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University of Florida surpasses $1 billion in research spending in 2022
Two researchers work together in a lab.

For the first time, University of Florida faculty surpassed $1 billion in research spending in 2022, developing treatments for diseases, new agricultural products, engineering solutions and countless other advancements. With $1.076 billion in research expenditures, UF joins an exclusive group of about 15 public universities around the country to surpass this mark.

Almost half of the research occurred in the six colleges of UF Health, led by the College of Medicine in Gainesville and Jacksonville with $347 million. UF Health has major research thrusts in cancer, diabetes, neurological diseases, gene therapy and many other areas, where scientists and doctors work together to develop new treatments and therapies for patients from Florida and beyond.

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College announces integration of physiology and aging departments

Under the direction of Charles E. Wood, Ph.D., chair of the department of physiology and functional genomics and interim chair of the department of aging and geriatric research, the college has combined the departments’ expertise to create a new integrated academic unit: the department of physiology and aging. The merger, completed with input from faculty in both disciplines, will consolidate the educational programs and research endeavors under one umbrella. 

The newly formed department of physiology and aging, home to 26 faculty members, is poised to enhance collaboration, with experts working side by side to conduct bench-to-bedside research examining all life phases of the human body.

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New training program pairs physicians, nurses to improve patient outcomes

Like football, health care is a team sport where groups of physicians, residents, physician assistants, nurses and therapists collaborate to provide the best care possible for patients. A new program being piloted as part of the College of Medicine’s strategic plan is leveraging these interprofessional relationships to improve patient outcomes in Gainesville and beyond.

The Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program, or CUSP, originally developed by Johns Hopkins patient safety researchers, aims to improve the culture of patient safety while providing health teams the tools and support they need to address patient-safety hazards. College of Medicine participants are currently undergoing executive-level training as part of the project, an initiative positioned within the strategic plan’s value pillar. CUSP training will result in the development of physician-nurse dyads in each unit at UF Health Shands Hospital that will set quality and safety goals specific to their unit’s needs.

“With their combined expertise, our physicians and nurses know what matters most to both the patient and the unit,” said Nila Radhakrishnan, M.D., a clinical associate professor, chief of the division of hospital medicine and the project champion. “When you create that clear line of communication among everyone, the outcomes are going to be tremendous.”

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Graduate guides next generation of Gator physicians
Shireen Madani Sims, M.D. ’01, comes from a family dedicated to health care. As assistant dean of student affairs at the UF College of Medicine and an OB-GYN, she wakes up every morning excited to go to work and hopes to inspire medical students to find the same passion in their future careers.
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Rounds of applause: Summer 2022
The College of Medicine congratulates students, faculty, staff and trainees who have recently been recognized by their peers within the college and beyond with awards that honor their hard work and commitment to advancing scientific discovery, education and patient care.
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Save the date for State of the College
Join us for the annual State of the College address, taking place Sept. 23.
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Track progress of initiatives under the strategic plan’s seven pillars.
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Karyn Esser, Ph.D., appointed chair of department of physiology and aging

Karyn Esser, Ph.D., was among the first generation of researchers to recognize the importance of circadian rhythms to cell and muscle health. But when she set out on her trailblazing scientific career, she did not intend to study the intricacies of the biological clock.

“It’s actually an area of research I fell into accidentally,” says Esser, recounting her early interest in the physical sciences. “That’s how science works. You begin by thinking, ‘What are these doing here?’ and then the more I read, the more excited I got — it turned out that circadian rhythms are a pretty integral part of our system and cell health.”

Now, she will leverage her robust experience as a researcher, educator and leader as the chair of the recently integrated department of physiology and aging, a role she begins Nov. 1.

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Resident and Fellow Bucket List Challenge builds connection to Gainesville

Attending a Gator gymnastics meet, painting the 34th Street Wall and enjoying Satchel’s pizza and live music are a few activities University of Florida College of Medicine residents and fellows can check off their Gainesville bucket list and possibly earn a prize.

The college’s Office of Medical Alumni Affairs poses a challenge: check off at least 10 items from its bucket list within two years and receive a free UF Health fleece jacket. The list offers 48 opportunities to explore Gainesville and encourages residents and fellows to connect with the place they will call home throughout their training. First-year family medicine resident Grace Benmhend, M.D., visited an Orlando theme park, took a trip to St. Augustine, explored Paynes Prairie and snorkeled at Devil’s Den. She has completed 10 tasks and loves her jacket.

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Master’s and doctoral summer 2022 graduates celebrate with loved ones, mentors

A total of 24 doctoral candidates and 106 master’s candidates at the College of Medicine celebrated graduation earlier this month. Each semester, the students and their families are invited to a brunch reception where the graduates are recognized by their mentors during commencement weekend.

“Discovery consists of looking at the same thing as everyone else but thinking differently about it,” said Thomas Rowe, Ph.D., associate dean for graduate education, during the brunch Aug. 5. “That’s what’s happened with our graduates. Since they’ve joined our programs, our students have absorbed a lot of information and conducted research. Along the way, they developed their own unique ways of thinking and they shared that with the rest of us.”

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