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Battling the stress of Hurricane Maria

A University of Miami study determined that Hurricane Maria survivors in Central and South Florida experienced higher levels of mental stress than those who remained on the island. Seth Schwartz, professor of public health sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, co-authored the study titled “Mental Health Impact of Hurricane Maria on Displaced Puerto Ricans living in Puerto Rico and Florida.”

CAN Community Health Partners with the IDEA Exchange

CAN Community Health – a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the treatment, care and continual wellness of people living with HIV, hepatitis C, STDs and other diseases – made a recent donation to the IDEA Exchange that will help meet the deeply complex needs of a vulnerable population.


New U-LINK awards support innovative ideas for tough problems

Teams of scholars will use U-LINK grants to examine ways to reduce opportunity gaps and biases in multiple realms and improve brain injury treatments and coastal protections. 


Construction Sites Are Excellent Breeding Grounds for Vector Mosquitoes, Researchers Find

If you don’t like mosquitoes, what are some places in Miami-Dade County you should avoid? Construction sites. Collections conducted at 11 construction sites in 2017 and 2018 during peak mosquito season (between July and October), including areas affected by the Zika virus outbreak in 2016, found mosquitoes living and actively reproducing in large numbers in protected places where water can accumulate.


Four Researchers Honored by the Batchelor Foundation

The 14th presentation of the Micah Batchelor Awards for Excellence in Children’s Health Research, created to recognize and inspire the development of innovative ideas and solutions to improve the health and well-being of children, took place November 8. Four researchers from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine were honored at the ceremony.

Venezuela Spotlight: UM Study Finds More Stress among Migrants in Colombia than in U.S.

Once Latin America’s wealthiest nation, Venezuela is now an economic and political shell of its former self. As Venezuelans continue their mass exodus for survival, newly published research by a public health researcher and developmental psychologist at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, reveals surprising news about this population’s levels of self-reported stress in their new homelands.



UHealth Launches Opioid Use Disorder Program in Primary Care Clinics

A new opioid use disorder program is now available through primary care clinics at UHealth – the University of Miami Health System. The Miller School’s Department of Family Medicine and the Department of Medicine’s Division of Internal Medicine recently implemented an Office-Based Addiction Treatment (OBAT) program at two primary care clinics at the Professional Arts Center on the medical campus.

Dr. Tatjana Rundek Awarded the Evelyn F. McKnight Endowed Chair for Learning and Memory in Aging

At a ceremony before many of the nation’s most prominent neurologists, renowned researcher, epidemiologist, mentor, and educator Tatjana Rundek, M.D., Ph.D., formally became the holder of the Evelyn F. McKnight Endowed Chair for Learning and Memory in Aging.

Dr. Guillermo Prado Receives National Award for Research Excellence

Guillermo “Willy” Prado, Ph.D., dean of the University of Miami Graduate School, Leonard M. Miller Professor of Public Health Sciences, and director of the Division of Prevention Science and Community Health at the Miller School of Medicine, was recently honored by the National Hispanic Science Network with the National Award of Excellence in Research by a Senior Investigator. The prestigious award recognizes outstanding contributions to drug abuse research.

UM Public Health Leader Emphasizes Importance of Prevention Strategies

Primary prevention strategies are crucial in addressing the nation’s persistent medical challenges, according to Guillermo “Willy” Prado, Ph.D., dean of the University of Miami Graduate School, Leonard M. Miller Professor of Public Health Sciences, and director of the Division of Prevention Science and Community Health at the Miller School of Medicine.

Noted Sylvester Public Health Researcher to Chair NIOSH Study Section

Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, D.O., Ph.D., MPH, a principal investigator in firefighter safety initiatives launched by the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has been named chair of the Safety and Occupational Health Study Section of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

Eminent endowed chairs awarded

Two families with deep ties to Miami—the Millers and Fains— celebrate two endowed faculty chair appointments at UM.


Overtown streets where homeless live are blockaded during public health investigation

The number of cases of hepatitis C and HIV has increased near Northwest Second Avenue and Northwest First Avenue in Miami, an area under the 836 overpass where homeless have been residing.

The curious connection between vision and cognition

Graduate student Diane Zheng’s research on vision and cognitive deterioration has garnered her international recognition.

Worried About Mosquitos? Drain Your Bromeliads

Mosquito-borne illnesses are on the rise, but you can help protect yourself by making sure a common South Florida plant – the bromeliad – isn’t retaining water.

Cassandra Rene, UM MPH Alumni, Featured Global Health Fellowship

Cassandra Rene, M.P.H., a University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine graduate, is one of 13 students that is a part of the 2018 Global Health Equity Scholars Fellowship (GHES) Program.

Opiod Crisis: Miami Police To Place Addicts in Rehab, not Jail

Miami police will be working with local healthcare providers to direct opioid addicts to rehabilitation instead of jail, according to the Miami Herald.

Hurricane Maria stirred up dangerous pollutants on this Puerto Rico waterfront

Naresh Kumar, Ph.D., an associate professor of environmental health, found that levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, in Guanica Bay increased after Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit Puerto Rico.