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UM Brings Top Dermatologist to Lead Melanoma Clinic

12.26.2008

James M. Grichnik, M.D., Ph.D. has joined the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine as professor of dermatology and cutaneous surgery. Grichnik, who earned his medical degree from Harvard University, will focus his attention on expanding the melanoma program at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Luminaire’s PaperLove Art Auction Raises $240,000 to Benefit Sylvester

12.12.2008

With titles such as “Paper Vase,” “Kiss,” “Just a Moment,” and “Recycle Me,” the creations of dozens of artists were displayed for Luminaire PaperLove on Thursday evening, December 4. While the online bidding is still being tallied, the live art auction, created by Luminaire founders Nargis and Nasir Kassamali, raised more than $240,000 for cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

UM Nobel Laureate Researcher Discovers Antioxidant Activity of Growth Hormone-Releasing Hormone

12.08.2008

h4. Finding Could Lead to Novel Treatment of Cancer and Neurodegenerative Diseases Researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have discovered the antioxidant activity of growth hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH) antagonists in cancers. This discovery could lead to novel therapies against various cancers as well as neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s.

Design Legend Luminaire Launches “PaperLove” Art Auction to Benefit Sylvester

11.21.2008

For the second year, contemporary home design leader Luminaire is combining art and passion to support Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. As they did in 2006, Nasir and Nargis Kassamali, the founders of Luminaire, have invited artists from across the globe to create unique works centered around a specific theme. More than 50 artists, named below, have created works of art made out of paper for this year’s event titled “PaperLove.” The finished pieces will be sold during a silent auction and at a live charity auction led by Christie’s Auction House during Art Basel, Thursday, December 4th, at the Luminaire Lab in the Miami Design District.

Sylvester Radiology/Breast Imaging Department Named a Center of Excellence

11.09.2008

The Radiology/Breast Imaging Department at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has good reason to be proud. It was recently designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The designation was awarded for both stereotactic and breast ultrasound.

Sylvester Unveils its Priceless & Luxury Auction for the 2008 In The Garden Gala

10.28.2008

The 2008 In the Garden Gala, themed IL GIARDINO DI VENEZIA, will be the kickoff of Miami’s social season held at the Grand Ballroom of the Miami Beach Convention Center. The gala, scheduled for Saturday, November 1, is the preeminent fundraising event for Sylvester, South Florida’s only university-based cancer center.

Sylvester Researchers Discover African Americans & Poor Have Worse Prognosis for Head & Neck Cancer

10.15.2008

A team of Sylvester researchers has led a study which finds considerable disparities in survival for African Americans and poor patients with head and neck cancer. The study, led by "Leonidas G. Koniaris, M.D.":/research/knowledgebase/scientist/l_koniaris, associate professor of surgery, cell biology and anatomy at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, indicates that earlier diagnosis and greater access to treatment could improve outcomes for these cancers among African Americans and the poor. The study is published online and in the November 15, 2008 issue of Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society.

Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour Kicks-Off Charity Shopping Weekend To Benefit Sylvester

09.29.2008

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine 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 cancer research, October 15 through October 19, 2008. This year’s kick-off party will be held at Saks Fifth Avenue Bal Harbour on Wednesday, October 15 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Entry donation is $40.00 and a percentage of sales from the shopping weekend will go directly to Sylvester.

Sylvester Researcher Uncovers New Pathway Regulating Cancer Inhibitor

09.26.2008

In the battle against breast cancer, a top researcher at the Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has uncovered a new pathway for p27 which regulates cell growth. The finding, published in the June 20th issue of Molecular Cell, provides a new rationale for targeting two different growth pathways to more effectively stop cancer growth.

Rachlin Becomes Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Grand Founder $100,000 Gift

09.10.2008

W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D., F.A.C.S., Sylvester Director, announced today that Rachlin LLP, one of Florida’s largest independent accounting and advisory firms, has become a Grand Founder of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the Miller School of Medicine. Through its foundation, Rachlin will contribute $20,000 each year over the next five years to support the center’s ongoing research initiatives and mission-related activities.

