News : 2013

Michal Toborek, M.D., Ph.D., standing, with Minseon Park, Ph.D.

Researchers Discover Potential Target of Methamphetamine Brain Disruption

Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant associated with serious health and psychiatric conditions, as well as the transmission of infectious diseases. A group of MIller School researchers has uncovered a method to prevent one of the drug’s primary effects on the brain.

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Magic Johnson, center, stands with UM CFAR leaders, from left, Mario Stevenson, Ph.D., Margaret Fischl, M.D., and Savita Pahwa, M.D., and Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

UM Center for AIDS Research Hosts National Symposium

Some of the brightest minds in the battle against HIV and AIDS from across the United States convened in Miami for the 17th Annual Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) Scientific Symposium, held November 7 at the BankUnited Center on the Coral Gables campus.

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Miami CFAR Hosts National Symposium of AIDS Experts

The Miami Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) is hosting the 17th Annual CFAR Scientific Symposium, gathering HIV/AIDS experts from the Miller School of Medicine and around the nation. This year’s meeting, “Confronting HIV – The Path Ahead” will be held Thursday, November 7, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the BankUnited Center, 1245 Dauer, Coral Gables.

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From left are Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.; Margaret Fischl, M.D.; UM President Donna E. Shalala; Rhonwyn Ullmann, wife of Steven G. Ullmann, Ph.D.; Richard S. Myers, Ph.D.; Richard L. Williamson, Chair of the Faculty Senate; and Eugene W. Anderson, Dean of the School of Business Administration.

Drs. Margaret Fischl and Richard Myers Receive Faculty Senate Awards

On April 10, UM’s Faculty Senate recognized Margaret Fischl, M.D., for her lifelong pursuit in understanding, treating and searching for a cure to AIDS, bestowing upon her the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award. Richard S. Myers, Ph.D., lecturer in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, received the Outstanding Teaching Award.

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Eckhard Podack, M.D., Ph.D.

Hope for HIV Vaccine Found in Miller School Researcher’s SIV Study

Offering hope for an HIV vaccine, Eckhard Podack, M.D., Ph.D., professor and chair of microbiology and immunology, has demonstrated that a vaccine he developed with a novel heat-shock technology provides significant protection against the Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV), a non-human virus closely related to the HIV virus that causes AIDS.

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Tracie L. Miller, M.D.

Prenatal Antiretroviral Therapy Does Not Affect Growth, UM Researchers Find

Miller School pediatrics researchers have found that exposure to antiretroviral therapy in the womb does not adversely impact growth, a finding that supports the use of the potent drugs to block the transmission of HIV/AIDS from pregnant women to their newborn children.

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Margaret Fischl, M.D.

Miller School Receives $8.5 Million Grant, Joins National HIV Study

Bringing Florida into the NIH-funded Women’s Interagency HIV Study, Miller School HIV/AIDS researchers have been awarded $8.5 million over five years to provide clinical, behavioral and basic science insights into the changing demographics of the HIV epidemic among women in the United States.

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