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Andrew V. Schally, Ph.D., M.D.h.c., D.Sc.h.c.

Study Identifies Gastric Cancer Biomarker and Possible Treatment

12.20.2016

Scientists at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Miami, and Shantou University Medical College in Guangdong, China, have shown that the hormone receptor GHRH-R could be a potential biomarker for gastric cancer, enabling earlier diagnoses and better staging.

Nilza Kallos, M.D.

Renowned Breast Radiologist Joins Sylvester at The Lennar Foundation Medical Center

12.14.2016

Renowned radiologist Nilza Kallos, M.D., board certified in nuclear medicine, has joined Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at The Lennar Foundation Medical Center in Coral Gables. Kallos brings to Sylvester two of her colleagues — Lori DeFillipo, M.D., and Angela Parra, M.D. — from her former private practice in South Miami, where the group has been practicing breast radiology for more than 25 years.

Survive Cancer? Join the Sylvester Singers Survivor Choir

12.06.2016

The music therapy program at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center invites cancer survivors of all ages, abilities and experience levels to join the Sylvester Singers Survivor Choir. Enjoy free lessons with no commitment and the physical and mental benefits of social singing. All styles of vocal music are welcome.

Sylvester Director Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., second from left, with donation from Hockey Fights Cancer partnership with Florida Panthers.

Sylvester and Florida Panthers Celebrate Hockey Fights Cancer Partnership with $25,000 Donation

11.15.2016

November has been an exciting month if you are a Florida Panthers fan or a cancer fighter or survivor. Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center has been honored to be the official Hockey Fights Cancer partner of the Panthers this year and announced a $25,000 donation for cancer research during a check presentation at the last Hockey Fights Cancer game on November 12.

J. Sunil Rao, Ph.D.

A Breakthrough to Move Cancer Precision Medicine Forward

11.15.2016

The terms “personalized medicine” and “precision medicine” are often used interchangeably; however, in the world of science, they’re not quite the same. Personalized medicine means developing a unique treatment plan for each patient. Precision medicine means developing treatment plans for groups of patients with similar conditions. Oncologists aspire to personalized medicine, but cancer is like snowflakes — each is different.

From left, Richard Rosenzweig, Vice Mayor of Deerfield Beach, Adam E. Carlin, Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., Jayne S. Malfitano, Linda Moses, Julio Frenk, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., and Steven M. Altschuler, M.D.

Sylvester Receives Landmark $50 Million Pledge from The Pap Corps

11.15.2016

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, announced a landmark $50 million gift from The Pap Corps Champions for Cancer Research at a ceremony at Sylvester at Deerfield Beach on November 10. This commitment, one of the largest made to a cancer center nationally this year, is targeted toward saving lives by funding cancer research.

From left, Bart Roep, M.D., Ph.D., Camillo Ricordi, M.D., Laurence B. Gardner, M.D., MACP, Alberto Pugliese, M.D., President Julio Frenk, Joshua Rednik and Valentina Pugliese (seated).

Dr. Alberto Pugliese Celebrated as Inaugural Holder of the Dodson Chair in Diabetes Research

11.01.2016

Alberto Pugliese, M.D., a world-renowned researcher in diabetes and immunogenetics at the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, was presented with the J. Enloe and Eugenia J. Dodson Chair in Diabetes Research. Pugliese, professor of medicine, and microbiology and immunology, and Deputy Director for Immune Tolerance Research at the DRI, is the first holder of the chair.

Focusing on You: Using CAR-T cells to fight lymphoma

10.25.2016

In today’s segment of “Focusing on You: Breakthroughs in Precision Medicine,” Sylvester hematologists Dr. Joseph Rosenblatt and Dr. Lazaros Lekakis discuss the promise of CAR-T cells in the fight against lymphoma.

Govindarajan Narayanan, M.D.

University of Miami Creates Pioneering Department of Interventional Radiology

10.18.2016

In an historic move, the University of Miami has created a Department of Interventional Radiology, demonstrating its leadership in this versatile therapy. The approval comes after nearly eight years of monumental growth in the field, both in research and clinical applications, at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and UHealth - the University of Miami Health System.

From left, top row, Eduardo Lopez, M.D., Karina Jordan, M.D., Opal Prevatt, M.D., and Cody Adkinson, M.D. From left, bottom row, Joan E. St. Onge, M.D., Lisa C. Martinez, M.D., and Stacy Rubin, M.D.

