Sarah Moody has supported her younger sister Claire through every stage of her cancer journey. Now, Moody is riding again in the Dolphins Cancer Challenge (DCC) on Sunday, February 20, 2016, to raise funds for Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. “I have participated in the DCC for the last three years, cycling the 30-mile route,” says Moody.
As a lung cancer clinician and researcher at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Mohammad Jahanzeb, M.D., understands the importance of the Dolphins Cancer Challenge. “Survival rates for patients with advanced lung cancer have more than tripled in the past five years, thanks to new targeted strategies that go beyond traditional chemotherapy,” he says.
Lisa Siegel says cycling across the finish line at the Dolphins Cancer Challenge is an amazing feeling. “When I get off my bike, cancer patients and survivors come up and hug me with tears in their eyes, thanking us for our support. If you are a University employee, I urge you to help our community by raising funds for our Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and DCC with me!”
Karina Galoian, Ph.D., research director of the Sarcoma Disease Site Group at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and a Sylvester member, recently spoke at the 20th World Congress on Advances in Oncology and 18th International Symposium on Molecular Medicine about new findings in the research she and her collaborators are doing on chondrosarcoma.
David J. Lee, Ph.D., professor of public health sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Australia to conduct a cross-cultural study of meditation, yoga and other mindfulness practices.
Several physicians and executive leaders with Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and UHealth - the University of Miami Health System have been named as South Florida’s Top Black Health Care Professionals of 2015 by Legacy Magazine.
Reshma L. Mahtani, D.O., received a proclamation from Broward County Mayor Tim Ryan and the County Commission designating October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the county.
Dipen J. Parekh, M.D., a member of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and Professor and Chairman of the Department of Urology and Director of Robotic Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, was in London on Sunday, October 4, where he received the BJU International – Vattikuti Foundation Robotics Prize. The award was given to honor a paper he and colleagues published in 2014.
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center recently welcomed a new member to its team of cancer experts. Riccardo Lencioni, M.D., joined Sylvester as Director of Interventional Oncology Research from the University of Pisa in Italy, where he was a professor at the School of Medicine. Lencioni is an accomplished interventional oncology specialist, particularly well-known for his influential work on liver cancer.
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center has earned another notch of recognition for its quality initiatives. The cancer center has been selected as one of only 20 beta sites in the nation to participate in a next-generation version of quality data gathering for the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI).
In the latest installment of *“Focusing on You: Breakthroughs in Precision Medicine”* on CBS4, Joyce M. Slingerland, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, discusses how precision medicine has improved breast cancer therapies.
From lectures and mammograms, to walks, runs and a signature football game, all employees and their families are invited to take part and show their support for Sylvester patients, survivors, physicians, researchers, nurses and everyone else affected by breast cancer.
Doctors strive to stop abnormal cell growth in high-risk patients before cancer develops
Barry I. Hudson, Ph.D., breast cancer researcher at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center has received a three-year Career Catalyst Award of $450,000 from Susan G. Komen, the world’s largest nonprofit funder of breast cancer research.
A new University of Miami study, aimed at identifying early signs of Alzheimer’s disease and other neurocognitive decline among Latinos and Hispanics, could help delay or even prevent its onset thanks to a $5.67 million, five-year grant from the National Institute on Aging.
Mindful Tuesdays is a weekly program sponsored by the University of Miami Mind Body Medical Group, in partnership with the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center, the Department of Public Health Sciences and Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center's Integrative Medicine Program.
Richard J. Cote, M.D., professor and Joseph R. Coulter, Jr. Endowed Chair in Pathology, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, and Director of BioNIUM, will be a panelist on a webinar today that will address strategies for laboratories to deliver value in ways that increase reimbursement for their lab testing services.
With an eye toward finding leading-edge therapies to battle cancer, representatives of The Saul and Theresa Esman Foundation recently made a generous pledge to support the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
Gabriella Coimbra, Isaiah Hazel and other childhood cancer patients were the center of attention at a press briefing September 8, when Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Hospital Administrator and CEO Richard Ballard joined Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez and Commissioner Rebeca Sosa to launch the county’s “Be Bold. Be Gold.” campaign to raise funds for childhood cancer research.
Join your colleagues to represent the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine at Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, one of the largest breast cancer awareness events in South Florida. Invite your family, friends and coworkers to raise awareness, support physicians and researchers, salute survivors and honor those who have fought the battle.
A genetics researcher at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has identified a protein that drives the development of embryonic stem cells into functional cardiac cells — a finding that could lead to a better understanding of heart disease.
