A Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center neurosurgeon has used new visualization technology that makes a brain tumor glow, enabling a safer resection with less damage to normal brain tissue that surrounds it, offering hope to a seriously ill patient and his family.
For the first time since its inception, the Dolphins Cycling Challenge (DCC) will include a 5K walk/run, providing something for everyone interested in supporting lifesaving cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. The walk/run will be held at Sun Life Stadium on Sunday, February 8, the second day of the two-day ride that spans three counties.
Patients, their families and staff of alex’s place — Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s pediatric oncology clinic — received a special treat Monday morning when Miami Dolphins players paid a surprise visit.
Researchers at cancer centers in Canada, the United Kingdom and the U.S., including the Miller School of Medicine’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, have developed a breakthrough diagnostic test to identify which men are most likely to have a recurrence of prostate cancer after localized treatment with surgery or radiotherapy.
The Life Raft Group has named Stephen Nimer, M.D., Director of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, its Humanitarian of the Year. Dr. Nimer was presented the award at the 7th anniversary of the biennial Life Fest convention, a unique event where hundreds of Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST) patients and caregivers gather for a weekend of camaraderie.
Researchers at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University, have found that Tadalafil, commonly known as Cialis, can be therapeutic for certain types of cancer. When used before surgery, Tadalafil can reduce certain cells that are detrimental to head and neck squamous cell carcinoma patients’ prognoses.
Erin Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H., Associate Director for Disparities and Community Outreach for the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has been awarded a grant from the GE Foundation to help improve the prevention of cervical cancer in women living in medically underserved areas.
More than 400 guests who attended Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s WellBeingWell conference were asked to imagine a day when cancer is no longer the scourge of our time, but a chronic condition that can be treated. That message of hope was delivered at the conference held Thursday at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami Hotel.
A team of scientists led by Ramin Shiekhattar, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry and molecular biology and human genetics, has identified an important mechanism that could be deregulated in cancer.
The Division of Continuing Medical Education will host Synergy 2014 November 14-16 at the Eden Roc Miami Beach, 4525 Collins Avenue. The annual symposium provides a review of a variety of oncological diseases, combined with the latest developments in medical, interventional and surgical therapeutic options across multiple disciplines.
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven and donor-centered charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, has awarded a one-year infrastructure grant of $50,000 to John Goldberg, M.D., Director of the Pediatric Oncology Early Phase Clinical Trials Program at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Miller School of Medicine.
Ronan T. Swords, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine and Director of the Leukemia Program at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, has received the Pap Corps Endowed Professorship in Leukemia. The endowment comes from The Pap Corps: Champions for Cancer Research, a volunteer organization that raises money solely for cancer research at Sylvester.
The Lennar Foundation, the charitable arm of The Lennar Corporation, one of the nation’s largest builders of quality homes, has given a lead gift of $50 million to name the UHealth at Coral Gables ambulatory center. A ceremonial groundbreaking event for The Lennar Foundation Medical Center took place last Thursday afternoon.
A team of researchers at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center has found that a community-based stress management intervention program improved the psychological adaptation of underserved black breast cancer survivors. They also found that an educational program providing post-treatment breast cancer health and wellness information had a similar effect.
Tan A. Ince, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of pathology and member of the University of Miami’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, has received a $250,000 grant from the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) to research personalized treatment of breast tumors with multi-hormone combinations.
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is proud to present the third WellBeingWell conference sponsored by Chico’sFAS. The one-day event will take place Thursday, November 6, at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami Hotel from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Among the highlights are keynote speakers including Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., Director of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D., Ph.D.
In an afternoon ceremony at the Broward County Government Center in Fort Lauderdale on October 14, Charles Vogel, M.D., professor of medicine and Director of the Women’s Center at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at Deerfield Beach, received a proclamation recognizing Sylvester as one of three centers that diagnose and treat the vast majority of breast cancer patients in Broward County each year.
The video Celia’s Ride, which was produced by David Sutta Photography and chronicles UM sophomore Celia Schieffelin’s bittersweet success at raising more than $40,000 for the fourth Dolphins Cycling Challenge, has been nominated for a Suncoast Emmy, in the Community Service Announcement category.
With the cutting of a ceremonial, bright orange ribbon, the leadership and faculty of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine officially unveiled the new Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Interventional Radiology Clinic, and dedicated the new Philip and Linda Corey Patient Reception area.
Two generous contributions totaling $4.675 million are being made to the University of Miami from the 2008 Revocable Trust of Gail S. Posner, who was a longtime resident of Miami Beach. These contributions will go a long way in helping both breast cancer patients and those battling substance abuse.
