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Miller School Selected for National Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Care Center Network

From left, Emmanuelle Simonet, M.A., CCRP, Jacqueline Reyes, Administrative Assistant, Pulmonary Lab at UMHC, Shirin Shafazand, M.D., Marilyn Glassberg, M.D., Patricia Rebolledo, Research Assistant, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, and Francisco Padron, RCP, RPFT, Pulmonary Lab at UMHC.

From left, Emmanuelle Simonet, M.A., CCRP, Jacqueline Reyes, Administrative Assistant, Pulmonary Lab at UMHC, Shirin Shafazand, M.D., Marilyn Glassberg, M.D., Patricia Rebolledo, Research Assistant, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, and Francisco Padron, RCP, RPFT, Pulmonary Lab at UMHC.

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has been selected as a member of the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Care Center Network and Patient Registry, a designation that will significantly enhance the clinical care provided to patients at UHealth – University of Miami Health System. As part of the Care Center Network (CCN), UHealth physicians will have access to a wealth of resources for both patients and caregivers and will collaborate with 20 other academic institutions across the country to advance the care of patients with pulmonary fibrosis.

“We are honored to become a member of the CCN and to be selected by the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF),” said Marilyn Glassberg, M.D., director of the interstitial lung disease program at UHealth, and professor of surgery, pediatrics and medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at the Miller School. “They have recognized the quality of our programs and the expertise our physicians have in treating patients with fibrotic lung disease.”

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Brian M. Slomovitz, M.D.

Brian M. Slomovitz, M.D.

Combination Drug Therapy Shows Promise for Recurrent Endometrial Cancer

Researchers seeking to improve treatment outcomes for women with recurrent endometrial cancer – the most commonly diagnosed gynecologic malignancy in the U.S., killing more than 8,000 women each year – have reported positive results through targeted therapy that uses a combination of the drugs everolimus and letrozole. Their findings have been reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

“Recurrent endometrial cancer is very difficult to treat,” said Brian M. Slomovitz, M.D., professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology, Director of Gynecologic Oncology and lead author of the article, who conducted the research with colleagues at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston before joining the Miller School of Medicine’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center last August. “It’s rare to get a good response to conventional chemotherapy after the first round. We needed to look for other options that would provide the best possible response right from the start.”

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William J. Whelan, Ph.D., D.Sc., F.R.S., with Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

William J. Whelan, Ph.D., D.Sc., F.R.S., with Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.
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Renowned Cancer Scientists Present Their Latest Findings at 48th Miami Winter Symposium

Leading scientists from around the world presented their latest findings on cellular, molecular and genetic approaches to treating cancer at the Miami Winter Symposium 2015, “Towards Personalized Cancer Medicine,” on January 18-21 at the Hyatt Regency Miami.

“We are moving at the speed of light into a new era of very specific treatments and away from classic chemotherapy,” said Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School of Medicine, and CEO of UHealth – University of Miami Health System, in his welcoming remarks. “By working together, we are finding new solutions for the prevention, treatment and cure of this terrible disease.”

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Abdulla Damluji, M.D.

Abdulla Damluji, M.D.

Researchers Find Association between Inflammatory States and Early Development of Atherosclerosis

A multidisciplinary group of Miller School of Medicine researchers has identified an important association between baseline inflammatory states in asymptomatic patients and early development of coronary artery disease. The investigators studied the effects of multiple risk markers of inflammation, including anti-heat shock protein-60 (HSP60), interleukin-2, interleukin-6 (IL-6), and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) and their association with atherogenesis using the large multi-ethnic study of atherosclerosis (MESA).

The results have been published in the Online First edition of Heart: British Medical Journal as “Association between Anti-Human Shock Protein-60 and Interleukin-2 (IL-2) with Coronary Artery Calcium Score.”

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Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and Sebastian the Ibis.

Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and Sebastian the Ibis.
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Students Host Another Successful DOCS Dean’s 5K Walk/Run

The Third Annual DOCS Dean’s 5K Walk/Run attracted more than 100 participants and raised nearly $5,000. The event, organized by Miller School of Medicine students, raises awareness and funds for the Mitchell Wolfson Sr. Department of Community Service (DOCS) to help buy supplies and equipment. Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School of Medicine, and CEO of the University of Miami Health System, kicked off the January 10 race with an inspirational speech.

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Alberto Pugliese, M.D.

Alberto Pugliese, M.D.

Diabetes Researcher Honored by JDRF

Alberto Pugliese, M.D., head of the Immunogenetics Program at the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has accepted the JDRF Mary Tyler Moore and S. Robert Levine Excellence in Clinical Research Award on behalf of the JDRF Network for Pancreatic Organ Donors with Diabetes (nPOD). Joined by his nPOD Co-Director Mark Atkinson, Ph.D., from the University of Florida, Pugliese traveled to Los Angeles to receive the award at the JDRF International Board of Directors meeting.

“It was a tremendous honor to be recognized by JDRF for the hard work of the more than 200 investigators who collaborate in nPOD,” Pugliese said. “As Co-Director, I’ve watched the network evolve over the past few years, growing in the number of participants and projects. It’s been inspiring to see how collaborative versus competitive research can build relationships and speed up science, more quickly bringing treatment options and someday a cure to those battling Type 1 diabetes (T1D).”

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Wendy Epley, center, with Special Agents Kevin Parker and Tina Stasulli Korb.

Wendy Epley, center, with Special Agents Kevin Parker and Tina Stasulli Korb.

