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UHealth Celebrates Opening of Medical Center at Miami Jackson Senior High School

From left are Robert Schwartz, M.D., Miami-Dade School Board Member Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall, Alberto Carvalho, Donna Shalala, Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Miami-Dade School Board Member Marta Perez, Ph.D., Miami-Dade School Board Vice Chair Lawrence Feldman, Ph.D., and Dominique Saliba, M.D.

From left are Robert Schwartz, M.D., Miami-Dade School Board Member Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall, Alberto Carvalho, Donna Shalala, Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Miami-Dade School Board Member Marta Perez, Ph.D., Miami-Dade School Board Vice Chair Lawrence Feldman, Ph.D., and Dominique Saliba, M.D.

With the cutting of a green ribbon, UHealth – The University of Miami Health System and Miami-Dade County Public Schools celebrated a first-of-its-kind healthcare partnership. Dozens of people attended the September 16 ribbon cutting for the ceremonial opening of the UHealth Medical Center at Miami Jackson Senior High School, which is designed to provide accessible and affordable healthcare to the school district’s employees, dependents and retirees

“We can provide high-quality insurance for our University of Miami employees, and Miami-Dade Public Schools can provide it for their employees, but providing access to high-quality care is now the key,” said University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala. “We have the Affordable Care Act for people in our community but that is not enough, as far as I am concerned. This center will make a difference for the employees, for their families, and for retirees. We pledge that we will provide the highest-quality care.”

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Philip D. Harvey, Ph.D., Leonard M. Miller Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Chief of the Division of Psychology, is one of only two 2014 recipients of the Veterans Health Administration John Blair Barnwell Award. The award is the highest honor for scientific achievement presented by the Clinical Science Research and Development division of the VA’s Office of Research and Development.

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Steve Cawley, Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, far left, Richard Ballard, Hospital Administrator and CEO of Sylvester/UMHC, second from left, and David Seo, M.D., kneeling, far right, celebrate the Sylvester/UMHC UChart integration with fellow implementation team members.

UChart Implementation at Sylvester Marks Milestone in Patient Care

In the next phase of the University’s electronic medical record (EMR) implementation to transform patient care, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and UHealth have launched the EMR system UChart at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center/University of Miami Hospital and Clinics (UMHC).

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Miller School Researchers Discover New Rare Neuromuscular Disease

An international team of researchers led by geneticists at the Miller School of Medicine has discovered a completely new inherited neuromuscular disorder caused by a genetic mutation that interferes with the communication between nerves and muscles, and results in impaired muscle control.

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From left are Junjie Wang, Ph.D., Gerhard Dahl, M.D., Feng Qiu, Ph.D., and David G. Jackson.

Notable Study Promotes Distinct Pannexin Conformations

A study led by Gerhard Dahl, M.D., professor of physiology and biophysics, describes a significant finding that shows different stimuli can induce different conformations of a membrane channel with distinct conductance and permeability. Only one other channel, the P2X7 receptor, has been associated with such a phenomenon.

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