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Assistant professor earns UF Excellence Award

Zhihua Jiang, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the University of Florida department of surgery’s division of vascular surgery, has received an Excellence Award for Assistant Professors from the UF provost’s office. Jiang is one of 10 award recipients, each of whom displayed excellence in research and received $5,000 for research-related…

Room for improvement in mouse models, UF surgical investigators say

UF researchers co-authored two recently published journal articles that may reform scientists’ use of a staple in medical research: the mouse model. One article describes a series of studies by researchers from 16 different institutions that examined genomic, responses to several serious health threats in mice and in people. What…

Vascular study group grows to include Georgia medical centers

The Florida Vascular Study Group has joined with medical centers in Georgia to become the Florida-Georgia Vascular Study Group, a regional group under the auspices of the Society for Vascular Surgery’s Vascular Quality Initiative (SVS VQI). The national group fosters regional collaboration among physicians and hospitals to collect and analyze…

Newly recognized syndrome keeps patients from full recovery, UF researchers say

University of Florida researchers have identified a medical condition they say keeps many intensive care, heart surgery and burn patients from recovering fully and returning home. Called persistent inflammation, immunosuppression and catabolism syndrome, or PICS, for short, the newly named condition defies existing treatments and leaves patients weak and unable…

Research Day 2012

The department of surgery held its eighth annual Research Day on April 18, 2012. Ronald V. Maier, MD, the Jane and Donald D. Trunkey Professor and Vice Chair of Surgery and Surgeon-in-Chief at Harborview Medical Center and the University of Washington, was the Lester R. Dragstedt Visiting…

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…