In the spirit of the holiday season, the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center announces today a gift to the community: the Well Being/Being Well conference, an integrated, educational approach to helping individuals achieve a healthy lifestyle. The conference will feature best-selling author and pioneer in the field of mind and body, Deepak Chopra, and UM President and former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Donna E. Shalala, as keynote speakers. The event is part of UM/Sylvester’s continuous commitment to offer the community a broad range of information about living with and surviving cancer as well as maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The Well Being/Being Well inaugural conference will be held at the Miami InterContinental Hotel on April 22, 2008.
Izidore S. Lossos, M.D., director of the lymphoma program at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and associate professor of medicine at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine received the 2007 Celgene Young Investigator Award for Achievements in Clinical Hematology Research during a ceremony Saturday, December 8th in Atlanta. This is the sixth year for the prestigious award that is given to a clinician under the age of 45 who has made a significant research contribution in clinical hematology.
Nordstrom, Inc., one of the nation’s leading fashion specialty retailers, will kick off the opening of its third Miami-area store with an evening gala on Wednesday, February 13, 2008. The party is expected to raise more than $300,000 for the Junior League of Miami, The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis/The Miami Project at the University of Miami, and the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Nordstrom Aventura Mall opens on Friday, February 15, 2008.
Party in the Park was a huge success, gathering more than 500 guests, along with cancer survivors and their doctors at the Village of Merrick Park. The November 29th event featured eleven patients modeling designer fashions as they graced the runway with their world-renowned doctors who escorted them through their treatment. Guests were treated to food and drinks from South Florida’s top restaurants. Guests came from as far away as Massachusetts and Pennsylvania to support UM/Sylvester in its research and clinical mission. CBS4 was on hand along with other photographers and videographers. The event raised more than $100,000 for cancer research at UM/Sylvester.
Today marks a momentous occasion for the University of Miami and its Miller School of Medicine as the University takes ownership of the newly renamed University of Miami Hospital. Owning and operating a full-scale hospital is a first for the 55-year-old medical school.
Julio Barredo, M.D., Toppel Family Professor and Director of the Division of Hematology/Oncology in the Department of Pediatrics, received the 2007 Micah Batchelor Award for Excellence in Children’s Health Research last night during an award ceremony and dinner at the Miller School.
Macy’s Foundation is doing its part in the fight against cancer with a national gift to the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Macy’s Florida Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Julie Greiner and President and Chief Operating Officer of Macy's Florida J. David Scheiner presented a $100,000 check from the Macy’s Foundation to UM/Sylvester today. UM/Sylvester Director, W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D., F.A.C.S., was on hand to receive the check.
Being diagnosed with cancer is difficult enough, but imagine adding to this the worry that the treatment needed to save your life might also make you infertile. However, if cancer patients make informed decisions regarding their fertility between the time they are diagnosed and the onset of treatment, they will have greater control over their reproductive futures.
Eleven “model” patients will grace the runway on Thursday, November 29 at 7:00 p.m., escorting their physicians to the second biennial Party in the Park event, which raises money and increases awareness about the importance of cancer research. Attendees will enjoy a runway show, unique libations, stylish food, and a live auction in a beautiful tropical setting at the Village of Merrick Park, Coral Gables, FL. All proceeds from this event will support cancer research at UM/Sylvester.
Andrew V. Schally, Ph.D., M.D.h.c., D. Sc.h.c., the 1977 Nobel Prize winner for physiology or medicine, Distinguished Medical Research Scientist of the Department of Veterans Affairs, professor in the Department of Pathology at the Miller School of Medicine and professor in the Division of Hematology-Oncology at UM/Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, presented a lecture in Vienna to the World Congress on Men’s Health & Gender on September 22. His focus was on the future of hormone therapy in treating prostate cancer.
New clinical research findings just published in The New England Journal of Medicine indicate that using a new combination of chemotherapy drugs saves the lives of patients with head and neck cancer. Two University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center physicians co-authored the results of a study that found docetaxel (Taxotere®) was effective as an initial chemotherapy drug for squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN), when used in combination with two other drugs. The study is published in the October 25th issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.
The University of Miami moved one step closer to buying Cedars Medical Center in Miami from HCA on October 26, 2007 when the Executive Committee of the University’s Board of Trustees voted to give UM senior officers the authority to complete the deal.
The Flagler Dog Track Poker Tournament tribute to Fred Havenick was a big success, drawing more than 200 people. Ten winners were able to choose from a variety of prizes, including a cruise, autographed sports memorabilia, a Macy’s gift card and Waterford crystal. Barbara Havenick and her children Izzy, Alex, Michael, Jenny and husband, Tim and 7-month-old granddaughter Sarah Freddie, thanked those in attendance, including Coral Gables Mayor Don Slesnick, Miami Mayor Manny Diaz and several state lawmakers, saying this was a way to “give back to this world-class treatment and care center”. The proceeds will fund the Fred Havenick ICU at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. As of press time, the event has raised more than $35,000.
Internationally renowned New York City artist, designer, and entrepreneur, Barry Kieselstein-Cord and Bergdorf Goodman has planned a tribute and exclusive preview and sale where a portion of the proceeds will benefit the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in Miami, FL. Kieselstein-Cord will reveal a new ‘Collection’ at a cocktail reception on October 24 from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. at Bergdorf Goodman, a luxury department store located in midtown Manhattan.
The annual kick-off fashion, food, and fundraising extravaganza had all three floors and more than 800 guests buzzing with excitement as guests dined on fancy feasts prepared by chefs from some of South Florida’s top restaurants and caterers.
