News : 2014 : July

Liver transplant recipient Makinley Edwards with parents Nicki and Michael.

Transplant Saves Life of Baby with Rare Cancer

Makinley Edwards, who turned 1 on June 14, is like lots of adorable baby girls. Just a few months ago, however, her prospects were grim. Shortly after her birth, Makinley was diagnosed with stage 3 hepatoblastoma — a form of liver cancer that tends to strike young children. Without the life-saving liver transplant she received at the Miami Transplant Institute, she never would have reached her first birthday.

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Donor Omar Figueroa, left, with Giselle Guerra, M.D., and Michael Goldstein, M.D.

Miami Transplant Institute Performs Florida’s First Three-Way Kidney Exchange

At a dramatic news conference on July 17, the Miami Transplant Institute at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center announced the first successful three-way paired kidney exchange in the state of Florida. In the exchange, three families with a member needing a kidney transplant each found a match in one of the other families.

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Norma Sue Kenyon, Ph.D.

Dr. Norma Sue Kenyon Joins NIH Council of Councils

The National Institutes of Health announced the appointment of nine new members to the NIH Council of Councils, including the Miller School’s Norma Sue Kenyon, Ph.D., the Martin Kleiman Professor of Surgery, Microbiology and Immunology, and Biomedical Engineering, Chief Innovation Officer of the Miller School and Program Director of Novel Methods at the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI).

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Alice Tomei, Ph.D.

Researchers Develop Novel Method for Protecting Islets after Transplantation for Type 1 Diabetes

An international research team led by investigators at the Miller School’s Diabetes Research Institute has developed a novel method of protecting diabetes-reversing islets that may prevent islet rejection or destruction by the immune system after they are transplanted in Type 1 diabetic patients.

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