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Patient commits estate gift to advance women’s heart health, skin cancer research and Alzheimer’s caregiver education at USF
Community volunteer and USF Health patient Bruce Mackey has made a $1.8 million estate gift to USF Health to fund a women’s heart health professorship, dermatology research endowment and caregiver education programs at the Byrd Alzheimer’s Center.
June 14, 2021USF Health
The USF College of Public Health made headlines in 2016 as the first university in Florida to offer a MSPH degree in genetic counseling. Now it’s getting noticed again with its newest graduate Stefania Alastre becoming the first Spanish-speaking genetic counselor for Moffitt Cancer Center.
USF team uses new neuroimaging technique to study physiological effects of brain stimulation to treat depression
Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation, or rTMS, was FDA approved in 2008 as a safe and effective noninvasive treatment for severe depression resistant to antidepressant medications. A small coil positioned near the scalp generates repetitive, pulsed magnetic waves that pass through the skull and stimulate brain cells to relieve symptoms of depression. The procedure has few side effects and is typically prescribed as an alternative or supplemental therapy when multiple antidepressant medications and/or psychotherapy do not work.
USF Health is participating in a National Institutes of Health clinical trial to determine whether highly allergic people or those with mast cell disorders are at greater risk for severe, immediate allergic reactions to the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccines. A mast cell disorder is caused by a type of white blood cell that is abnormal, overly active or both, predisposing a person to life-threatening reactions that resemble allergic reactions.
The University of South Florida College of Nursing is combatting the opioid crisis in rural America by equipping advanced pain specialists with integrative pain management techniques.
April 12, 2021USF Health
With the support of a five-year, $4.86-million National Institutes of Health grant, Distinguished University/USF Health Professor John Adams, PhD, leads a team of international researchers focused on accelerating the discovery of a vaccine against Plasmodium vivax malaria, a major global health problem.
April 12, 2021USF Health
USF awarded five-year, $44.4 million NIH grant to test whether computerized brain training reduces dementia risk in older adults
The National Institutes of Health has awarded the University of South Florida total expected funds of $44.4 million over the next five years to study whether computerized brain training exercises can reduce the risk of mild cognitive impairment, and dementias like Alzheimer’s disease, in older adults.
COVID-19 has taught us a lot of things. And one of the more important lessons has been the need for thorough, fast and effective disinfecting measures. A team of researchers from the USF College of Public Health’s Center for Environmental/Occupational Risk Analysis and Management set out to determine how effective commercially available chlorine dioxide gas products were in reducing COVID-19 viral loads on face masks and surfaces.
About 170 senior medical students from the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine were successfully matched and learned where they will spend their residency training after graduation from medical school in May.
The leadership demonstrated throughout the COVID-19 pandemic by the University of South Florida has become a true testament to the spirit of faculty, staff and students – a spirit of perseverance, collaboration and community partnership, despite the emotional and often taxing circumstances that have become part of many daily lives.
The University of South Florida has received a $1 million gift to fund research to detect and prevent severe lung scarring. Philanthropist Timothy Ubben made the gift to support research led by his doctor, Jose D. Herazo-Maya, USF Health’s newly appointed associate chief of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine.
USF research team uncovers significant reason older adults are at increased risk of suffering a heart attack
A team of researchers in the USF Department of Surgery has made a key discovery as to why we become more susceptible to heart disease as we age. The human body, especially the heart, is dependent on the mitochondria, the part of the cell responsible for producing energy to maintain organ function. The protein, Sesn2, is located inside the mitochondria and plays a pivotal role in protecting the heart from stress.