Universtiy of Miami Miller School of Medicine Graduate Studies

William J. Whelan, Ph.D., D.Sc.

Honoring a Miller School Giant

November 25, 2014

Veteran University of Miami scientist William J. Whelan, Ph.D., D.Sc., professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, recently celebrated his 90th birthday in the company of colleagues, family and friends.

From left, Camillo Ricordi, M.D., Cherie Stabler, Ph.D., Ashutosh Agarwal, Ph.D., and Richard J. Cote, M.D.

$4.9 Million NIH Grant Funds “Organ on a Chip” for Diabetes Research

November 11, 2014

A trio of Miller School of Medicine investigators has received a $4.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for a collaborative effort to move the search for novel treatments for diabetes to a new level. The grant, one of only four awarded, is a part of the Consortium on Human Islet Biomimetics, a group under the newly formed Human Islet Research Network.

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From left, Vance Lemmon, Ph.D., Ubbo Visser, Ph.D., M.Sc., Stephan Schürer, Ph.D., and  Christopher Mader.

UM Awarded NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Grant

October 22, 2014

A team of University of Miami researchers is part of a trio of institutions that have been awarded a $20 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to create a Center to integrate and analyze large and diverse datasets of cellular signatures as part of the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative. The award, of which there is only one in the nation, is to create a Data Coordination and Integration Center.

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Daniel J. Feaster, Ph.D.

Public Health Researcher Awarded $1 Million for Improved Patient-Centered Outcomes Research

October 07, 2014

Daniel J. Feaster, Ph.D., associate professor of public health sciences, has been awarded $1 million for a three-year project to improve methods for patient-centered outcomes research. Funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, Feaster’s project, “Methods for Heterogeneity of Treatment Effects: Random Forest Counterfactual Machines,” was one of 46 new awards selected from 490 submissions.

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Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., and Erin Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Sylvester Wins Supplemental NCI Award for Regional Cancer Disparities Research

October 07, 2014

A National Cancer Institute supplemental award will make the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center the coordinating center for the NCI’s Geographic Management of Cancer Health Disparities Program–Region 3 (GMaP3) — a research consortium of 11 institutions in seven southeastern states and Puerto Rico. The project is part of the NCI Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities’ Community Networks Program Centers.

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José Szapocznik, Ph.D., delivers keynote presentation at 20th International Congress of Biometeorology.

Miller School Scientist Delivers Keynote Address on Link between Built Environment and Health

October 07, 2014

The physical environment built for human use, such as a neighborhood, city or suburb, has been found to have an impact on human health. Specifically, the “walkability” of an environment influences the weight, body mass index and chronic disease incidence of those who live there. By rethinking our built environments, we can have a positive impact on human health.

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Lan Wang, Ph.D.

Armed with New Grants, Sylvester Researcher Hopes to Develop Leukemia Therapies

September 30, 2014

Lan Wang, Ph.D., assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, has received three grants this year for her research studies in the field of blood cancers. “My research focuses on understanding the pathogenesis of hematological malignancies and stem cell studies,” said Wang. “I am interested in identifying the genes that are disrupted and developing new therapeutic strategies for patients with these diseases.”

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Aniveny Ayala, strategic accounts manager, Qiagen

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology CORE Hosts Supply Open House

September 23, 2014

Dozens of University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researchers took advantage of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) Core’s first Supply Center Open House to see the latest laboratory products and services. “It was highly successful event with a lot of representation from both vendors and customers,” said Sylvia Daunert, Ph.D., Pharm.D., M.S.

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Diana Naranjo

Public Health Researchers Compare Mosquito Control Strategies in Florida and Ecuador

September 23, 2014

An international team of researchers, including three investigators from the Miller School’s Department of Public Health Sciences, has compared differing mosquito control programs in St. Johns County, Florida, and Guayas, Ecuador. Their findings demonstrate how two countries can develop effective vector control practices, despite their cultural and economic differences.

