Miami CTSI


What to Know Before Opening a Research Project at Jackson


In the past, initiating clinical research at Jackson Health System (JHS) was often a confusing, cumbersome and time consuming process for University of Miami investigators. With an understanding of these challenges, the Office of Research Administration (ORA) and JHS Clinical Trials Office have been working together to streamline and improve the process.

Research Tools You Can Use


University of Miami investigators and their study teams have access to an array of free data exploration and management tools to assist them in study design, feasibility analysis and cohort identification and more. Get to know some of these tools and let the CTSI know if you need help.

CTSI Spotlight: Omar Picado


Born and raised in Nicaragua, Omar Picado made the decision to go to medical school at the age of 16. By the time he was a teenager, he knew he wanted to devote his life to helping people. After arriving in Miami, Omar became interested in research. Now, almost four years later he is carving out his own unique path to becoming a clinician scientist. Omar sat down with CTSI Communications to talk about the path that has led him to this point, what the future holds, and how the CTSI has helped along the way.

Tatjana Rundek, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Tatjana Rundek Named Scientific Director of Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute


Tatjana Rundek, M.D., Ph.D., professor of neurology and public health sciences and executive vice chair for research and faculty affairs in the Department of Neurology, has been named scientific director of the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute and Evelyn F. McKnight Chair for Learning and Memory in Aging at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

CTSI Spotlight: Lina Shehadeh, Ph.D.


Lina Shehadeh, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology and an investigator in the Miller School’s Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute (ISCI) was recently awarded a four-year, $2 million RO1 grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to study the role of Osteopontin in mitochondrial function in Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction (HFpEF) in cardiorenal syndrome.

CTSI Spotlight: Dr. Emmanuel Thomas, KL2 Scholar


Emmanuel Thomas, M.D., Ph.D., returned to his hometown of Miami in 2012 to start a translational research program focused on preventing liver disease and hepatocellular carcinoma at the Miller School of Medicine. In 2015, Emmanuel became a Miami CTSI KL2 Scholar. The protected time, education and training resources and mentorship that the award brought, were critical in enabling Emmanuel to successfully secure two important and highly-competitive grants in 2017.