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Cardiologists Critique the Hope and Hype of Stem Cell Research Findings

Robert J. Myerburg, M.D.

Robert J. Myerburg, M.D.

Nearly a year ago, Miller School of Medicine cardiologist Robert J. Myerburg, M.D., was contacted by Michael R. Rosen, M.D., a colleague at Columbia University Medical Center’s Department of Pharmacology. Rosen, a productive basic scientist with a background in cardiology, wanted to talk to his long-time friend about stem cell research.

Stem cells had been a hot topic in cardiology circles for a decade, and published research talked of breakthrough healing potential. Rosen, however, had concerns about the quality of some of the research and the interpretation of certain studies by the media. Myerburg, professor of medicine and physiology and the American Heart Association Chair in Cardiovascular Research, turned out to be the right person to approach, because he shared the same concerns.

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Miller School Ranked Among Top in Nation for Hispanic Students

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is the No. 2 medical school in the country for Hispanic students, according to Hispanic Business Magazine’s 2014 Annual Diversity Report. The medical school has consistently ranked among the top five in the nation for Hispanics since 2006.

“We are proud to be recognized as a school that supports Hispanic medical students,” said Alex J. Mechaber, M.D., Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education and associate professor of medicine. “Our school has always had a goal of attracting and supporting a student demographic that mirrors the community and population we serve. The ranking is a testament to that.”

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The Miami Project team of physicians, scientists and staff is helping advance spinal cord injury research and treatment.

The Miami Project team of physicians, scientists and staff is helping advance spinal cord injury research and treatment.

The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis Charts Recent Scientific Progress

For The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, a Center of Excellence at the Miller School of Medicine, 2014 has been a banner year. Its researchers have been using a bench-to-bedside-and-back-again approach to more efficiently share the findings of their advanced discovery science, translational studies, clinical investigations and FDA-approved trials.

“This is the golden age of neuroscience, and cutting-edge cellular and molecular approaches are allowing new questions to be asked and providing opportunities that have never existed before,” said W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D., Scientific Director, Kinetic Concepts Distinguished Chair in Neurosurgery, Senior Associate Dean for Discovery Science and professor of neurological surgery, neurology, and cell biology and anatomy.

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Rong Wen, M.D., Ph.D.

Rong Wen, M.D., Ph.D.

Bascom Palmer Licenses Retinal Disorder Product to Biotech Company

In a deal that may lead to the first viable treatment for retinal diseases, Amarantus Bioscience Holdings, Inc., a biotechnology company, has exercised its exclusive right to license intellectual property related to a protein product developed by a researcher at the Miller School of Medicine’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.

MANF (Mesencephalic-Astrocyte-derived Neurotrophic Factor) is believed to have broad potential because it is a naturally occurring protein produced by the body to reduce or prevent cell death in response to injury or disease. The license agreement covers its use for retinal diseases, include age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, inherited retinal disorders (including Retinitis pigmentosa), sporadic retinal disorders, other degenerative retinal disorders and retinal injuries.

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Sonjia Kenya, Ed.D., M.S., M.A.

Sonjia Kenya, Ed.D., M.S., M.A.

Champion for Health Equity Named One of 25 Most Influential Black Women in Business

Sonjia Kenya, Ed.D., M.S., M.A., assistant research professor of medicine, has been named by Legacy magazine as one of Miami-Dade County’s 25 Most Influential and Prominent Black Women in Business and Leadership for 2014. Kenya, who is Director of Community Health Programs at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Jay Weiss Institute for Health Equity at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been a prominent figure in addressing local and national health disparities, including the prevalence of HIV in underserved communities and among ethnic minorities.

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Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., takes the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., takes the Ice Bucket Challenge.
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Miller School of Medicine Accepts the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is still making the rounds at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, after Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School and CEO of UHealth, accepted the challenge on August 20.

After dousing himself with ice water, Goldschmidt also made a commitment to donate to the cause and then challenged television host Don Francisco, who completed the challenge on August 23, and UM President Donna E. Shalala, who accepted the challenge at the August 21 `Canes Kickoff event in front of hundreds of students gathered at the BankUnited Center. She then nominated Joe Natoli, Interim Chief Operating Officer at the Miller School of Medicine and UHealth and Senior Vice President for Business and Finance & CFO, who also accepted the challenge on August 21.

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From left are Chetan Nayak, M.D., David Arnold, M.D., Elizabeth Franzmann, M.D., Monika Freiser, Zoukaa Sargi, M.D., Giovanna Thomas, M.D., Donald Weed, M.D., and Donna Lundy, Ph.D.

From left are Chetan Nayak, M.D., David Arnold, M.D., Elizabeth Franzmann, M.D., Monika Freiser, Zoukaa Sargi, M.D., Giovanna Thomas, M.D., Donald Weed, M.D., and Donna Lundy, Ph.D.

UM Head and Neck Oncology Doctors Play Prominent Role at International Conference

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine faculty, residents and students participated in multiple sessions at the International Federation of Head and Neck Societies’ World Congress in New York. The World Congress is the largest conference on head and neck surgery and oncology, held jointly by the IFHNS, the American Head and Neck Society and New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

The dynamic group representing the Department of Otolaryngology, Division of Head and Neck Surgery and Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center moderated discussions, led instructional sessions and made presentations on a range of research topics.

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From left are Sarah Messiah, Ph.D., M.P.H., Denise C. Vidot, M.A., and Guillermo “Willy” Prado, Ph.D.

From left are Sarah Messiah, Ph.D., M.P.H., Denise C. Vidot, M.A., and Guillermo “Willy” Prado, Ph.D.

