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.”
Paving a Pathway for Future Doctors 07.19.2011
Amid the noontime din at the Jackson Memorial Hospital cafeteria, a group of young students eat lunch while chattering excitedly about their classes and their futures. They are not medical students—at least not yet—but the college juniors, seniors and recent graduates seem to blend in well with the physicians, medical students and dozens of hospital employees around them.
At a July 13 news conference at the UM/Jackson Ryder Trauma Center, Miami-Dade Police Director James K. Loftus expressed his department's collective thanks to the venerable institution by presenting a certificate of appreciation to Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Jackson Health System CEO Carlos Migoya, and Nicholas Namias, M.D., M.B.A., professor of surgery and medical director of trauma at Ryder.
Carlos Singer, M.D., professor of neurology and director of the Miller School’s Center of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders, has received a $250,000 grant from the National Parkinson Foundation to study the presence of sleep-related breathing disorders in patients with the degenerative central nervous system syndrome and its effect on their cognitive abilities.
The daughter of a World War II veteran who parachuted into Normandy on D-Day, Sherrill H. Hayes, Ph.D., PT, professor and chair of physical therapy, always does her part to support active-duty personnel, allowing students who are National Guard reservists to fulfill their part-time commitments.