Miami CTSI


Building a Team of Mentors for Success Was Spotlight of February Connection Gathering


One of the key components of a successful company or organization is its board of directors. The board oversees activities, provides guidance and, overall, acts in the best interest of the organization’s members or a company’s shareholders. Having a personal board of directors in the form of mentors can be just as important in advancing career development, according to Greg Austin, M.D., M.P.H., Director of Junior Faculty Development at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

From left, Stuart Miller, David Roth, M.D., Alessia Fornoni, M.D., Ph.D., Emmanuel Thomas, M.D., Ph.D., and Gaetano Ciancio, M.D., M.B.A.

Iron Arrow Taps Stuart Miller and Eight Medical Campus Faculty, Alumni and Students


The first indication that something is afoot is the sound of a slow-beating drum moving across campus. When the source of the sound comes into view, you see that the drummer is accompanied by a group of individuals wearing colorful jackets and marching slowly, solemnly in line. For those in the know, the big question is: Who are they looking for this time?

Miller School of Medicine Sets New Record in NIH Research Grant Funding


The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine received a record $133.5 million in research grants from the National Institutes of Health in Federal Fiscal Year 2018 — a $12.8 million increase over the school’s FFY 2017 total, raising the school another point to No. 40 of 147 institutions in the national rankings.

From left, Henri R. Ford, M.D., MHA, Emmanuel Thomas, M.D., Ph.D., and CTSI Director Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., MS.

Dean Henri R. Ford Launches Interdisciplinary Research Lecture Series


Emmanuel Thomas, M.D., Ph.D., a researcher at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, was the inaugural speaker in Dean Henri R. Ford’s Interdisciplinary Research Lecture Series. Dr. Thomas’s lecture was titled “An Integrated, Multidisciplinary Approach for the Prevention and Early Detection of Viral Hepatitis-induced Hepatocellular Carcinoma.”

Dr. Sonjia Kenya and her CHAMP team pictured from left to right: Zachary Gardner, Jenny Estinville, Sonjia Kenya, Jakisha Blackmon, BreAnne Young, Sebastian Escarfuller, and Brian Davis.

CTSI Pilot Awardee Receives $1M Department of Health Grant to Expand HIV Program


Six years after the Miami CTSI awarded pilot funding to Sonjia Kenya, Ed.D., associate professor of general medicine and public health sciences, to study the feasibility of home-based HIV rapid testing among Miami’s African-American population, Kenya has received a $1 million, three-year grant from the Florida Department of Health (FLDOH) to expand her successful HIV prevention program known as CHAMP, Community-based HIV Awareness for Minority Populations.

Shari Messinger Cayetano, Ph.D.

CTSI Program Director is New Chair-Elect of National BERD ACTS Group


CTSI Director of the Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design Program, Shari Messinger Cayetano, Ph.D., was elected Chair-Elect of the Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD) Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Association for Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS).