Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center


Free Educational Workshop on Palliative and End-of-Life Care


A Caregiver Workshop – Enhancing Quality of Life in Palliative and End-of-Life Care – will be held on Saturday, December 2, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the North Broward Medical Center’s Conference Center, 201 E. Sample Road, Deerfield Beach.

Top Breast Cancer Researcher Receives Prestigious Award


Joyce M. Slingerland, M.D., Ph.D., F.R.C.P.(C), director of the Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute at UM/Sylvester, has been honored with one of the nation's most prestigious funding awards for her novel cancer research. She was one of only five investigators in the nation, in any medical discipline, to receive a Doris Duke Distinguished Clinical Scientist Award.

Design Legend Luminaire Teams with Major Artists and UM/Sylvester to Fight Cancer


Contemporary home design leader Luminaire is combining art and fashion to support cancer research in Miami. Nasir and Nargis Kassamali, the founders of Luminaire, have sent 3-dimensional puppy “canvases” to more than two dozen designers and artists for them to design as they see fit. (Participating artists are named below.) The finished pieces will be sold at a live charity auction led by Christie’s Auction House during Art Basel, Friday, December 8th, at the Luminaire studio in the Miami Design District.

UM/Sylvester Announces the 2006 “In The Garden” Gala


The University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center has announced the 2006 bi-annual “In the Garden” Gala. Expected to raise more than $1 million to benefit cancer research, the gala will take place on Saturday, December 9th at the exclusive Westin Diplomat in Hollywood, FL.

Two of the World’s Top Geneticists are Coming to Miami


Two of the most acclaimed geneticists in the world, Dr. Margaret Pericak-Vance and Dr. Jeffery Vance of Duke University, are bringing their pioneering research into the genetics of a multitude of diseases to Miami.

$35 Million Gift Received by Diabetes Research Institute Foundation and UM/Sylvester


The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation and the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center today jointly announced the receipt of a $35.6 million gift from the estate of the late Eugenia J. Dodson of Coral Gables. Two-thirds of the gift will go to the Foundation, which supports the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and one-third will go to UM/Sylvester. Mrs. Dodson designated that the gift be used for cure-focused research in the two diseases that dramatically impacted her family.

Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach’s Flag of Hope Raises Awareness and Monies for Cancer Research


Some people will go to extraordinary lengths to raise money for a cause that pulls at their heart strings. That was why one employee at Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach, a hotel that prides itself on going above and beyond for both its guests and employees, decided to climb a mountain for cancer – literally. On July 30-31, 2006, Four Season’s General Manager, Jamie Yarrow, climbed Wyoming’s legendary Grand Teton in tribute to the Four Seasons employees who live and work with cancer every day as well as for his brother, who fights his own battle with leukemia. He also carried with him to the mountain’s summit, the Flag of Hope – a flag signed by Four Seasons employees’ honoring the names of friends, co-workers and loved ones who are living with or have passed away from cancer.

Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach Showcases International Cuisine at its Annual Wine & Food Classic


In collaboration with Sub-Zero/Wolf and Food & Wine magazine, Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach proudly presents its annual Palm Beach Wine & Food Classic, October 21-22, 2006. Showcasing "global cuisine" at its finest, guests will sample the culinary specialties of Executive Chef, Hubert Des Marais (named one of "America's Ten Best New Chefs" by Food & Wine magazine and frequently seen on PBS’ "Great Chefs of the Southeast") and his talented team, each expertly paired with some of the world's most highly-regarded wineries, champagnes and spirits.

Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour Kicks-Off Charity Shopping Weekend to Benefit UM/Sylvester


University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center will team up with Saks Fifth Avenue Bal Harbour, and Ocean Drive magazine for Key to the Cure -- a national shopping weekend to benefit women’s cancers, October 12 through October 15. This year’s kick-off party will be held at Saks Fifth Avenue Bal Harbour on Thursday, October 12 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Entry donation of $30.00 and a percentage of sales from the shopping weekend will go directly to UM/Sylvester.

UM/Sylvester Hires Top Immunology Researcher from Duke


Eli Gilboa, Ph.D., a national leader in translating promising immune therapies from the laboratory into patient care – particularly against cancer and HIV/AIDS – has joined the faculty of the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. As a professor with dual appointments in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and in the Division of Hematology Oncology at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Gilboa will develop an Interdisciplinary Immunotherapy Institute that will serve patients across the UM Miller School.

International Breast Cancer Conference Attracts Specialists From 36 Countries


Top oncologists, gynecologists, and healthcare administrators from around the world had an opportunity to exchange ideas and discuss promising new treatments at the 3rd InterAmerican Breast Cancer Conference in Cancun, Mexico. Nearly 400 attendees participated in a global exchange of the most promising future strategies for the management of breast cancer. The conference chair, Orlando Silva, M.D., J.D., F.A.C.P., member of the Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, director of breast cancer education, and assistant professor of clinical medicine at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, was pleased with the quality of the conference.

U.S. and Israeli Cancer Researchers Collaborate at International Conference


Strengthening relationships, forging new ones, and exchanging information were the goals of the second Joint American Israeli Cancer Conference (JAICCC), attended by close to 400 renowned scientists, clinicians, researchers, and other health care professionals from the U.S., Israel, and Canada at the Renaissance Hotel in Jerusalem last month. “This proved to be a great forum. We were able to expose young scientists in Israel to the distinguished investigators from the U.S. and facilitate a number of joint projects,” said conference co-director Joseph D. Rosenblatt, M.D., associate director of clinical and translational research and chief of the Division of Hematology-Oncology at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and professor of medicine, University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine.