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Jose Szapocznik, Ph.D., professor and Chair of Public Health Sciences and Director of the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute, introduces James Pann, Ph.D.

Grand Rounds Shows Visual Evaluation Reporting Can Help Reach a Wider Audience

September 23, 2014

The power of a non-traditional approach to research and evaluation reporting was the focus of a recent Grand Rounds co-hosted by the Department of Public Health Sciences and the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). University of Miami alumnus James Pann, Ph.D., highlighted the value of the visual evaluation report as an alternative method for communicating findings and engaging stakeholders.

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Clockwise from top left, John C. Beier, Sc.D.; Karina M. Lizzi, M.P.H.; Scott C. Brown, Ph.D.; and Whitney A. Qualls, Ph.D., M.S.

Researchers Urge Expanded Vector Management Strategies to Protect Public Health

September 02, 2014

Public Health researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine published an article that was featured in the August issue of Cell Press’s Trends in Parasitology. The article, “Expanding Integrated Vector Management to Promote Healthy Environments,” outlines the importance of integrated vector management strategies to protect communities from pathogen transmission by arthropods — and their limitations.

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Stephan Schürer, Ph.D.

Cheminformatics Expert Awarded NIH Grant to Study “Druggable Genome”

August 19, 2014

Knowing the size of the human genome, it is exciting to consider just how many molecular targets could represent an opportunity for therapeutic intervention. As part of an NIH Common Fund project called Illuminating the Druggable Genome (IDG), Stephan Schürer, Ph.D., research associate professor of molecular and cellular pharmacology, has received part of a $5.8 million grant.

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Gennaro D’Urso, Ph.D.

Researchers Introduce Yeast Augmented Network Analysis -- Novel Approach to Identify Drug Targets fo

August 12, 2014

Research led by Gennaro D’Urso, Ph.D., associate professor of molecular and cellular pharmacology, introduces the Yeast Augmented Network Analysis, a novel genetic approach to identifying new compounds for the treatment of human diseases. The study, funded by the Muscular Dystrophy Association, was featured in F1000Research, an open access journal that offers immediate publication, open peer review and full data sharing.

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From left, Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., M.P.H., Stuti Dang, M.D., M.P.H., and Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S.

Physician-Researchers Awarded $1.9 Million to Reduce Hispanic Stroke Disparities

August 05, 2014

According to the American Heart Association, stroke is the fourth leading cause of death for Americans, and Hispanics face even higher risks, particularly for recurring stroke. To improve stroke prevention methods, a team of multidisciplinary physician-researchers at the Miller School of Medicine and UHealth will team up for a new five-year $1.9 million NIH grant.

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Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., M.P.H.

Miller Professor Contributes to Review of VA Patient-Centered Medical Homes

July 15, 2014

Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., M.P.H., professor of medicine and public health sciences, Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Director of Community Engagement at the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), was one of five editors for a supplement on the VA Healthcare System’s patient-centered medical homes published in the July issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

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From left, José Szapocznik, Ph.D., signs the partnership with Alexa Zambrano, M.D., Ms.C., Director of the National Public Health Research Institute; Mauro Toscanini Segale, President of the Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil; María Cecilia Loor de Tamariz, Provost of the Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil; Mario Jiménez, signing on behalf of Ecuador’s Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation; and Gustavo Ramírez, M.D., Dean of Medicine at the Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil.

Researchers Bring Public Health Initiatives to Ecuador

July 08, 2014

The Miller School’s Department of Public Health Sciences, led by José Szapocznik, Ph.D., and Ana Palacio, M.D., M.P.H., has partnered with the Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil and Ecuador’s National Public Health Research Institute to bring the latest evidence-based methods for dengue controls and adolescent drug abuse and sexual risk behavior prevention to the country.

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Norma Sue Kenyon, Ph.D.