UM Miller School of Medicine Professor Elected to Board of Directors

08.23.2008

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.

Sylvester Researcher Discovers Key Molecule That Triggers Immune Response

08.23.2008

Scientists have long been working to uncover the mystery of what sparks the body’s immune system. Researchers at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have discovered a key component in that puzzle: a new molecule that recognizes a virus infection and initiates the signal to generate an immune system response. Glen N. Barber, Ph.D., professor of medicine and Eugenia J. Dodson Chair in Cancer Research, and Hiroki Ishikawa, Ph.D., a post-doctoral fellow, have published their findings in the September issue of the prestigious journal Nature.

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Expands in Deerfield Beach

08.20.2008

It’s official! The expansion of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at Deerfield Beach is now complete, offering a wide array of new services to patients. The official unveiling took place at an evening reception and open house on August 21st, with about 150 people in attendance. Community business leaders joined with local physicians, members of the Deerfield Beach Chamber of Commerce and UHealth leadership.

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Aligns with Stand Up 2 Cancer-National Effort to Fight Cancer

08.17.2008

The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is joining the national network event, Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), to help raise funds for cancer research, benefitting patients in South Florida and throughout the nation. SU2C is uniting CBS, ABC and NBC in an unprecedented television event on September 5th, 2008. That evening, all three major networks will simulcast one hour of prime time television featuring more than 50 of the biggest names in TV, film, sports and music, all gathered to help raise funds to fight cancer.

UM/Sylvester Physician-Researchers Find Many Community Hospitals May Be Under Treating Breast Cancer

08.10.2008

Community hospitals may under treat patients with advanced breast cancer known as infiltrating ductal carcinoma, according to a study led by two researchers at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Leonidas G. Koniaris, M.D., associate professor of surgical oncology, and Judith Hurley, M.D., associate professor of clinical medicine and member of the Breast Cancer Site Disease Group published their findings in the August issue of the Annals of Surgery.

Seed-One Ventures Invests in UM Start-up Company to Develop Broad-Based Therapies for Cancer

07.27.2008

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Seed-One Ventures announce the formation of Heat Biologics Inc. to develop two related platform technologies which introduce a novel lung cancer vaccine and asthma therapy, with potential applications in the treatment of a number of other inflammatory diseases. The two treatments were developed by Eckhard Podack, M.D., Ph.D., Sylvester Distinguished Professor of Medicine and chairman of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

UM/Sylvester Announces the 2008 In The Garden Gala

07.20.2008

The kick-off event of South Florida’s fall social season – In The Garden Gala that benefits the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center – is set for Saturday, November 1 in the Grand Ballroom at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Held every other year, the gala is the signature fundraising event for Sylvester, South Florida’s only university-based cancer center.

UM Hires Top Physician-Scientist to Lead Stem Cell Transplant Program

07.02.2008

The University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine has hired a top-tier, innovative physician and researcher from the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center to lead the adult stem cell transplant program at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Krishna Komanduri, M.D., will be the director of the UM/Sylvester Stem Cell Transplantation Program and associate director of translational research at the Miami Transplant Institute at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Innovative UM Physician Garners Politician’s Praise, Anonymous $1.5 Million Donation

06.22.2008

Six months after undergoing an innovative cancer treatment Florida State Senator Steven A. Geller (D-Cooper City) returned to the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center last Friday for a checkup and to sing the praises of his surgeon. Raymond J. Leveillee, M.D., chief of the Division of Endourology, Laparoscopy and Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Miller School, and a member of the Prostate, Bladder and Kidney Site Disease Group at UM/Sylvester, performed a unique procedure to remove the cancerous tumor embedded deep in the Democratic leader’s left kidney.

Dr. Alan Pollack Takes Helm as New Chairman of Radiation Oncology

06.14.2008

Alan Pollack, M.D., Ph.D., has taken the helm as the new chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He will oversee clinical and research teams at UM/Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and serve as chief of service at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Dr. Pollack comes to UM from Philadelphia’s Fox Chase Cancer Center, where he was a leading physician/scientist.

