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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.

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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 »