News : 2012

From left, Stephanie Sayfie Aagaard, Suzie Sayfie, Tom Brokaw, Christine E. Lynn and Nick Buoniconti.

Destination Fashion Raises $31M for The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis

NFL Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti and his son Marc of The Buoniconti Fund, the fundraising arm of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, hosted an inspirational evening with more than 2,000 supporters to celebrate Destination Fashion 2012, presented by Micky and Madeleine Arison

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Dileep Yavagal, M.D., is conducting the first intra-arterial stroke stem cell trial in the U.S. at the Miller School.

Interventional Neurologist Dileep Yavagal, M.D., Tests Potential New Stem Cell Stroke Therapy

Dileep Yavagal, M.D., assistant professor of clinical neurology and neurosurgery and Director of Interventional Neurology, is conducting a phase 2 clinical trial of a revolutionary new treatment for ischemic stroke derived from a patient’s own bone marrow stem cells.

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Surrounding Miami Project President Marc Buoniconti, seated, are, from left, Barth A. Green, M.D., Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Gillian Hotz, Ph.D., Governor Rick Scott, UM President Donna E. Shalala, student David Goldstein, and state Senator Anitere Flores.

Governor Scott Celebrates State’s New Concussion Protections at Miami Project

Recognizing the contributions of UM’s concussion experts and a high school soccer player lucky enough to be one of their patients, Governor Rick Scott visited The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis last week to officially sign into law a bill designed to safeguard Florida’s youth athletes from the potentially devastating consequences of brain injuries suffered on the playing field.

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Gillian Hotz, Ph.D., far right, poses with the WalkSafe team, front, Petra Caliste, program administrator; front row, from left, Taijha Harden, WalkSafe coordinator; Lauren Baker, student volunteer; Carolina Gutierrez, assistant director; Carolina Rios, communications coordinator; Jackie Smith, program volunteer; and William Ward, student volunteer; back row, from left, Ashlee Quintero, sports concussion coordinator; Flo Rida; Katie Swidarski, WalkSafe coordinator; Katie McInvale, program volunteer; and Jonathan Hooshmand, research assistant.

UM WalkSafe Promotes Health and Safety on International Walk to School Day

In UM WalkSafe’s 11th year of decreasing pedestrian injuries, increasing physical activity and improving the environments around schools, program faculty and staff joined more than 500 students, parents, teachers and community leaders on October 3 to promote safety and wellness at Miami Park Elementary School on International Walk to School Day.

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From left, Coleen Atkins, Ph.D., W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D., and Helen M. Bramlett, Ph.D.

Miami Project to Cure Paralysis Receives NFL Research Grant

The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis is among 15 organizations that will share more than $1.5 million in grants awarded by NFL Charities September 11 for sports-related medical research, mostly in the area of concussion prevention and treatment.

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Stranger Who Helped Teen Shot With Spear in Head Told Him He Wouldn't Die

Sixteen-year-old Yasser Lopez was overcome with tears when he was reunited with the woman whose quick thinking may have saved his life. Lopez was accidentally shot in the head with a spear by a friend in June. Doctors said that if he had pulled the spear out, he would have died.

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UHealth Expands in Plantation

As UHealth continues to build and expand its clinical practice, UHealth experts are now available at the newly opened UHealth Plantation. Located in central Broward County in the Crossroads Office Park, UHealth Plantation is just minutes from I-595 and University Drive, providing easy access to high-quality care and services in one central location.

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Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., left, and W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D., congratulate Mary Bartlett Bunge, Ph.D., for receiving the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award and her litany of other achievements.

Mary Bartlett Bunge, Ph.D., Honored for Renewal of 39-Year-Old Grant

Mary Bartlett Bunge, Ph.D., the Christine E. Lynn Distinguished Professor in Neuroscience and a Professor of Cell Biology and Neurological Surgery at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, and her colleagues recently learned that the Bunge-Wood-Monje Laboratory’s 39-year-old NIH grant to investigate Schwann cell biology and transplantation would be funded for another five years.

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The members of the team are, from left, Eugene Roberts, Ph.D., Ashley Beecham, M.S., Susan Blanton, Ph.D., Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., Tatjana Rundek, M.D., Ph.D., Liyong Wang, Ph.D., and Chuanhui Dong, Ph.D.

Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., and Multidisciplinary Team Awarded $2.8 Million to Study Cardiovascular Risks

Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., and a multidisciplinary team of Miller School investigators have received a $2.8 million grant from the NIH’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to search for genetic determinants of subclinical carotid disease, cardiac hypertrophy, and left atrial enlargement

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UM Surgeon Publishes Findings About Gastric Bypass Surgery and Adjustable Gastric Banding

Recent findings from the Department of Surgery at the Miller School were published in the April edition of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. The study led by Nestor de la Cruz-Muñoz, M.D., associate professor of surgery and chief of the Division of Laparoendoscopic and Bariatric Surgery, shows that bariatric surgery results in significant and dramatic weight loss and improved fasting plasma glucose and HbA1c levels (a marker for diabetes) as far as three years post surgery among ethnically diverse adults with diagnosed and undiagnosed type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes.

