News : 2018

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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From left, Luis Chiappy, AXA Advisors, Mary Bartlett Bunge, Ph.D., and Chris Dudley, Advancement Associates, Inc.

UM Researcher, Transplant Surgeon and Sylvester Trustee among 2018 Health Care Heroes

For nearly 30 years, Mary Bartlett Bunge, Ph.D., worked tirelessly as a neuroscientist with The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Her pioneering work in the area of nervous system regeneration and her decades-long dedication to finding ways to repair spinal cord damage earned Bunge the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.

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From left, Fred F. Telischi, M.E.E., M.D., FACS, Xue Zhong Liu, M.D., Ph.D., Stefania Goncalves, M.D., Carlos Green, M.D., and Donald T. Weed, M.D., FACS.

Residents in Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Receive NIH Research Training Grant

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery is one of eight otolaryngology training programs in the U.S. to receive the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Institutional Research Training Grant (T32) for interdisciplinary research training in otolaryngology.

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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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