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As a young girl growing up in a family of engineers, Sylvia Daunert, Pharm.D., MS, Ph.D., didn’t view one of her favorite movies, Fantastic Voyage, as outrageous sci-fi fantasy. Though she never believed shrunken scientists would one day travel through the human body to remove blood clots in the brain, the new director of the Dr. John T. Macdonald Biomedical Nanotechnology Institute at the University of Miami (BioNIUM) saw new possibilities — and her own future — in the 1966 adventure thriller that “explored the unknown universe of the human body.”

“That always intrigued me,” said Dr. Daunert, a pharmacist and medicinal and bioanalytical chemist who has chaired the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology since joining UM in 2010. “When I saw Fantastic Voyage, I thought the day would come when we would cure disease by going directly to the source of the problem.”

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Sylvester Researchers Play Key Role in Groundbreaking AML Study

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of 11 academic medical centers collaborating in the Beat AML Initiative, sponsored by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. For more than five years, samples from 526 patients were collected from across the country. The study, “Functional Genomic Landscape of Acute Myeloid Leukemia,” was published on October 17 in Nature.

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When Diane Zheng, MS, was a teenager growing up in southern China, she watched as her grandmother’s personality faded and transformed as a result of Alzheimer’s disease. Then, in recent years, the pain resurfaced as her family watched her father-in-law deteriorate and eventually pass away from the same disease.

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The Miami Dolphins announced the Dolphins Cancer Challenge VIII (DCC VIII) raised $5,079,000 for innovative cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

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A luminary stroke neurologist and researcher, Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., MS, professor and chair of neurology and the Olemberg Family Chair of Neurological Disorders at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Medicine (NAM).

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Sylvester Researchers Show Nitric Oxide Suppresses Drug-Resistant Prostate Cancer

Researchers at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have shown in animal models that S-nitrosoglutathione (GSNO), a compound that increases nitric oxide (NO) levels, suppresses castration-resistant prostate cancer and has a major impact on tumor microenvironments. The discovery could lead to new therapies for prostate cancer patients with few options.

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