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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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From left, Senator Lauren Book, Tatjana Rundek, M.D., Ph.D., and Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S.

State Awards $500,000 to UM-led Florida Stroke Registry

The Florida Stroke Registry, a statewide initiative led by stroke experts at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, recently received $500,000 in state funds to further expand the registry’s mission to identify, monitor and reduce stroke disparities, and improve stroke care for hospitals and stroke centers throughout Florida. “With the funding, we’re now able to do more,” said Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S.

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Seniors who exercised regularly performed better on thinking skills tests than those who did not.

How Much Exercise is Needed to Help Improve Thinking Skills?

We know that exercise may help improve thinking skills. But how much exercise? And for how long? To find out, researchers led by Joyce Gomes-Osman, Ph.D., PT, assistant professor of clinical physical therapy and neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, reviewed all of the studies in which older adults were asked to exercise for at least four weeks and then take tests of thinking and memory skills.

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