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Miller School Professor Michael E. Hoffer, M.D., center, begins report by UM researchers and collaborators of their findings regarding the Havana Embassy Phenomenon.

University of Miami Medical Team Reports Acute Findings from the Havana Embassy Phenomenon

A team of University of Miami Miller School of Medicine faculty, along with collaborators from the University of Pittsburgh, today presented the first report of acute symptoms and clinical findings in 25 diplomatic personnel living in the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba, who experienced severe neurosensory symptoms after exposure to a unique sound and pressure phenomenon.

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From left, Edward Abraham, M.D., Alan Zhou, M.D., Wendy Liu, M.D. ’14, Xue Zhong Liu, M.D., seated, Henri R. Ford, M.D., MHA, Li Lin Du, Fred F. Telischi, M.D., MEE.

Dr. Xue Zhong Liu Honored with Marian and Walter Hotchkiss Chair in Otolaryngology

In honor of his landmark research identifying the genes that cause deafness and its translation to patient care, Xue Zhong Liu, M.D., Ph.D., was recently honored with the Marian and Walter Hotchkiss Chair in Otolaryngology. Dr. Liu — an internationally renowned researcher, author, educator, and otolaryngologist — received the chair August 30 during a ceremony at the Lois Pope LIFE Center.

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From left, Pier McCarty, M.S.N., ARNP-BC, Allan Levi, M.D. Ph.D., Ashley Kuleba, M.S.N., ARNP-BC and Jacquelyn Llorente-Zerpa, M.S.N., ARNP-BC.

ARNPs Streamline Neurosurgery Screening and Assessment at UHealth Community Clinics

Specially trained advanced registered nurse practitioners are now evaluating peo-ple with neurologic concerns at UHealth clinics across South Florida. Expanding access to these specialty services is one goal, but the ARNPs also aim to speed up the time it takes for patients to be assessed and referred, when warranted, to a neurosurgeon or other health care provider.

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In an upcoming phase two human study, researchers will use nine outcome fields — cognitive, behavioral, psychosocial, sleep, pain, sensorimotor, cardiovascular, inflammatory biomarkers, and neuroimaging studies — to evaluate the drug’s efficacy.

‘Concussion Pill’ Shows Promise in Pre-Clinical Pilot Study

Researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, along with their partners at Scythian Biosciences, are one step closer to finding a new treatment for concussion. In 2016, the multidisciplinary Miller School team embarked on a five-year study to examine the effects of combining CBD with an NMDA antagonist for the treatment of traumatic brain injury and concussion.

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Sanjiv Bhatia, M.D.

Pediatric Neurosurgeon Dr. Sanjiv Bhatia Passes Away

Sanjiv Bhatia, M.D., associate professor of clinical neurological surgery, passed away early Thursday morning, May 24. Bhatia was a prominent pediatric neurosurgeon who joined the faculty of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in 2004 and has since practiced at both Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Holtz Children’s Hospital and at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

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