News : 2013 : June

Zoila Garcia lets out a cheer after learning that Hi Voltage, the ad agency for South Florida Hyundai Dealers, will present her with a computer. Zoila, who is entering 11th grade, wants to become a graphic designer.

Sylvester Physician Awarded Hyundai Hope On Wheels Grant for Pediatric Cancer Research

Representatives from Hyundai Motor America and South Florida Hyundai dealers gathered at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center on Tuesday morning to award Yolanda Cosme, M.D., hematology/oncology fellow, a $75,000 Hyundai Scholar Grant for her work in pediatric cancer research.

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From left, Florida Surgeon General John Armstrong, M.D., thanks Richard Bookman, Ph.D., for his service as Chair of the Biomedical Research Advisory Council, as Daniel Armstrong, Ph.D., the newly-elected Chair, looks on.

Daniel Armstrong Succeeds Richard Bookman as Chair of Florida Biomedical Research Advisory Council

Daniel Armstrong, Ph.D., professor and Executive Vice Chair of Pediatrics, has been elected Chair of the Florida Biomedical Research Advisory Council (BRAC). Armstrong, who represents the American Cancer Society on the BRAC, succeeds Richard Bookman, Ph.D., Senior Advisor for Program Development and Science Policy at the Miller School, who served as BRAC Chair since 2006.

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Jay S. Skyler, M.D., and Jay M. Sosenko, M.D.

Miller School Experts Suggest Broader Definition for Type 1 Diabetes in JAMA Editorial

In a June 19 editorial in The Journal of the American Medical Association, two of the Miller School’s top diabetes researchers suggest that it may be time to broaden the definition of type 1 diabetes “to include a pre-diabetic state.” Co-authored by Jay S. Skyler, M.D., and Jay M. Sosenko, M.D., the editorial accompanies a study that shows children with two autoantibodies to type 1 diabetes are likely to develop the disease.

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Holtz Children’s Hospital is one of the best in America.

University of Miami/Jackson’s Holtz Children’s Hospital Ranks Among the Nation’s Best

Holtz Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center is among the nation’s top children’s hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2013-14 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings, published online June 11. The rankings feature 50 hospitals in each of the 10 pediatric specialties. Holtz was ranked in six specialties this year.

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Lisa Plano, M.D., Ph.D.

Collaborative Studies Show Clear Link Between Human Bacteria and Ocean Environments

Two Miller School collaborative studies led by Lisa Plano, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of pediatrics and microbiology and immunology, have shown a clear link between a common human bacterium and ocean environments. For the first time, UM researchers showed that levels of Staphylococcus aureus, commonly known as “staph,” vary in tidal waters and beach sand, based on the number of bathers.

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