Minorities Not Aware of Their Melanoma Risk; Archives of Dermatology Study


Researchers in the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine have published an important study that found melanoma is diagnosed later among blacks and Hispanics compared to white patients, which suggests a lack of awareness among blacks and Hispanics about their melanoma risk. These patients, while at less risk than whites, tend to present with more advanced melanoma and suffer higher mortality rates from the deadliest skin cancer. “We found that there are more late stage diagnoses in minorities,” said Robert Kirsner, M.D., Ph.D., professor and vice chairman of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the UM Miller School and a member of the Bio-Behavorial Oncology and Cancer Control Program at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. “Our hypothesis is that this is due to a lack of screening and a lack of awareness. While it is possible the biology of melanoma is more aggressive in certain populations, we believe more likely it is a public health issue.”

U.S. Cancer Researchers to Share Findings with Israeli Colleagues at International Conference


Top oncology physicians and scientists from the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland and the Cancer Center at the Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey will take part in the second Joint American-Israeli Conference on Cancer, June 28 - 30, at the Renaissance Jerusalem Hotel. This conference is intended to foster collaboration and information exchange 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.

UM/Sylvester Researcher Shows Enzyme Can Fight Cancer


Jaime R. Merchan, M.D., M.M.Sc., assistant professor of clinical medicine in the Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology-Oncology at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, has published an important study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute on the workings of proteases in tumors. Proteases are enzymes that cleave, or split, proteins and they are known to play a role in the growth and spread of cancer. “There is a widely accepted dogma or paradigm that proteases are bad,” said Merchan, who recently joined the faculty of UM/Sylvester from the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. “Our study provides evidence that proteases of the plasminogen activator system may negatively regulate tumor progression and that the tumor-delaying effects are directly due to their proteolytic activity.”

Papanicolaou Corps Makes Record Donation to UM/Sylvester


The more than 17,000-member Papanicolaou Corps for Cancer Research today announced a record-breaking gift of $3.325 million to fund cancer research at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. The gift brings the total raised by the Pap Corps over the past four years to nearly $11 million, which exceeds their initial five-year pledge made in 2003 of $10 million.

UM/Sylvester Hosts Annual Cancer Research Competition/Lecture Featuring Harvard’s Dr. Judah Folkman


The University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is pleased to host the seventh annual Zubrod lecture and research poster competition this Thursday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Diagnostic Treatment Center, 1611 NW 12th Avenue, second floor. This year’s lecture will feature renowned cancer researcher Judah Folkman, M.D., Andrus Professor of Pediatric Surgery and professor of cell biology at Harvard Medical School, and director of the Vascular Biology Program at Children’s Hospital, Boston.

JCAHO Public Notice


Effective January 1, 2006, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations will be conducting unannounced accreditation surveys to health care organizations.

Unique Chemo Regimen is Extremely Effective in Certain Breast Cancers


A study led by Judith Hurley, M.D., associate professor of clinical medicine at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, showed that platinum-based chemotherapy combined with Herceptin is highly effective against HER2-positive, locally advanced breast cancer. The study is so significant that editors at the prestigious Journal of Clinical Oncology opted to publish the results early, online. Dr. Hurley has been a national leader in the study of locally advanced breast cancer for more than 15 years. “This is a natural progression of our research showing that platinum-based regimens can cure breast cancer,” said Hurley, who is also medical director of the oncology clinics at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

UM Miller School Researchers Identify How Coq10 Fights Cancer


Researchers from the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine have identified how Coenzyme Q10 inhibits a protein that plays a vital role in cancer. The researchers, Niven R. Narain and Indushekhar Persaud, presented findings at last year’s meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research on the ability of CoQ10, a powerful antioxidant, to inhibit melanoma in the lab. They are now reporting their new findings showing how CoQ10 works and expanding its use at this year’s AACR meeting, April 1 to 5 in Washington, D.C.

Pap Corps President Recieves Women’s Chamber of Commerce Giraffe Award


Gloria Berkowitz received the Giraffe Award from the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County in recognition of her leadership as President of the Papanicolaou Corps for Cancer Research, Inc. The Pap Corps has supported cancer research at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center for the last 54 years.

MarineMax International & FerrettiGroup USA present Yacht Hop: A Tour of Italy for UM/Sylvester


MarineMax International and FerrettiGroup USA are teaming up to present an exclusive Yacht Hop to benefit cancer research at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Guests will have the opportunity to board ten different luxury yachts, each with a different Italian-themed experience. From pasta and seafood to pastries and espresso, guests will be treated to a complete Italian dockside experience. They’ll also have the opportunity to bid on fabulous donated auction items, enjoy fantastic entertainment and soak up the Italian experience with industry leader co-sponsors from around Miami and Fort Lauderdale. VIP guests will also have the opportunity to board a MarineMax and FerrettiGroup yacht for an intra-coastal yacht cruise just prior to the event.

The Biltmore International Food & Wine Weekend To Benefit UM/Sylvester


With an uncommon zest for bringing cheer, The Cellar Club at The Biltmore, in cooperation with Wine Spectator magazine, presents the Tenth Annual Biltmore International Food & Wine Weekend, (May 5-7, 2006) to benefit the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. The annual extravaganza, which has raised more than $6 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.