Dr. Lisa C. Martinez Named ‘Hispanic Woman of Distinction’

10.18.2016

Lisa C. Martinez, M.D., a medical education leader at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has been honored as a “Hispanic Woman of Distinction.” She was one of a dozen South Florida women to receive the recognition during the 15th anniversary celebration for Hispanic Women of Distinction, a Broward County nonprofit organization.

The blue dots show amyloid bodies within the cells.

Researchers: Cancer Cells Have Alzheimer’s Disease, Too

10.18.2016

A study published by researchers at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine describes that certain proteins playing a role in cancer progression and metastasis are stored as amyloid bodies in dormant cancer cells. Once the amyloid bodies disaggregate, the cancer cells become active again. The findings were published in the journal Developmental Cell.

The blue dots show amyloid bodies in the cells.

Cancer cells have Alzheimer’s disease, too

10.10.2016

A study published by researchers at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine describes that certain proteins playing a role in cancer progression and metastasis are stored as amyloid bodies in dormant cancer cells. Once the amyloid bodies disaggregate, the cancer cells become active again. The findings were published in the journal Developmental Cell.

Tan A. Ince, M.D., Ph.D.

HDAC Inhibitors Show Promise against Cancer Stem Cells

10.04.2016

A group of researchers, led by scientists at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has shown that histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors have the potential to eliminate stubborn reservoirs of breast and ovarian cancer stem cells (CSCs). These stem cells help tumors resist standard treatments and play a significant role in metastasis and relapse.

Barry I. Hudson, Ph.D.

Sylvester Researchers Identify Receptor to Slow Breast Cancer Metastasis

10.04.2016

In a research study published in the journal Oncogene, scientists from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center showed that by therapeutically targeting the receptor for advanced glycation end-products (RAGE) in breast cancer cells, they decreased tumor growth, reduced tumor angiogenesis and recruitment of inflammatory cells, and dramatically decreased metastasis to the lung and the liver.

A model for patient care in the future, The Lennar Foundation Medical Center has been carefully designed to meet the needs of patients, their families and staff.

Offering State-of-the-Art Cancer Care

10.04.2016

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, is bringing its state-of-the-art multidisciplinary care to the Coral Gables campus. Its sixth satellite facility will be a core component of The Lennar Foundation Medical Center, which opens in December.

The Family Fest includes a kids’ bicycle ride.

Kids Can #TackleCancer at Fall Family Fest

10.04.2016

Kids and their families are invited to the Second Annual Fall Family Fest for family-friendly activities that are fun and help support cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Sylvester Introduces Educational Events and Seminars Calendar

10.04.2016

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center's Office of Education and Training has launched the Educational Events and Seminars Calendar. The calendar is a valuable resource for grand rounds, seminars, lectures, CMEs and other educational events.

RAGE inhibition in mice prevents metastasis of human breast cancer cells (stained brown) to lung and other tissues.

Sylvester researchers identify receptor to slow breast cancer metastasis

09.26.2016

In a research study published today in the journal Oncogene, scientists from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine showed that by therapeutically targeting the receptor for advanced glycation end-products (RAGE) in breast cancer cells, they decreased tumor growth, reduced tumor angiogenesis and recruitment of inflammatory cells, and dramatically decreased metastasis to the lung and the liver.

From left, Kerry Burnstein, Ph.D., with Priyamvada Rai, Ph.D.

Perfect Synergy between Sylvester Researchers Leads to $1.15 Million DOD Idea Development Award

09.20.2016

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researchers Priyamvada Rai, Ph.D., associate professor of medicine/hematology and oncology, and Kerry Burnstein, Ph.D., professor of molecular and cellular pharmacology, have received a $1.15 million Idea Development Award from the Department of Defense (DOD) to investigate a novel mechanism of inhibiting incurable prostate cancer.

Nestor Villamizar, M.D.

Sylvester Earns Lung Cancer Screening Center Designation by the American College of Radiology

09.07.2016

The lung cancer screening program at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, has been designated an American College of Radiology (ACR) Lung Cancer Screening Center. The voluntary designation signifies that the program and protocol meet the requirements set forth by the ACR lung cancer screening committee.

Back row, from left, Cathy Rosenberg, Ricardo J. Komotar, M.D., Macarena de la Fuente, M.D., Suzy Selby and Allan D. Levi, M.D. Front row, from left, Nancy and Stanley Engle.

