Universtiy of Miami Miller School of Medicine Graduate Studies

News 2013

The NASDAQ welcomes Eckhard Podack, M.D., Ph.D., outside Times Square in New York City, as Heat Biologics makes its initial public offering.

U Innovation Celebrates First Public Offering of a University of Miami Spin-Off

December 10, 2013

U Innovation, home of technology advancement at the University of Miami, is celebrating the first initial public offering (IPO) by a company to evolve from its mission to bring life-enhancing discoveries made by UM scientists to the marketplace. The company, Heat Biologics (NASDAQ: HTBX), raised $27 million to fund clinical trials for its proprietary, unique off-the-shelf ImPACT (Immune Pan Antigen Cytotoxic Therapy) vaccines.

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Mary Bartlett Bunge, Ph.D., is the sixth UM faculty member to be elected to the Institute of Medicine.

The Miami Project’s Mary Bartlett Bunge Elected to the Institute of Medicine

October 22, 2013

Mary Bartlett Bunge, Ph.D., professor of cell biology, neurological surgery and neurology at the Univerisity of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine, an extraordinary honor that reflects the height of professional achievement and commitment to service in health and medicine.

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Daniel J. Feaster, Ph.D.

To Halt AIDS, Stop Brief Risk Counseling and Concentrate on Testing, National Study Finds

October 22, 2013

For decades, people seeking an HIV test have been counseled on realistic and achievable steps they could take to avoid infection. But a national study led by Miller School researchers has found that the resources devoted to pre-test counseling would be better spent on universal testing that could detect more HIV cases earlier, and link newly infected people to the care that could could halt the spread of the virus.

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William M. Awad Jr., M.D., Ph.D.

Physician-Scientist William M. Awad, Jr., Passes Away After Nearly a Half Century of Service

September 10, 2013

William M. Awad, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., a beloved physician-scientist whose kindness, intellect and longtime service to the University and the Division of Hematology/Oncology left an indelible mark on generations of colleagues, students and cancer patients, passed away in hospice care on September 6, nearly a half century after joining the Miller School faculty and helping scores of Ph.D.s become medical doctors. He was 85.

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Working with the Juanfe Foundation’s Teenage Mothers Program, M.P.H. student Daniella Orihuela holds 6-month-old Camila.

Inspired Student’s M.P.H. Project Takes Her to Colombia to Address Infant

September 10, 2013

Spurred on by a desire to create lasting change in her native South America, Daniella Orihuela recently spent a month in Cartegena, Colombia, as the first Miller School Master of Public Health student to team with the.Juan Felipe Gómez Escobar Foundation, which works to reduce infant mortality and teen pregnancy and break the cycle of poverty in some of Colombia’s poorest areas.

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Julie Kornfeld, Ph.D,. M.P.H., addresses the Miller School's newest - and largest - class of M.P.H. students.

Public Health Sciences’ Graduate Programs Welcome Largest Class

September 03, 2013

The Department of Public Health Sciences welcomed 70 new students – the largest class to date – into the department’s Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) graduate program last month. Also joining the graduate programs were nine new Ph.D. students, five in epidemiology and four in biostatistics. They join 48 members of the M.D./M.P.H. Class of 2017, who began their M.P.H. coursework in June as part of their dual-degree program.

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Sarah Messiah, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Guillermo "Willy" Prado, Ph.D.

Researchers Awarded $2M Grant to Test Obesity Intervention for Hispanic Youths and Their Families

August 12, 2013

Public health researchers who developed the successful Familias Unidas intervention to prevent risky behavior among Hispanic youth are teaming up with obesity experts to determine if the program now operating in 24 Miami-Dade County middle schools can reduce obesity among Hispanic teens as effectively as it has reduced their sexually risky conduct and use of drugs, alcohol and cigarettes.

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From left are Hermes Florez, M.D., Ph.D.; Ailton Alves, M.D. (Brazil); Maria Cristina Escobar, M.D. (Chile); Alberto Barceló, M.D. (PAHO); Naydene Williams, M.D. (Jamaica); José Szapocznik, Ph.D.; Elisa Prieto, M.D. (PAHO); and Sandra Delon, Ph.D. (Canada).

Miller School Partners with Pan American Health Organization to Improve Chronic Health Care

July 16, 2013

Providing quality care for the millions who suffer of chronic non-communicable disease globally is one of the most prevalent public health concerns today. Yet the vast majority of people with chronic conditions do not receive appropriate care, only half are properly diagnosed, and among those, only a fourth receive treatment. These staggering statistics were the focus of the PAHO regional working group held July 9-11..

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The founders of the University's unique Industrial Ph.D. program are, from left, Sapna Deo, Ph.D., Zafar Nawaz, Ph.D., and Sylvia Daunert, Ph.D.

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Launches First Online Industrial Ph.D. Degree

July 11, 2013

Leading the University of Miami into the next frontier of education, the Miller School’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has established a unique degree program that will enable industry and government scientists to remain on the job – and in their labs – while earning a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Industrial Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

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Seth J. Schwartz, Ph.D.

