e-Veritas Archive | January, 2013

UM to Host Conversation with Former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz

Former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz will participate in a conversation-style event with School of Architecture Dean Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk on Tuesday, February 5 at 6 p.m. at the Jorge M. Perez Architecture Center, Glasgow Hall. Diaz, a University of Miami alumnus, is author of Miami Transformed: Rebuilding America One Neighborhood, One City at a Time. “A Conversation with Manny Diaz” is free and open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, call 305-284-4085 or email umneighbors@miami.edu.

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First Stroke Patients in Florida Treated in UM Stem Cell Trial

Dileep Yavagal, assistant professor of neurology and neurological surgery, is leading a clinical trial that uses a patient’s own bone marrow stem cells to treat ischemic stroke.

Dileep Yavagal, assistant professor of neurology and neurological surgery, is leading a clinical trial that uses a patient’s own bone marrow stem cells to treat ischemic stroke.

The first two stroke patients have been enrolled in a phase 2 clinical trial of a revolutionary new treatment for ischemic stroke being conducted at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. The trial, using a patient’s own bone marrow stem cells, is the first intra-arterial stroke stem cell trial in the U.S., and the two UM/Jackson patients are the first in Florida to participate.

Led by Dileep Yavagal, assistant professor of neurology and neurological surgery, the trial is examining the efficacy of ALD-401, derived from bone marrow, to repair and regenerate tissue following an ischemic event. Read the full story

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Gift Supports Breast Cancer Research at Sylvester

Stefan Glück is principal investigator of 29 clinical studies in breast cancer and serves as an investigator in numerous other scientific translational projects.

Stefan Glück is principal investigator of 29 clinical studies in breast cancer and serves as an investigator in numerous other scientific translational projects.

The Karen Mullen Breast Cancer Foundation has awarded $35,000 to Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center to support the groundbreaking work of Stefan Glück, Sylvester Professor of Medicine. The grant specifically supports Glück’s research into estrogen receptors in breast cancer.

Certain breast cancer patients benefit from anti-estrogen treatments. However, those with triple negative disease present a complex challenge: Their estrogen receptors are either missing or, as Glück collaborator Zafar Nawaz previously demonstrated, are degraded faster in breast cells by what is called a ubiquitin system. Ubiquitin systems, which destroy proteins in cells, were discovered in 2004 by Aaron Ciechanover, who subsequently won a Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his finding. Read the full story

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Corporate Run/Walk T-Shirt Design Competition

Participants at last year's Corporate Run/Walk sport their Team UM T-shirts.

Participants at last year’s Corporate Run/Walk sport their Team UM T-shirts.

Put your graphic design and illustration techniques to use, and you could win a $100 gift certificate to the UM Bookstore. The University of Miami’s Herbert Wellness Center is sponsoring a T-shirt design competition for the 2013 Mercedes Benz Corporate Run/Walk. Employees and students from all UM campuses can enter the T-shirt design competition. The winning design will be featured on the official Team UM dri-fit shirts that will be worn by hundreds of UM participants during the event, scheduled for Thursday, April 25 at 5:30 p.m. at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami. Team UM’s theme for this year’s Corporate Run/Walk: ’Canes Reign. Read the full story

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Clinical and Translational Science Institute Announces Credits for Biostatistics Consultations

Members of the biostatistics team are, from left, front row, Maria Jimenez-Rodriguez, administrator; Shari Messinger, director and associate professor of epidemiology and public health; and Fei Tang, Ph.D. student. Back row, from left, biostatisticians Hua Li, assistant scientist, Robert Duncan, professor of epidemiology and public health, and Kaming Lo.

Members of the biostatistics team are, from left, front row, Maria Jimenez-Rodriguez, administrator; Shari Messinger, director and associate professor of epidemiology and public health; and Fei Tang, Ph.D. student. Back row, from left, biostatisticians Hua Li, assistant scientist, Robert Duncan, professor of epidemiology and public health, and Kaming Lo.

The Biostatistics Collaboration and Consulting Core (BCCC) is collaborating with the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) to offer service credits for enhanced biostatistics support for clinical and translational research.

Consistent with the Miami CTSI’s emphasis on culturalized health research, the BCCC supports interdisciplinary clinical and translational research that focuses on health concerns highly prevalent in ethnic and racial minority and medically underserved communities. Read the full story

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