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Doyoung Chang, Ph.D., in his laboratory.

Robotics Lab Opens for Business

Not long ago, Doyoung Chang, Ph.D., was designing robots that may be climbing — and cleaning — the walls of skyscrapers one day. Now the biomechanical engineer is intent on perfecting a robotic arm that helps cancer fighters at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and across the University of Miami Health System obliterate small tumors with a heat-delivering needle inserted through the skin.

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From left, Pamela Knous, Ralph Sacco, M.D., Danuta Szczesna-Cordary, Ph.D., Sunil Yadav, graduate student Yoel H. Sitbon, and Arnold Schmidt.

Doctoral Student Receives Grant through the American Heart Association

Third-year graduate student Sunil Yadav had never met Pamela Knous before their first handshake at the Rosenstiel Medical Science Building, but thanks to a shared medical interest, the Naples woman will play a significant role in the advancement of the doctoral student’s career. Knous and American Heart Association represemtatives presented Yadav with a check to fund his research to develop a treatment for heart disease.

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In an upcoming phase two human study, researchers will use nine outcome fields — cognitive, behavioral, psychosocial, sleep, pain, sensorimotor, cardiovascular, inflammatory biomarkers, and neuroimaging studies — to evaluate the drug’s efficacy.

‘Concussion Pill’ Shows Promise in Pre-Clinical Pilot Study

Researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, along with their partners at Scythian Biosciences, are one step closer to finding a new treatment for concussion. In 2016, the multidisciplinary Miller School team embarked on a five-year study to examine the effects of combining CBD with an NMDA antagonist for the treatment of traumatic brain injury and concussion.

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