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Members of the award-winning UHealth Tower Stroke Team, from left, David Lang, D.O., Christina Pacheco, Eldorana Pust, Aliercy Nunez Sanchez, Tara Michelle Cheung, RN, Sebastian Koch, M.D., Michael Greenberg, M.D., Shane Soorus, RN, Julianne Lee Burgos, Betty Hanley, Cathy Rosenberg, MSN, ARNP-BC, Amanda Demane, SLP, and Miguel Garcia.

UHealth Tower Receives Top Award for Care of Stroke Patients

UHealth Tower, a unit of University of Miami Hospital and Clinics, has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

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A phase III clinical trial is beginning for Arimoclomol, a heat shock protein-based therapy that shows promise for the treatment of ALS.

Phase III Trial of Arimoclomol for ALS Starts at the University of Miami Health System

Physician-researchers with the University of Miami Health System and the Miller School Medicine recently enrolled the first patient in a phase III trial of the drug Arimoclomol for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The randomized patient received the drug on August 10. ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a rapidly progressive, fatal disease that attacks the nerve cells that control voluntary muscles.

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CTSI Leadership and Central Operations Team: from left, top row, Patricia Avissar, Caprice Battle, Marisabel Davalos, Jonelle Wright, Ph.D., Sheela Dominguez and Stella Covelli; from left, bottom row, Rosalina Das, Raquel Perez, Dushyantha Jayaweera, M.D., Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., Daru Lane Ransford and Chin Chin Lee.

Major NIH Award Makes Miami CTSI a Hub for Biomedical Discovery and Innovation

The Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute has received a five-year $21.5 million National Institutes of Health grant, which will be supplemented by the Miller School of Medicine and the University of Miami Office of the Provost, to fund collaborative research to speed the discovery of new medical treatments and cures.

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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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