The University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center has been selected for a future contract award to house one of only four regional contact centers in the nation for the Cancer Information Service, anticipated effective January 15, 2005. The CIS is a service of the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health, tasked with providing free cancer information by phone and online.
The Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute at UM/Sylvester is partnering with Mark for Life to raise awareness of the need for breast self-examinations in the battle against breast cancer. This unique partnership is centered around a fashion statement that supports breast cancer prevention. Mark for Life has created a breast self-examination T-shirt to help make it easier for women to take a more proactive role in the fight against this disease. Up to ten percent of all nationwide sales of the T-shirt will benefit the Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute.
September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month, and gynecologist-oncologists at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center are hosting a town hall meeting Wednesday, September 14, to educate South Florida women about treating – and preventing – cervical cancer. “The most preventable cancer that we have in gynecologic oncology is cervical cancer and about half of all the cervical cancers that do occur in this country occur in women who have not had a Pap smear in the last five years, “said Joseph A. Lucci, III, M.D., director, Division of Gynecologic Oncology and director of the Center for Cancer Prevention and Genetics.
The University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, in collaboration with the Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation in West Palm Beach, has been awarded a grant from the National Cancer Institute to evaluate a school-based sun safety curriculum in Palm Beach public schools. The collaboration officially begins in Palm Beach classrooms on Monday, August 29.
Just after 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 17, University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center hematologist-oncologist Caio Max S. Rocha Lima, M.D., introduced himself to a telemedicine audience for a tumor board discussion of two colorectal cancer cases. He presented his case and answered questions.
Snake bites have something in common with cancer. So do spider bites, and stings from scorpions and bees. Now, research done at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center defines how a naturally-occurring enzyme which is present in most venom plays a crucial role in the viability and spread of many tumors – and may yield two different ways to fight the disease.
The Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation has awarded $25,000 to the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center to study and improve access to breast and cervical cancer screening and prevention in South Florida’s Haitian community. Erin Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H., research scientist at the Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute at UM/Sylvester, received the one-year grant from the Foundation to study and implement ways to improve cancer screening among Haitian women.
Urologists and researchers from the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine played critical roles in the International Consultation on Bladder Cancer, organized by the World Health Organization and the Société Internationale d'Urologie (SIU). “The goal is to establish guidelines, not only for urologists but all doctors worldwide who deal with bladder cancer,” said Mark S. Soloway, M.D., physician leader, Prostate, Kidney, and Bladder Cancer Site Disease Group, and chairman of the Department of Urology at UM. Dr. Soloway chaired the entire International Consultation.
The University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and Pathfinder Management, Inc. (PMI) today announced the signing of a worldwide exclusive license agreement. The deal gives PMI an exclusive license agreement for the technology and products described in UM’s patent application entitled “Topical Coenzyme Q10 Formulations and Methods of Use.”
The University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is pleased to announce that Sheldon T. Anderson, Elsie Sterling Howard, Cecile “Cissy” Holly Rosen, and H. Allan Shore have joined the cancer center’s Board of Governors. The new board members were introduced at the Board of Governors meeting June 15 at UM/Sylvester.
A workshop specifically designed for caregivers of loved ones with brain tumors will be held Saturday, June 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the Westin Hotel, 400 Corporate Drive, Fort Lauderdale. The event is free and is sponsored by the National Brain Tumor Federation (NBTF), the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Schering Oncology.
Two cancer researchers have found that the long-term use of cholesterol-lowering statins may dramatically reduce prostate cancer risk. Rakesh Singal, M.D., an oncologist at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Miami VA Medical Center, and Vikas Khurana, M.D., from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, presented their findings at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Orlando this week. “This is really quite remarkable,” said Singal. “A 90 percent reduction in prostate cancer risk in men using statins for four years or more, and the fact that the risk is decreasing with duration of statin use, that is very strong data.”
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations will conduct an accreditation survey of University of Miami Hospital and Clinics on May 17-19, 2005.
The purpose of the survey will be to evaluate the organization's compliance with nationally established Joint Commission standards. The survey results will be used to determine whether, and the conditions under which accreditation should be awarded the organization.