Snapshot of Survival will make its Miami premiere at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Snapshot is an art exhibit and contest for people who have been affected by colorectal cancer -- not only patients, but their families and friends. The entries are meant to be a way for people to express the power of survival and their hope for the future. In fact, artwork is considered an important component of the healing process by many people.
Aaron H. Wolfson, UM/Sylvester Radiation Oncologist, UM/Jackson Cancer Committee Chair, and professor and vice chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Gynecologic Oncology Group. The Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG), which receives support from the National Institutes of Health, promotes excellence and quality in clinical and basic scientific research in the field of gynecologic malignancies.
Researchers from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine surveyed students at a Miami-Dade County public high school and found white Hispanic teens were more likely to use tanning beds and less likely to consider themselves at risk for skin cancer or protect themselves from the sun than white non-Hispanic teens. The findings were published in the August issue of Archives of Dermatology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.*
Harcourt Sylvester, Jr., whose generosity and drive founded the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, died on April 10, 2007. He was 80.
Juan Carlos Ramos, M.D., member of the Viral Oncology Program at UM/Sylvester and assistant professor of clinical medicine, Division of Hematology-Oncology at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, is one of only five researchers in the nation to receive a prestigious Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award. The award will support his groundbreaking work on the role of an oncogenic protein in adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma (ATLL). Ramos’s work promises to help predict which patients will respond to interferon-based therapy so that all ATLL patients receive the best treatment soon after diagnosis.
Cancer patients who have surgery for soft-tissue sarcomas fare significantly better at high-volume academic medical centers than at lower volume community centers, even when the patients have more advanced disease. That’s the conclusion of a study authored by surgical oncologists at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in the Annals of Surgery. Soft tissue sarcomas can strike muscle, cartilage and GI tract tissue, and affect about 9,500 Americans a year according to the American Cancer Society. “Overall, survival was three months longer, and with a lower rate of amputation as another independent measure of success,” said Alan S. Livingstone, M.D., chairman of the Department of Surgery at the UM Miller School of Medicine.
UM/Sylvester welcomes Michael Gittelman as the newly appointed administrator for University of Miami Specialty Hospitals, which include Anne Bates Leach Eye Hospital (ABLEH) and University of Miami Hospital and Clinics (UMHC).
In celebration of its 55th anniversary, the Papanicolaou Corps for Cancer Research announced a generous gift of $3.15 million to fund cancer research at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. The presentation made today at the annual donor luncheon at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, puts the Pap Corps close to reaching its six-year, $14 million pledge a year early. The Pap Corps, founded in 1952, has more than 17,000 members in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties.
UM/Sylvester’s inaugural Well Being/Being Well conference assembled more than 650 participants to become more proactive in their own health care. The event was part of UM/Sylvester’ continuous commitment to provide the community with the resources and tools to lead a healthier life.
The University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is pleased to announce that Joan B. Scheiner has accepted the position of chair of the Board of Governors effective March 21. Scheiner succeeds Joaquin F. Blaya, who has served as the Board’s chair since 2000.
New research from the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center shows that a protein receptor activated by a growth hormone plays a key role in the growth of a variety of cancers. This could have a major impact on cancers that are fueled by hormones, like most breast and prostate cancers. Nobel laureate Andrew V. Schally, Ph.D., M.D., M.S., a professor in the Department of Pathology and the Division of Hematology-Oncology at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, has long been a leader in the study of hormone-related cancers. He and his colleagues showed that a splice variant (SV1) of a hormone receptor stimulated breast cancer cells in the laboratory. The research is published in the March 12 edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
New research from the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center has clearly identified the role of a single gene in the development of a cancer that is prevalent in people with HIV/AIDS, and has created a valuable research model to confirm it. Enrique A. Mesri, Ph.D., member of the UM/Sylvester Viral Oncology Research Program and associate professor of microbiology and immunology at the UM Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, and his colleagues are the first to conclusively link this gene with its ability to fuel Kaposi’s sarcoma, a cancer common to people with compromised immune systems such as HIV/AIDS and organ transplant patients. They isolated the role of the gene through the creation of a novel animal model that realistically creates an environment close to how Kaposi’s sarcoma develops in humans. The work is published in the March 12 issue of the journal Cancer Cell.
The Papanicolaou Corps for Cancer Research will hold its seventh annual Walkathon and Health Fair on Saturday, March 10, 2007, at UM/Sylvester at Deerfield Beach, 1192 East Newport Center Drive, Deerfield Beach, beginning at 8:30 a.m. through 12:30 p.m.
Marc E. Lippman, M.D., a pioneering breast cancer researcher who is chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan and former head of the Medical Breast Cancer section of the National Cancer Institute, has been named chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine.
The Southeast Florida Cancer Control Collaborative (SFCCC) will host a free seminar on colorectal cancer in conjunction with Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The lecture will take place on Wednesday, March 14 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Aventura Hospital and Medical Center Comprehensive Cancer Center, 21110 Biscayne Boulevard, Aventura, FL.
Researchers at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center have identified how an important growth control mechanism is disabled in cancers – and have successfully restored its function in the lab. The research promises to eventually help restore the effectiveness of some breast cancer drugs in cancers that have become drug-resistant.
A University of Miami immunologist and his student created a new way to find and isolate the combination of switches that turns on genes, which promises to revolutionize the study of individual genes. The discovery is the lead article of the first 2007 issue of the prestigious journal Immunity.