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La primera cirugía bariátrica realizada en una adolescente

Amanda pesaba 300 libras antes de someterse a esta operación que le devolvió la salud y las ganas de vivir.

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Antonio C. Bianco, M.D., Ph.D.

Studies Show Brain and Heart Cells Control Thyroid Hormone for Self-Protection

Underscoring the body’s remarkable ability to protect itself, Miller School researchers have published two studies that indicate the brain and heart each create a localized state of hypothyroidism to decrease energy metabolism during a stroke or heart attack.

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Kneeling from left, are Howard Levene, M.D., Ph.D.; Faiz Ahmad, M.D.; Asterios Tsimpas, M.D.; Charles Bowie, M.D.; Ricardo Komotar, M.D.; Allan Levi, M.D., Ph.D.; and Mohammed Khan, M.D., and standing are Brian Hood, M.D.; Chris DeMassi, M.D.; Garrett Zoeller, M.D.; Seth Hayes, M.D.; Ryan Trombly, M.D.; Brian Snelling, M.D.; Gabriel Widi, M.D.; and Glen Manzano, M.D.

UM Neurological Surgery Team Wins National Charity Softball Tournament

Twenty-eight teams of neurosurgeons from some of the top medical institutions across the United States and Canada competed June 9 at the 9th Annual Neurosurgery Charity Softball Tournament in New York City. But it was the Miller School’s Department of Neurological Surgery that took home the title.

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Kevin K. Park, Ph.D.

Dr. Kevin K. Park Selected as 2012 Pew Scholar in Biomedical Sciences

Twenty-two of the nation’s most innovative young researchers, including Kevin K. Park, Ph.D., assistant professor of neurological surgery and The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, were named Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences by The Pew Charitable Trusts on June 14.

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Maria Sanchez, a teacher at Hialeah Gardens Middle School, leads a group of students on National Bike to School Day.

Miller School’s BikeSafe Program Promotes National Bike to School Day

In honor of National Bike Month this May, UM’s BikeSafe team joined hundreds of students, parents, teachers, local police and Miami Dolphins mascot T.D. at Hialeah Gardens Middle School for the first National Bike to School Day on May 9.

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Dileep R. Yavagal, M.D.

Dr. Dileep R. Yavagal First in South Florida to Use FDA-Approved Stroke Device

The first physician in South Florida to use the newly FDA-approved Solitaire FR revascularization device, Dileep R. Yavagal, M.D., successfully removed blood clots from the brain of a stroke patient, restoring blood flow and mobility.

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Mary Bartlett Bunge, Ph.D.

Dr. Mary Bunge Among Faculty Recognized for Service, Teaching and Scholarship

Mary Bartlett Bunge, Ph.D., the Christine E. Lynn Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience and professor of cell biology, neurological surgery, and neurology, and an internationally recognized authority in central nervous system regeneration, was honored with the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award on April 5.

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Roberto C. Heros, M.D.

Neurological Surgery Association Profiles Dr. Roberto C. Heros

The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) is holding its 80th Annual Scientific Meeting in Miami April 14-18, and, as a prelude, published a ‘Profile in Courage’ on the Miller School’s own Roberto C. Heros, M.D., professor and co-chair of neurological surgery and residency program director, who exemplifies the convention’s “We Are Neurosurgery” theme.

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FIU student Chrissy Wong explains the differences between human and animal brains to attendees at the 2012 Brain Fair.

More than 2,000 Kids Attend 3rd Annual Brain Fair at the Miami Science Museum

A record number of school children celebrated Brain Awareness Week with University of Miami scientists at the Brain Fair 2012 on Saturday, March 17, at the Miami Science Museum.

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John L. Bixby, Ph.D.

John L. Bixby, Ph.D., Appointed Vice Provost for Research

The Miller School’s John L. Bixby, Ph.D., who loves “being able to discover something that nobody else in the world knows,’‘ has been appointed vice provost for research, a post in which he will shape UM’s research enterprise.

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Teens May Fare Worse After Concussion Than Children or Adults

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From left, are Ricardo Komotar, M.D., patient Cathy Hoffman-Booker, and Deborah Heros, M.D.

Miller School Offers Brain Cancer Vaccine, Gives Patient Hope

The first patient in Florida to receive a novel vaccine for brain cancer, Cathy Hoffman-Booker is optimisitc about her participation in a clinical trial using a vaccine derived from her own brain tumor – a glioblastoma multiforme, the most common form of brain cancer.

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