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Kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with EBeauty’s ‘Yoga in the Park’ on October 1


Kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with the EBeauty community’s “Yoga in the Park,” benefitting Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, October 1. Join in lighting the New World Symphony Soundscape Park, 500 17th Street, in Miami Beach, pink. Learn more at www.ebeauty.com.

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DCC With Me! Registration for Dolphins Cancer Challenge Now Open


Registration is now open for the next Dolphins Cancer Challenge, which over its six-year history has raised more than $16.5 million to support innovative cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Join Team Hurricanes by September 1  and receive a 50 percent discount on the registration fee to run, walk, or ride in DCC VII, which will take place on Saturday, February 11, 2017. Visit DolphinsCancerChallenge.com and use the code UMFightsCancer50 to register today. Be sure to sign up as a member of Team Hurricanes – Sylvester.

For more information on the DCC, visit TeamHurricanes.com.

 

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Dolphins Cancer Challenge Raises a Record $5.06 Million for Cancer Research


DCC presents check for more than $5 million to Sylvester at Cancer Moonshot Summit

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DCC Check Presentation

From left: Michael Mandich, CEO of the Dolphins Cancer Challenge; Jason Jenkins, senior vice president of communications and community affairs for the Miami Dolphins; Eric Feder, vice chairman for the Dolphins Cancer Challenge; Sylvester Director Stephen D. Nimer; and Adam Carlin, chairman of the Sylvester Board of Governors.

MIAMI, Fla. (July 1, 2016) — Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine hosted a Cancer Moonshot Summit on June 29 as part of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s nationwide effort to make more therapies available to more patients, while also improving our ability to prevent cancer and detect it at an early stage. Across the country, hundreds of cancer centers, hospitals, and patient advocacy groups hosted summits – from Miami to Anchorage, Alaska.

“This is the first really full-blown collaboration where all the stakeholders came together, and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it,” Vice President Biden said during the Cancer Moonshot live cast. “I want to thank you for your incredible work and your dedication. I am more optimistic than I have ever been since we launched the Moonshot.”

More than 80 cancer patients, survivors, their family members, doctors and researchers attended the two-hour event at Sylvester. The goal of the summit was to educate participants about the progress that has been made in cancer care and research at Sylvester. They learned what is on the horizon with regard to new cancer treatments, discussed individual experiences, and heard from the Vice President about the Cancer Moonshot and its objectives.

As a special surprise, representatives from the Miami Dolphins visited the Sylvester Cancer Moonshot Summit to present a check for more than $5 million for cancer research at Sylvester that was raised during this year’s Dolphins Cancer Challenge (DCC).

“Cancer impacts us all and we at the Miami Dolphins are committed to fighting this disease at every turn,” Miami Dolphins President & CEO and DCC Chair Tom Garfinkel said. “With the expansion of this year’s Dolphins Cancer Challenge to include two new Fall Family Fests, a concert, and golf tournament, we were able to give Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center our biggest donation yet in our fight against cancer.”

DCC funds are used to support truly innovative research, helping recruit and retain some of the world’s best minds in cancer research and care and investing in cutting-edge technologies to bring the latest in discoveries for detection, diagnosis, and treatment to cancer patients in South Florida and beyond. In just six years, more than $16 million has gone to fund research at Sylvester that leads to more effective targeted therapies for each patient’s cancer.

“We are so grateful to the Dolphins organization and to every rider, walker, runner, and fundraiser for continuing to support groundbreaking cancer research at Sylvester,” Sylvester Director Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., said during the check presentation. “On behalf of our team of more than 250 cancer specialists and researchers at Sylvester – and our cancer patients and their families – thank you! It is a truly remarkable achievement as every dollar raised has a tangible impact on cancer research and advancing precision cancer care at Sylvester.”

After the DCC check presentation, summit participants had the opportunity to discuss their own experiences with Sylvester doctors and researchers, and follow up with questions on Vice President Biden’s live cast. Everyone in attendance was energized by the discussion and the Vice President’s remarks, calling for more collaboration to find better treatments and cures for cancer.

You can follow the conversations around the Cancer Moonshot Summit on social media by using the hashtag #CanServe.

 

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National Medal of Science Winner Presents Sylvester’s Zubrod Memorial Lecture


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Robert A. Weinberg, winner of the U.S. National Medal of Science in 1997, gave the 17th annual Zubrod Memorial Lecture.

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MIAMI, Fla. (May 26, 2016) — Robert A. Weinberg, Ph.D., winner of the U.S. National Medal of Science in 1997, was the featured speaker at the 17th annual Zubrod Memorial Lecture and Cancer Research Poster Session, hosted by Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the Lois Pope LIFE Center auditorium and the Schoninger Research Quadrangle on May 10.