Pledge Will Provide Advocate for Brain Tumor Patients

09.07.2016

Spurred on by first-hand experience, Stanley and Nancy Engle recently made a generous commitment to help ease the difficulties facing brain tumor patients. The couple announced a $400,000 gift for a joint initiative of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine known as the UM Brain Tumor Initiative.

Theodore J. Lampidis, Ph.D.

Sylvester’s Dr. Theodore J. Lampidis Honored by Congress for His Cancer Research

09.07.2016

Theodore J. Lampidis, Ph.D., a cell biology and anatomy expert at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, recently received recognition from the 144th Congress of the United States in honor of his work studying the combination of two non-toxic drugs as a universal treatment for cancer.

Miami Epigenetics & Cancer Symposium, November 28-29

09.07.2016

The Miami Epigenetics & Cancer Symposium, hosted by the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, will be held at the Ritz-Carlton, Miami Beach on November 28-29. The symposium will bring together world-renowned scientists to discuss the latest discoveries in genomic and epigenetic approaches to understanding the molecular underpinning of cancer development and progression.

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Announces Partnership with Florida Panthers

09.06.2016

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, has announced that it is partnering with the Florida Panthers for Hockey Fights Cancer. On October 22, the partnership will kick off with the Viktor E. Dash 5K Race at the BB&T Center, where fans can sign up to help support the National Hockey League’s Hockey Fights Cancer initiative.

Thomas Curtis.

Thomas Curtis Remembered as Outstanding Philanthropist, Visionary and Friend

08.16.2016

Thomas Curtis, the founder of the Miami Battery Manufacturing Company and the Curtis Battery and Electric Company in Miami, was among the top supporters of the University of Miami and the Miller School of Medicine. Over a span of nearly 35 years, he donated more than $4 million to various initiatives at UM.

Steven Chen, Ph.D.

Sylvester’s Dr. Xi “Steven” Chen Receives NCI Funding to Study Breast Cancer

08.16.2016

Xi “Steven” Chen, Ph.D., a member of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and associate professor of biostatistics in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the Miller School of Medicine, has received a $1.8 million R01 grant from the National Cancer Institute. The funding will be used to conduct research in precision medicine for triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), using statistical genomics approaches.

From left, Vivek Venkatramani, M.D., Sanjaya Swain, M.D., Bruno Nahar, M.D., Daniel Garcia, P.J. Loyello, Michael Hill, Dipen J. Parekh, M.D., Sanoj Punnen, M.D., Chad Ritch, M.D., Billy the Marlin, Ranjith Ramasamy, M.D., and Nipun Merchant, M.D.

Marlins Foundation Steps Up to the Plate for Prostate Cancer Awareness

08.16.2016

Dipen J. Parekh, M.D., grew up in his native India following the sport of cricket. But the renowned urologist recently had a chance to show off his baseball skills on a major league ball field. Parekh, professor and chair of urology and a urologic oncologist at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Marlins Park June 19.

Krishna V. Komanduri, M.D.

Dr. Krishna V. Komanduri Named President-Elect of Transplantation Society

08.02.2016

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, has announced that Krishna V. Komanduri, M.D., Director of the Adult Stem Cell Transplant Program and Kalish Family Chair in Stem Cell Transplantation, was recently named President-Elect of the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT).

Noriyuki Kasahara, M.D., Ph.D.

Ingenious Brain Tumor Therapy Found Safe and Effective in Early Trial

08.02.2016

A Phase I dose-escalation trial, conducted at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and multiple sites nationwide, has shown that a new gene therapy treatment for high-grade gliomas — the most aggressive brain tumors — is safe and improves patient survival. Having passed this milestone, the treatment will move on to more advanced trials.

Miller School of Medicine, Schoninger Research Quadrangle

Miller School of Medicine Has Record-Breaking Fundraising Year

08.02.2016

Continuing an upward trend, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine reached a record-breaking fundraising total for the fiscal year 2016. According to standards set by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the Miller School raised an unprecedented $159.8 million for the fiscal year, which ended May 31.

Sophia George, Ph.D.

Dr. Sophia George Awarded Grant from Colleen’s Dream Foundation

07.19.2016

Sophia George, Ph.D., an obstetrics/gynecology expert at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, was recently awarded a $10,000 grant to help discover new methods of detecting and treating ovarian cancer. The award comes from the Colleen’s Dream Foundation, an organization offering seed funding to young investigators performing cutting-edge research in ovarian cancer.

Aaron H. Wolfson, M.D.

