News : 2016 : December

Michael Freundlich, M.D.

Researchers Uncover Mechanism for Vitamin D-Mediated Cardio-Protection in Kidney Insufficiency

Miller School of Medicine researchers have found that abnormal vitamin D status and elevated levels of the hormone FGF23 contribute to cardiac hypertrophy — a thickening of the heart muscle that may result in a decrease in size of the chamber of the heart and affect cardiac performance — in patients with chronic kidney disease.

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From left, moderator (at podium) Karen A. Goraleski, Executive Director of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Stephen Higgs, Ph.D., Anne Schuchat, M.D., Ivan Gonzalez, M.D., Albert Icksang Ko, M.D., Pedro Fernando da Costa Vasconcelos, M.D., Ph.D., and Ann Powers, Ph.D.

Dr. Ivan Gonzalez Joins American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene’s Zika Expert Panel

Ivan Gonzalez, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics and Co-Director of the Zika Response Team, joined other top international experts discussing the health impact of Zika at a recent press briefing held in Atlanta as part of the 65th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH).

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From left, Daniel Ferraresi, Eliana C. Martinez, M.D., Ph.D., Judy Schaechter, M.D., MBA, Emmalee S. Bandstra, M.D., Laurence B. Gardner, M.D., Jon Batchelor, Sandy Batchelor, Julio Frenk, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.

Dr. Emmalee S. Bandstra Honored with 2016 Micah Batchelor Award

Renowned for her expertise in perinatal substance abuse, Emmalee S. Bandstra, M.D., recently received the prestigious 2016 Micah Batchelor Award for Excellence in Children’s Health Research. The award was presented November 8 during a ceremony at the Batchelor Children’s Research Institute before Batchelor family members and trustees of the Batchelor Family Foundation, UM and Miller School of Medicine leadership.

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The pilot needle exchange program, the IDEA Exchange named after the Infectious Disease Elimination Act, is just one area where University of Miami health officials have been working to find a cure and stop the spread of HIV/AIDS.

New Needle Exchange Program Launches on World AIDS Day

For years, while a student at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Hansel Tookes fought the Florida legislature to pass the first law in the state that would allow drug users to exchange used needles for clean ones in an effort to combat HIV transmission among at-risk groups.

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