Camillo Ricordi, M.D.

New Study Explores Effects of Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Vitamin D in Type 1 Diabetes

Scientists from the Diabetes Research Institute are launching a new clinical trial that will assess the impact of high-dose omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D supplementation on halting the progression of type 1 diabetes. The study will compare the effects of the proposed intervention in children and adults newly diagnosed and in those with longer-standing type 1 diabetes to evaluate any benefit of early and late interventions.

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From left, State Senator Oscar Braynon, Henri R. Ford, M.D., M.H.A., Joy Fishman, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, Edward Abraham, M.D., and Hansel Tookes, M.D., M.P.H.

Senator Bill Nelson Tours Miller School’s Needle Exchange, Sees Opioid Epidemic First Hand

University of Miami champion U.S. Senator Bill Nelson toured the Miller School of Medicine’s needle exchange program on July 6. Joined by Edward Abraham, M.D., executive vice president for health affairs and CEO of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, and Henri R. Ford, M.D., M.H.A., dean of the Miller School, Nelson got an in-depth look at the site’s comprehensive operations, including its mobile van.

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Frank J. Penedo, Ph.D.

Cancer Survivorship Expert Dr. Frank J. Penedo Joins Sylvester

Frank J. Penedo, Ph.D., an internationally recognized expert in cancer survivorship and psychosocial oncology, will join Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center on August 15 as associate director for cancer survivorship and translational behavioral research. Dr. Penedo will also co-lead the cancer control research program. “I am delighted to rejoin the team at Sylvester,” said Dr. Penedo.

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Marilyn K. Glassberg, M.D., speaking at the Vatican's

Dr. Marilyn Glassberg Presents Findings on Stem Cell Treatments for Lung Diseases

Marilyn K. Glassberg, M.D., professor of medicine, surgery and pediatrics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, spoke recently at an international health care conference held at the Vatican. Her presentation was part of “The Pharmacy of the Future – Cardiovascular, Pulmonary and Neurodegenerative Diseases,” a panel discussion moderated by medical journalist Sanjay Gupta, M.D.

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3D illustration of glucose-induced insulin secretion in pancreatic beta cells.

New Discoveries in Diabetes Call into Question Some Approaches to Treatment and Research

What is a normal blood glucose level? Pancreatic islets are programmed to know the answer, but that answer differs from species to species. What’s more, the original programming remains, even when the islets are transplanted from one species to another. If, for example, pancreatic islets are transplanted from humans to mice, they continue to dictate the blood glucose levels that are normal for humans.

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