News : 2018

Award winners with Faculty Council and Miller School leadership.

Miller School Faculty Council’s Inaugural Award Program Honors Teaching and Research Excellence

The Faculty Council of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine held its first-ever awards program during its final meeting of the academic year on May 22. The atmosphere was just right for something new, with faculty members chatting amiably beside a well-stocked supper buffet, and live jazz adding a musical dimension to the event.

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From left, Marjana Tomic-Canic, Ph.D., William H. Eaglstein, M.D., and Elof Ericsson, M.D.

Wound Healing Society Honors Dr. William H. Eaglstein with Lifetime Achievement Award

William H. Eaglstein, M.D., chair emeritus of the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Wound Healing Society for his numerous contributions to the field. In addition, Ivan Jozic, Ph.D., received the Young Investigator Award, and George Glinos, M.D., won the Anita Roberts Award.

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Marjana Tomic-Canic, Ph.D.

Dr. Marjana Tomic-Canic Appointed to NIH Arthritis, Connective Tissue and Skin Study Section

Marjana Tomic-Canic, Ph.D., vice chair of research and professor in the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, was recently appointed to a four-year position on the Arthritis, Connective Tissue and Skin (ACTS) Study Section at the National Institutes of Health Center for Scientific Review.

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From left, medical student Lulu Wong with Marjana Tomic-Canic, Ph.D.

Miller School Student Receives Prestigious Research Fellowship

Lulu Wong, a Class of 2019 M.D. candidate at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, was honored with the Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship from Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society. She was recognized for her student research project on potential biomarkers for slow-healing venous leg ulcers.

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Conference founders Marco Romanelli, M.D., Ph.D., and Paolo Romanelli, M.D., center left and right, with Galilei Symposium attendees.

Transatlantic Conference Highlights Major Issues in Dermatology

The XI International Dermatologic Galilei Symposium — an annual conference jointly sponsored by the departments of dermatology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and the University of Pisa — was held for the first time in Miami March 28-30. Twenty faculty members traveled from Europe and the Middle East to attend the conference, which covered some of the most important current topics in dermatology.

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Angelina Meza-Suarez, RN (left) and Monica Perez, RN, next to a hyperbaric chamber.

Hyperbaric Nurses Day, April 3, Highlights the Critical Role These Professionals Play

Hyperbaric medicine can be a ‘game changer’ for many people, facilitating their healing, speeding their recovery, and providing what for many is a one-time opportunity to experience optimal outcomes after a diving accident, radiation injury, surgery involving skin flaps, and many more indications.

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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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Stromal cells in the laboratory.

Mesenchymal Stromal Cells Shown to Prevent Lung and Skin Fibrosis, Restore Wound Healing

A cross-disciplinary group of researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has found that allogeneic adipose-derived mesenchymal stromal cells (ASCs) will prevent lung and skin fibrosis, and restore wound healing.

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The study is one of the first revealing the underlying molecular mechanisms responsible for pathophysiology of diabetic foot ulcers.

Researchers Identify Possible Treatment and Diagnostic Targets for Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Diabetic foot ulcers are one of the major complications of Type 2 diabetes, with very limited treatment options. Now a group of NIH-funded researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has identified major new mechanisms that not only play an important role in the inhibition of the wound healing, but also point to a new direction for therapeutic and diagnostic development.

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Topical statins may provide a treatment option for diabetic foot ulcers.

Study Finds Topical Statin Aids Healing of Diabetic Foot Ulcers

An NIH-funded study by researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has found that topical treatment with mevastatin will block two common healing inhibitors in diabetic foot ulcers, a life-threatening complication of diabetes mellitus with limited treatment options that often results in amputations.

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Miller School researchers have identified the genetic triggers for chronic itch in patients with atopic dermatitis (eczema) and psoriasis.

Miller School Dermatologists Identify Genetic Triggers for Chronic Itch

A groundbreaking study by a team of University of Miami Miller School of Medicine dermatologists has identified the genetic triggers for chronic itch in patients with atopic dermatitis (eczema) and psoriasis. “This is the first study examining all the molecular targets of chronic itch in humans with these widespread skin diseases,” said Gil Yosipovitch, M.D., professor of dermatology and director of the Miami Itch Center.

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