International Travel Workshop Promotes Safety of Faculty, Staff and Students

The Office of Export Control & Technology Management hosted the first International Travel Workshop on the Miller School of Medicine, Coral Gables and Rosenstiel campuses January 15-16. Among the presenters were the Office of Risk Management, which provided guidance on submitting UM International Travel requests and registering with Red24, which provides security services to UM; Information Technology, which gave tips on how to protect data on electronic devices; and the Office of Export Control & Technology Management, which showed attendees what is involved in assessing export control risk.

In addition, special guest presenters from two federal agencies, the U.S. Department of Commerce Office of Export Enforcement and the U.S. Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation, provided attendees with insights on the requirements for exporting and reporting controlled items, and tips on staying safe while traveling.

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Miller School of Medicine student Juhi Jain addresses an audience of medical professionals and law enforcement personnel attending the “Human Trafficking: An Emerging Epidemic” symposium.

Miller School of Medicine student Juhi Jain addresses an audience of medical professionals and law enforcement personnel attending the “Human Trafficking: An Emerging Epidemic” symposium.

Conference Organized by Miller School Students Addresses Growing Problem of Human Trafficking

A woman brought to the United States at the age of 16 and forced to work as a prostitute for 12 years, servicing multiple johns a day just to stay alive. An old woman neighbors would see using a garden hose to take showers outside. An 18-year-old who called police, pleading to be rescued from an abusive pimp.

Those were just some of the alarming human trafficking cases in Florida that dozens of physicians, nurses, social workers, and law enforcement officers heard about on Friday during the “Human Trafficking: An Emerging Epidemic” conference organized by Miller School students. Held at the University of Miami’s Student Activities Center, the daylong symposium was aimed at educating first responders about the growing problem of the illicit trade in humans for the purpose of forced labor or commercial sex—and, in some cases, even the extraction of organs.

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DCC 2013 riders.

DCC 2013 riders.

Dolphins Cycling Challenge V to Include First 5K Walk/Run

The fifth annual Dolphins Cycling Challenge (DCC) takes place February 7 and 8. This year’s event will include a new 5K Walk/Run, which helps provide something for everyone interested in supporting lifesaving cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. The Walk/Run will be held at Sun Life Stadium on Sunday, February 8, the second day of the two-day ride that spans three counties.

The University is once again honored to partner with the Miami Dolphins for the DCC, which has raised more than $7 million for groundbreaking research and patient care at Sylvester. These funds have helped build programs that have made a difference in the lives of countless cancer patients across South Florida.

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Miami CTSI Announces Funding Opportunity to Support the Resubmission of Grant Proposals

The Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) is accepting applications for its Grant Resubmission Awards, designed to support scored grant applications that were submitted in or after June 2013 to federal and national level mechanisms. These funds, up to $25,000 for direct research costs only, will be used to strengthen highly innovative, translational, interdisciplinary and health disparities-oriented proposals toward their resubmission (as an A1 or as a new grant).

All full-time faculty from the University of Miami, Jackson Health System and the Miami VA may apply. The CTSI will make funds available for the award period of June 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016.

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Sixth Annual SunSmart 5K Run/Walk Feb. 21

Are you ready for the 6th Annual SunSmart 5K Run/Walk? Are you interested in living a healthier lifestyle, supporting wonderful charities and getting a free skin cancer screening from a University of Miami dermatologist all at once? Then come on out and join Sebastian the Ibis and other members of the Canes community in uniting to support skin cancer research and heart health.

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Register for Medical Issues and the Growing Child Conference

Medical Issues and the Growing Child, being held in the 8th floor auditorium of the Mailman Center for Child Development from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on February 17, is an interactive workshop designed to help busy health care professionals learn how to have an effect on the children they serve. A panel of early childhood experts will share their experience on how to change systems of care that affect child outcomes.

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Sexual Assault Resource Team Needs Volunteers

The University of Miami Counseling Center’s Sexual Assault Resource Team (SART) is seeking dedicated, empathic faculty, staff and graduate students to volunteer as advocates through 2015. As an advocate, you will provide hotline callers, who have been sexually assaulted, molested or battered, with much-needed emotional support, information and referrals.

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Nirupa Chaudhari, Ph.D., left, and Stephen D. Roper, Ph.D.

Nirupa Chaudhari, Ph.D., left, and Stephen D. Roper, Ph.D.

Faculty and Staff Support the U: For This Couple, Giving Back Passes the Taste Test

Two leading-edge researchers at the Miller School of Medicine have been contributing to the University of Miami since joining the faculty in 1995.

“As teachers and researchers, our careers are all about giving back to our students, our University, and to society,” said Nirupa Chaudhari, Ph.D., professor of physiology and biophysics and director of the University-wide Neuroscience Graduate Training Program.

Her husband, Stephen D. Roper, Ph.D., also a professor of physiology and biophysics, is equally committed to enhancing University programs. “One of the most important reasons UM is well regarded locally is that faculty and staff contribute their time, effort and funds to the community,” he said.

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Medical Compliance Services

Medical Compliance Service Tips of the Month

When the teaching surgeon is involved in two overlapping surgeries, where the key portions of the surgery do not overlap, he or she must be physically present during the key portions of both procedures. All of the key portions of the first procedure must be completed before the teaching surgeon can become involved in the second procedure.

If the teaching surgeon leaves the operating room to become involved in another case, he or she must arrange for another qualified surgeon to be immediately available to intervene in the original case, if necessary. The teaching surgeon must be in the operating room for the “key and critical portions” of the two concurrent surgeries and personally document his or her presence and participation of the key portions of both procedures.

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This Week's Grand Rounds

Friday, January 30, 2015Cardiology Grand Rounds: "Prevention of SCD in the Era of Patient Centered Care and Increased Regulatory Scrutiny"

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This Week's Events

Tuesday, February 3, 2015Cell Biology Seminar Series with Dr. Stephen Thorne

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