Review Finds Gap in Family-Based Approaches for Improved Bariatric Surgery Outcomes

An article published August 18 in the journal Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases identifies a research gap in family-based approaches to improve post-operative outcomes in bariatric surgery patients.

Led by Denise C. Vidot, M.A., a Ph.D. candidate in epidemiology, the “Review of Family-Based Approaches to Improve Post-Operative Outcomes among Bariatric Surgery Patients” shows that although there is evidence such approaches are successful, little documentation exists about the necessary lifestyle modifications after bariatric surgery and how these may affect the patient and other family members living in the same household.

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Otolaryngology resident Rosemary Ojo, M.D., second row, far right, with other medical volunteers and deaf children at the Albergue Mayflower School in Jinotega, Nicaragua

Otolaryngology resident Rosemary Ojo, M.D., second row, far right, with other medical volunteers and deaf children at the Albergue Mayflower School in Jinotega, Nicaragua

Otolaryngology Resident Gains Global Perspective from Medical Mission to Nicaragua

A humanitarian medical mission to Nicaragua gave Rosemary Ojo, M.D., a Miller School of Medicine otolaryngology resident, a new appreciation for the impact one physician can have in countries where medical care is in short supply.

Ojo spent a week in early August on a Mayflower Medical Outreach mission to an ENT clinic at the Hospital Victoria Motta in Jinotega, located in the foggy rural hills in northern Nicaragua. The volunteers also spent time interacting with students at a nearby boarding school for deaf children. A travel grant from the Humanitarian Efforts Committee of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Foundation helped fund part of the trip.

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Learn How to Save a Life at CPR Day Miami September 6

With 70 percent of Americans lacking the knowledge to perform CPR, the University of Miami, Jackson Health System, and Miami-Dade County Public Schools, in collaboration with the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association, will host CPR Day Miami, a free, countywide training event for participants 11 and older, on Saturday, September 6. Available at seven locations, the training sessions are offered multiple times between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and last only 90 minutes.

The official opening ceremony for CPR Day Miami takes place from 10 to 11 a.m. at UM’s BankUnited Center Fieldhouse, with UM President Donna E. Shalala, Alberto Carvalho, superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and Carlos Migoya, President and CEO of Jackson Health System, in attendance.

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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.

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.

Join Team UHealth for Out of the Darkness Walk to Prevent Suicide

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.

Read more about the Out of the Darkness Community Walk »

UHealth Sponsors Showing of Film about Immunization and Community Health

A free screening of “Invisible Threat,” a documentary film about immunization and its effect on community health, will be held Thursday, August 28, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., in the 8th floor auditorium of the Mailman Center for Child Development, 1601 NW 12th Avenue. The film, which is presented in English with Spanish subtitles, is 40 minutes long. The screening will be followed by a wine and cheese reception and discussion. Sponsors of the event are UHealth, the Miami-Dade County Health Department and FIDEC (Fighting Infectious Diseases in Emerging Countries). RSVP: 305-854-0075.

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The Word on Workday: “Out with the Old, In with the New” Ad Campaign Offers Preview of New System Features

The Workday HR project, scheduled to launch in January 2015, has released a new advertising campaign titled, “Out with the old, in with the new.” The campaign draws a comparison between the University’s current systems and the processes that will be transitioned to Workday. Workday also will introduce new features, such as the ability to view vacation balances.

The ad series features Workday’s All About Me homepage, an easy-to-use platform for all your Workday needs, as well as personal information, benefits and time off worklets, icons used to organize information in Workday. You can organize your Workday homepage to display worklets that you use most frequently, customizing how you view the page. A worklet preview can be found in the new Workday ad campaign and additional information will be provided in Workday training materials. The homepage also introduces a before and after comparison for a visual understanding of some of the systems and processes that will be performed in Workday starting in January.

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Planning to Travel Abroad? Be Sure to Comply with University Travel Policies

International travel is a part of University business, but are you compliant with University policies and federal regulations before you leave the country? UM’s Department of Travel Management, along with Information Technology and Export Control & Technology Management, are available to assist travelers in making the needed arrangements to ensure compliance is achieved.

If you are planning to travel internationally, your first stop in making your travel arrangements is UM’s International Travel website. If you need additional assistance, please call 305-284-3163.

Thomas Spain, M.A.

Thomas Spain, M.A.

Faculty and Staff Support the U: Professor Ensures Architecture Students Have the Chance to Explore Italy’s Treasures

Still enthralled by his first trip to Rome, the School of Architecture’s Thomas Spain, M.A., contributes his artistic talent, teaching skills, financial support and considerable energy to give students the same life-changing experience. Spain, who joined the School of Architecture in 1966, still remembers taking his — and the school’s — first study trip to Rome in 1999.

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Early Submission Deadline

The deadline for the September 2 issue of MED is Wednesday, August 27, by noon. The University will be closed on Monday, September 1, for the Labor Day holiday.

This Week's Grand Rounds

Wednesday, September 3, 2014Medical Grand Rounds: "Adult Immunizations 2014"

Thursday, September 4, 2014Orthopaedic Grand Rounds: "Gunshot Injuries to the Spine: Current Concepts"

Thursday, September 4, 2014Ophthalmology Grand Rounds

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This Week's Events

Tuesday, September 2, 2014Calder Library Seminar: PubMed Basics

Tuesday, September 2, 2014Cell Biology Seminar: "The Function and Mechanism of Histone Methyltransferase SETD2 in Cancer"

Tuesday, September 2, 2014Calder Library Seminar: PubMed Advanced

Thursday, September 4, 20142014 Why We Can't Wait: Conference to Eliminate Health Disparities in Genomic Medicine

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For Your Benefit

 

Mindful Living Seminar

 

 

Well Canes Yoga Wednesdays at the Miller School

 

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Funding and Research

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