Dr. Norma Sue Kenyon Joins NIH Council of Councils

July 01, 2014

The National Institutes of Health announced the appointment of nine new members to the NIH Council of Councils, including the Miller School’s Norma Sue Kenyon, Ph.D., the Martin Kleiman Professor of Surgery, Microbiology and Immunology, and Biomedical Engineering, Chief Innovation Officer of the Miller School and Program Director of Novel Methods at the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI).

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Hilda Pantin, Ph.D., and Guillermo Prado, Ph.D.

Familias Unidas Intervention Added to Respected CDC Compendium, Receives $1M Grant

June 10, 2014

Familias Unidas, the successful intervention developed by Miller School public health researchers to prevent risky behavior among Hispanic youth, has been added to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Compendium of Evidence-Based HIV Behavioral Interventions. The interventions listed in the highly regarded compendium represent the strongest in scientific literature.

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Department of Physiology and Biophysics researchers are, from left, H. Peter Larsson, Ph.D., Marta E. Perez, Feng Qiu, Ph.D., Xiaoyu Wang, and Rene Barro-Soria, Ph.D.

Study Will Boost Therapeutic Options for Patients with Cardiac Arrhythmias

April 29, 2014

H. Peter Larsson, Ph. D., associate professor of physiology and biophysics, led a study published in the April issue of Nature Communications that brings researchers one step closer to understanding the mechanism behind cardiac arrhythmias caused by mutations in the IKs channel, a physiologically important potassium channel critical in controlling the heart’s electrical activity.

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Jubilation: Provost’s Award for Scholarly Activity recipients, from left, Michael Miller, Ph.D., Sylvia Daunert, Ph.D., Pharm.D., M.S., and Andrew Leone, Ph.D., M.B.A., exchange congratulatory handshakes at last Friday’s ceremony.

Three Stand-Out Scholars Recognized for Their Achievements

April 10, 2014

The Lucille P. Markey Chair of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Miller School, Sylvia Daunert earned a prestigious Provost’s Award for Scholarly Activity for her research in bionanotechnology. She accepted the honor from Executive Vice President and Provost Thomas J. LeBlanc April 4 at the BankUnited Fieldhouse, sharing the spotlight with two other prominent UM researchers — Andrew Leone and Michael Miller.

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National Public Health Week at UM

April 08, 2014

In conjunction with the Week of Well-Being, the Public Health Student Association has partnered with the American Public Health Association to celebrate National Public Health Week and will host a panel discussion on Tuesday, April 8, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education, Broad-Bussel Auditorium, located on the first floor of the Clinical Research Building.

Enrique A. Mesri, Ph.D.

Sylvester/AIDS Researcher Unifies Theory on Human Viral Oncogenesis

March 12, 2014

Despite prevalence, public health importance, and the fact that virus-induced cancers are the most preventable through vaccination or anti-viral therapy, this group remains among the least understood of all cancers. A study led by Enrique A. Mesri, Ph.D., associate professor of microbiology and immunology, sheds light on this group of cancers and may help develop new targeted therapies.

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Miller School of Medicine, Schoninger Research Quadrangle

Departments Post Gains in NIH Research Grants

February 05, 2014

Reflecting the growing recognition of the University of Miami as one of the nation’s preeminent research institutions, six of the Miller School of Medicine’s departments rose in national rankings based on the size of the research grants they received from the National Institutes of Health during the 2013 federal fiscal year. The gains were especially significant in a year that saw across-the-board reductions in NIH grants.

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Carlos T. Moraes, Ph.D., seated, receives the Esther Lichtenstein Chair in Neurology, with, from left, Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Moraes’ wife, Julia Pace, and daughter Emily Kay, and Ralph L. Sacco. M.D., M.S.

Carlos T. Moraes Honored with Esther Lichtenstein Chair in Neurology

January 21, 2014

Carlos T. Moraes, Ph.D., professor of neurology and cell biology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, was honored January 16 with the presentation of the Esther Lichtenstein Chair in Neurology. In his 20 years at the Miller School, Moraes has made significant advancements in understanding the cellular mechanisms behind degenerative neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

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