Philip D. Harvey, Ph.D.
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, and Harvey is the first psychologist to receive it.
“I am very honored to receive this award and impressed that the VA has acknowledged work on severe mental illness as central to the VA mission,” Harvey said. “Our patients are often underserved and overlooked, and it has been my goal for years to help improve their functioning and make their lives better.”
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Thomas A. McGrath
Thomas A. McGrath, M.B.A., an experienced medical center administrator, is joining the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine as Chief Operating Officer of UHealth – University of Miami Health System. Currently director of finance and administration for Stanford University’s Department of Medicine, McGrath will begin his new role October 1.
“The cultural values and high standards of the University of Miami were very appealing to me, along with the great diversity of the students, faculty, staff and the entire community,” said McGrath, who also served as vice president of University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital, and executive administrator for the Department of Medicine at the university’s Pritzker School of Medicine.
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Michael Gonzalez, left, and Stephan Züchner, M.D., Ph.D.
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.
Published online September 4 in the American Journal of Human Genetics, the study, “Mutations in Synaptotagmin 2 cause a novel human presynaptic syndrome,” describes the first association of mutations in the synaptic vesicle protein, synaptotagmin 2, with human disease.
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From left are Junjie Wang, Ph.D., Gerhard Dahl, M.D., Feng Qiu, Ph.D., and David G. Jackson.
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.
Published September 10 in the prestigious journal Science Signaling, the study, “The membrane protein Pannexin1 forms two open-channel conformations depending on the mode of activation,” resolves a controversy about the function of Pannexin1 (Panx1) channels. Panx1 has been shown to form a large adenosine triphosphate (ATP) release channel and has an important role in several functions, including the innate immune response, ciliary beat in airway epithelia and oxygen supply in the vascular system.
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From left, Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., Carlos D. Bustamante, Ph.D., Kathleen Sebelius, Susan Hahn, M.S., C.G.C., and Joycelyn Lee, Ph.D., M.B.A.
More than 160 physicians and researchers representing a wide variety of disciplines and nationalities gathered in Washington, D.C., on September 4-5 for the third annual “Why We Can’t Wait: Conference to Eliminate Health Disparities in Genomic Medicine.” The conference, co-hosted by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Stanford University School of Medicine, formally acknowledged the growing impact of health disparities on genomic medicine translation. In seeking solutions, the group of experts focused on policy issues related to genomics and health disparities.
“In the United States, Hispanics, Latinos, African-Americans, and blacks have disproportionally higher health risk factors, limited access to health services, and poorer health outcomes and life expectancies than non-Hispanic whites,” said Joycelyn Lee, Ph.D., M.B.A., conference co-chair and associate scientist at the Miller School’s John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics. “Health disparities, however, are not unique to diverse groups within the U.S.; they have global impacts.”
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Joshua D. Lenchus, D.O.
Joshua D. Lenchus, D.O., R.Ph., associate professor of clinical medicine in the Division of Hospital Medicine, has been recognized by Broward College as one of its most outstanding alumni.
The Merit Award, presented to Lenchus at the September 12 Alumni Hall of Distinction Awards breakfast at the Renaissance Plantation Hotel, honors his distinguished career as a hospitalist and his zeal for his alma mater.
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One of the new VIP maternity suites.
Women who deliver their bundles of joy at the Women’s Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center can now look forward to a little luxury during their stay.
As part of a comprehensive renovation project, the hospital recently opened its new “Little Miracles Maternity Suites,” a modernized maternity unit with plush, spa-like amenities. The upgrades include state-of-the-art equipment and 20 private suites for postpartum women and their families.
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As Joe Natoli, Senior Vice President for Business and Finance, CFO and Interim Chief Operating Officer of the Miller School and UHealth, wrote in a recent message to faculty and staff, “To continue to improve throughout our operation requires the direct involvement of every one of us.”
Do you have ideas or suggestions for improving access and the patient experience? Are there other improvements or efficiencies that will help the operations at the Miller School and benefit our patients or students? Where can we improve and how can we do it? We’d love to hear from you. We have set up an email address — email@example.com — for submitting ideas.
Here’s the commitment: Every suggestion will be read and considered by senior management at UHealth, with the best ideas added to the priority list for evaluation. We will report some of the suggestions and results in future communications. We very much welcome your thoughts and ideas.
From left, Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and Norm Parsons, Director of the UM Wellness Centers, lead the 2013 Out of the Darkness walk on the Coral Gables campus.
The Miller School of Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences will once again support efforts to raise awareness about suicide at this year’s Out of the Darkness Community Walk, sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, on Sunday, September 21, from 10 a.m. to noon on the Coral Gables campus.
Every 13 minutes, someone dies from suicide, and it is among the top ten causes of death in the U.S.
That’s why Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean and CEO of UHealth, and Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., Leonard M. Miller Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, are encouraging everyone to do their part to raise awareness of mental health issues and prevent these tragic deaths from happening by joining Team UHealth for the walk.
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Boot camp participants hear from top researchers in clinical and translational science.
The Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) has opened registration for its popular Foundations of Translational Research Boot Camp taking place November 17-21. The annual forum provides an extensive introduction to translational science for fellows, graduate and medical students, residents and junior faculty interested in developing their research careers.
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Workday Sponsors Steve Cawley, Vice President for Information Technology and CIO, Nerissa Morris, Vice President for Human Resources, and John Shipley, Vice President of Finance and Treasurer, have launched a monthly series aimed at addressing questions, communicating project updates, and providing feedback to the University community about Workday HR, the University’s new system for HR and Payroll scheduled to launch in January 2015.
In their first message, the team provided information about Workday HR training, manager self-service, and employee self-service to University faculty, staff and student employees.
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The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the United Way of Miami-Dade are sponsoring a Spooktacular Luncheon, with food donated by many local restaurants, between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Monday, October 27, in the Clinical Research Building, room 692. If you are interested in enjoying spooktacular food and supporting the United Way, please stop by CRB 1542 or 1512 to purchase tickets in advance. Tickets are $8 each. For more information, contact Jessica Haft at 305-243-5484. All the proceeds will go to Sylvester/United Way fundraising efforts.
The Miami Dolphins are offering UM employees, their families, and friends discounted tickets to three home games—against the San Diego Chargers on November 2, the Buffalo Bills on November 13, and the Minnesota Vikings on December 21—and will contribute a portion of the proceeds to TeamUM’s 2014 United Way campaign.
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