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RECENT EVENTS JANUARY 2017

Meet the Luminaries: Quest for a Cure Wednesday January 18, 2017
HIV Pioneers: Thursday January 19, 2017

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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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Mario Stevenson, Ph.D., has developed a quick and inexpensive diagnostic blood test for Zika.

Zeroing in on Zika

Mosquito-borne transmission of the Zika virus appeared in South Florida just recently, but UHealth physicians are already busy counseling prospective parents and treating pregnant women, and UM scientists are working overtime to bring diagnostic and therapeutic responses from the laboratory to the clinic — some possibly by the end of this year.

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Savita Pahwa, M.D.

Miller School Researcher Leading International Study on HIV Infections in Infants

Savita Pahwa, M.D., a University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researcher, is leading a collaborative international study on HIV infections in infants and older children in search of new insights that could point to a cure for the worldwide epidemic.

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Daniel J. Feaster, Ph.D.

UM Study in JAMA: Patient Navigation, Even with Financial Incentives, Does Not Improve HIV Outcomes

A large study by researchers from 14 institutions, including the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has found that a short-term structured patient-navigation intervention, even with financial incentives, shows no long-term improvement in HIV viral suppression when compared with conventional treatment for substance-abusing HIV patients who require hospitalization.

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Mario Stevenson, Ph.D.

HIV/AIDS Researchers and Clinicians Outline Recent Advances at 12th Annual Symposium

Advances in antiretroviral therapy are extending the lives of individuals with HIV/AIDS, but more work is needed to develop an effective vaccine against the virus. Both themes were emphasized by a distinguished roster of researchers, clinicians and community activists at the 12th annual symposium held by the Miami Center for AIDS Research that drew more than 200 attendees.

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Global Virus Network Adds University of Miami Center for AIDS Research as Newest Center of Excellenc

The Global Virus Network (GVN), representing more than 25 countries and comprising foremost experts in every class of virus causing disease in humans, announced today the addition of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine AIDS Institute, led by Mario Stevenson, PhD as GVN’s newest Center of Excellence.

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From left, Jose Szapocznik, Ph.D., Thomas M. Hooton, M.D., Kenneth W. Goodman, Ph.D., Lillian Rivera, Ph.D., M.S.N., Administrator, Florida Department of Health, Miami-Dade County, John Beier, Sc.D., Micheline McCarthy, M.D., Ph.D., Esper G. Kallas, M.D., Ph.D., Mario Stevenson, Ph.D., Raymond F. Schinazi, Ph.D., Ronald Desrosiers, M.D., Ph.D., Christine L. Curry, M.D., Ph.D., Glen N. Barber, Ph.D., David I. Watkins, Ph.D., Rafael E. Campo, M.D., and Anna Marie Likos, M.D., M.P.H., Director, Division of Disease Control and Health Protection, Florida Department of Health.

Miller School Researchers Making Major Strides Against Zika Virus

Speaking at the Miller School’s “Zika Forum: State of the Science, Public Health Safety and Ethics,” Mario Stevenson, Ph.D., professor of medicine and Chief of Infectious Diseases, said, “We have a formidable team of virologists here who are up to the task of taking appropriate action against the virus.”

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Brian Deegan, Ph.D., left, with Sylvia Daunert, PharmD, M.S., Ph.D., in Daunert's lab.

Miller School of Medicine Achieves Significant Gains in NIH Research Grant Rankings

The Miller School of Medicine rose one position in the national rankings of medical schools based on research grants received from the National Institutes of Health during the 2015 federal fiscal year. That gain is significant, considering the ongoing reductions in NIH grants that have caused many medical schools to fall in the rankings.

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From left, entertainer Miguel Bosé, actress Belén Rueda, Mario Stevenson, Ph.D., Brigitte Boehm, MAC AIDS Fund, and Bonaventura Clotet, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Institute for AIDS Research IRSI Caixa.

Dr. Mario Stevenson Receives Award at AIDS Conference in Barcelona

Mario Stevenson, Ph.D., professor of medicine, Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Director of the HIV/AIDS Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, received the Barcelona AIDS Award in recognition of his lifetime of work fighting HIV/AIDS.

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12th Annual CFAR HIV Symposium, April 8

The 12th Annual CFAR HIV Symposium will be held Friday, April 8, from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the BankUnited Center, 1245 Dauer Drive in Coral Gables. The symposium will bring together researchers and clinicians for a day of presentations by experts from around the country on HIV/AIDS. The goal is to educate infectious disease physicians (specifically HIV specialists), researchers and others involved in the field of HIV/AIDS.

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From left, Mehrdad Nadji, M.D., David Watkins, Ph.D., Sylvia Daunert, Pharm.D., M.S., Ph.D., Glen N. Barber, Ph.D., Sapna Deo, Ph.D., Mario Stevenson, Ph.D., and Ronald Desrosiers, Ph.D.

Miami CTSI Supports Collaborative Research Team to Study Zika Virus

As the Zika virus outbreak develops as a public health emergency, both internationally and for South Florida, David Watkins, Ph.D., professor and Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Pathology, and a team of top Miller School researchers are rapidly working to develop better diagnostic tests and to understand the virus’s link to neurological complications such as microcephaly.

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Scripps Florida Presents “HIV/AIDS – Pursuing the Cure” on Feb. 12

What if a single molecule could eliminate the AIDS virus? On February 12, at 4 p.m., Scripps Florida invites you to join a panel discussion on recent drug discoveries in the pursuit of a cure for HIV/AIDS.

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Margaret A. Fischl, M.D.

Dr. Margaret A. Fischl Delivers Inaugural ’Cane Talk

Margaret A. Fischl, M.D., a pioneer in research and treatment related to HIV/AIDS, was one of 10 speakers at the first-ever session of ’Cane Talks – 10-minute talks by University of Miami experts on major challenges facing humankind – which took place on January 29 as part of UM President Julio Frenk’s inauguration activities.

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