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.