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6 Trustee Chairs Named For 2021-2026

The University of Central Florida has many outstanding faculty members, and to continue to recruit and retain faculty who have world renown accomplishments, the UCF Trustee Chair Professorship exists. Created by former UCF President John C. Hitt in 2003, the Trustee Chair title is a prestigious one, and only held by a handful of faculty.…

Long-lasting Disinfectant Promises to Help Fight Pandemics

UCF researchers have developed a nanoparticle-based disinfectant that can continuously kill viruses on a surface for up to seven days – a discovery that could be a powerful weapon against COVID-19 and other emerging pathogenic viruses. The findings, by a multidisciplinary team of the university’s virus and engineering experts and the leader of an Orlando technology firm,…

UCF is 1 of 7 Universities to Win Grant to Support NASA’s Artemis Program

UCF will be a player in developing innovative technologies needed to support NASA’s Artemis program, which will return people to the moon and create a robust presence there over the next decade. The university has been awarded a $500,000 grant to create transformative space technologies by bringing together interdisciplinary teams of faculty and students to work…

When Medicine is a Family Affair

Manuel Carrazana teared up as he watched his identical twin daughters collect their white coats, marking their journey to become physicians — a career he gave up when he migrated from Cuba to pursue a better life for his family. His daughters, Ana and Anela, are among three sets of siblings — including two sets…

Med School Names Two Faculty Affairs Leaders

Two recent leadership promotions will support and develop M.D. and Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences faculty. Dr. Jane Gibson is the College of Medicine’s new associate dean for faculty affairs and Dr. Annette Khaled is the new assistant dean for faculty affairs. “Together, these leaders will serve as a team resource for faculty training the…

New Treatment to Help Wounds Heal Faster

College of Medicine researchers have discovered a new technology to accelerate wound-healing using specially designed ceramics wrapped in a rubber blanket fabricated for them by Gladiator Therapeutics. Their findings were accepted for presentation at the Military Health System Research Symposium (MHSRS), scheduled in Kissimmee, Florida, Aug 23-26, 2021. The MHSRS is the USA Department of Defense’s premier scientific meeting…

Dr. Coathup’s Research To Benefit From NASA’s Artemis Program

UCF will be a player in developing innovative technologies needed to support NASA’s Artemis program, which will return people to the moon and create a robust presence there over the next decade. The university has been awarded a $500,000 grant to create transformative space technologies by bringing together interdisciplinary teams of faculty and students to work…

Dr. Hernandez Named Chair, Medical Education

Dr. Hernandez joined the UCF College of Medicine in 2011 as director of the Practice of Medicine modules that teach first- and second-year M.D. students subjects that include clinical reasoning, patient communication, professional identity development and providing culturally sensitive care.  With two decades of experience in medical education, she has served on the M.D. Curriculum…

One Day, Two White Coat Ceremonies

A “sea of white coats” filled Addition Financial Arena Monday as two UCF medical school classes – more than 200 students — participated in a traditional White Coat Ceremony, recognizing them as colleagues in healthcare. The College of Medicine typically holds the ceremony on the first day of class for first-year students. This year, the medical school…

UCF Researcher Identifies Models For Healthy Aging

In a recent study in Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine, Dr. Su-I Hou, professor and founding director of UCF’s School of Global Health Management & Informatics, identified models of how older adults can best “age in community” – a more updated approach than “aging in place,” which primarily focuses on keeping older adults out of long-term care facilities and in their…

UCF Student Awarded Prestigious AMA Scholarship

Xamil Vega’s love of radiology began after his first anatomy class as a first-year med student at UCF when he became intrigued with the human body and how a CT scan could reveal a person’s disorders. As he enters into his final year of medical school, Vega is busy doing his clinical training at the…

Burnett Scientist Receives Doctoral Fellowship For Minority Students

Ayoung UCF scientist researching how pregnancy affects the immune system is the recipient of a highly competitive award designed to increasing the number of African-Americans and Hispanics with doctoral degrees. Valeria Flores-Malavet, who is pursuing a Ph.D. at the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences, received the McKnight Dissertation Fellowship for the 2021-2022 academic year. The fellowship was…

Med Students Reveal Emotions, Challenges In Diary Of A Med Student

Medical students nationwide – including three from UCF – write about the trials and triumphs of training to be doctors during a pandemic in a new book, Diary of a Med Student. The book’s reflections are introspective, serious, sad, profound and humorous, including students’ feelings about losing a loved one to COVID-19, harvesting an organ from…

LaRochelle New Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at UCF College of Medicine

Dr. Jeff LaRochelle is the UCF College of Medicine’s new associate dean of academic affairs, selected after a nationwide search. Before being named as only the second academic affairs leader in the medical school’s history, Dr. LaRochelle served as professor of medicine and assistant dean for medical education at UCF, where his research interests included…

Med Student Receives National Award For Pandemic Efforts

A UCF medical student who used her bioengineering training to create makeshift ventilators for COVID-19 patients and help a free clinic transition to telehealth services during the pandemic has received national recognition for her work. Lily Chen, who is entering her third-year of medical school, said the Excellence in Public Health Service Award from the…

Study Finds Breast Cancer Mortality Rates Still Higher for Black Women

While breast cancer-specific mortality rates have declined over the last few decades, Black women are still twice as likely to die from breast cancer compared to other ethnicities.  This is according to results of a study led by Dr. Robert Hines, associate professor of Population Health Sciences at the College of Medicine. The study was…

Dr. Coathup Awarded SEED Funding To Begin Space Travel Research

College of Medicine biomedical engineer Dr. Melanie Coathup is one of five UCF researchers to receive more than $450,000 in SEED funding thanks to a new collaboration between the UCF Office of Research and the international nano and digital technology research and development company, imec. The researchers are expected to commence their work by the…

HCA Opens New Simulation Center to Train Nurses

HCA Healthcare North Florida Division announced the opening of a $5.5 million state-of-the-art simulation training center in Central Florida designed to empower and support nurses through innovative learning experiences and leadership development opportunities. The HCA Healthcare Center for Clinical Advancement (HHCCA) provides HCA Healthcare North Florida Division nurses and nurse residents advanced training in a supportive,…

Getting Ahead Of The Next Pandemic: UCF Researcher Named To National Think Tank

UCF College of Medicine microbiologist Salvador Almagro-Moreno is one of 50 researchers nationwide selected to identify the emerging threat of pathogens that jump from animals to humans. In the era of COVID-19 and climate change, the potential of new strains of deadly microorganisms affecting humans is a critical world health problem. In response, the Corporation…

“You Can’t Give Up: You Were Meant To Be A Doctor”

Today she is. As Dr. Alani graduated with honors from her UCF-HCA Healthcare neurology residency this month, she cried telling the story of Mary Ann Reiner, the colleague who sent her text messages saying, “You got this!” before every residency interview. Now Dr. Alani is off to Yale for a fellowship in movement disorders such…