A cellular sensor that stimulates the body's immune system to fight infectious diseases can also promote chronic inflammation that results in certain forms of cancers, according to a University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researcher.
A National Cancer Institute supplemental award will make the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center the coordinating center for the NCI’s Geographic Management of Cancer Health Disparities Program–Region 3 (GMaP3) — a research consortium of 11 institutions in seven southeastern states and Puerto Rico. The project is part of the NCI Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities’ Community Networks Program Centers.
Armed with a $200,000 grant from the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation, Marc E. Lippman, M.D., Kathleen and Stanley Glaser Professor of Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and several colleagues have started new research to more closely examine how depression plays a role in the development of breast cancer.
Lan Wang, Ph.D., assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, has received three grants this year for her research studies in the field of blood cancers. “My research focuses on understanding the pathogenesis of hematological malignancies and stem cell studies,” said Wang. “I am interested in identifying the genes that are disrupted and developing new therapeutic strategies for patients with these diseases.”
In the next phase of the University’s electronic medical record (EMR) implementation to transform patient care, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and UHealth have launched the EMR system UChart at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center/University of Miami Hospital and Clinics (UMHC).
Drawing on their clinical and scientific experience, researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have identified a new strategy for attacking esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC), one of the most deadly forms of cancer.
The Miller School of Medicine, recognizing the need to educate a new generation of physicians in the growing complexities of medical care, has introduced the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program.
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine faculty, residents and students participated in multiple sessions at the International Federation of Head and Neck Societies’ World Congress in New York.
Miller School of Medicine researchers have received three grants in the latest round of funding from the Florida Translational Research Program (FTRP), a state-funded initiative to advance drug discovery. All of the projects receiving awards focus on the discovery and development of novel small molecules for the treatment of disease, specifically cancer.
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is making a new state-of-the-art weapon available to its patients, becoming only the fourth facility in the U.S. and the first on the east coast to acquire an MRI-guided radiation therapy system from ViewRay Inc.
At 4:45 a.m., the sun isn’t up yet. Nonetheless, when Michael Montero, first-shift receptionist, and Miguel Figueroa, first-shift wellness instructor, arrive each weekday morning to open the recently renamed UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center, located on the 9th floor of the Clinical Research Building, the same group of guys is already waiting to get in and get started.
The National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute has awarded researchers at the Miller School of Medicine $3 million in funding over five years to explore breakthrough uses of MRI imaging and genetic signatures in managing prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Theresa DiNardo Brown, Chief Communications Officer of the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, has been named Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the Miller School of Medicine and UHealth, and Executive Director of Marketing and Communications for the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.
A collaborative Miller School study led by Priyamvada Rai, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, describes a novel therapeutic target in RAS-driven lung cancer, a common but untreatable carcinoma. The study, published in Oncogene, describes a critical role for MTH1, a protein which sanitizes oxidized DNA precursors, in facilitating tumor formation by activated KRAS.
Mohammad Jahanzeb, M.D., Medical Director of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at Deerfield Beach, has been appointed Chair-Elect of the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Steering Group Committee.
For the 11th consecutive year, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute has been ranked the nation’s best in ophthalmology by U.S. News & World Report. Bascom Palmer has received the No. 1 ranking a total of 13 times and has been in the top two since the annual rankings began 25 years ago.
Can psychological intervention help women adapt to the stresses of breast cancer? It appears that a brief, five-week psychological intervention can have beneficial effects for women who are dealing with the stresses of breast cancer diagnosis and surgery. Intervening during the early period after surgery may reduce women’s distress, and providing cognitive or relaxation skills for stress management may help them adapt to treat
For nearly 30 years, cigarettes ruled Jerome Hicks’ life, robbing him of his health, his money, and his time. But one Monday morning in 2013, the disabled concrete finisher woke up with the determination, the support system, and most importantly, the tools to conquer the deadly addiction that disproportionally harms African Americans like himself.
Penelope S. Fisher, M.S., R.N., C.O.R.L.N., Faculty Clinical Instructor in the Department of Otolaryngology at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, is an unsung hero for many. And now, her legacy has been memorialized with the ultimate symbol of gratitude – The Penelope S. Fisher Award for Outstanding Humanism in Clinical Care and Clinical Education. Fisher is the first recipient of the new award named in her honor.
To further combat cervical cancer in South Florida and beyond, the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health has awarded Erin Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H., associate professor of public health sciences and Director of the Community Engagement Program at the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), a $2 million, four-year grant.
