learned about the free primary and preventive care services the Miller School’s Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation School Health Initiative offers at nine Miami-Dade County schools this year.
Asma Aftab, M.D., M.P.H., research assistant professor of family medicine and community health, has been selected by the U.S. Department of State as a Fulbright scholar. As part of the prestigious program, Dr. Aftab will introduce a comprehensive tobacco cessation and training curriculum program for undergraduate, graduate and faculty development audiences in two Pakistani universities.
The International Diabetes Federation has awarded Hermes Florez, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., associate professor of medicine and epidemiology and public health, a $340,000 grant to bring the novel diabetes prevention strategies his team is testing in South Florida to his native Venezuela.
Nephrologists at the Miller School have solved a decades-long search for the cause of a significant form of chronic kidney disease – focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). Working with mouse models and a bank of patient samples, scientists have discovered the first circulating factor known to start the process leading to FSGS.
The Burn Center at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital has received re-verification by the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. This achievement recognizes the burn center’s dedication to providing compassionate, leading-edge care to patients.
The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has received a $454,500 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to expand the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation School Health Initiative. The funding is part of last year’s federal health care overhaul to build new school clinics and expand health care into areas with high numbers of uninsured families.
The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has received approval for the first allopathic surgical residency program in Palm Beach County. The new five-year program at the University of Miami Regional Campus in Palm Beach County was approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and will be implemented in close collaboration with JFK Medical Center in Atlantis, where it will be based.
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.