Sylvester Researchers Show Tumor Size Can Predict Vaginal Cancer Survival

07.19.2016

Researchers at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have shown that tumor size in women with stage I or II vaginal cancer can strongly influence their overall survival. The research was published in the journal Gynecologic Oncology.

Francisco Vega, M.D.

Sylvester’s Dr. Francisco Vega speaks at Karolinska Institute in Sweden

07.19.2016

As part of a research collaboration, Francisco Vega, M.D., Ph.D., a lymphoma expert at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, was recently invited to speak at the Department of Oncology-Pathology at the renowned Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.

Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., and Erin Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Innovative Community-Based Health Screening Initiative Prepared for Launch

07.19.2016

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and other units of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine are collaborating in the launch of an innovative health initiative to screen hard-to-reach populations in Miami-Dade County for multiple conditions and help them connect with appropriate care.

Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute Awards Breast Cancer Grants to Sylvester Scientists

07.19.2016

Three researchers at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have been awarded new grants by the Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute, Inc., to support novel, early-stage research into breast cancer. FAMRI’s mission is to sponsor scientific and medical research for the early diagnosis and cure of diseases and medical conditions caused from exposure to tobacco smoke.

Jeong Hee Cho-Vega, M.D., Ph.D.

Molecular Diagnostics Separate Malignant from Benign Melanocytic Tumors

07.06.2016

Jeong Hee Cho-Vega, M.D., Ph.D., a skin cancer expert at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and colleagues have shown that a relatively simple, multi-step molecular diagnostic algorithm can help determine whether rare, atypical spitzoid tumors are benign spitz nevi or malignant melanomas.

David M. Seo, M.D.

UHealth Part of Select Collaborative Using IBM’s Watson to Tackle Major Diseases

07.06.2016

UHealth - the University of Miami Health System is part of a cognitive imaging collaborative that will be using IBM’s Watson to bring cognitive imaging into daily practice to help physicians address some of the most challenging illnesses affecting the U.S. population. UHealth is the only academic-based medical center in South Florida that is part of the collaborative.

From left, Michael Mandich, Jason Jenkins, Eric Feder, Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., and Adam Carlin.

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Hosts Cancer Moonshot Summit

07.06.2016

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine hosted a Cancer Moonshot Summit on June 29 as part of Vice President Joe Biden’s nationwide effort to make more therapies available to more patients. As a special surprise, representatives from the Miami Dolphins presented a check for more than $5 million for cancer research at Sylvester.

J. Sunil Rao, Ph.D.

Dr. J. Sunil Rao Named Interim Chair of Public Health Sciences

07.06.2016

J. Sunil Rao, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the Division of Biostatistics, has been named Interim Chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences. He is a member of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and his primary disease area of focus has been colorectal cancer — screening for early detection, unraveling the genomic determinants of progression and projected patient response to given treatments.

Happy dancers toss their berets at the end of the flash mob.

Marketing Teams Take Home National Awards

07.06.2016

The marketing departments of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and UHealth - the University of Miami Health System are celebrating after taking home eight recognitions from the 37th Annual Telly Awards, including best online videos for a hospital, health and fitness project and viral video, and best commercials for a hospital under 200 beds.

Dorraya El-Ashry, Ph.D.

Sylvester Breast Cancer Researchers Receive New Grant from Prevent Cancer Foundation

07.06.2016

Dorraya El-Ashry, Ph.D., breast cancer researcher at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and associate professor of medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, as well as co-principal investigator Marc E. Lippman, M.D., Deputy Director of Sylvester and Kathleen & Stanley Glaser Professor at the Miller School, recently received a $126,000 grant from the Prevent Cancer Foundation.

Shaun Brothers, Ph.D.

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Launches Drug Discovery Core

07.06.2016

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has launched the Sylvester Drug Discovery Core (SDDC) — the next link in the chain of turning scientific discoveries into cancer drugs. The mandate of the new facility will be to bring this capability to Sylvester researchers.

Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., dons a special Sylvester fire helmet from Captain Butch Smith.

Sylvester Researchers Expand Firefighters Cancer Initiative with Renewed Funding

06.29.2016

Surrounded by firefighters, advocates and lawmakers, researchers at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center announced that they are extending the Firefighters Cancer Initiative started nearly one year ago. The goal of the partnership is to better understand why firefighters may face a higher risk of cancer and find ways to improve their health and safety.

Ashok K. Saluja, Ph.D.

