News : 2016 : April

Camillo Ricordi, M.D., left, and Rodolfo Alejandro, M.D.

Islet Transplantation Moves Toward an Approved Treatment for Severe Type 1 Diabetes

An unprecedented collaborative study across North America has found that islet transplantation was effective in preventing severe hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar levels, in the treatment of the most severe forms of type 1 diabetes. Eight centers including the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, participated in the trial.

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From left, Eugene Schiff, M.D., Laurence Sands, M.D., M.B.A., Kristin Podack, widow of Eckhard Podack, M.D., Ph.D., and Richard L. Williamson, Jr., J.D.

Senate Presents Highest Honors to Three Miller School Faculty Members

The Faculty Senate last week bestowed its highest honors on Laurence R. Sands, M.D., M.B.A., and Eugene R. Schiff, M.D., two pioneering physicians at the Miller School of Medicine. For the first time, the Senate also conferred a Special Senate Award posthumously, recognizing Eckhard Podack, M.D., Ph.D., the late researcher at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, for his life-saving discoveries.

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Renee Jones, left, with Donald Anacker.

Life Alliance Hosts Organ Donation Awareness Event

Renee Jones, mother of organ donor Trevin Reddick, leaned in and listened. There, she heard the sound of her son’s heart beating in the chest of recipient Donald Anacker. Having met for the first time the night before and now joining Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency at its first Blue and Green Day awareness event, the two clung to each other while wiping away tears.

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Front row, from left, Delilah Valdez, Julissa Cerda, Jose Garza and Liam Garza. Back row, from left, Rodrigo Vianna, M.D., Jennifer Garcia, M.D., and Alan Tekin, M.D. Photo courtesy of Jackson Health System.

UHealth Surgeons Save Toddler's Life with Florida's First Eight-Organ Transplant

UHealth – University of Miami Health System surgeons saved 1-year-old Liam Garza’s life by performing the first eight-organ multivisceral transplant in Florida. This was just five years after they saved Liam’s sister, Delilah. Both of them were diagnosed with Megacystic Microcolon Intestinal Hypoperistalsis Syndrome (MMIHS) and required multi-organ transplants.

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