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Florida Surgeon General Presents Cancer Center of Excellence Award to Sylvester

From left, Shyroll Morris, Chief Satellite Operations Officer, Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Daniel Armstrong, Ph.D., Richard Ballard, John Armstrong, M.D., Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., Russell Benford, Sylvester Board of Governors Chair Joan Scheiner and W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D., Sylvester CMO.

From left, Shyroll Morris, Chief Satellite Operations Officer, Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Daniel Armstrong, Ph.D., Richard Ballard, John Armstrong, M.D., Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., Russell Benford, Sylvester Board of Governors Chair Joan Scheiner and W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D., Sylvester CMO. Photo GalleryView Photo Gallery

Florida Surgeon General and Secretary of Health John Armstrong, M.D., presented the state’s Cancer Center of Excellence Award to Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center on April 17, making it the only South Florida cancer center to receive the distinguished award.

Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School of Medicine and CEO of UHealth, opened the program by welcoming Armstrong and other visitors. He cited Sylvester’s treatment of more than 5,000 new cancer patients each year and credited the visionary leadership of Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., Sylvester’s Director, with attracting the top clinicians and researchers necessary to build a world-class cancer center.

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Bottom row: From left, Vinata B. Lokeshwar, Ph.D., Luis Lopez and Norman Altman, V.M.D. Top row: From left, Soum Lokeshwar, Andre Jordan and Georgios Kallifatidis, Ph.D.

Bottom row: From left, Vinata B. Lokeshwar, Ph.D., Luis Lopez and Norman Altman, V.M.D. Top row: From left, Soum Lokeshwar, Andre Jordan and Georgios Kallifatidis, Ph.D.

Sylvester Researchers Report Prevention of Lethal Prostate Cancer with 4-MU Dietary Supplement

In a groundbreaking laboratory study, a research team at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has found that a non-toxic oral agent that is also consumed as an over-the-counter dietary supplement in Europe and Asia for improving liver health, is highly effective in both preventing and treating prostate cancer. Additionally the agent was able to halt the metastatic spread of the disease.

“We found that 4-methylumbelliferone (4-MU) was able to block a key signaling pathway that triggers the development, growth and metastasis of prostate cancer,” said the study’s principal investigator Vinata B. Lokeshwar, Ph.D., professor of urology and director of the pilot and translational studies component of the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute. “The results were simply amazing.”

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Dileep R. Yavagal, M.D.

Dileep R. Yavagal, M.D.

Neurologist Helps Establish New Standard of Care for Acute Stroke Treatment

A new treatment strategy for stroke patients using a retrievable stent to open large arteries in conjunction with “clot-busting” medication can dramatically reduce long-term disability, according to a ground-breaking study published online April 17 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

“Many stroke patients have a sudden blockage in a major artery that cannot be eliminated by clot-busting medication alone,” said interventional neurologist Dileep R. Yavagal, M.D., associate professor of clinical neurology and neurological surgery, and director of interventional neurology at the Miller School of Medicine. “Unless the clot can be removed from the blood vessel within a few hours after a stroke, the patient may survive but have a long-term disability.”

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From left, Steven Levin, Arthur Zelent, Ph.D., Ronan Swords, M.D., Ph.D., Murray Levin, Vinessa Morgan.

From left, Steven Levin, Arthur Zelent, Ph.D., Ronan Swords, M.D., Ph.D., Murray Levin, Vinessa Morgan.

Esman Foundation Pledges Support to Sylvester

With an eye toward finding leading-edge therapies to battle cancer, representatives of The Saul and Theresa Esman Foundation recently visited the Miller School of Medicine to take a tour of facilities and meet with the researchers whose work the Foundation has been supporting.

Murray Levin, the Executive Director of the Foundation, met with Ronan Swords, M.D., Ph.D., leader of the adult leukemia program at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and researcher Arthur Zelent, Ph.D.

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Eugene R. Schiff, M.D., holding Baruch S. Blumberg Prize, with Hepatitis B Foundation president Timothy Block, M.D.. Jean Blumberg and members of the foundation board of directors.

Eugene R. Schiff, M.D., holding Baruch S. Blumberg Prize, with Hepatitis B Foundation president Timothy Block, M.D.. Jean Blumberg and members of the foundation board of directors.

Hepatitis B Foundation Honors Dr. Eugene Schiff with Baruch S. Blumberg Prize

Eugene R. Schiff, M.D., Leonard Miller Professor of Medicine, Director and Dr. Nasser Ibrahim Al-Rashid Chair in the Schiff Center for Liver Diseases and Director of the Hepatology Research Laboratory at the Miller School of Medicine, has received the Hepatitis B. Foundation’s 2015 Baruch S. Blumberg Prize.

The award, the foundation’s highest scientific honor, is a recognition of an individual’s work in hepatitis B and its medical management. It was presented to Schiff at the foundation’s annual Crystal Ball, held in Warrington, Pennsylvania, on April 17.

