The End of HIV?

The Fall 2023 issue of University of Miami Medicine magazine explores the latest in HIV research and care, and more exciting work from the Miller School of Medicine.

HIV is not an easy virus to defeat. But the collective efforts of University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researchers are inching us closer to eradicating one of the world’s most fatal infectious diseases.

Cover of Fall 2023 issue of University of Miami Medicine magazine.

In the latest issue of the University of Miami Medicine magazine, dive into the science behind more than four decades of HIV research and learn how scientists are tackling the virus from all angles, pushing the boundaries of scientific progress, offering vital services and support to those affected, and expanding community outreach initiatives to halt HIV transmission.

“At the Miller School, scientific discovery is changing the global health landscape, and we stand on the precipice of life-changing breakthroughs,” said Henri R. Ford, M.D., M.H.A., dean and chief academic officer of the Miller School. “These remarkable achievements represent only a sliver of the extraordinary advances taking place every day at our preeminent institution.”

Miller School Sets the Standard in Medicine

This issue also delves into the groundbreaking discoveries of Miller School researchers who are finding new methods for treating heart failure and using the findings from studies of gene therapy for mice to improve the care of people with hearing difficulties.

Dr. von Herrath from the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI)
Mattias von Herrath, M.D., is the scientific director of the Diabetes Research Institute.

These pioneering studies are made possible through the recruitment of exceptional researchers like Danny Reinberg, Ph.D., distinguished professor at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Matthias von Herrath, M.D., new scientific director of the Diabetes Research Institute.

Medical education is the foundation of the Miller School, and this edition of the magazine shares stories about how the next generation of medicine is transforming health care. You can read perspectives from the first set of graduates of the Miller School’s three-year M.D. program as well as student research focused on family planning challenges for physicians and medical students. 

Perspectives from the Medical Community

Interested in fresh perspectives from the Miller School community? “Voices” invites you to hear from faculty, staff and students about their careers and passions.

Former University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Director of Education Carmen Fuente in her home
A philanthropic fund that supports medical resident travels honors Carmen Fuente, the former director of education in the Miller School’s Department of Orthopaedics.

Strong support from generous donors is vital to advancing the important mission of the Miller School. This edition of the magazine underscores the power of philanthropy, including the establishment of a fund that supports resident travel in honor of the former director of education in the Department of Orthopaedics, and the story of a pancreatic cancer survivor who made a significant gift to Sylvester to support the immunotherapy research that saved his life.

For those curious about what our alumni are up to, we introduce the new president of the Medical Alumni Association. And get a closer look at how Chris Ghaemmaghami, M.D. ’93, in approaching his return to South Florida.

“As a student at the Miller School, I learned to make quick decisions with limited information,” Dr. Ghaemmaghami said. “I am excited to be back in the place that provided the training that set me apart from my peers who lacked the same intensity of clinical experience.”

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