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UF College of Medicine rises three spots in national rankings

For the second year in a row, the University of Florida College of Medicine has risen three spots in U.S. News & World Report’s latest rankings of the nation’s top […]

Martin Wegman

HOP Fellow and MD-PhD student Martin Wegman selected to receive Impact Award

Health Outcomes and Policy Fellow and MD-PhD student Martin Wegman has been selected as the Outstanding Graduate or Professional Student at this year’s Impact Awards. Martin received the award for his […]

Research Day

Research Day showcases med student commitment to imporving health

Amanda Sacino, an M.D., Ph.D., third-year medical student, receives her first-place award, which was presented by, from left, Joseph Fantone, M.D., UF College of Medicine Dean Michael Good, M.D., and […]

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UF Innovations through Translational Science

Dr Robert Cade - Origin of GatoradeA drink that bred an industry

In a basement lab in 1965, a University of Florida nephrologist and three of his research fellows worked through the night trying to get the sodium and glucose mixture just right.

The midnight science had started off with a simple enough question: Why did athletes lose so much weight on the field? And how did it affect their performance?After collecting samples from football players on the 1965 UF football team, Dr. Robert Cade and his three fellows made a startling observation: Athletes were losing electrolytes and their blood sugar was dropping significantly during the course of a game.

According Cade’s calculations, his basement-brewed concoction would hydrate athletes, meanwhile increasing the body’s rate of absorption to restore electrolytes lost during sports and activity. Add in a little lemon juice for taste and a little drink known as Gatorade was born. Armed with Gatorade, the 1966 football team went 8-2 and observant reporters took note of the beverage in players’ cups. By 1967, Gatorade had gone commercial and was on NFL sidelines. Gatorade spawned a multimillion-dollar sports beverage industry and has become a staple for parents and pediatricians, too, by helping to keep sick children hydrated. Since its invention in 1965, UF has received more than $150 million in royalties from Gatorade, and these dollars have helped fund numerous initiatives within the UF College of Medicine.

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Michael Guo

Michael Guo

Michael Guo is a currently a fifth year MD-PhD student at the University of Florida. He completed his undergraduate at the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor, graduating with degrees in Business […]