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Medical students who organized and volunteered at the head and neck cancer screening.

Medical students who organized and volunteered at the head and neck cancer screening.

Inaugural Head and Neck Cancer Screening Draws Hundreds

As part of National Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week, the University of Miami medical students and faculty in the Department of Otolaryngology’s Division of Head and Neck Surgery, hosted free, community head and neck cancer screenings on April 15-17. Of the several hundred people who were screened, about 60 people were recommended for further evaluation and screenings and several others were recommended for immediate evaluations.

“I applaud our students, residents and faculty for staging this well-attended event to screen for head and neck cancer,” said Fred F. Telischi, M.D., professor and James R. Chandler Chair of Otolaryngology, who noted that the turnout for screenings was especially gratifying. “We know that early detection yields improved outcomes and that these tumors are related not only to smoking but also to the human papilloma virus.”

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Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., speaks with medical students about their future.

Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., speaks with medical students about their future.

Miller School Again Named Second-Most-Affordable Private Allopathic Medical School

Once again, the Miller School of Medicine has made the top tier of the “Most Affordable Medical Schools’ rankings published by U.S. News & World Report. Among private allopathic medical schools, which grant M.D. degrees, the Miller School, at $42,610 for annual costs, is second only to Baylor College of Medicine in the 2016 rankings. When osteopathic medical schools, which grant D.O. degrees, are also included, the Miller School ranks fifth. The average annual cost across all ranked medical schools is $51,000.

“Attending medical school can be very expensive,” said Richard S. Weisman, Pharm.D., professor of pediatrics and Associate Dean for Admissions. “Keeping the cost of tuition and fees reasonable is a priority at the Miller School. By keeping the cost of attendance as low as possible, we hope to attract students who otherwise would not be able to consider us.”

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Sandra L. Lemmon, Ph.D., left, with M. Brian Blake, Ph.D.

Sandra L. Lemmon, Ph.D., left, with M. Brian Blake, Ph.D.

UM Graduate School Honors Dr. Sandra Lemmon

The University of Miami Graduate School recognized its top graduate students, faculty, and staff at the 2014-2015 Graduate Awards Ceremony, including the Miller School’s Sandra L. Lemmon, Ph.D., professor of molecular and cellular pharmacology and Director of the M.D./Ph.D. program, as the Outstanding Graduate Program Director.

Noting that the ceremony, held April 10 on the Moss Terrace at the Student Activities Center, allows the UM community to celebrate the work of all of its graduate students, faculty, and staff, M. Brian Blake, Ph.D., Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School, congratulated all of the 60-plus nominees “for their accomplishments that continually enhance graduate education at the University.”

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Kenneth Rudd, Ph.D., left, and Murray Deutscher, Ph.D.

Kenneth Rudd, Ph.D., left, and Murray Deutscher, Ph.D.

Researchers Uncover New Information About E. coli Gene Expression

Miller School of Medicine investigators conducting collaborative research using a K-12 laboratory strain of E. coli bacteria have uncovered new information regarding its gene expression that may assist in the development of an intervention strategy for clinical variants of E. coli and similar bacteria.

Their findings were published online April 16 in an article, “A Role for REP Sequences in Regulating Translation,” in the academic journal Molecular Cell.

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Eduard Tiozzo, Ph.D.

Eduard Tiozzo, Ph.D.

UM Researchers Find HIV Patients Have Higher Prevalence of Metabolic Syndrome

Researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have discovered that HIV-infected patients being treated with antiretroviral therapy have higher incidences of Metabolic Syndrome than in previously reported HIV cohorts. Lead author Eduard Tiozzo, Ph.D., an American Heart Association Fellow, found that one in three participants in the Healthy Living for Better Days program, an exercise training and nutrition education community program for HIV patients at the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center, had had Metabolic Syndrome (MetS).

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Eric Peterson, M.D., left, with Dan Brooks.

Eric Peterson, M.D., left, with Dan Brooks.

UHealth Neurosurgeon Relieves Florida Firefighter’s Mysterious Pain

Dan Brooks, an Indian River County firefighter and father of four, is not one to complain easily. Six years ago, he began experiencing pain on the side of his face. At first, it came and went, but over time the searing pain grew more intense and occurred more frequently.

“It would come out of nowhere,” said the lieutenant who lives in Sebastian. “Sometimes I would be in a restaurant or even at a fire and suddenly I’d be on my knees. The other guys would say, ‘Let’s just get him back to the firehouse.’”

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Jay Weiss Institute Pathway students provided reproductive health training to Lotus House residents.

Jay Weiss Institute Pathway students provided reproductive health training to Lotus House residents.