UM/Sylvester at Deerfield Beach Hosts Free Lectures with UM/Sylvester Physicians

06.04.2008

The University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at Deerfield Beach will host, Conversations About Cancer, a community education series focusing on varies cancer and health-related topics. During these classes, UM/Sylvester physicians are presenting information about the latest cancer research findings and answering topic-related questions from attendees. Lectures will be held at the Best Western Deerfield Beach Hotel, located at 1050 East Newport Center Drive, Deerfield Beach, Florida. A light lunch will be provided.

Women’s Cancer Association of UM Announces Annual Donations to Fund Research

05.29.2008

The Women’s Cancer Association of the University of Miami has donated $322,500 to fund six different research projects at the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. The single highest award, the Madelon Ravlin Memorial Award for $100,000, went to Sean P. Scully, M.D., Ph.D., professor in the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at UM/Sylvester and Nandor A. Garamszegi, Ph.D., instructor of orthopaedics, to fund their study The Role of Tissue Degradation in Invasion and Metastasis of Osteosarcoma. The donation was made May 8th at the 50th Annual Installation and Grant Distribution Luncheon held this year at the Coral Reef Yacht Club.

UM/Sylvester Elects Rick Morgan as New Friends For Sylvester Chair

05.28.2008

Rick Morgan — co-head of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney's Miami and Aventura offices and member of the firm's Board of Directors — was elected chair of Friends for Sylvester (FFS) at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. As chair, Morgan is charged with leading the Friends for Sylvester Board and nearly 350 members.

Renowned UM Physician Awarded Presidential Citation

05.21.2008

Mark S. Soloway, M.D., professor and chairman of the Department of Urology at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and physician leader of the Prostate, Bladder, and Kidney Cancers Site Disease Group at UM/Sylvester, has been awarded the Presidential Citation by the American Urological Association. The award was given at the AUA’s annual meeting, held this year in Orlando.

Sagemont Lower School Holds Skate-a-thon to Raise Money for Cancer Research at UM/Sylvester

05.12.2008

More than three dozen students at Sagemont Lower School in Weston are not old enough to be left alone, but are learning a grown-up lesson in giving back. They held a skate-a-thon fundraiser at Kaboom’s Skating Arcade in Davie on Saturday, May 10th, raising more than $1,800 in donations for the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Papanicolaou Corps For Cancer Research Donates Largest Gift Ever

05.11.2008

The 19,000 member Papanicolaou Corps for Cancer Research today announced its largest, record-breaking gift of $4.15 million to fund cancer research at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, surpassing last year’s donation by $1 million. “We are so pleased to be able to present this gift to UM/Sylvester, especially given the current economy,” said Barbara Pessel, president of the Pap Corps, an all-volunteer fundraising group with members across the tri-county area that has supported cancer research at the University of Miami for 56 years.

UM/Sylvester Executive Named Chair of National Cancer Development Organization

05.06.2008

Marilyn Stern Emas, M.Ed., executive director of development at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been named chair of the National Association of NCI-Supported Cancer Centers Development Officers (NACCDO). The organization works in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute’s Public Affairs and Marketing Network (PAN) for the purpose of sharing information and resources among the development, public affairs and marketing programs of cancer centers; enhancing the public understanding of the nation’s cancer-research efforts.

UM/Sylvester Hosts Annual Cancer Research Competition Featuring MIT Professor Dr. Tyler Jacks

04.30.2008

The University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center hosted the ninth annual Zubrod Memorial Lecture and Cancer Research Poster Competition on Thursday, May 1. This year’s lecture was presented by Tyler Jacks, Ph.D., the David H. Koch Professor of Biology and the director of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

UM/Sylvester Scientist Identifies Proteins Linked to Inflammation and Cancer

04.29.2008

Edward W. Harhaj, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, co-authored a study that identified a complex set of proteins essential in limiting inflammation that is targeted by a viral protein, which in turn, causes a type of cancer. The study has been published in the journal Nature Immunology.