Research from the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has identified an enzyme’s key role in the production of blood cells — a finding that could lead to new clinical strategies for inhibiting cancer.
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is leading a new research partnership with South Florida Fire Rescue Departments to understand why firefighters face a high risk of cancer and find ways to improve their health and safety.
Genetics Researcher at Sylvester Identifies Cellular Process Implicated in Cancer and Other Diseases
A Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center genetics researcher has identified a basic cellular process that could lead to new treatment strategies for cancer and other diseases. “We are deepening our understanding of the complex processes that turn genes ‘on and off’ in the development of both normal and abnormal tissues,” said Ramin Shiekhattar, Ph.D., Director of the Cancer Epigenetics Research Program.
Izidore Lossos, M.D., leader of the Lymphoma Program at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has received a prestigious Bridge Grant from the American Society of Hematology (ASH), the world’s largest professional society focused on the causes and treatments of blood disorders.
With key progress underway, patients at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center will soon be able to enroll in the NCI-MATCH (Molecular Analysis for Therapy Choice) clinical trial.
A genetics researcher at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has contributed to a multi-center study linking a molecular factor with the body’s inflammatory response.
Despite routine warnings about the dangers of extreme sun exposure, many parents are not taking appropriate steps to protect their babies. That’s the finding of a small study conducted by skin cancer experts at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
The Dermatology 2015 conference will take place November 21-22 at The Alexander Hotel on Miami Beach. Those interested in attending should register before October 23 to receive early bird registration pricing.
The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has launched an exciting sequel to the image campaign that ran earlier this year, one that begins to position Sylvester around groundbreaking precision medicine.
The Synergy 2015 conference will take place from November 5-8 at the Eden Roc Hotel Miami Beach.
The University of Miami welcomes international health economist and expert in Latin American health systems and social sectors Felicia Knaul, Ph.D., to the Miller School of Medicine and the College of Arts and Sciences beginning August 16.
Renowned breast oncologist Marc E. Lippman, M.D., Deputy Director of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami, has been inducted as a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), the oldest medical college in England. Lippman received the highest category of membership of the RCP at a ceremony held in London on July 8.
The Florida Cancer Data System (FCDS) – a joint project of the Florida Department of Health and Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center – has once again been recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR) as a “2014 Registry of Distinction” and a “U.S. Cancer Statistics Registry for Surveillance.”
Learn about UHealth’s innovative health care, watch Focusing on You: Breakthroughs in Precision Medicine aired each Tuesday on CBS4 during noon, 5 pm and 6 pm newscasts.
Nipun Merchant, M.D., Vice Chair of Surgical Oncology Services and Chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has received a $300,000 grant from the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
Jaime R. Merchan, M.D., hematologist/oncologist at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been selected as a chartered member of the Developmental Therapeutics Study Section in the Center for Scientific Review of the National Institutes of Health. The six-year term began July 1.
For his longtime devotion to improving the lives of children with cancer and his work to advance science, health policy and education, F. Daniel Armstrong, Ph.D., a longtime researcher with the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and professor and Executive Vice Chair of Pediatrics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, was recently honored with the American Cancer Society’s 2015 St. George National Award.
As part of a unique agreement with the nation of Peru, the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth - University of Miami Health System, is helping establish a new pediatric bone marrow transplant program in Lima, as well as treating patients in the United States.
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in Hollywood hosted a special ribbon cutting event to recognize the completion of the site’s recent expansion and refurbishment.
A champion for precision medicine, Jonathan C. Trent, M.D., Ph.D., chats with Medical Communications about sarcoma, Sylvester’s mission, his latest research and his longtime affinity for brewing beer.
To help support innovative cancer research, the Woman’s Cancer Association (WCA) of the University of Miami held its annual WCA Grant and Installation Luncheon May 14 in Coconut Grove.
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine was recently recognized with the Greatest Customer Impact Award by the Florida Sterling Council. Sylvester’s Comprehensive Treatment Unit was honored after presenting its newest project, concierge chemotherapy, at the Florida Sterling Council State Showcase Competition in Orlando in June.
Erin N. Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H., has been named Senior Associate Dean for Health Disparity at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
A team of researchers at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has developed a technique for growing ovarian cancer cell lines that mimic the original tumor in long-term cultures.
Ricardo J. Komotar, M.D., Director of Surgical Neuro-oncology at UHealth – University of Miami Health System, is one of the first neurosurgeons in Miami-Dade and Broward counties to remove a brain tumor using the NICO BrainPath system. The approach makes it possible to remove deeply embedded tumors through an opening as small as a dime, without damaging delicate brain tissue.
