When Thomas Jambeck was diagnosed with brain tumors caused by metastatic melanoma in 2011, the 64-year-old West Palm Beach resident underwent radiation and two surgeries. One tumor responded, but the second doubled in size. That’s when his physicians sent him to the Miller School for what would be a life-changing procedure.
Another record crowd came out for this year’s Brain Fair at the Miami Science Museum, organized by University of Miami scientists and colleagues from several other institutions. The free science event drew more than 3,000 children of all ages who learned how the brain works through an array of hands-on activities.
Researchers at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis have published six-year findings in the journal Spinal Cord, the official journal of the International Spinal Cord Society, that provide additional evidence that the use of mild hypothermia is a safe and effective strategy for treating acute spinal cord injuries.
To cheers, honking horns and loud applause, Roy Roden and his wife Lynn pedaled their bikes to the Schoninger Research Quadrangle on the Miller School campus Friday, completing a 4,500-mile ride that started in Seattle last November to raise awareness and research funds for Parkinson’s disease.
The first two stroke patients have been enrolled in a phase 2 clinical trial of a revolutionary new treatment for ischemic stroke being conducted at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. The trial, using a patient’s own bone marrow stem cells, is the first intra-arterial stroke stem cell trial in the U.S., and the two UM/Jackson patients are the first in Florida to participate.