FIU Nursing Scholarships are investing in the future of nurses

April 2, 2015

Every year we fund Nursing Scholarships at Florida International University College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Here are a few samples of the letters of appreciation we received.

“I’m very grateful for this scholarship! This money will help me pay for some of my expenses next semester (spring, 15). May God bless you so you continue to bless others in need!”

“I am extremely humbled by your generosity and would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart! May your blessings triple.”

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Grand Opening Held for the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation BioNIUM Nanofabrication Facility

February 10, 2015

The new nanofabrication facility at the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Biomedical Nanotechnology Institute at the University of Miami (BioNIUM) gives researchers the latest technology to make major advances in the fast-growing field of biomedical nanotechnology.

A grand opening for the cutting-edge “clean room” was held January 28 at UM’s Life Science and Technology Park. University and medical school leadership, faculty, and members of the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation unveiled a plaque and donned white haz-mat suits so they could tour the specialized room, which provides a controlled, particle-free environment.

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Nursing Scholarships Really Make a Difference

March 12, 2014

Here are some letters from the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation FIU Nursing Scholarship recipients 2013.  They speak for themselves.

It is with great honor and pleasure that I receive this scholarship.  It will help me to pursue and better focus on my nursing education.  Your generous help and support is greatly appreciated.  Be assured that I will strive to get the best education ever at FIU, and in return I’ll be able to help and serve the community to the best of my ability.

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Researchers Uncover 48 New Genetic Variants Associated with Multiple Sclerosis

October 30, 2013

Scientists of the International Multiple Sclerosis Genetics Consortium (IMSGC) have identified an additional 48 genetic variants influencing the risk of developing multiple sclerosis. This work nearly doubles the number of known genetic risk factors and thereby provides additional key insights into the biology of this debilitating neurological condition. The genes implicated by the newly identified associations underline the central role played by the immune system in the development of multiple sclerosis and show substantial overlap with genes known to be involved in other autoimmune diseases.

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International Collaboration Finds 11 New Alzheimer’s Genes to Target for Drug Discover.

October 30, 2013

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researchers played a key role in the largest international Alzheimer’s disease genetics collaboration to date, which identified 11 new regions of the genome that contribute to late-onset Alzheimer’s disease, doubling the number of potential genetics-based therapeutic targets to investigate. Published October 27 in Nature Genetics, the study gives a broader view of the genetic factors contributing to Alzheimer’s and expands the understanding of the disease to new areas, including the immune system, where a genetic overlap with other neurodegenerative diseases, including multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease, was identified.

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Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation donates $35,000 for medicines

October 2, 2013

The Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation has donated $35,000 to Camillus House to purchase medications that are needed for the treatment of persons who are homeless and who come to Camillus for comprehensive healthcare. More than 80% of the patients seen by Camillus’ medical staff are uninsured and have no resources to purchase the medications and medical supplies they need.

For persons who are poor and homeless, one of their first contacts with any homeless service in Miami-Dade County is through the Camillus emergency shelter. Individuals are offered access to a system of care which includes shelter, three meals daily, showers, clothing, case management and healthcare.

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Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Announces Submission Deadlines for 2014 Grant Cycle

September 23, 2013

Organizations proposing programs to meet the healthcare needs of Miami-Dade residents may submit letters of inquiry from February 1 to April 15 for the 2014 grant cycle. For more information, click here.

School Health Initiative Receives All Star Award for Innovation

November 19, 2012

The Miller School’s Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation School Health Initiative took home the All Star Non-Profit Award for Innovation at Switchboard Miami’s inaugural awards luncheon, held November 9 at Jungle Island to recognize and celebrate the vital work of non-profits in our community.

The School Health Initiative, a partnership between the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation and the Miller School Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, offers free health care services to children in eight Miami-Dade County public schools.

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UM Researchers Identify New Gene Associated with Moderate Hearing Loss

November 5, 2012

Miller School researchers collaborated with an international team to identify a new gene associated with the most common form of inherited childhood deafness. Published November 1 in the American Journal of Human Genetics, the study led by Mustafa Tekin, M.D., associate professor in the Dr. John T. Macdonald Department of Human Genetics and the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, found that mutations in the OTOGL gene are a cause of moderate autosomal recessive non-syndromic hearing loss.

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UM Researchers Identify Gene That Contributes to Alzheimer’s Disease

November 5, 2012

Researchers from the Miller School of Medicine have identified a gene associated with Alzheimer’s disease in Caucasians. Published online October 27 in Neurobiology of Aging, their study demonstrated that a change in the C9ORF72 gene, called a repeat expansion, could be a new cause for late-onset Alzheimer’s disease, mostly in Caucasians.

The research was led by Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., Director of the Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, and Stephan Züchner M.D., Interim Chair of the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics. Dr. Pericak-Vance’s post-doctoral fellow, Martin A. Kohli, Ph.D., was the first author on the paper, Repeat expansions in the C9ORF72 gene contribute to Alzheimer’s disease in Caucasians.

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