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Medical Faculty Awards 2017

December 14, 2017

The Medical Faculty Awards were established through a charitable gift to the UM Miller School of Medicine. The MFA Best Research awards recognize outstanding biomedical research among our graduate students. The MFA Travel Awards supports both graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to travel and present at national biomedical conferences.

From left, former student Xiao-Ming Xu, Ph.D., Mary Bartlett Bunge, Ph.D., and W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D.

Dr. Mary Bartlett Bunge, Who Made Major Contributions to The Miami Project, Retires

November 29, 2017

In 1989, Mary Bartlett Bunge, Ph.D., and her late husband, Richard P. Bunge, M.D., two of the world’s most respected researchers in the field of neurobiology, moved their laboratory from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine to the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The occasion for the move was Richard becoming the scientific director of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.

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A Step Closer to Realizing the Promise of Precision Medicine in Cancer

November 17, 2017

New findings by researchers at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center may prove to be an important solution to one of the more difficult problems faced in the field of precision medicine when it comes to treating cancer. An article reporting their findings, “Discordancy Partitioning for Validating Potentially Inconsistent Pharmacogenomic Studies,” was published online November 9 by Scientific Reports.

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From left, Kerry L. Burnstein, Ph.D., Mai Huynh, Govindi Samaranayake, Rolando Lyles, Clara Troccoli, and Priyamvada Rai, Ph.D.

Sylvester Researchers and Colleagues Identify Novel Therapeutic Target for Incurable Prostate Cancer

November 14, 2017

A collaborative study by researchers at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and colleagues has identified a novel therapeutic target for incurable prostate cancer. The research found a critical role for thioredoxin-1, a protein that protects cells from oxidative stress, in the progression of prostate cancer to the incurable castration-resistant stage.

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Wael El-Rifai, M.D., Ph.D.

A Renowned Physician-Scientist Joins Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

November 06, 2017

Wael El-Rifai, M.D., Ph.D., an internationally renowned physician-scientist, has joined the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine as co-leader of the Tumor Biology Program and associate director for Program Development. His departmental appointments are professor and associate vice chair of surgery, and professor of biochemistry and molecular biology.

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The recipients of the 2017 Louis J. Elsas Research Award in Biochemical Genetics: from left, Luc Bertrand, Ph.D., Dana Bis, Ph.D. candidate, Anastasia Vedenko, Ph.D. candidate, and David Sant, Ph.D. candidate.

Researchers Receive the Louis J. Elsas Research Award in Biochemical Genetics

October 26, 2017

Three University of Miami Miller School of Medicine doctoral students and one postdoctoral researcher have been selected for a prestigious award that honors the legacy of a renowned geneticist, the late Louis J. “Skip” Elsas, M.D. The four were named as the 2017 recipients of the Louis J. Elsas Research Award in Biochemical Genetics, established by the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation in 2011.

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The many elements behind effective big data analysis.

NIH Award Will Help Expand Big Data

October 20, 2017

More and more often in this era of big data, it’s not a lack of information that’s the issue. Instead, it can be sorting through a tsunami of data to find what’s most relevant and meaningful to drive medical research forward. Now a $1.4 million grant from the National Institute of Health will boost efforts of a team of researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

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The Alzheimer’s disease Follow-Up Study research team during a study meeting. From left, Brian Kunkle, Ph.D., Jeffery Vance, M.D., Ph.D., Katrina Celis Delgado, M.D., Margaret Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., Larry Deon Adams, and Michael Cuccaro, Ph.D. Delgado and Adams are clinical coordinators for the HIHG diversity studies.

Miller School and Collaborators to Receive up to $30.2 Million for Alzheimer’s Research

October 05, 2017

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and collaborators have been selected to receive awards totaling up to $30.2 million in grant funding for Alzheimer’s disease research. The awards include a grant expected to total $22.7 million over five years and a second grant for $7.5 million. Both awards were given by the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health.

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