News : 2014

Lee Kaplan, M.D., holder of the first Petra and Stephen A. Levin Endowed Chair for UHealth Sports Performance and Wellness, talks about some of the Institute’s initiatives.

$2 Million Gift Will Advance Research at UHealth Sports Performance and Wellness Institute

From Pop Warner football players to the weekend warrior, just about everyone in South Florida can benefit from the computerized motion analyses, advanced concussion testing, and other sophisticated performance evaluations and therapies that are major components of the Miller School of Medicine’s UHealth Sports Performance and Wellness Institute.

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Michael Hoffer, M.D.

NFL Grant Awarded to Study Novel Diagnostic Device for Concussions

A $500,000 grant from the National Football League will enable the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and medical equipment manufacturer Neuro Kinetics Inc. to test the effectiveness of a diagnostic device prototype, the I-Portal® PAS goggle, for early and accurate detection of concussions.

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From left, Jean Jose, D.O., Lee Kaplan, M.D., and Allan D. Levi, M.D., Ph.D.

Miller/UHealth Team Defines New Surgical Technique for Removing Neuromas

A collaborative report encompassing three Miller School and UHealth departments highlights a new technique for surgically accessing sensory nerves and neuromas. Published online ahead of print in the journal Neurosurgery, the report is the first to illustrate the use of pre-operative ultrasound combined with specialized needle placement to localize the infrapatellar branches of the saphenous nerve.

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Gillian Hotz, Ph.D., stands outside the east gate of the White House before attending the Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit.

Miami Project Researcher Attends White House Concussion Conference

Gillian Hotz, Ph.D., research professor of neurological surgery, Director of the UHealth Sports Medicine Concussion Program and of several programs at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, attended the White House Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit on May 29. Joining her were young athletes, coaches, parents, NFL players, military representatives and other stakeholders.

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With Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and Donna E. Shalala standing, Frank J. Eismont, M.D., sits left, with Marla Bergmann, who presented The George and Marla Bergmann Endowed Chair in Orthopaedics to Dr. Eismont.

George and Marla Bergmann Endowed Chair in Orthopaedics Presented to Dr. Frank J. Eismont

Before a packed auditorium full of family, friends, and University of Miami leadership, Marla Bergmann formally carried through on a commitment she made with her late husband, George, several years ago. Mrs. Bergmann had the honor of presenting The George and Marla Bergmann Endowed Chair in Orthopaedics to Frank J. Eismont, M.D.

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Lee Kaplan, M.D., and Lauryn Williams discuss UM’s advances in the prevention and treatment of athletic injuries.

Conference Spotlights UM's Leadership in Healthcare Technology

UM alumna and Olympic athlete Lauryn Williams and Lee Kaplan, M.D., professor of orthopaedics and Director of the UHealth Sports Performance and Wellness Institute, joined for a presentation on UM’s advances in the prevention and treatment of athletic injuries at last week’s eMerge Americas Techweek Expo and Summit in Miami Beach.

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Tissue culture shows mesenchymal stem cells, in green, interacting with cardiac stem cells, in red/orange, through gap junctions, displayed as white dots.

UM Leads in the Field of Regenerative Medicine: Moving from Treatments to Cures

Driven by a commitment to move from treatments to cures, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is a leader in the field of regenerative medicine. Researchers and clinicians are collaborating in a wide range of disciplines to develop new strategies that use the body’s own cells to fight cancer, diabetes, heart disease and other chronic problems, as well as repair damaged nerve fibers.

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Karina Galoian, Ph.D., and H. Thomas Temple, M.D.

Study Identifies Novel Highlights for Sarcoma Research

Researchers at the Miller School, led by Karina Galoian, Ph.D., research associate professor of orthopaedics, have uncovered pathways linked to the genesis of chondrosarcoma, cancer of the cells that produce cartilage. The study, “Lost miRNA surveillance of Notch, IGFR pathway — road to sarcomagenesis,” was published in the January issue of Tumor Biology.

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