Weinberg, a founding member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, director of the Ludwig Center for Molecular Oncology at MIT, and professor of biology, lectured on “Mechanism of Carcinoma Malignant Progression.” About 200 people attended.

Nearly 90 clinical fellows/residents, postdoctoral fellows, medical students, and graduate students presented posters of cancer studies and projects and competed in the following categories: Basic Sciences, Clinical Research, Population-Based Research, and Translational Research. Faculty also were recognized for their efforts in research and instruction.

For more information on the Zubrod Memorial Lecture and Sylvester Cancer Research Poster Session, please visit the Sylvester Office of Education and Training page or call  305-243-2287.

Poster Winners and Categories:

Basic Sciences:

  1. Julian Naipauer

Lab/Research Mentor: Enrique Mesri, Ph.D.

  1. Tae Kyoung Kwak

Lab/Research Mentor: Barry Hudson, Ph.D.

 

Clinical Research:

  1. Phillip Miller

Lab/Research Mentor: Dorraya El-Ahry, Ph.D.

 

Population-Based Research:

  1. Felix Chinea

Lab/Research Mentor: Alan Pollack, M.D., Ph.D.

 

Translational Research:

  1. Diana Azzam

Lab/Research Mentor: Claes Wahlestedt, M.D., Ph.D.

 

Faculty Award Winners:                  

Basic Scientist of the Year: Stephen Lee, Ph.D.

Clinical Researcher of the Year: Ronan Swords, M.D., Ph.D., FRCPI, FRCPath

Community-Based Researcher of the Year: Judith Hurley, M.D.

Mentor of the Year – Junior Faculty: Dipen J. Parekh, M.D.

Mentor of the Year – Trainees: James E. Hoffman, M.D.

Teacher of the Year: Kerry L. Burnstein, Ph.D.

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Senate Salutes Faculty for Their Enduring Impact

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Senate Salutes Faculty for Their Enduring Impact


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From left are Eugene Schiff; Laurence Sands; Kristin Podack, widow of the late Eckhard Podack; and Richard L. Williamson, Jr.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 12, 2016)—The Faculty Senate last week bestowed its highest honors on Laurence R. Sands and Eugene R. Schiff, two pioneering physicians at the Miller School of Medicine, and Richard L. Williamson, Jr., a professor of law known for his pro bono service and international collaborations. For the first time, the Senate also conferred a Special Senate Award posthumously, recognizing Eckhard Podack, the late researcher at  Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, for his life-saving discoveries.

The annual Faculty Senate Awards ceremony took place April 11 in Storer Auditorium at the School of Business Administration. Senate Chair Tomás A. Salerno, chair gave remarks before a welcome video message from UM President Julio Frenk was broadcast.

“While I regret I cannot be with you in person today,” Frenk said, “I’m deeply honored to send this message recognizing four distinguished faculty members who have made a significant and enduring impact on our students, the University, and the creation of new knowledge as our most valuable product.”

Podack, a distinguished cancer researcher and educator at Sylvester, died October 8. His widow, Kristin,  accepted the Special Senate Award, presented by Miller School of Medicine Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, in behalf of her husband. As Frenk noted in his video message, Podack was “a valued colleague and friend as well as a pioneer in the field of cancer research. His discoveries have translated into clinical treatments that will continue to restore hope and extend life for many individuals.”

The chair of the Miller School’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology for 21 years, Podack was  honored for his dedication to teaching and the huge impact his discoveries have had on improving treatment for cancer patients. Perhaps the most significant were the discoveries of Perforin-1 and, more recently, Perforin-2 — antibacterial proteins that help the body’s immune system defend against infectious disease.

A native of Germany and a fellow in the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy who became interested in cancer research at an early age, Podack joined the Miller School in 1987 and became department chair in 1994. In the early 1990s, he created a monoclonal antibody to seek out and attach to CD-30, a receptor on lymphoma cells. He later sold the technology to Seattle Genetics, which developed SGN-35, a therapy designed to target only cancer cells, leaving healthy tissue alone.

He also developed a novel lung cancer vaccine using gp-96, a heat shock protein, to treat non-small cell lung cancer, which accounts for most lung cancers, as well as tumor necrosis factor receptor (TNFR) 25 agonists and antagonists that allow the immune system to attack cancer cells more effectively.

