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Medical campus update: Hurricane Irma

The latest on Hurricane Irma and how it is affecting the medical campus.

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From left, Sean Penn with Enrique Ginzburg, M.D.

Lights! Camera! Scalpel!

For a brief moment in Sean Penn’s new film, The Last Face, Enrique Ginzburg, M.D., is doing what the Miller School of Medicine trauma surgeon knows all too well: triaging bloodied and moaning patients in a makeshift hospital in one of the world’s most impoverished and unstable countries.

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From left, Massimo D’Amico, Laura Bianchi, Ph.D., and Rachele Sangaletti, Ph.D.

Research Sheds New Light on Mechanisms of Protection in Ischemic Stroke

Researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have discovered that a gene belonging to a gene family known to be involved in cell death in ischemic stroke will, when knocked out (genetically modified), confer protection on neurons, keeping them alive despite the presence of an ischemic insult. This opens the door to possible new treatments for stroke.

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Dileep Yavagal, M.D., has found stem cells can speed recovery of stroke patients.

Stem Cells: A Breakthrough in Stroke Treatment?

Millions of brain neurons die within minutes following a stroke, and the dead cells can’t be restored. Nonetheless, the brain tissue surrounding the dead area, although non-functioning, remains alive for a short time. Research has found that stem cells target the area and secrete chemicals that save the tissue and, essentially, rejuvenate it.

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Physician treats child for possible concussion.

New Clinic Will Treat Children’s Concussions

To serve children under 16 who have suffered concussion from a non-sports- related injury, the University of Miami Sports Medicine Institute’s concussion program has launched its Pediatric Concussion Clinic, led by concussion expert Gillian Hotz, Ph.D. “Too often, younger children fall through the cracks and are not correctly diagnosed with concussion,” said Hotz.

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