News : 2018 : March

Some of the newly elected student members of the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

Gold Humanism Awards Recognize Students with Compassion, Empathy and Respect for the Whole Patient

Recognition from your peers is often the most meaningful. At the recent fourth annual Gold Humanism Awards Initiation Banquet, 33 students and one faculty member from the Miller School of Medicine learned first hand what that feels like.

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From left, Ivonne Schulman, M.D., with Lina Shehadeh, Ph.D.

Miller School Researcher Receives $1.5 Million Grant to Study Role of Osteopontin in Heart Failure

A Miller School of Medicine researcher has received a $1.5 million grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to study a potential new strategy for treating an intractable form of heart failure. “Prior studies have shown that lowering the level of a protein called osteopontin can ameliorate heart failure with reduced ejection fraction,” said Lina Shehadeh, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine.

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Eugene Braunwald, M.D.

Dr. Eugene Braunwald, World-Renowned Cardiologist, to Speak at Miller School on April 18

Eugene Braunwald, M.D., a world-renowned cardiologist who is the recipient of 22 honorary doctorates and whose h-index of 208 has caused him to be named the most frequently cited author in cardiology by the journal Science Watch, will speak at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine on Wednesday, April 18.

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Top row, from left, Alfonso Sabater, M.D./Ph.D., Bradley Goldstein, M.D./Ph.D., Armando Mendez, Ph.D., and Keyvan Yousefi, Pharm.D. Bottom row, from left, Stefania Goncalves, M.D., Guerline Lambert, M.S., Lina Shehadeh, Ph.D., Wen Ding, PhD., and Amy Kloosterboer.

Collaborative Miller School Study Finds Potential Treatment for Rare Genetic Condition

A collaborative research team at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has developed a potential treatment strategy for Alport syndrome, a rare genetic condition characterized by kidney disease, hearing loss, and eye abnormalities. The researchers found that reducing osteopontin by genetic deletion can prevent kidney, vision, and hearing pathologies in the Alport mouse and could significantly extend its lifespan.

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Miller School of Medicine Rises in NIH Research Grant Funding

The Miller School of Medicine received $120.7 million in research grants from the National Institutes of Health in Federal Fiscal Year 2017 — a $9.5 million increase over the school’s FFY 2016 total. According to the national rankings of medical schools based on data compiled by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, that total made the Miller School the No. 1 NIH-funded institution in Florida.

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Susan Martin, center, with Alessia Fornoni, M.D., Ph.D., chief of the Katz Family Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, and Tom Green.

Susan Martin Receives Patriotic Employer Award from Office of Secretary of Defense

Susan Martin, senior division administrator for the Department of Medicine’s Katz Family Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, has received the Patriotic Employer Award from the Office of the Secretary of Defense – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. The award was presented on March 13 by Tom Green, area vice chair of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

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From left, Paul Martin, M.D., Matthias Salathe, M.D., Jeremiah Faith, Ph.D., Eugene J. Sayfie, M.D., Alison Morris, M.D. ,and Roy Weiss, M.D., Ph.D.

4th Annual Eugene J. Sayfie, M.D. Research Day Celebrates Research and Creative Endeavors

The 4th Annual Eugene J. Sayfie, M.D. Research Day of the Department of Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine was held Wednesday, March 7, at the Miller School’s Mailman Center auditorium. The Eugene J. Sayfie, M.D. Research Day is a celebration of the research and creative endeavors of our undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, fellows and faculty.

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