Sylvester Recruits Expert to Head New Pancreatic Cancer Research Institute

06.21.2016

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has announced the appointment of Ashok K. Saluja, Ph.D., as the inaugural Director of the new Sylvester Pancreatic Cancer Research Institute at the Miller School of Medicine (SPCRI) and Associate Director for Research Innovation, Senior Associate Dean for Research, as well as professor and vice chair of surgery.

Sakir Humayun Gultekin, M.D.

Dr. Sakir Humayun Gultekin Joins Sylvester and Department of Pathology

06.21.2016

Sakir Humayun Gultekin, M.D., has joined Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and UHealth. Gultekin will serve as Director of Clinical and Molecular Neuropathology for the University of Miami Brain Tumor Initiative, where he will support its comprehensive brain tumor program via clinical and basic science research.

From left, Gustavo L. Fernandez, M.D., Paola Pagan, Vanessa Hawrylak, Maritza Polania and Manuel Garcia.

Sylvester Wins Three Florida Sterling Council Awards

06.21.2016

During the Team Showcase Competition at the 24th Annual Florida Sterling Conference on June 3, the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Laboratory team presented on the topic of “Safety Matters: Decreasing Blood Transfusion Turnaround Time at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center” and won an award in the “Best Use of Tools” category. The team was also named the “Overall Runner Up” among all six participating organizations.

Neurological surgeons from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Department of Neurological Surgery give the “U” after winning the J. Lawrence Pool Neurosurgery Softball Tournament in New York City's Central Park.

Surgeons Take to the Field to Raise Research Funds

06.21.2016

Neurological surgeons at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center traded in their scrubs for softball gear to raise money for pediatric brain tumor research, raising more than $100,000 at the J. Lawrence Pool Neurosurgery Softball Tournament held in Central Park in New York City on June 11.

From left, Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., Jesse Bailey, JoAnne Goldberg, W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D., and Linda Moses.

Pap Corps Announces $4 Million Gift to Sylvester

06.21.2016

The Pap Corps recently announced a $4 million gift for cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The gift includes funds raised through a partnership with the Dolphins Cancer Challenge and is the third-largest gift in the history of the Pap Corps.

J. William Harbour, M.D.

Sylvester Researchers Study Size and Gene Expression to Classify Uveal Melanomas

06.07.2016

A team of researchers at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has conducted two new studies that may help guide prognosis and treatment of uveal melanomas. Building on key discoveries made in recent years, the research team, led by J. William Harbour, M.D., an eye cancer expert at Sylvester, factored tumor size and mutations into a patient’s prognosis.

Lazaros J. Lekakis, M.D.

Novel Immunotherapy Trial for Lymphoma Offers Hope to Patients at Sylvester

06.07.2016

Researchers at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine are testing a novel cellular immunotherapy approach to treating patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma who have failed standard therapy. Sylvester is the first cancer center in South Florida to treat patients using this new approach.

From left, Stephen Siegel, Chairman, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Healthcare Committee, Elizabeth J. Franzmann, M.D., Craig H. Smith, Partner, Hogan Lovells, presenting sponsor of Biomedical Award, and Charles Felix, Publisher, South Florida Hospital News & Healthcare Report, and Co-Chair, Health Care Heroes Awards Task Force.

Sylvester’s Dr. Elizabeth J. Franzmann honored with 2016 Health Care Heroes Award

06.07.2016

The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce has honored Elizabeth J. Franzmann, M.D., Director of Head and Neck Research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth - the University of Miami Health System, with the 2016 Health Care Heroes Award in the biomedical category. The award recognizes individuals, institutions and programs that have made an extraordinary impact on the South Florida health care community.

Tan A. Ince, M.D., Ph.D.

Sylvester Researchers Identify Novel Treatment for Aggressive Form of Breast Cancer

06.07.2016

A recent study by researchers at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine revealed that triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), which has generally been unresponsive to hormone receptor-targeted treatments, can indeed be treated using vitamin D and androgen receptor-targeted therapy. The discovery offers a new treatment option beyond chemotherapy.

From left, Yincai Wang, Ph.D., Mingjiang Xu, M.D., Ph.D., and Xi Chen, Ph.D.

Sylvester Researchers Present Findings and Discuss Latest Trends at Annual Retreat

06.07.2016

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center doctors, researchers and caregivers came together on April 29 and 30 at the JW Marriott Miami on Brickell Avenue for the annual Sylvester retreat to present their latest research and discuss trends in NIH funding, viral oncology, cancer epigenetics, tumor biology and cancer control, among other topics.

Robert A. Weinberg, Ph.D., delivered the 17th annual Zubrod Memorial Lecture.

