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Lisa Marie Merheb, M.S.W., L.C.S.W. (center, gray sleeves), Teresa Neira, Ph.D., M.S.W., L.C.S.W., O.S.W.-C. (second from left), and the rest of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center social work team.

Social Work Month Highlights Professionals Essential to Patients, Families, Physicians and Staff

Social workers across the University of Miami Heath System tend to be selfless in their day-to-day support and education of patients, families and colleagues on their interdisciplinary teams. The celebration of Social Work Month each March, however, provides an opportunity to step back and acknowledge their essential roles in patient care.

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Miller School of Medicine Sets New Record in NIH Research Grant Funding

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine received a record $133.5 million in research grants from the National Institutes of Health in Federal Fiscal Year 2018 — a $12.8 million increase over the school’s FFY 2017 total, raising the school another point to No. 40 of 147 institutions in the national rankings.

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Ivan Gonzalez, M.D., with Yessica Flores and her daughter, Daniella Yac.

Miller School Pediatric Team Carefully Monitors Zika-Exposed Infants for Developmental Delays

Two years after a Zika virus outbreak in South Florida, the Caribbean and Latin America, a University of Miami Miller School of Medicine pediatric team is carefully monitoring more than 75 children who were exposed to the virus but do not have visible birth defects.

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Sickle cell disease occurs when a person inherits the defective hemoglobin gene from each parent.

Hope on the Horizon

There are currently an estimated 100,000 people in the United States who are living with sickle cell disease — a debilitating and life-threatening blood condition that predominantly affects people of African and Mediterranean descent, and Hispanic-Americans from Central and South America. For years, those who suffer from the disease have been treated with temporary solutions, but now advances in gene therapy have opened doors.

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From left: Hilit F. Mechaber, M.D., Stefanie Brown, M.D., and Rose van Zuilen, Ph.D.

Women in Academic Medicine Event Celebrates Accomplishments

They knew they were nominated, but none knew for sure who would win. Before a standing-room-only crowd, six women faculty members from specialties across the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine received recognition at the Women in Academic Medicine (WIAM) event on January 31. They stood one by one to receive awards for career achievement, mentorship, leadership or their role as trailblazers.

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