Translational Medicine is the emerging field which focuses on using what is learned in pre-clinical studies to do smarter things in the clinic. Translational Medicine helps in the course of predicting, preventing, diagnosing, and treating diseases. Translational Medicine also uses what can be gleaned in clinical studies to sharpen and improve what is done in pre-clinical efforts to discover new medicines. Translational medicine represents a paradigm shift in the biomedical research enterprise.
Message from the Chair
Welcome to the Department of Translational Medicine.
Translational medicine is a young and evolving entity in medicine, often considered a transformation of laboratory findings to clinical applications to treat patients with novel approaches, from bench to bedside. However, I view translational medicine as the reverse, namely new disease manifestations and our attempt to define these new findings through basic laboratory research, from the bedside to the bench. For these translations, it is essential to provide both research laboratories and clinical facilities.
Florida International University and the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM) provide all the opportunities for basic researchers to develop their research programs and succeed. The Miami Cancer Institute (MCI), where I serve as Deputy Director and Chief of Hematologic Oncology and Blood & Marrow Transplant, is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest health care organization in the region. Both are well-established and successful clinical entities providing exciting novel and innovative treatment approaches and excellence of care to all patients in Florida and beyond.
A close and developing collaboration between HWCOM and MCI provides a unique opportunity to build a successful translational medicine program. I was privileged to oversee and lead clinical trials at MCI for the treatment of COVID-19 infected patients. In response to the COVID crisis, we have embarked on an unprecedented opportunity to establish sophisticated basic research performed in Dean Robert Sackstein’s laboratory at FIU with daily specimen collected from the blood of COVID infected patients hospitalized at Baptist Health.
This research study will not only provide us with insights into the immune defects induced by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, but it has the potential to assess how and to what degree these promising treatment approaches can reverse the viral effects and explain the outcome. Translational Medicine at its best!
Guenther Koehne, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Chairman of the Department of Translational Medicine
Faculty and Staff
Koehne, Guenther, MD, PhD
Professor and Chair of the Department of Translational Medicine, [...]
Dean and Senior Vice President for Health Affairs, and Professor
Dimitroff, Charles J., PhD
Executive Associate Dean for Research; Director, Translational Glycobiology Institute [...]
Abbott, Karen, PhD
Alfonso, Bianca D
Aziz, Muhammad Adnan
Barengo, Noel Christopher, MD, PhD, MPH
Berkman, Aron Wayne, MD, PhD
Director of Medical Oncology; Associate Dean of Graduate Medical [...]
Research Technician I
Chandler, Kevin Brown, PhD
Caride, Avelino Ruben, MD, FACP
Assistant Professor; Medical Director, Ambulatory Care
Castro, Grettel, MPH
Research Analyst II
Chaves, Priscilla, MBA, MPH, CLSSBB
Director of Operations
Chaves, Paulo H. M., MD, PhD
Director, Benjamin Leon Jr Family Center for Geriatric Research & [...]
Contiguglia-Akcan, Dorothy Justine, MD, MPH
De Solo,Santiago M
Temp Asst. Prof.
Hernandez, Annellys, MD, MS
Izquierdo Pretel, Guillermo
Coronel-Couto, Gloria MD, FACP
Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine Clerkship Assistant Director
Senior Executive Assistant
Landa-Galindez, Amalia M., MD, FACP
Associate Professor and Chief of the Division of Internal [...]
Lefevre, Frank Vincent, MD
Krieger, Diane Rachel
Head of Endocrinology, Associate Professor
Lozano Leon, Juan Manuel, MD, MSc
Chief of the Division of Medical and Population Health [...]
Martin, Kyle Chandler
Sr. Research & Lab Specialist
Martinez Elejalde, Jose M, MD, FACC, FACP
Marty, Aileen Maria
Mora, Jorge Camilo
Director of Geriatric Medical Education; Strand Leader for Professional [...]
Muniz, Jose Manuel
Paraskos, Lara M
Riviere, Ariele Anne
Coordinator of Administrative Services
Rodriguez de la Vega, Pura E, MPH
Research Specialist I
Ruiz Pelaez, Juan Gabriel, MD
Sanchez, Mario E.
Research Compliance Administrator
Segui, Daniel De Jesus
Lab Manager II
Steiner, Shara D, DO, MACM
Torres Viera, Carlos Gabriel
Herdy Varella, Marcia, MD, PhD, MHS
Research Technician I
Florida International University
Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Department of Translational Medicine
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