Makinley Edwards, who turned 1 on June 14, is like lots of adorable baby girls. She loves going to the beach, watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and eating chicken fingers and French fries. She also likes looking into the mirror and trying to figure out who the other baby is.
Just a few months ago, however, her prospects were grim. Shortly after her birth, Makinley was diagnosed with stage 3 hepatoblastoma — a form of liver cancer that tends to strike young children. Without the life-saving liver transplant she received on Valentine’s Day at the Miami Transplant Institute, a collaborative program between the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Jackson Memorial Hospital, Makinley never would have reached her first birthday, according to her father, Michael.
Theresa DiNardo Brown, Chief Communications Officer of the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, has been named Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the Miller School of Medicine and UHealth, and Executive Director of Marketing and Communications for the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.
A newly opened outpatient facility in Deering Plaza is providing South Dade families with direct, convenient access to UHealth pediatric specialists. UHealth Pediatric Specialists South, located in an office building adjacent to Jackson South Community Hospital, serves patients from newborns to age 21.
A long-time Miller School researcher, who has dedicated her career to studying the mechanisms that fuel cancers of the prostate and bladder, is now studying a promising drug combination to combat kidney cancer.
A collaborative Miller School study led by Priyamvada Rai, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, describes a novel therapeutic target in RAS-driven lung cancer, a common but untreatable carcinoma. The study, published in Oncogene, describes a critical role for MTH1, a protein which sanitizes oxidized DNA precursors, in facilitating tumor formation by activated KRAS.
Mohammad Jahanzeb, M.D., Medical Director of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at Deerfield Beach, has been appointed Chair-Elect of the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Steering Group Committee.