Researcher Receives $2.5 Million Grant to Conduct First-of-Its-Kind Screening for Underage Drinking

June 25, 2013

Seth J. Schwartz, Ph.D., associate professor of public health sciences in the Division of Prevention Science and Community Health, has been awarded a $2.5 million, five-year grant from the NIH’s National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to test the validity of a two-question screening survey designed to identify underage drinking among children and teenagers.

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Krishna V. Komanduri, M.D.

Research Uncovers Approach That May Decrease Complications of Stem Cell Transplants for Cancer

June 18, 2013

The preferred treatment of many high-risk or relapsed hematologic malignancies remains an allogeneic stem cell transplant. However, patients and physicians often face graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), a frequent and life-threatening complication. Miller School and Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers have developed a method to decrease GVHD, while maintaining the benefits of T-cell virus-specific immunity.

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Lisa Plano, M.D., Ph.D.

Collaborative Studies Show Clear Link Between Human Bacteria and Ocean Environments

June 01, 2013

Two Miller School collaborative studies led by Lisa Plano, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of pediatrics and microbiology and immunology, have shown a clear link between a common human bacterium and ocean environments. For the first time, UM researchers showed that levels of Staphylococcus aureus, commonly known as “staph,” vary in tidal waters and beach sand, based on the number of bathers.

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From left are Health Care Heroes Erin Kobetz, Ph.D., Michael S. Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., and Joshua Hare, M.D.

Michael S. Gordon Receives Lifetime Achievement Award; Hare and Kobetz Also Named Health Care Heroes

May 30, 2013

Three Miller School faculty were recognized among South Florida’s health care heroes this week, with Michael S. Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., the founder and director emeritus of the Michael S. Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education, receiving the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s most prestigious health care honor, the AXA Advisors Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Alan G. Goodman, Ph.D.

Cell Biology Postdoc is First at UM to Receive Prestigious NIH Grant

May 28, 2013

Alan G. Goodman, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Cell Biology, is the first University of Miami researcher to receive a “Pathway to Independence” grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Goodman was awarded $500,000 for a three-year study of the molecules involved in STING (STimulator of INterferon Genes), which triggers cellular defense responses.

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José Szapocznik, Ph.D.

Renamed Department of Public Health Sciences Takes Another Step Toward Establishing New School

May 09, 2013

At a time when public health is at the forefront of our evolving healthcare system, the Department of Public Health Sciences, formerly the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, is transforming its role in healthcare delivery, education and translational research at the Miller School. Winning unanimous faculty approval, the new name reflects the diverse interests of the faculty in the department.

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Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., makes a point as fellow advisory board members at the table, from left, Armando Ferrer and Lillian Rivera, and the CTSI's Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., and Jose Szapocznik, Ph.D., standing, listen.

CTSI Community Advisory Board Looks at Building Community/Academic Partnerships

May 01, 2013

Meeting for the second time, members of the Community Advisory Board for the University of Miami’s new Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) began the formidable task of helping UM strengthen the community/academic partnerships needed to address the two health disparities – HIV/AIDS and obesity – that the panel previously identified as top priorities for improving the health of Miami-Dade’s diverse population.

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Jennifer J. Hu, Ph.D.

UM Researchers Help Pinpoint Genetic Variants that Increase Risk for ER-Negative Breast Cancer

April 09, 2013

Two Miller School researchers are part of an international consortium that identified four genetic “spelling mistakes” that can increase the risk of one of the most aggressive forms of breast cancer all too common in South Florida. The findings are reported in one of five studies produced by the Collaborative Oncological Gene-environment Study and published in a special issue of Nature Genetics.

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Event co-chairs Rujuta Pandya, left, and Lydia Fein present President Shalala with a Women’s Health Awareness Week t-shirt.

Miller School Student Groups Promote Women’s Health During Women’s Health Awareness Week

March 12, 2013

In celebration of the third annual Women’s Health Awareness Week at the Miller School, the Women’s Health Interest Group, in partnership with the Preventive Medicine Club, OB-GYN Interest Group, and American Medical Women’s Association, hosted a series of events supporting the cause, which concluded with a Health Education and Resource Fair in Alamo Park.

Hermes Florez, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Hermes Florez Named Interim Chief of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine

February 19, 2013

Hermes Florez, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., associate professor of medicine and epidemiology and public health, has been named Interim Chief of the Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine at the Miller School and Interim Director of the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) at the Miami VA Healthcare System. Florez replaces Bruce Troen, M.D., as division chief and Bernard Roos, M.D., as GRECC director.

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Walter A. Scott, Ph.D.

Extraordinary Scientist Walter Scott, Ph.D., Passes Away

January 31, 2013

Walter A. Scott, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, who advanced the understanding of HIV/AIDS replication and resistance and nurtured generations of students and colleagues, passed away January 28 after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke. Just days shy of his 70th birthday, he leaves legions of admirers who remember him as much for his patience, wisdom and humor as his seminal discoveries in the laboratory.

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