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Student researcher wins award for quest to improve liver recovery after injury

Richa Vijayvargiya is an award-winning researcher — and she hasn’t even earned her bachelor’s degree yet. Vijayvargiya is in her junior year as an undergraduate student at UF majoring in microbiology and cell science. She plans to minor in Spanish. Vijayvargiya works in the department of surgery’s…

In the Loupes: Women in surgery

By Emina Huang, M.D. Associate professor of colorectal surgery With increased choices regarding health-care providers, there continues to be a paucity of women surgeons in academic health centers. Though women constitute 50 percent of medical school matriculants, and fully 30 percent of surgery residents, vanishingly few continue and are…

Recognizing Dr. Edward Copeland

On March 16, the Cancer Center Leadership Council honored Dr. Edward Copeland with a self portrait. Dr. Copeland was the UF Shands Cancer Center’s first director. The University of Florida recruited him from the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Hospital and Cancer Institute in 1982, where he was already a…

In the Loupes: ‘This is what I am meant to do’

By Alex Cuenca, M.D. Though I’m not sure how I exactly got where I am today, I could probably trace it back to my father. In 1980, we lived in a growing city in the south of the Philippines. I can still remember sitting in my father’s office as…

The body’s great balancing act

Immune system responses are key to our health: too much or too little and the body takes a beating. Understanding how patients’ immune systems respond could open the door for a new kind of personalized medicine, and UF scientists are playing vital roles in moving this research forward.

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths. The best ways to protect yourself from colorectal cancer are to exercise regularly; eat a high-fiber, low-fat diet; and undergo a screening colonoscopy once you turn…