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Sandra V. Chaparro, M.D., holds the CardioMEMS device.

Sandra V. Chaparro, M.D., holds the CardioMEMS device.

UHealth Becomes First in Southeast U.S. to Use New Heart Failure Monitoring System

Cardiovascular physicians at UHealth – University of Miami Health System are the first in the Southeast U.S. to implant a new miniaturized, wireless monitoring sensor to manage heart failure. The CardioMEMS HF System has been shown to reduce hospital admissions by more than one-third when used by physicians to manage heart failure. It was implanted at University of Miami Hospital, the flagship hospital of UHealth.

The CardioMEMS HF System, the first and only FDA-approved heart failure monitoring device, features a sensor that is implanted in the pulmonary artery (PA) during a non-surgical procedure to directly measure PA pressure. Increased PA pressures appear before weight and blood pressure changes, which are often used as indirect measures of worsening heart failure, a condition that affects more than 5.1 million people in the U.S.

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Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from James Potash, M.D., International Society of Psychiatric Genetics Awards Committee Chair.

Miller School Human Geneticist Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

A leading human geneticist at the Miller School has been honored for her lifelong contribution to psychiatric disease research. The 2014 Snow and Ming Tsuang Lifetime Achievement Award, bestowed by the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics (ISPG), was presented to Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., Director of the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics.

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From left are Sydney Sussman, Elaine Sussman, Donna E. Shalala, Alan W. Heldman, M.D., and Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

Elaine and Sydney Sussman Endowed Chair in Interventional Cardiology Presented to Dr. Alan W. Heldman

Before a packed auditorium full of family, friends, and University and Miller School of Medicine leadership, longtime philanthropists Sydney and Elaine Sussman made their latest gift in the hopes of improving care for cardiovascular patients for generations to come. The Sussmans presented the Elaine and Sydney Sussman Endowed Chair in Interventional Cardiology to Alan W. Heldman, M.D. during an October 7 ceremony.

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Allan E. Rodriguez, M.D., left, and Michael A. Kolber, M.D., Ph.D.

Infectious Disease Researchers Awarded $1.2 Million to Integrate HIV Primary Care in Community Healthcare Settings

Researchers from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Division of Infectious Diseases have been awarded $1.2 million by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for a four-year project that will introduce a patient-centered medical home to integrate HIV primary care in the community healthcare setting.

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Tan A. Ince, M.D., Ph.D.

Breast Cancer Researcher to Study Personalized Treatment Using Multi-Hormone Combinations

Tan A. Ince, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of pathology and member of the University of Miami’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, has received a $250,000 grant from the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) to research personalized treatment of breast tumors with multi-hormone combinations.

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Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D.

Researchers Discover How Depression and Aging Link to Increased Disease Risk

Psychological stress and stress-related psychiatric disorders are associated with increased risk for age-related diseases, but the molecular mechanisms underlying this relationship are unknown. An international group of researchers from Germany and the U.S. has discovered a biochemical change in a specific gene that causes this risk, a finding that may lead to improved treatments for diseases of aging.

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