National Medal of Science Winner Presents Sylvester’s Zubrod Memorial Lecture

06.07.2016

Robert A. Weinberg, Ph.D., winner of the U.S. National Medal of Science in 1997, was the featured speaker at the 17th annual Zubrod Memorial Lecture and Cancer Research Poster Session, hosted by Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the Lois Pope LIFE Center auditorium and the Schoninger Research Quadrangle on May 10.

Ardash M. Kumar, Ph.D.

Dr. Adarsh M. Kumar, Research Scholar, Passes Away

06.07.2016

Adarsh M. Kumar, Ph.D., a long-time member of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, passed away unexpectedly on April 11.

Lynn G. Feun, M.D.

New Clinical Trial for Liver Cancer Patients at Sylvester

05.17.2016

A new clinical trial for hepatocellular cancer, the most common form of liver cancer in the U.S., was recently launched at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System. The Phase II trial, led by Sylvester liver cancer specialist Lynn G. Feun, M.D., seeks to enroll hepatocellular cancer patients who have advanced, unresectable disease.

Stephen D. Nimer, M.D.

Sylvester Researchers Develop Novel Disease Model to Study Multiple Myeloma

05.17.2016

Researchers at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have developed an animal model that allows them to better understand the mechanisms that lead to the development of multiple myeloma, a hematologic cancer of plasma cells, and the amyloidosis that sometimes accompanies it. The study was published in the journal Scientific Reports.

Register Now for Synergy 2016, November 3-6

05.03.2016

Registration is open for Synergy 2016, a multidisciplinary approach to interventional oncology, being held November 3-6 at the Eden Roc Miami Beach. The international conference has now been endorsed by the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the world's leading professional organization for physicians and oncology professionals caring for people with cancer.

Adam E. Carlin.

Adam E. Carlin Appointed Chair of Sylvester Board of Governors

05.03.2016

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, has announced that Adam E. Carlin, Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Management Director at Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management, has been appointed Chairman of the Board of Sylvester Board of Governors. Sylvester also announced five new Board members.

From left, Rochelle Bradley, RN, Adrian Ruiz (who was named prom king), Isamar Ruiz, Samantha Pardo, Valentina Chica, Bianca Scarscelli and Jessica Ardente, ARNP.

Teens from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Enjoy A Prom To Remember

05.03.2016

Nine teens from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer recently had a chance to enjoy one of the highlights of adolescence — the prom. Leaving from alex’s place after makeup artists and stylists helped them get ready, the teens were transported by limo to the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale, where they were joined by other young oncology patients from the tri-county region.

From left, Eugene Schiff, M.D., Laurence Sands, M.D., M.B.A., Kristin Podack, widow of Eckhard Podack, M.D., Ph.D., and Richard L. Williamson, Jr., J.D.

Senate Presents Highest Honors to Three Miller School Faculty Members

04.19.2016

The Faculty Senate last week bestowed its highest honors on Laurence R. Sands, M.D., M.B.A., and Eugene R. Schiff, M.D., two pioneering physicians at the Miller School of Medicine. For the first time, the Senate also conferred a Special Senate Award posthumously, recognizing Eckhard Podack, M.D., Ph.D., the late researcher at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, for his life-saving discoveries.

Sylvester visitors had the opportunity to walk through a giant colon to learn about colon diseases.

Sylvester Showcases Giant Colon to Raise Awareness of Colon Cancer

04.19.2016

Patients, staff and visitors at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center had the opportunity to walk through a giant, inflatable colon in the Sylvester courtyard on March 29 to learn about polyps, inflammatory disease, and colon cancer. The engaging event was to recognize March as colon cancer awareness month.

Brian M. Slomovitz, M.D.

Sylvester Researcher Launches Study on Early Detection of Ovarian Cancer

04.19.2016

A Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher is leading a new clinical study focusing on early detection of ovarian cancer in postmenopausal women. “An effective screening or diagnostic test could potentially save the lives of thousands of women around the world,” said Brian Slomovitz, M.D., who is Co-Leader of Sylvester’s Gynecologic Cancers Site Disease Group.

Sylvester physicians and Miller School students teamed up for three days of head and neck cancer screenings.

Sylvester and UHealth Hold Head and Neck Cancer Screenings

04.19.2016

Last week, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and UHealth recognized the annual Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week with three days of community screenings at the VA Medical Center, University of Miami Hospital, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Jackson Memorial Hospital and the Center for Haitian Studies in Miami.