A team of researchers at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Miller School of Medicine has discovered that a previously unappreciated so-called long noncoding RNA mechanism controls tumor growth of Glioblastoma Multiforme cells.
The Florida Cancer Data System, Florida’s legislatively mandated, statewide, population-based cancer registry, has received the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries’ highest certification for the 13th consecutive year. Gold certification is awarded to central registries who meet the highest levels of completeness, data quality and timeliness in cancer abstract reporting.
“The NCI-MATCH trial is a big step toward bringing precision medicine to our patients,” ~ Stephen D. Nimer
Thanks to a grassroots fundraising effort, Julio C. Barredo, M.D., the Director of Children's Cancer Programs at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has been awarded a grant to help find new treatments and cures to battle pediatric cancers.
Six Miller School of Medicine physician-scientists were recognized for their contributions to cancer research and treatment as part of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s 16th Annual Zubrod Memorial Lecture and Cancer Research Poster Session on May 15. It was the first time multiple faculty awards have been part of the program.
S. Florida-Based Pap Corps Raises $3.6 Million for Research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
The Pap Corps Champions for Cancer Research, a South Florida-based grassroots organization, has awarded Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine a $3.6 million gift to advance research in precision cancer medicine at Sylvester, South Florida’s only Cancer Center of Excellence.
Peter Tarjan, Ph.D., has always had a special empathy for kids in need. He has combined that passion with a favorite hobby – making brightly colored flowers out of old hubcaps, golf balls, bottle caps and sprinkler pipes.
The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami is hosting its 16th Annual Zubrod Memorial Lecture and Cancer Research Poster Session on Friday, May 15
With an eye toward finding leading-edge therapies to battle cancer, representatives of The Saul and Theresa Esman Foundation recently visited the Miller School of Medicine to take a tour of facilities and meet with the researchers whose work the Foundation has been supporting.
Florida Surgeon General and Secretary of Health John Armstrong, M.D., presented the state’s Cancer Center of Excellence Award to Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center on April 17, making it the only South Florida cancer center to receive the distinguished award.
In a groundbreaking laboratory study, a research team at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center has found that a non-toxic oral agent that is also consumed as an over-the-counter dietary supplement in Europe and Asia for improving liver health, is highly effective in both preventing and treating prostate cancer. Additionally the agent was able to halt the metastatic spread of the disease.
At a news conference on April 7, a Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center patient talked about his participation in a clinical trial that explored the role of a well-known erectile dysfunction drug in weakening head and neck squamous cell tumors prior to their surgical removal.
’Canes and Coral Gables campus visitors lined the steps of the University of Miami’s Rock Plaza on April 10 to see volunteers getting their heads shaved as part of the ’Canes Go Bald 4 Kids event. Organized by UM juniors and Sigma Lambda Gamma sorority sisters Muniphe Green and Maite Torres, the event raised more than $3,100 in donations to support the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
In a single week last August in New York City, two first-year residents, in different programs and in separate incidents, jumped to their deaths. What could have happened, just three months after their triumphant graduation from medical school, that would have made them want to take their lives? We may never know, but a likely contributing factor is a syndrome called burnout.
Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., Director of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has received the Dr. E. Donnall Thomas Award from the Bone Marrow Foundation.
Randall J. Brenneman, Ph.D., an M.D./Ph.D. student pursuing a career in radiation oncology, has received two medical student grants to help support his research into the development of targeted cancer therapies.
March is National Social Work Month, and this year’s theme is “Social Workers Pave the Way for Change.” Today, there are nearly 50 social workers on the medical campus. Some have worked here for decades and played very personal roles in the significant changes that have occurred in patient care and in the steady improvements in patient outcomes.
Miami CFAR, ISCI and Sylvester Researchers Receive Grant to Study Stem Cell Role in Kaposi's Sarcoma
An interdisciplinary team of Miller School of Medicine researchers has received a $1.8 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to study the role of stem cells in Kaposi’s sarcoma oncogenesis and therapy.
Two important genetic studies driven by the leader of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center provide new insights into an increasingly common bone marrow disorder known as myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS).
The Giant Inflatable Colon, a walk-through interactive exhibit that creates awareness about the risks, symptoms, prevention, early detection and treatment options for colorectal cancer, will pay a visit to the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center today.
Physicians from the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Otolaryngology will offer free head and neck cancer screening examinations to the public at three locations April 16-17.
The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America's Take Steps walk is the nation's largest event dedicated to finding cures for digestive diseases. It is a casual 2-3 mile stroll to raise money for crucial research, bringing us closer to a future free from Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Over 1.6 million American adults and children are affected by these digestive diseases.
