News : 2016 : January

Joseph Panoff, M.D.

Study Shows Inferior Outcomes for African-American Pediatric Lymphoma Patients

Researchers from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center have published a study showing that African-American pediatric Hodgkin lymphoma patients have inferior overall survival to their white and Hispanic peers. The findings, published in the journal Pediatric Blood & Cancer, are the largest study yet on racial and ethnic disparity in the pediatric Hodgkin lymphoma population.

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David S. Kushner, M.D.

Rehabilitation Services Provide Significant Benefits to Patients with Brain Tumors

When neurosurgeons at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center or University of Miami Hospital refer patients with a primary brain tumor to him, David S. Kushner, M.D., Medical Director for the UM rehabilitation program at HealthSouth Rehab Hospital, finds that rehabilitation can play a key role in helping them recover their functions and enjoy a higher quality of life.

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Stephen D. Nimer, M.D.

Sylvester Researchers Identify Genetic Abnormalities Driving Development of Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Researchers at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, in close collaboration with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), published a study in The Journal of Experimental Medicine on January 11, mapping the interaction of various genetic abnormalities in the development of acute myeloid leukemia (AML).

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Michael Hoffer, M.D.

Researchers Identify Questions that Improve Concussion Diagnosis

A team of Miller School of Medicine researchers has published a study regarding symptom identification for mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), also known as concussion. The research indicates that five symptom clusters — post-traumatic headache/migraine, nausea, emotion/affective, fatigue/malaise and dizziness/mild cognitive impairment — were more prevalent in those who sustained mTBI.

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From left, 200th transplant patient George Schwartz, 500th patient Keith Oliver, Miami-Dade Deputy Mayor Russell Benford, and Transplant Program Director Krishna V. Komanduri, M.D., with proclamations from the state and the county.

Sylvester Celebrates 500th Stem Cell Transplant

On January 14, more than 150 patients, their families, doctors, nurses and caretakers came to Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center to celebrate a tremendous milestone in the cancer center’s recent history — the 500th stem cell transplant conducted at Sylvester to treat blood disorders such as leukemia and lymphoma.

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Juan Dominguez-Bendala, Ph.D.

Diabetes Research Institute Pioneers Safer Approach for Creating Insulin-Producing Cells

Scientists at the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have successfully converted non-insulin-producing cells of the pancreas into insulin-producing cells using a single agent, bone morphogenetic protein-7 (BMP-7), which is already approved by the Food and Drug Administration for clinical use.

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Francisco Vega, M.D., Ph.D.

Unwinding Lymphoma – How Researchers Better Understand Key Pathways

For Francisco Vega, M.D., Ph.D., Director of Hematopathology at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, sorting out cancer cell biology has been a years-long endeavor. Vega is particularly focused on the molecular signals that drive lymphoma. Several years ago, he showed that a protein called Hedgehog helps cancer cells survive in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma.

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Richard K. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., left, and Richard K. Parrish, II, M.D.

Bascom Palmer Researchers Will Study Prevalence of Glaucoma in Haitian-American Population

Researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute will be launching genetic studies in Miami’s Haitian community to identify a gene involved in controlling eye pressure that may be linked to glaucoma in all patients.

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Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., left, with William K. Scott, Ph.D.

International Study Reveals New Genetic Clues to Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Researchers from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute are part of a consortium that has significantly expanded the number of genetic factors known to play a role in age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of vision loss among people age 50 and older.

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