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Award winners with Faculty Council and Miller School leadership.

Miller School Faculty Council’s Inaugural Award Program Honors Teaching and Research Excellence

May 24, 2018

The Faculty Council of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine held its first-ever awards program during its final meeting of the academic year on May 22. The atmosphere was just right for something new, with faculty members chatting amiably beside a well-stocked supper buffet, and live jazz adding a musical dimension to the event.

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John W. Hinkle, M.D., after crossing the finishing line.

Bascom Palmer’s Dr. John Hinkle Wins Corporate Run for the Second Year in a Row

May 01, 2018

John W. Hinkle, M.D., a second-year resident at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, won the Downtown Miami race in the recent Mercedes Benz Corporate Run 2018, a 5K course that he completed in 14:13. Hinkle won the same race in 2017, with a time of 15:46. Another Bascom Palmer resident, Nathan Scott, M.D., placed second, finishing the race in 15:06. He placed seventh in 2017, with a time of 17:21.

Read more about Dr. Hinkle's victory »

Dr. Audina Berrocal operates on Creed Pettit.

Boy with Inherited Blindness First to Receive FDA-Approved Gene Therapy at Bascom Palmer

March 26, 2018

Creed Pettit, a 9-year-old legally blind boy from Mount Dora, Florida, on March 22 became the first patient to undergo a landmark gene therapy surgery at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, part of UHealth — the University of Miami Health System and the Miller School of Medicine. Creed was diagnosed at about age 2 with Leber congenital amaurosis, a blinding genetic disease caused by an RPE65 genetic mutation.

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Systems Biology and Data Science Symposium attendees. Photo credit: Carlos Enchenique.

Systems Biology and Data Science Symposium Presents Cutting-Edge Advances

March 20, 2018

Prominent speakers from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and other departments and centers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine came together with invited experts from the National Institutes of Health and other leading national scientific organizations for an interactive two-day symposium on systems biology and data science preceded by a Data Science Hackathon.

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Lois Pope with Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D.

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Receives Record-Setting $12 Million Gift to Establish Research Center

March 03, 2018

Nationally renowned philanthropist Lois Pope remembers all too well the struggle her mother, Anastasia Berrodin, experienced as her vision slowly disappeared, the heart breaking results of an incurable eye disease known as macular degeneration. But Mrs. Pope says she also vividly remembers the care shown by the physicians and staff at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, as they tried in vain to slow the spread of the disease.

Read more about Lois Pope's gift to Bascom Palmer »

Bascom Palmer Receives $12 Million Gift, Its Largest Single Donation, to Establish Research Center

March 02, 2018

Lois Pope, who is one of the nation’s leading philanthropists and whose mother went blind after suffering from macular degeneration, is donating $12 million to the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine to establish a home for collaborative, cutting-edge macular degeneration and retinal diseases research and to create a clinical research endowment.

2018 Patient Safety Awareness Week Schedule of Events

March 02, 2018

Monday, March 12, begins UHealth’s observance of Patient Safety Awareness Week — an annual national campaign to increase awareness about patient safety among health care professionals and the public. This year’s theme is “Every Day is Patient Safety Day!” — an affirmation of our dedication to creating the safest possible environment for our patients and for each other.

Read more about the 2018 Patient Safety Awareness Week schedule »

Researchers Uncover Evidence of Early Genomic Aberrations in Uveal Melanoma

January 10, 2018

Researchers from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have uncovered evidence that genomic aberrations in uveal melanoma that lead to metastasis may occur far earlier in tumor evolution than previously believed. The findings fundamentally change the thinking about how this eye cancer progresses.

Read more about the study findings »

An optical coherence tomography image of a normal retina.

Bascom Palmer Researcher Presents OCT's Cost-Saving Results to Congress

January 03, 2018

Optical coherence tomography (OCT) has saved Medicare $9 billion by reducing the frequency of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor injections used to treat patients with wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD), according to Philip Rosenfeld, M.D., Ph.D., of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. “OCT monitoring significantly reduces the need for costly injections for wet AMD,” Rosenfeld told a Congressional delegation.

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