NEWS

September 24, 2019

Dr. Maria Abreu Awarded Sherman Prize for Focusing on Critical Unmet Needs in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Maria T. Abreu, M.D., professor of medicine and microbiology and immunology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, is receiving the 2019 Sherman Prize awarded by The Bruce and Cynthia Sherman Charitable Foundation to recognize outstanding achievements in the fight to overcome Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, also known as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD).

Dr. Abreu, who is also the director of the University of Miami Health System Crohn’s & Colitis Center, is a champion for patients, particularly those in underserved communities. She will receive a $100,000 Sherman Prize for identifying an epidemic of IBD in Miami’s Hispanic community, advancing novel research to understand environmental triggers for IBD and explore ways to optimize treatment, and mentoring junior colleagues in advancing their own innovative research. Dr. Abreu is beloved by her patients and is a relentless advocate, running marathons and triathlons in her spare time to raise money and awareness for IBD.

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