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Study in Nature Reports Antibody-Like Molecule Protects Against HIV/AIDS

Ronald Desrosiers, Ph.D.

Ronald Desrosiers, Ph.D.

A collaborative research team has found that an antibody-like molecule provides long-term protection against HIV/AIDS infection, according to a University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researcher who played a contributory role in the study.

“This laboratory-engineered molecule blocks two key receptors that the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) uses to gain entry to the body’s CD4 white blood cells,” said Ronald C. Desrosiers, Ph.D., professor of pathology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. “The study shows that 100 percent of HIV-1 strains are neutralized by this new inhibitor – the first time that this level of protection has been accomplished.”

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From left, Wen Ding, Ph.D. candidate; Lina A. Shehadeh, Ph.D.; and Jihe Li, Ph.D.

From left, Wen Ding, Ph.D. candidate; Lina A. Shehadeh, Ph.D.; and Jihe Li, Ph.D.

Researchers Find Key Mechanism Leading to Vascular Calcification

A University of Miami Miller School of Medicine research team has uncovered a key mechanism in the development of vascular calcification, or hardening of the arteries, valves or plaque – a disorder that affects millions of people.

“We have identified a clear linkage between a specific microRNA molecule, which is naturally produced by the body, and vascular calcification,” said Lina A. Shehadeh, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine in the Cardiovascular Division and investigator in the Miller School’s Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute. “As people age, the body produces less of this microRNA and calcification of the blood vessels increases.”

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Teshamae Monteith, M.D., speaking at AAAS Annual Meeting.

Teshamae Monteith, M.D., speaking at AAAS Annual Meeting.

Migraine Research of Dr. Teshamae Monteith Featured at Renowned Scientific Meeting

Teshamae Monteith, M.D., assistant professor of neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, was among elite company at the recent Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an international organization dedicated to “advancing science for the benefit of all people.” The meeting, which is the world’s largest scientific conference, took place February 12-16 in San Jose, California, and brought together scientists and decision makers, science journalists and the general public for a series of presentations on a variety of subjects.

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Nestor de la Cruz-Muñoz, M.D., who last year marked a milestone 4,000 cases, performs bariatric surgery at University of Miami Hospital.

Nestor de la Cruz-Muñoz, M.D., who last year marked a milestone 4,000 cases, performs bariatric surgery at University of Miami Hospital.

University of Miami Hospital Recognized for Quality, Cost-Effective Bariatric Surgery

Florida Blue has honored University of Miami Hospital, the flagship hospital of UHealth – University of Miami Health System, with a Blue Distinction Center+ designation in the area of bariatric surgery. Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care are nationally designated healthcare facilities shown to deliver quality care based on objective measures, which were developed with input from the medical community, for patient safety and better health outcomes.

UMH is among the first hospitals to receive the new designation.

“This recognition is a testament to the excellent care we provide to our bariatric patients at University of Miami Hospital,” said Nestor de la Cruz-Muñoz, M.D., Chief of the Division of Laparoendoscopic and Bariatric Surgery. “We have an expert team in bariatric surgery that continues to lead the field in improving the health of obese patients.”

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Joseph D. Rosenblatt, M.D.

Joseph D. Rosenblatt, M.D.

Two UM Researchers Awarded Forum on Women’s Health Grant

Joseph D. Rosenblatt, M.D., Chief of the Division of Hematology-Oncology in the Department of Medicine, and Seung-Uon Shin, Ph.D., research associate professor in the Division, have been awarded a grant that will help develop a new approach to the treatment of ovarian cancer.

The grant is provided by the Forum on Women’s Health, which is committed to promoting women’s health and wellness in collaboration with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

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Hall of Fame Award 2014 recipient Roy G. Geronemus, M.D. ’79, center, with Albert Mitrani, M.D. ’85, and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

Hall of Fame Award 2014 recipient Roy G. Geronemus, M.D. ’79, center, with Albert Mitrani, M.D. ’85, and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

Medical Alumni Weekend 2015 to Celebrate Miller School’s Past, Present and Future

Medical alumni from around the country will gather on the Miller School of Medicine campus and at the Biltmore Hotel March 6–8 for Medical Alumni Weekend 2015. The annual event will celebrate the medical school’s past, present and future with three days of activities dedicated to ushering in a new generation of UM physicians, sharing recent advances in research and patient care, and bringing together former medical school classmates.

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From left, Gordon M. Dickinson, M.D., Mario Stevenson, Ph.D., Istvan Krisko, M.D., Ph.D., P.A., and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

From left, Gordon M. Dickinson, M.D., Mario Stevenson, Ph.D., Istvan Krisko, M.D., Ph.D., P.A., and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

UM AIDS Institute Receives Gift, Partnership from Palm Beach Infectious Diseases Institute

The University of Miami‘s newly established HIV/AIDS Institute has received a $250,000 pledge of support from the Palm Beach Infectious Diseases Institute (PBIDI). The funding is part of a new partnership between the centers that will help further the HIV/AIDS Institute’s research capacity, drive education initiatives and support innovative collaborations with researchers at other institutions in South Florida.

