Miami CTSI


April 28: CTSI Translational Tuesdays Cell Therapies for COVID19


Join us April 28 at 4 p.m., for a virtual presentation and Q&A with Dr. Joshua Hare, Dr. Camillo Ricordi and Dr. Shari Messinger Cayetano. Both Dr. Hare and Dr. Ricordi are working on national and international efforts to test the efficacy of using umbilical cord and bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells to treat SARS-CoV-2 syndromes.

April 16: Dean Ford's Interdisciplinary Research Seminar Series


Join us Thursday, April 16 at 12 PM (EDT) as we host Dean Ford's Interdisciplinary Research Seminar Series, featuring Dr. Yelena Yesha and Dr. Mitsunori Ogihara who will present how innovative technologies in data science can revolutionize health care, specifically in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.

April 14: CTSI Translational Tuesday - Measuring Community Spread


Please join us for an online presentation and Q&A with Dr. Erin Kobetz and Dr. Natasha Schaefer Solle, who will discuss a new testing effort in collaboration with Miami-Dade County to assess the prevalence of COVID-19 infection in the local community. The initiative, which is one of the first in the country, is known as Surveillance Program Assessing Risk and Knowledge of Coronavirus or SPARKC, and will help drive local and global solutions to the crisis.

Sylvia Daunert, Ph.D., PharmD, M.S., chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Miami and her lab.

CTSI Program Director Developing Fast Point-of-Care Test for COVID-19


Director of the CTSI's Collaboration and Multidisciplinary Team Science Program, Sylvia Daunert, Ph.D., PharmD, M.S., and her lab are developing a rapid diagnostic test for COVID-19 that can provide results in a fraction of the time required for most current tests. Her work is being supported through a CTSI Emerging DIseases funding award.

Natasa Strbo,  M.D., D.Sc.

CTSI Researchers Fighting COVID-19 In the Labs


Miami CTSI KL2 graduate, Natasa Strbo, M.D., D.Sc., is applying her work on a cancer and infectious disease vaccine in the fight against COVID-19, while Sylvia Daunert, PharmD, M.S., Ph.D., and Mario Stevenson, Ph.D., are working on new rapid point-of-care and lab diagnostic tests for the virus. Daunert and Stevenson's research is supported by a CTSI Emerging Diseases funding award.

CTSI Pilot Awardee Receives $3M NIH Grant for Innovative Research on Aneurysms


Miller School neurosurgeon and Miami CTSI Pilot Awardee, Robert M. Starke, M.D., has been awarded a $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study innovative approaches to treating cerebral aneurysms. The NIH grant was awarded based partly upon the results obtained during the CTSI pilot funding in collaboration with John W. Thompson, Ph.D. and others with the University of Miami Cerebrovascular Initiative and Department of Neurological Surgery.