More than 2,500 people turned out for the 15th Annual Pap Corps Walkathon, the signature event of the grassroots organization that raises money for cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
More than one million men have a prostate biopsy each year in the United States. The majority of these biopsies show either no prostate cancer or low-risk cancer, meaning the biopsy was unnecessary. The 4Kscore is the solution.
Three Miller School of Medicine faculty women, who collaborated to develop a rapid human papillomavirus (HPV) test to prevent cervical cancer among minority and underserved women, were recently honored with the Researcher of the Year award by the Women’s Cancer Association of UM.
Joseph D. Rosenblatt, M.D., Chief of the Division of Hematology-Oncology in the Department of Medicine, and Seung-Uon Shin, Ph.D., research associate professor in the Division, have been awarded a grant that will help develop a new approach to the treatment of ovarian cancer.
The Miller School of Medicine’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is hosting the Myelodysplastic Syndromes Patient and Family Forum this Saturday, February 28. The free forum will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in conference room 1301 at Sylvester and feature some of the cancer center’s top specialists among the roster of presenters.
Several unique visitors brought smiles and kisses to the faces of patients at Sylvester on Monday, February 16. A handful of Miami Marlins players, along with dogs from Canine Assistance Therapy, paid a joint visit to alex’s place, the pediatric oncology clinic at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and to adult patients in the Comprehensive Treatment Unit.
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researcher Eli Gilboa, Ph.D., is one of five scientists selected from across the nation to receive a 2015 Avant-Garde Award for HIV/AIDS research from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health.
University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala received a rare honor last Friday — the Public Service Award from the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT). The award, which goes to an individual who has advanced the interests of blood and marrow transplantation, is not given every year, but only when the ASBMT’s Executive Committee achieves consensus regarding an outstanding candidate.
Last week’s 2015 BMT Tandem Meeting, held jointly by the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation and the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research in San Diego, put the Miller School of Medicine’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and its stem cell transplant programs solidly in the international spotlight.
A simple kiss said it all. On a sunny Sunday morning, the second day of the fifth annual Dolphins Cycling Challenge to benefit the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Bonnie Crook gave her husband, Bob, a kiss for good luck as he and a group of cancer survivors and supporters were about to set off on the DCC’s inaugural 5K Run/Walk from the starting line at Sun Life Stadium.
Ariel Lopez-Chavez, M.D., Director of the Lung Cancer and Thoracic Malignancies Clinic at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, recently completed an unprecedented trial with encouraging findings that highlight how targeting genes versus histology can more effectively treat cancer.
Two University of Miami undergraduates have organized a head-shaving event to raise money for pediatric cancer research. Called Canes Go Bald 4 Kids, it will be held on the Coral Gables campus Friday, April 10, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A team of cancer researchers from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami has participated in an international multi-center study that has identified genomic changes in head and neck cancers that are linked to HPV, the human papillomavirus – findings that could have important clinical implications.
Anthony Rizzo is one of the top players in Major League Baseball, but the Chicago Cubs All-Star says his biggest victory came off the ball field.
Researchers seeking to improve treatment outcomes for women with recurrent endometrial cancer – the most commonly diagnosed gynecologic malignancy in the U.S., killing more than 8,000 women each year – have reported positive results through targeted therapy that uses a combination of the drugs everolimus and letrozole. Their findings have been reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
The fifth annual Dolphins Cycling Challenge (DCC) takes place February 7 and 8. A festive kickoff will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, February 6, at Sun Life Stadium.
Leading scientists from around the world presented their latest findings on cellular, molecular and genetic approaches to treating cancer at the Miami Winter Symposium 2015, "Towards Personalized Cancer Medicine," on January 18-21 at the Hyatt Regency Miami.
As director of special projects, Yolanda “Yoly” Hernandez, is passionate about raising funds for Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. “Our team of experts discover, develop, and deliver the world’s most effective ways to prevent, detect, and treat cancer,” Hernandez says. “Funds raised for Sylvester stay in South Florida, guaranteeing that the day you or a loved one may need cancer treatment, you don’t need to go very far.”
Renowned pancreatic cancer clinician and scientist Nipun B. Merchant, M.D., is joining the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center as Chief Surgical Officer and Director of Surgical Oncology Research Programs. Merchant comes to the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and UHealth – University of Miami Health System from Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
A team of Miller School scientists has identified a compound that, when targeted to a location on the Hedgehog molecular signaling pathway, may prevent the recurrence of medulloblastoma, a type of brain tumor prevalent in children and adults.