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Patient Maria Elena Gonzalez receiving a special visit from Billy the Marlin at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Patient Maria Elena Gonzalez receiving a special visit from Billy the Marlin at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.
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Special Visitors Greet Sylvester Patients

Several unique visitors brought smiles and kisses to the faces of patients at Sylvester on Monday, February 16. A handful of Miami Marlins players, along with dogs from Canine Assistance Therapy, paid a joint visit to alex’s place, the pediatric oncology clinic at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and to adult patients in the Comprehensive Treatment Unit.

The Marlins visit was part of Marlins Ayudan Week 2015, a volunteer program led by the team’s front office to bring a positive message to the community. Ayudan, meaning ‘help’ in Spanish, engages Marlins players in various activities around South Florida.

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National Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 8-14

As part of National Patient Safety Awareness Week, taking place March 8-14, UHealth – the University of Miami Health System will host a range of engaging and interactive activities on the medical campus and off-site clinics. The theme for 2015 is “United in Safety.”

It is essential for everyone in the UM medical community to engage our patients in understanding how they can make healthcare safer by being actively involved in their care. As everyone in healthcare plays a role in delivering safe care, the focus of this year’s campaign is on patient engagement and emphasizes the importance of the relationship between providers and patients and their families.

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Sylvester to Host Myelodysplastic Syndromes Patient and Family Forum February 28

The Miller School of Medicine’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is hosting the Myelodysplastic Syndromes Patient and Family Forum this Saturday, February 28. The free forum will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in conference room 1301 at Sylvester and feature some of the cancer center’s top specialists among the roster of presenters, including Sylvester Director Stephen D. Nimer, M.D.; Krishna Komanduri, M.D., professor of medicine, microbiology and immunology and Director of the Sylvester Adult Stem Cell Transplant Program; Justin M. Watts, M.D., assistant professor of clinical medicine; Feng-Chung Yang, M.D., Ph.D.; Elizabeth L. Smith, D.N.P., R.N., Chief Nursing Officer; and Vanessa Ruiz, L.C.S.W.

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Miami CTSI K12 recipient Natasa Strbo, M.D., Ph.D., left, stands with University of Florida faculty member Habibeh Khoshbouei, Ph.D., and Sebastian the Ibis at last year's CaneSearch Research Symposium.

Miami CTSI K12 recipient Natasa Strbo, M.D., Ph.D., left, stands with University of Florida faculty member Habibeh Khoshbouei, Ph.D., and Sebastian the Ibis at last year's CaneSearch Research Symposium.

CaneSearch Research Symposium on Translational Science to Promote Partnerships, Research Resources

The annual CaneSearch Research Symposium returns to the Miller School of Medicine campus March 4 for a day of presentations and networking focused on translational science.

Hosted by the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), the event will bring together University of Miami scientists, clinicians, students, educators, and community and industry representatives to promote partnerships, advance collaborative research and display cutting-edge science.

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UM Campuses Provide Rooms for Nursing Mothers

The University of Miami provides Nursing Mothers Rooms at each of its campuses to support faculty, staff and students. Each room provides private space where nursing mothers are welcome to express milk or nurse during their time on campus. There are currently seven rooms at the Miller School of Medicine that are equipped with a comfortable chair, a small table and an electrical outlet.

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Design a T-Shirt for the Corporate Run/Walk and You Could Win a $100 UM Bookstore Gift Card

Put your graphic design and illustration techniques to use, and you could win a $100 gift certificate to the UM Bookstore. Human Resources, Well ’Canes, and the Herbert Wellness Center are sponsoring a T-shirt design competition for the 2015 Mercedes Benz Corporate Run/Walk.

Employees and students from all UM campuses can enter the T-shirt design competition. The winning design will be featured on the official Team UM dri-fit T-shirts that will be worn by hundreds of UM participants during this year’s Corporate Run/Walk, which is scheduled for Thursday, April 23, at 6:45 p.m. at Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami.

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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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Summer Volunteer Program Applications

Would you like to have volunteers work in your department this summer? The University of Miami’s Summer Volunteer Program starts on June 8 and runs through August 7, 2015. Eligible volunteers are encouraged to complete at least six weeks of the nine-week program, committing to a minimum of 100 hours. The Office of Human Resources encourages departments to submit their completed applications by April 30. Applications will be accepted beyond this date on a rolling basis.

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Christopher Booth

Christopher Booth

Faculty and Staff Support the U: Wellness Center Accountant Keeps UM Moving Forward

Christopher Booth says he owes the University of Miami a debt he can never repay. “I met my wife Melissa here when she was a student employee at the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center,” says Booth, now a budget analyst at the Coral Gables center. Booth tries, though, by donating to the Department of Athletics’ scholarship fund as well as to United Way. “I want to help our teams succeed against the bigger schools in the Atlantic Coast Conference,” he says.

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This Week's Grand Rounds

Friday, February 27, 2015Cardiology Grand Rounds: "Landscape of Cardiovascular Training in the U.S."

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This Week's Events

Saturday, February 28, 2015Myelodysplastic Syndromes Patient and Family Forum

Monday, March 2, 2015ISCI Lecture Series: "The Many Faces of Vascular Biology: Past, Present and Future Directions"

Monday, March 2, 2015Human Genetics & Genomics Seminar

Tuesday, March 3, 2015Cell Biology Seminar Series with Dr. Nevis L. Fregien

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