Physicians, scientists, nurses, and staff from the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center will welcome our community’s cancer survivors for a day of tributes to courage and perseverance. Our oncologists will lead educational seminars on new discoveries to fight cancer and share emotional guidance. Survivors will be treated to lunch, games, education and entertainment in one of South Florida’s most popular parks. Radio personality Ellen Jaffe from 101.5 Lite FM will be our emcee Author Lori Ovitz will talk about her book, Facing the Mirror with Cancer: A Guide to Using Makeup to Make a Difference, and the Reverend Lois Murray, M. Div., will lead an invocation. Survivors will also have the opportunity to take part in a yearly tradition, signing the Survivors’ Banner, which will hang in their honor inside UM/Sylvester as an inspiration to our patients and staff. Please join us as we celebrate the gift of life.
The Cellar Club at the Biltmore Hotel presents the Ninth Annual Biltmore International Food & Wine Weekend, (April 29-May 1, 2005), to benefit the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. The annual extravaganza, which has raised more than $5 million in support of South Florida charities, is the only major festival in the country to feature all Reserve, Single Vineyard & Upper Tier wines, along with a cast of international and local celebrity chefs and world-renowned winemakers.
Celebrity fashion designer Carmen Marc Valvo will join Laurence R. Sands, M.D., associate professor of surgery at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and others at a VIP Reception at The Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables, on Thursday, March 17, 7 to 9 p.m., in honor of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
“Research cures cancer, and no group works harder than the Pap Corps to support that effort”, says Dr. Joe Rosenblatt, UM/Sylvester Associate Director of Clinical and Translational Research and the Miller School of Medicine. “The work we do would not be possible without the loyal support of the Pap Corps, the largest grassroots fund-raising organization in the United States with 16,000 members”, he said.
The 2005 Pat Goldfine Tennis Pro-Am is a wonderful opportunity to play tennis with a professional tennis player and fight breast cancer at the same time. Amateur tennis players are paired up with professional male and female tennis players for a competitively formatted pro-am. The proceeds benefit The Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.
The University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer at Johns Hopkins University and the Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey announce the inaugural Joint American-Israeli Conference on Cancer, March 16 to 18, at the Inbal Hotel in Jerusalem. This landmark conference is intended to foster enduring collaboration between physicians and scientists in the two countries, and also to help Israel during a time of need, given the ongoing tensions in the Middle East.
A study showing dramatically improved results detecting bladder cancer with a simple urine test will be published in the February 16 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The new test detects a nuclear matrix protein, NMP22, which is secreted by bladder tumors into the urine.
The University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center has named William H. Rothchild director of Development for Principle Gifts and Foundations. UM/Sylvester executive director of Development Marilyn Emas made the announcement January 25. “We’re excited to have someone with Bill’s depth of professional development experience join the Sylvester team to expand our outreach efforts in the South Florida region,” said Emas.
The Israel Cancer Association, USA, is honoring Joseph D. Rosenblatt, M.D., of the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center for his work in cancer research and his ambitious support of his colleagues in Israel. Dr. Rosenblatt is the associate director of clinical and translational research, chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology at UM/Sylvester, and professor of medicine at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. At the ICA USA gala on Wednesday, February 9, at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Dr. Rosenblatt will be presented with the seventh annual Emanuel G. Rosenblatt Award for Scientific Achievement. (Dr. Rosenblatt is not related to the late Emanuel Rosenblatt.)
The Department of Biochemistry at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine has identified a component of RNA metabolism that plays a key role in helping cells adapt to changes in their environment. The study was led by Murray P. Deutscher, Ph.D., chairman of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and is published in the January 21 issue of the journal Molecular Cell, http://www.molecule.org/.
The University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is proud to announce the creation of the Center for Cancer Prevention and Genetics, expanding the use of genetic screening and counseling to predict and prevent more cancers. “It’s a paradigm shift to allow us to predict a person’s response to diseases and environments,” said Louis J. “Skip” Elsas, II, M.D., F.F.A.C.M.G., director, Division of Medical Genetics at the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami.
Please join us for the third annual Landon - American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) prize lecture at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Kirk A. Landon is a member of the Merrick Society of the University. His support of UM/Sylvester makes this unique annual presentation of leading cancer research possible.