News : 2017

Medical campus update: Hurricane Irma

The latest on Hurricane Irma and how it is affecting the medical campus.

Read more »

Dileep Yavagal, M.D., has found stem cells can speed recovery of stroke patients.

Stem Cells: A Breakthrough in Stroke Treatment?

Millions of brain neurons die within minutes following a stroke, and the dead cells can’t be restored. Nonetheless, the brain tissue surrounding the dead area, although non-functioning, remains alive for a short time. Research has found that stem cells target the area and secrete chemicals that save the tissue and, essentially, rejuvenate it.

Read more »

Image showing the relationship between astrocytes (violet) and pyramidal neurons (green) in the hippocampal CA1 region and dentate gyrus.

Miami Project Researchers Awarded Five-Year, $2.2 Million Grant for TBI Study

A team of researchers at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine recently received a five-year, $2.2 million grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to study an attribute in traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Daniel J. Liebl, Ph.D., professor of neurological surgery, is leading the investigation.

Read more »

A Scholar Rock antibody (in orange) is shown binding to the myostatin precursor (in green and yellow) to prevent release of myostatin's muscle growth-prevention activity.

Drug Candidate Shows Therapeutic Potential in Preclinical Model of Spinal Cord Injury

The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Scholar Rock, a biotechnology company, have announced findings from a research collaboration that has demonstrated beneficial effects of a proprietary antibody in a preclinical model of spinal cord injury.

Read more »

Research participants underwent noninvasive transcranial magnetic stimulation.

Cortical Targets May Be Key to Improving Motor Function After Spinal Cord Injury

Researchers in the Department of Neurological Surgery and The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have published the results of research that provides the first evidence that cortical targets could represent a novel therapeutic site for improving motor function in humans paralyzed by spinal cord injury (SCI).

Read more »

Clockwise from top left, Unzila Nayeri, M.D., Michael E. Ivan, M.D., neurosurgery resident Roberto Perez Roman, M.D., Maria Emilse Munoz Pena with baby Santino Michar Pena, and father Michar Pena.

UHealth Surgeons at Jackson Remove Two Brain Tumors from Pregnant Woman

A Florida mother is thanking University of Miami Health System doctors after they removed two benign brain tumors strangling her optic nerves and restored her sight – all while she was six months pregnant.

Read more »

Suhmedh Shah, right, explains the spinal cord to a budding neuroscientist.

Miami Project Researchers Inspire Future Scientists at Annual STEM Expo

Two researchers from The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis — Director of Education Kim Anderson-Erisman, Ph.D., and Coleen M. Atkins, Ph.D., both associate professors of neurological surgery — inspired students interested in science and engineering careers at the Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ 63rd Annual South Florida Regional Science and Engineering Fair on February 4.

Read more »

Jonathan R. Jagid, M.D.

Laser Therapy Shows Promise for Patients with Refractory Epilepsy

Hope for some people with epileptic seizures not controlled by medication comes in the form of a new minimally invasive technique called laser interstitial thermal therapy. And the University of Miami Health System’s Epilepsy Center is the only facility offering this treatment option in South Florida.

Read more »

Dileep R. Yavagal, M.D.

Stroke Stent-Retriever Device Saves Patient with Blocked Coronary Artery

When a heart attack patient with a clot blocking his left main artery arrived at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Cesar E. Mendoza, M.D., attempted unsuccessfully to restore blood flow using conventional balloon angioplasty. He remembered colleague Dileep R. Yavagal, M.D., reporting success capturing and removing the clots of stroke patients using a stent-retriever device and asked him to attempt the same technique on his patient.

Read more »

A Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center scientist searches for a cure.

Sylvester and Miller School Awarded $5.7 Million for Cancer and Tobacco-Related Disease Research

The Florida Department of Health has announced the award of 16 grants totaling more than $16 million from the Bankhead-Coley Cancer Research Program and the James and Esther King Biomedical Research Program. Six investigators at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine were recipients of Bankhead-Coley and King grants totaling $5,728,856.

Read more »