News : 2011 : September

Jagajan “JJ” Karmacharya, M.D.

UM Surgeon Jagajan “JJ” Karmacharya, M.D., Dies in Nepal Plane Crash

Jagajan “JJ” Karmacharya, M.D., associate professor of clinical surgery, chief of vascular surgery at the Miami VA hospital and associate program director of the vascular surgery fellowship, died Sunday in a plane crash in his homeland of Nepal, where he had gone to visit his ailing mother. Also killed were Dr. Karmacharya’s girlfriend, one of his brothers, a sister-in-law, and 15 other passengers and crew on board.

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Vineet Gupta, Ph.D.

UM Researchers Target Inflammatory and Autoimmune Diseases

Research led by a Miller School team has unearthed new findings showing that activating a specific integrin—one of the receptors that mediate attachment between a cell and surrounding tissue and play a role in cell signaling—could lead to more therapies for fighting inflammatory and autoimmune diseases that afflict millions of people worldwide.

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George Burke III, M.D., Alberto Pugliese, M.D., and Gaetano Ciancio, M.D.

Transplant Surgeons and Diabetes Researcher Present Breakthroughs at International Meeting

Research on pancreas transplantation from three Miller School faculty members who have been at the forefront of innovative immunosuppression protocols for kidneys and kidney-pancreas transplantation was featured prominently at the International Pancreas and Islet Cell Transplant Association meeting, held in Prague in June.

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