Williamson received the James W. McLamore Outstanding Service Award, presented by Senate Vice Chair Linda L. Neider and named for the cofounder of Burger King, for “service above and beyond the call of duty”–a hallmark of Williamson’s life. He is known for his gift for mentoring and his devotion to pro bono and community service.

Thanking Williamson for his “exceptional dedication to our University and beyond,” Frenk said, “In addition to your stellar 28 years of teaching and scholarship at the U, you have served in numerous leadership roles, including chair of the Faculty Senate for the second longest term in UM history.”

Serving as chair of the Faculty Senate from 2009-2014, Williamson also has served as associate dean of the School of Law, interim chair of the Department of International Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, and faculty advisor to the School of Law’s Honor Council.

As a former foreign service officer and division chief of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, he has used his extensive international experience to establish international liaisons between Miami Law and numerous international universities. Intended to be short-term, the initial intensive exchange seminar he organized between Leipzig University and UM is in its 14th year, and has led to the establishment of 17 semester-long exchange programs on four continents.

A treasured mentor to students here and abroad, Williamson also has employed his legal skills to advance the environment and international understanding. He drafted the founding documents and policy statements for UM’s Jayne and Leonard Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy, and has hosted foreign high school students through Rotary International, for which he is a frequent speaker. The Rotary Club has recognized his selfless contributions by naming him a Paul Harris Fellow, an honor usually reserved for members.

As a member of the Opa-locka Brownfields Advisory Committee and chair of its Legal Sub-Committee, Williamson drafted policy documents and recommendations to help the community more efficiently utilize abandoned and contaminated property holdings. Through his efforts, Opa-locka was selected as one of the EPA’s showcase cities and received additional funding for assessing the use of brownfields to be used for green space purposes.

Williamson earned an A.B. in 1967 from the University of Southern California, an M.A. in 1977 from American University, and a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1984. He received an honorary Doctorate of Laws (Doktor der Rechte (h.c.)) from the University of Leipzig in 2013. Prior to coming to Miami Law, he spent four years as an attorney with the law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton.

Sands, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center professor of clinical surgery, chief of the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery, and vice chair of medical education in the Department of Surgery at the Miller School of Medicine, received the Outstanding Teaching Award, presented by Laurence B. Gardner.

Sands has a distinguished record and commitment to providing students with the highest quality education and for inspiring them to strive for success. A leader in the use of minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery for colon cancer, he is involved in every element of surgical education for medical students and post-graduate trainees and is known for using his energy and talent to provide students with the best education at every opportunity. For example, in response to a major concern of residents and students about the balance of clinical service and educational opportunities, he reorganized clinical/surgical rotations to increase educational opportunities.

Demonstrating their gratitude for his inspiration and dedication to their education, the Miller School’s 2011 graduating class selected Sands for the 2010 George Paff Teaching Award.

Describing Sands as a “brilliant surgeon” and an “inspirational teacher,” Frenk also praised him for establishing the Laurence R. Sands, M.D. Endowed Research Chair at the Miller School. “You have provided much-needed support for advances in colon and rectal surgery, particularly using noninvasive techniques, to continue in perpetuity.”

Schiff, Leonard Miller Professor of Medicine, Dr. Nasser Ibrahim Al-Rashid chair in the Division of Hepatology, the director of the Schiff Center for Liver Diseases, and the director of the Hepatology Research Laboratory at the Miller School of Medicine, received the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award, presented by Emmanuel Thomas, an assistant professor at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

A renowned gastroenterologist and of the world’s leading authorities on liver diseases, Schiff was honored for his outstanding scholarly achievements and presented a short lecture on his research, titled “The Eradication of Hepatitis C.”

For decades, Schiff has led the University’s clinical research aimed at developing improved treatments and cures for hepatitis B, C and D, cirrhosis, and the entire spectrum of liver and biliary tract disorders.

In 2011, he became the first holder of the Dr. Nasser Ibrahim Al-Rashid Chair in the Schiff Center for Liver Diseases, the successor to the informal Center for Liver Diseases he and his late father, Leon, established in 1982.

Co-editor of the Eleventh Edition of Schiff’s Diseases of the Liver, Schiff has authored and co-authored more than 400 articles, books, and book chapters concerning liver diseases and related topics. He is a former president of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (his father was the first president), past chairman of the Biliary Section of the American Gastroenterological Association and past governor of the American College of Physicians for the state of Florida, a post he held for four years. He was a member of the Gastroenterology Subspecialty Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine and former Chair of the FDA Advisory Committee on gastrointestinal drugs. He is also the recipient of numerous honors and awards.

Frenk congratulated Schiff on being honored for his “47 years of remarkable energy, insight, and productivity.”

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