Department News : 2015 :

M.D./Ph.D. Student Research Symposium Takes Place April 9

The Miller School of Medicine’s 7th Annual M.D./Ph.D. Student Research Symposium will be held from noon to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 9.

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Hemant Ishwaran, Ph.D.

Radiation Plus Immunotherapy Combination Improves Immune System Response to Metastatic Melanoma

A triple attack of radiation plus two immunotherapies appears to improve the immune system response in patients with metastatic melanoma, according to a recent study from a multidisciplinary team of researchers, including the Miller School’s Hemant Ishwaran, Ph.D., professor of public health sciences.

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Nelson Arboleda, M.D., M.P.H.

UM Graduate, CDC Country Director Launches Guatemala’s Public Health Institute

A high-profile physician who received a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine continues to blaze trails as Director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Central American Regional Office.

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Fourth-year medical student Michael Maguire.

Miller Medical Student Presents at Investing in Young Children Globally Forum

Fourth-year M.D./M.P.H. student Michael Maguire just returned from Hong Kong, where he represented the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine at the Institute of Medicine’s Investing in Young Children Globally Forum. Maguire has been working as an intern with the Board of Children, Youth and Families at the Institute of Medicine in Washington. Due to his success with his research, IOM asked him to present in China.

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Clockwise from left, Erryn Tappy, third-year student; Robert W. Irwin, M.D.; Nikhill Bhardwaj, second-year student.

Miller School’s SafeSpace Program Responds to LGBTQ Students’ Issues

“It’s not easy feeling you have to pretend you’re something you’re not. It’s a continual challenge, and it wears on you.”Erryn Tappy, a third-year M.D./M.P.H. student, is talking about her sexual orientation. It is not uncommon, she says, for other students, or even faculty members, to simply assume everyone in hearing range is heterosexual .

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From left, Sophie Shrestha, her mother Sapna Deo, Ph.D., Sophie Bachas-Daunert, her mother Sylvia Daunert, Ph.D., Pharm. D., M.S., Rose Kobetz and her mother Erin Kobetz-Kerman, Ph.D, M.P.H.

Faculty Honored with Women’s Cancer Association Researcher of the Year Award

Three Miller School of Medicine faculty women, who collaborated to develop a rapid human papillomavirus (HPV) test to prevent cervical cancer among minority and underserved women, were recently honored with the Researcher of the Year award by the Women’s Cancer Association of UM.

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CGIU Department of Public Health Sciences Student Seed Funding Awardees

CGI U provides select students with opportunities to gain seed funding for their innovative projects and initiatives. More than $2 million in funding has been awarded to student commitment-makers since President Clinton launched CGI U. This year three Department of Public Health Sciences students have received funding for their Public Health initiatives.

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From left, Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Jennifer Auf der Springer, M.D./M.P.H. Class of 2015 - Quantum Springboard Award; Lamia Hossain, M.P.H. Class of 2015 - Springboard Award; Taghrid Asfar, M.S.P.H. Class of 2014 - DPHS Recognition Award; Julie Kornfeld, Ph.D., M.P.H.; Michelle Chong, M.D./M.P.H. Class of 2017 - Global Health Award; José Szapocznik, Ph.D.

Future Public Health Leaders Showcase Projects at Poster Exhibit

A select group of graduate students at the Miller School of Medicine recently had the opportunity to highlight their work tackling some of the world’s most pressing and complex public health problems.The 46 students took part in the Department of Public Health Sciences’ 2015 Annual Public Health Graduate Student showcase and reception February 12. It was the third year for the

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