University of Miami Health System to Host Women’s Health Day

04.27.2008

The week of May 11-17 has been designated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health as a time when families, communities, businesses, government, health organizations and other groups work together to educate women about steps they can take to improve physical and mental health and prevent disease.

Miller School Launches UHealth – the University of Miami Health System

03.25.2008

With celebratory events at the Miller School of Medicine and the University of Miami Hospital, UM officially launched the University of Miami Health System, also known as UHealth, the new name covering South Florida’s only comprehensive network of university-based medical entities and a national brand that signifies the best in modern health care.

Well Being/Being Well Sponsors Set Standard of Community Excellence

03.21.2008

The University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center announced today Macy’s, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra, LLP, BNY Mellon, MetroBank, Deutsche Bank, and The Miami Herald/el Nuevo Herald have taken a lead in supporting its upcoming Well Being/Being Well conference; setting a standard of commitment in giving the community access to information about maintaining lifelong good health. Featuring renowned mind and body expert Deepak Chopra and Donna Shalala, University of Miami President, as keynote speakers, the Well Being/Being Well conference will be held on April 22, 2008 at the Hotel InterContinental Miami.

Well Being/Being Well Inaugural Conference Opens Registration

03.03.2008

The University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center announced today that it opened online registration for the Well Being/Being Well conference; setting a standard of commitment in giving the community access to information about maintaining lifelong good health. Featuring renowned mind and body expert Deepak Chopra and Donna Shalala, President of University of Miami, as keynote speakers, the Well Being/Being Well conference will be held on April 22, 2008 at the Hotel InterContinental Miami.

Recognized Leader in Oncology Administration Joining UM and Sylvester

03.03.2008

Marc Halman, M.S.W., is joining the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine as the director of business development for the Department of Medicine and director of cancer network development for University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. His responsibilities will include working closely with all of the divisions of medicine, while also expanding UM’s expertise to more South Florida patients.

Pap Corps Hosts Eighth Annual Walkathon/Health Fair – March 29

02.18.2008

The Papanicolaou Corps for Cancer Research will hold its eighth annual Walkathon and Health Fair on Saturday, March 29, 2008, at UM/Sylvester at Deerfield Beach, 1192 East Newport Center Drive, Deerfield Beach, beginning at 8:30 a.m. through 12:30 p.m.

Nordstrom Aventura Mall Opening Gala Raises $212,500 For Three Miami-Area Charities

02.12.2008

Seattle-based Nordstrom, Inc., one of the nation’s leading fashion specialty retailers, kicked off the opening of its third Miami-area store at Aventura Mall with an evening gala on Wednesday, February 13. The event, entirely underwritten by Nordstrom, helped raise $212,500 for the signature projects of 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 at Aventura Mall opens at 10 a.m. on Friday, February 15.

UM/Sylvester Oncogenomics Core Facility is Awarded Novel Gene Analysis System

02.07.2008

The University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center has been chosen as one of the final sites for the placement of the Early Access nCounter Analysis System, a genetic analysis system created by NanoString Technologies. This is the last step before the company launches the commercial system, at the ABRF2008 (Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities) meeting in Salt Lake City, held February 8-12th. The device will be used in the Oncogenomics Core Facility, led by Toumy Guettouche, Ph.D., associate scientist, who calls this “cutting edge technology.” Being awarded this system puts UM/Sylvester in elite company as there are only four of these devices in use around the country. Besides UM/Sylvester, the Early Access nCounter Analysis System has been awarded to Baylor University, University of Washington, and the California Institute of Technology.

Gov. Crist Delivers $80 million to Miami Institute for Human Genomics

01.31.2008

The University of Miami’s mission to become an internationally renowned scientific research powerhouse received a big boost today when Florida Governor Charlie Crist formally announced the awarding of an $80 million grant to the Miami Institute for Human Genomics during a news conference on the medical campus.