Izidore Lossos, M.D.

MicroRNA Controls Growth in Highly Aggressive B-cell Lymphomas

04.05.2016

A recent study by researchers at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine showed that a microRNA called miR-181a dampens signals from the cancer-driving NFκB protein pathway in the most aggressive large B-cell lymphomas (DLBCL). By reducing NFκB signaling, miR-181a controls tumor cell proliferation and survival and could be the target of novel therapies.

From left, Norman Braman, Steven M. Altschuler, M.D., Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., UM President Julio Frenk, Sandy Schlesinger, Lianne Lazetera and Jayne Malfitano.

Sylvester Hosts Dedication Ceremony for New Posner Pavilion

04.05.2016

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and UHealth leaders, doctors, staff and supporters, and University of Miami President Julio Frenk came together on March 21 to celebrate the dedication of Phase I of Sylvester’s new Gail S. Posner Pavilion for Breast Cancer Care at the Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute. The Posner Pavilion has been established to provide comprehensive health care to women, all under one roof.

Free Head and Neck Cancer Screenings, April 14-16

04.05.2016

In recognition of Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week, head and neck cancer surgeons from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and medical students from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine will be conducting free oral, head and neck cancer screenings April 14-16. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 305-243-8713 or email headandneckcancer@miami.edu. Walk-ins will also be welcome.

From left, Teresa Neira, Ph.D., Rosie Weisberg, Veronica Galego, Altheresa Clark, Ida Rodriguez, Vanessa Ruiz, Elise Santana and Lisa Merheb.

Celebrating Social Work Month at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

03.22.2016

At Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, multidisciplinary teams of cancer experts provide patients with the most advanced diagnostics and targeted treatments available in South Florida. In addition to world-class cancer care, Sylvester also offers patients and families support that goes beyond physical treatment.

Sylvester Joins Consortium to Preserve Fertility in Cancer Patients

03.22.2016

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, recently joined the Oncofertility Consortium, a national, interdisciplinary initiative designed to explore the reproductive future of cancer survivors. More than 220 universities and cancer centers from around the globe are members of the Consortium, including Northwestern University, Duke University, UC San Diego, and Mayo Clinic.

From left, Krystal De Palma, Dorothy Bendross-Mindingal, Ph.D., Daniela Cespedes and Milagros Pierre.

Sylvester and CHDS Representatives Participate in Domestic Violence Workshop

03.22.2016

Team members from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Jay Weiss Institute for Health Equity and the University of Miami Medical Group’s Community Health Delivery System (CHDS) participated in the 16th annual “No More Broken Hearts” domestic violence workshop created by Miami-Dade School Board Vice Chair Dorothy Bendross-Mindingal, Ph.D., and held February 20 at the Georgia Jones-Ayers Middle School.

Sylvester Presents PurpleStride Miami on February 27

02.23.2016

PurpleStride is the signature event of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Each year, in communities across the country, tens of thousands of people participate in more than 56 PurpleStride events, including PurpleStride Miami presented by Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, which this year will be held on Saturday, February 27, at Doral Central Park, 3000 N.W. 87th Avenue.

More than 130 local researchers and outside experts who apply or develop computational systems biology resources gathered for two days of presentations.

Sylvester Director Delivers Keynote Address at First Annual Systems Biology Data Science Symposium

02.23.2016

Doctors and scientists from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center recently participated in the first annual Systems Biology Data Science Symposium, January 19 and 20 in Miami. More than 130 local researchers and outside experts who apply or develop computational systems biology resources gathered at the Lois Pope LIFE Center on the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine campus for two days of presentations.

From left, Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Eduardo J. de Marchena, M.D., E. Robert Schwartz, M.D., students Daphne Papathomas and Joshua Kronenfeld, Arthur Hertz, Jeri Wolfson, students Angelica Melillo Knickerbocker, Roy Elias and Ashley Taggart, Raysa Christodoulou, Amar R. Deshpande, M.D., Janet Konefal, Ph.D., and Ali Habashi.

Wolfson Foundation Gifts Inspire and Challenge Medical Students

02.23.2016

The Mitchell Wolfson Sr. Foundation continues to focus on saving lives by supporting Miller School of Medicine students who provide health care to the underserved while gaining valuable learning experiences. Recently, checks representing a total of $609,000 in funding were presented to the Miller School of Medicine by Jeri Wolfson and Arthur Hertz, trustees of the Mitchell Wolfson Sr. Foundation.

