News : 2015

From left, Roy Weiss, M.D., Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Medicine; Michael A. Kolber, M.D., Ph.D., professor and Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Medicine, Clinical Director of HIV for Infectious Diseases, and Director of the Comprehensive AIDS Program; Senator René García; Ronald Desrosiers, Ph.D.; Rafael Campo, M.D.; and Mario Stevenson, Ph.D.

UHealth HIV Physician-Researchers Open New University of Miami Infectious Disease Research Unit

Top infectious disease researchers and physicians from UHealth—the University of Miami Health System and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine cut the ribbon on December 8 for the new University of Miami Infectious Disease Research Unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

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Michael Kolber, M.D., Ph.D.

‘We have battles to fight, but if I don’t speak for people, who will?’

Michael Kolber, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine, came to the University of Miami as a young immunologist who was keen on researching T-cells. In the face of Miami-Dade County’s rapidly growing HIV epidemic in the early 1990s, however, Kolber was enlisted to head UM’s first HIV Division.

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Emmanuel Thomas, M.D., Ph.D.

Miami CTSI Awards Career Development Grant

The Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at the University of Miami has selected Emmanuel Thomas, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of cell biology, to be its newest Mentored Translational Research Scholar.

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Deborah Jones Weiss, Ph.D., M.Ed., and Stephen Weiss, Ph.D., M.P.H.

‘I would truly like to see an HIV-free generation’

Deborah Jones Weiss, Ph.D., M.Ed., still has vivid memories of women bursting into laughter and lively chatter in the room next to her office at the Miller School of Medicine in the mid-90s. The women were all HIV positive and part of the SMARTEST Women’s Project—one of the first HIV initiatives started by Stephen Weiss, Ph.D., M.P.H., Deborah Jones Weiss’ husband and longtime collaborator.

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Eduard Tiozzo, Ph.D.

UM Researchers Find HIV Patients Have Higher Prevalence of Metabolic Syndrome

Researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have discovered that HIV-infected patients being treated with antiretroviral therapy have higher incidences of Metabolic Syndrome (MetS) than in previously reported HIV cohorts.

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From left, Savita Pahwa, M.D., Margaret A. Fischl, M.D., Robert C. Gallo, M.D., Mario Stevenson, Ph.D.

CFAR Symposium Explores New Frontiers of HIV Research and Therapies

The 11th annual Miami CFAR Symposium, “Confronting HIV and Its Complications,” drew nearly 200 clinicians, researchers, educators, students and pharmaceutical company representatives to hear some of the world’s leading experts present the most current information available on HIV research and therapies.

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Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., left, and Enrique A. Mesri, Ph.D.

Miami CFAR, ISCI and Sylvester Researchers Receive Grant to Study Stem Cell Role in Kaposi's Sarcoma

An interdisciplinary team of Miller School of Medicine researchers has received a $1.8 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to study the role of stem cells in Kaposi’s sarcoma oncogenesis and therapy.

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Mario Stevenson, Ph.D.

'We are on the frontlines of the war on HIV'

Mario Stevenson, Ph.D., is considered one of the country’s foremost scientists in HIV and infectious disease. Here, he chats with the Medical Communications team and discusses his work to find an HIV vaccine and cure and how he’s built a team of world-class UM scientists to help him in the fight.

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Hall of Fame Award 2014 recipient Roy G. Geronemus, M.D. ’79, center, with Albert Mitrani, M.D. ’85, and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

Medical Alumni Weekend 2015 to Celebrate Miller School’s Past, Present and Future

Medical alumni from around the country will gather on the Miller School of Medicine campus and at the Biltmore Hotel March 6–8 for Medical Alumni Weekend 2015. The annual event will celebrate the medical school’s past, present and future with three days of activities dedicated to ushering in a new generation of UM physicians, sharing recent advances in research and patient care, and bringing together former classmates.

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From left, Gordon M. Dickinson, M.D., Mario Stevenson, Ph.D., Istvan Krisko, M.D., Ph.D., P.A., and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

UM AIDS Institute Receives Gift, Partnership from Palm Beach Infectious Diseases Institute

The University of Miami‘s newly established HIV/AIDS Institute has received a $250,000 pledge of support from the Palm Beach Infectious Diseases Institute (PBIDI). The funding is part of a new partnership between the centers that will help further the HIV/AIDS Institute’s research capacity, drive education initiatives and support innovative collaborations with researchers at other institutions in South Florida.

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The University of Miami AIDS Clinical Research Unit with Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D. (seated fourth from left).

UM AIDS Clinical Research Unit Welcomes Dignitary

The Miami Center for AIDS Research at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine welcomed Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D., U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy, to its offices on January 13. Physicians in the UM AIDS Clinical Research Unit, directed by Margaret Fischl, M.D., FACP, asked Ambassador Birx questions and offered insights from UM’s leadership in advancing care.

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