Medical Students Provide Reproductive Health Classes at Local Shelter

Medical students participating in the Jay Weiss Institute Health Equity Pathway recently educated women living at Lotus House Shelter about reproductive health, contraception and safe sexual experiences.

Under the supervision of Sonjia Kenya, Ed.D., M.S., M.A., assistant professor of general medicine, Director of Community Health Programs at the Jay Weiss Institute and a certified sexologist, students Alexandra Garcia and Katie Snow guided the session and provided an overview of contraception options, including the risks and benefits associated with each method. Student Chethan Ramprasad also provided education about negotiating safe sexual relationships, including a discussion on HIV testing.

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The Summer Scholars Program helped sophomore Aalekhya Reddam, an avid scuba diver, decide to pursue a career in marine science while she was still in high school.

The Summer Scholars Program helped sophomore Aalekhya Reddam, an avid scuba diver, decide to pursue a career in marine science while she was still in high school.

Summer Scholars Program Gives High Schoolers Taste of College — and College Credits

Applications for this year’s Summer Scholars Program will be accepted until May 1, or until the program has reached capacity. Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible to reserve space in their preferred program.

Open to highly motivated high school juniors and seniors who can live on campus or commute from home, Summer Scholars offers six college credits in a dozen academic specialties — from marine science and digital media production to forensic investigation and theatre arts. As in past years, this year’s program, which will run from June 27 through July 17, will enable high school students to take college-level classes with their peers, learn time management skills, and explore South Florida on weekend excursions — while experiencing college life and learning from renowned University of Miami professors.

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University of Miami to Host Mental Health Summit

In honor of National Mental Health Awareness Month this May, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine will host “STOP the Stigma: A Mental Health Summit” on Saturday, May 2, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at University of Miami Hospital’s Seminar Center. The event is free and open to families, professionals and those living with mental illness.

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Create Your Own Green Team at UM

It’s more fun to work in teams, so if you are passionate about bettering the environment and willing to help make your workplace more sustainable, why not form a Green Team with like-minded coworkers? Green U provides the resources and training to help Green Teams identify priorities and projects — from reducing paper, collecting coffee grounds, seeking green lab certification, creating ECO art exhibits, promoting local food consumption, or — you decide!

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Volunteer for the 2015 Corporate Run/Walk

The 2015 Corporate Run/Walk is currently looking for volunteer event staff to assist with activities on the day of the event, Thursday, April 23. Volunteers will receive 250 Well ’Canes points if they work an 8.5-hour shift. In addition, they will receive a special edition t-shirt, a Metropass and meal.

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New ULearn Upgrade Debuts April 21

ULearn, the University of Miami’s online learning and professional development system, will provide an enhanced and engaging experience for faculty and staff. Beginning April 21, users who log into ULearn will now see a new and improved welcome page that provides greater functionality and essential features. This upgrade will simplify searches and provide easy access to user transcripts and the calendar of scheduled trainings. For questions pertaining to the system upgrade, contact UMIT at 305-284-6565.

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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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Academy of Medical Educators Call for Abstracts

The University of Miami Academy of Medical Educators is accepting abstracts and posters for our First Annual Research and Innovations in Medical Education Poster Reception. An interactive poster session and reception will be held on May 20 at Calder Medical Library, from 4 to 6 p.m. The deadline for abstract submission is May 4.

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Register Now for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation Annual Walk May 2

The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America’s Take Steps walk is the nation’s largest event dedicated to finding cures for digestive diseases. It is a casual 2-3 mile stroll to raise money for crucial research, bringing us closer to a future free from Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Over 1.6 million American adults and children are affected by these digestive diseases. While many suffer in silence, Take Steps brings this community together in a fun, energetic and supportive atmosphere.

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Have You Completed Your Workday Checklist?

Did you log in to Workday? Have you completed your checklist? If not, click on your role — Faculty, Staff, or Student Employee — now to access your checklist and complete the important tasks outlined for you. The tasks vary by role, but will include updating personal information, beneficiaries, payment elections, and more. Have questions or comments about Workday? Email a Workday expert at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Workday HR will be implemented at University of Miami Hospital on June 18.

This Week's Grand Rounds

Wednesday, April 29, 2015Dermatology Grand Rounds: "Recurrence of Disease After Kidney or Pancreas Transplants"

Wednesday, April 29, 2015Medical Grand Rounds: "Euthyroid Sick: Thyroid Dysfunction in Severely Ill Patients"

Thursday, April 30, 2015Ophthalmology Grand Rounds

Friday, May 1, 2015Neurology Grand Rounds: "When and What Type of Surgery Should be Considered for the Treatment of Intractable Epilepsy?"

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This Week's Events

Friday, May 1, 2015Dialogues in Research Ethics: "Newborn Genomic Screening: Current and Future Challenges"

Friday, May 1, 2015Friday Noon Interdisciplinary Lecture Series: "The Miami-Dade North Early Steps Program"

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