DCC riders leaving the starting gate. Photo courtesy of the Miami Dolphins.

Dolphins Cancer Challenge Unites South Florida in Support of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

02.21.2016

With tears in her eyes, Yatta Estelle Bright stood at the finish line of the Dolphins Cancer Challenge (DCC) on Saturday, February 20, waiting for her friends to complete the 5K run/walk.“I lost my husband Etienne to brain cancer just a few months ago,” said Bright. “The doctors and staff at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center were wonderful, and I want to tell them how much that support meant to both of us.

DCC riders cross the finish line.

The DCC is Almost Here — Preparing for Your Ride or Run

02.16.2016

You’ve signed up, you’ve logged the training hours, and the big day — February 20 — is right around the corner! Taking on the Dolphins Cancer Challenge (DCC) to raise critical funds for cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center can be both an exciting and challenging experience. Here are a few tips about how best to prepare for the big day.

Stephen D. Nimer, M.D.

Patients Treated at Elite Group of Academic Cancer Centers Have Higher Survival Rates

02.16.2016

A recent study by researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in New York, published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), showed that patients treated at cancer centers that are part of an elite group of academic cancer research centers have a 10 percent lower chance of dying in the first year after diagnosis than those treated at community hospitals.

W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D., left, examines Miami International Airport employee Christina Naser.

Sylvester Honors World Cancer Day with Cancer Screenings at Miami International Airport

02.16.2016

In honor of World Cancer Day on February 4, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, and Miami International Airport (MIA) hosted free head and neck cancer screenings and consultations for more than 85 airport employees. Sylvester doctors, nurses and residents were inside MIA’s North Terminal to conduct the screenings and educate MIA employees about head and neck cancers.

Pierre-Jacques Hamard, Ph.D.

Sylvester Researcher Fights Cancer in the Lab and at the DCC

02.09.2016

“Being a cancer researcher is not only a job, it’s also a commitment to patients and the community,” said Pierre-Jacques Hamard, Ph.D., an associate scientist in the laboratory of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Director Stephen D. Nimer, M.D. “That is why I am doing the 5k run at this year’s Dolphins Cancer Challenge.”

Mingjiang Xu, M.D., Ph.D.

New Study Highlights Role of TET Proteins in Blood Cancers

02.09.2016

Some proteins drive the cellular overgrowth that leads to cancer, while others act as cancer suppressors. TET1 and TET2 do both. Research led by scientists at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has uncovered the role these proteins play in cancer development, potentially leading to new treatments.

Laurence R. Sands, M.D., M.B.A., left, and Eugene R. Schiff, M.D.

Senate Taps Two Faculty for Top Honors

02.09.2016

Laurence R. Sands, M.D., M.B.A., a renowned colorectal surgeon at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Eugene R. Schiff, M.D., one of the world’s leading authorities on liver diseases, have been unanimously selected by the Faculty Senate to receive two of its most prestigious awards, the Outstanding Teaching Award and the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award.

Every year, DCC participants raise millions for Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

10 Steps to Boost Your DCC Fundraising

02.02.2016

An important part of participating in the Dolphins Cancer Challenge on Saturday, February 20, is raising vital funds for cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Remember that every penny raised by riders, walkers, runners and virtual participants goes to Sylvester, and that’s what the DCC is all about! With two and a half weeks to go, now is your time to give your fundraising efforts one last push.

Joseph Panoff, M.D.

Study Shows Inferior Outcomes for African-American Pediatric Lymphoma Patients

01.26.2016

Researchers from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center have published a study showing that African-American pediatric Hodgkin lymphoma patients have inferior overall survival to their white and Hispanic peers. The findings, published in the journal Pediatric Blood & Cancer, are the largest study yet on racial and ethnic disparity in the pediatric Hodgkin lymphoma population.

Sarah Greenblatt, Ph.D.

Researcher Has a Passion for Leukemia — and Running in the DCC

01.19.2016

Sarah Greenblatt, Ph.D., declares her passion uniquely: “I fell in love with leukemia!” A postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Director Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., she will participate in this year’s Dolphins Cancer Challenge (DCC) 5K run.

Marc E. Lippman, M.D.

Breast Cancer Researcher Ready to Ride in DCC

01.12.2016

Marc E. Lippman, M.D., is looking forward to riding in the Dolphins Cancer Challenge (DCC), on Saturday, February 20, at Sun Life Stadium. As one of the nation’s leading breast cancer researchers, Lippman understands the importance of raising funds for the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.