News and Media : 2014

From left, Shivank Bhatia, M.D., Dipen Parekh, M.D., Bruce Kava, M.D., Christopher Gomez, M.D., and Sanoj Punnen, M.D.

Miller School Researchers to Study New Treatment for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

The Miller School of Medicine has been awarded a $470,000 grant to be part of a multicenter clinical trial to evaluate an emerging treatment option for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), an enlarged prostate, which affects more than 50 percent of men over age 50. With this approval from the Food and Drug Administration, the University of Miami will be one of just ten sites in the nation and the second site in South Florida.

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Andrew V. Schally, Ph.D., M.D.h.c., D.Sc.h.c., left, and Norman Block, M.D.

New Data Shows Most Breast Cancers are Growth Hormone-Releasing Hormone-Receptor Positive

Researchers have presented data that supports the cancer fighting potential of growth hormone-releasing hormone technology developed by two Miller School of Medicine scientists. The work was featured in a September 5 presentation at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) Breast Cancer Symposium 2014.

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Alan Pollack, M.D., Ph.D.

Miller School Researchers Win $3 Million NIH/NCI Grant to Study Prostate Cancer Management

The National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute has awarded researchers at the Miller School of Medicine $3 million in funding over five years to explore breakthrough uses of MRI imaging and genetic signatures in managing prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment.

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From left are graduate student Andre Jordan, Vinata B. Lokeshwar, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow Ronny Racine, Ph.D., and Luis Lopez.

Top Urologic Researcher Wins NIH Grant to Study Potential Breakthrough Kidney Cancer Therapy

A long-time Miller School researcher, who has dedicated her career to studying the mechanisms that fuel cancers of the prostate and bladder, is now studying a promising drug combination to combat kidney cancer.

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Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Bascom Palmer Ranked No. 1 in Ophthalmology for 11th Consecutive Year

For the 11th consecutive year, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute has been ranked the nation’s best in ophthalmology by U.S. News & World Report. Bascom Palmer has received the No. 1 ranking a total of 13 times and has been in the top two since the annual rankings began 25 years ago.

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Dipen J. Parekh, M.D., at the controls of UMH’s new da Vinci Xi robotic system.

Conferences Spotlight Miller School’s Leadership in Urologic Oncology and Robotic Surgery

Three times in one week, the Miller School’s Dipen J. Parekh, M.D., demonstrated breakthrough robotic surgical techniques for treating urological cancers to audiences of urologists from around the world. Parekh, professor and Chair of Urology and Director of Robotic Surgery, was using the University of Miami Hospital’s brand new da Vinci Xi system.

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Mark Soloway, M.D., third from left, received an award for his lifetime service to urologic oncology. Congratulating him were, from left, conference organizers Balakrishna Lokeshwar, Ph.D., and  Vinata Lokeshwar, Ph.D., conference sponsor Edwin Cevallos, M.D., Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and Sylvester Director Stephen D. Nimer, M.D.

Inaugural Cancer Symposium Shares Research Findings

Three of the nation’s top cancer researchers — each targeting a different form of the disease — were the keynote speakers at the University of Miami Cancer Symposium “Cancer Prevention and Treatment,” held January 24 at the Lois Pope LIFE Center Auditorium. The symposium was organized under the auspices of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Department of Urology.

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