A multidisciplinary project team from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center won first prize at the 2014 Annual Sterling Conference Team Showcase Award Banquet, held May 30 in Orlando. “Team CTU Miami” won the statewide competition over five other finalists for a project entitled “Systematically Decreasing Wait Time in an Outpatient Oncology Treatment Unit.”
An audience of more than 500 healthcare and business leaders cheered as Miller School Dean Emeritus Bernard J. Fogel, M.D., received the AXA Advisors Lifetime Achievement Award at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Health Care Heroes Awards Luncheon, held on May 20 in Jungle Island’s Treetop Ballroom. In addition, Mary Bartlett Bunge, Ph.D., won the Health Care Hero Award in the Bio-Medical category.
The Pap Corps, Champions for Cancer Research has presented its largest annual gift ever, a check for $4.5 million, to the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the Miller School of Medicine. Presented at The Pap Corps President’s Meeting at the Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton on Thursday, May 15, the check is part of the group’s $25 million commitment to Momentum2.
Driven by a commitment to move from treatments to cures, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is a leader in the field of regenerative medicine. Researchers and clinicians are collaborating in a wide range of disciplines to develop new strategies that use the body’s own cells to fight cancer, diabetes, heart disease and other chronic problems, as well as repair damaged nerve fibers.
The Miller School’s observance of National Nurses Week got off to a high-energy start with a presentation by internationally renowned nursing visionary Jean Watson, Ph.D., RN, founder and director of the Watson Caring Science Institute. Watson has developed a theory of caring that takes a holistic approach to the relationship between nurse and patient.
Building on its growing reputation as a leader in the use of breakthrough technology, UHealth - University of Miami Health System has become the first academic medical center in the world to use the new da Vinci® Xi™ Surgical System. The procedure, a prostatectomy, was performed by Dipen Parekh, M.D., at University of Miami Hospital, the flagship hospital of UHealth.
A new Miller School study led by James Grichnik, M.D., Ph.D., professor of dermatology and cutaneous surgery, provides new insights into the genetic mutations that can lead to melanomas. "Mutations driving melanoma growth have diagnostic, prognostic and therapeutic implications," said Grichnik.
Florida Governor Rick Scott visited the Miller School’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center on Friday, March 14, to tout the $80 million earmarked for cancer treatment and research in his proposed $1.4 billion 2014 state budget, and to support Sylvester’s efforts to receive official designation from the National Cancer Institute.
Executives from the Dolphins Cycling Challenge presented Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., Director of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, with a check for $3.1 million to tackle cancer. Launched in 2010 as a partnership between Sylvester and the Miami Dolphins, the Dolphins Cycling Challenge is a two-day, tri-county cycling event, from which 100 percent of rider-raised funds are donated to Sylvester.
Despite prevalence, public health importance, and the fact that virus-induced cancers are the most preventable through vaccination or anti-viral therapy, this group remains among the least understood of all cancers. A study led by Enrique A. Mesri, Ph.D., associate professor of microbiology and immunology, sheds light on this group of cancers and may help develop new targeted therapies.
The University of Miami Health System has announced plans for a 200,000-square-foot ambulatory center on the University’s Coral Gables campus to provide easy access for students, faculty, staff and surrounding communities.
After a 2010 roll out on the medical campus, UChart is ready to be implemented at two of the Miller School’s specialty hospitals, where advanced patient care, documentation and communication are primary goals.
Three of the nation’s top cancer researchers — each targeting a different form of the disease — were the keynote speakers at the University of Miami Cancer Symposium “Cancer Prevention and Treatment,” held January 24 at the Lois Pope LIFE Center Auditorium. The symposium was organized under the auspices of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Department of Urology.
In a new study directed by Tan A. Ince, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of pathology at the Miller School of Medicine and member of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, researchers have developed a new breast cancer classification system that shifts the focus away from genetic mutations, a common approach of mainstream cancer research, but one that has been less effective than first imagined.
Researchers at the Miller School, led by Karina Galoian, Ph.D., research associate professor of orthopaedics, have uncovered pathways linked to the genesis of chondrosarcoma, cancer of the cells that produce cartilage. The study, “Lost miRNA surveillance of Notch, IGFR pathway -- road to sarcomagenesis,” was published in the January issue of Tumor Biology.
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center has achieved Healthgrades 2013 Patient Safety Excellence Award™, according to Healthgrades, the leading online resource that helps consumers search, evaluate, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals.