News : 2018

From left, Hassan Al-Ali, Ph.D., with Vance Lemmon, Ph.D.

Researchers’ Startup Company Uses Innovative Technology to Identify Novel Drug Targets

A new biotechnology startup with its origins in the work of two neuroscientists is capturing attention for its potential to revolutionize drug discovery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Truvitech’s patent-pending technology uses a unique combination of biochemical profiling, cell-based screening, and machine learning to rapidly discover responsive pharmacological targets.

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Brain scans showing tumor.

Sylvester Researchers Find Peripheral Biomarker for Glioblastoma Brain Tumors

Researchers at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have discovered a peripheral biomarker in human blood serum that can be used to detect the presence and progress of glioblastoma brain tumors before and after treatment.

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From left, Jonathan R. Jagid, M.D., Kenneth Girlardo, and Corneliu Luca, M.D., Ph.D.

UHealth Uses New Deep Brain Stimulation Device to Successfully Treat Parkinson's Patient

A team of neurosurgeons and neurologists at UHealth – the University of Miami Health System has successfully treated a Central Florida man with Parkinson’s disease using a new implantable deep brain stimulation device. The team was the first in South Florida and among the first in the country to implant the Vercise DBS technology.

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Miller School of Medicine Rises in NIH Research Grant Funding

The Miller School of Medicine received $120.7 million in research grants from the National Institutes of Health in Federal Fiscal Year 2017 — a $9.5 million increase over the school’s FFY 2016 total. According to the national rankings of medical schools based on data compiled by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, that total made the Miller School the No. 1 NIH-funded institution in Florida.

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Christine Thomas, Ph.D.

Miami Project Researcher Dr. Christine Thomas Passes Away

Christine Thomas, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery and The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, who researched neuromuscular weakness, fatigue, spasms and regeneration for more than 27 years, passed away in December after a long battle with cancer.

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