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UHealth Becomes First in Southeast U.S. to Use New Heart Failure Monitoring System

Sandra V. Chaparro, M.D., holds the CardioMEMS device.

Sandra V. Chaparro, M.D., holds the CardioMEMS device.

Cardiovascular physicians at UHealth – University of Miami Health System are the first in the Southeast U.S. to implant a new miniaturized, wireless monitoring sensor to manage heart failure. The CardioMEMS HF System has been shown to reduce hospital admissions by more than one-third when used by physicians to manage heart failure. It was implanted at University of Miami Hospital, the flagship hospital of UHealth.

The CardioMEMS HF System, the first and only FDA-approved heart failure monitoring device, features a sensor that is implanted in the pulmonary artery (PA) during a non-surgical procedure to directly measure PA pressure. Increased PA pressures appear before weight and blood pressure changes, which are often used as indirect measures of worsening heart failure, a condition that affects more than 5.1 million people in the U.S.

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Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from James Potash, M.D., International Society of Psychiatric Genetics Awards Committee Chair.

Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from James Potash, M.D., International Society of Psychiatric Genetics Awards Committee Chair.

Miller School Human Geneticist Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

A leading human geneticist at the Miller School has been honored for her lifelong contribution to psychiatric disease research. The 2014 Snow and Ming Tsuang Lifetime Achievement Award, bestowed by the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics (ISPG), was presented to Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., Director of the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics and the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Professor of Human Genomics, on October 14 at the society’s World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics in Copenhagen, Denmark. The award honors a scientist who has made a major contribution to the advancement of the field of psychiatric genetics.

“I am truly honored and humbled that the ISPG has chosen me for this award,” said Dr. Pericak-Vance. “This award represents the culmination of years of teamwork and collaborations.”

Read more about Dr. Pericak-Vance »

From left are Sydney Sussman, Elaine Sussman, Donna E. Shalala, Alan W. Heldman, M.D., and Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

From left are Sydney Sussman, Elaine Sussman, Donna E. Shalala, Alan W. Heldman, M.D., and Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

Elaine and Sydney Sussman Endowed Chair in Interventional Cardiology Presented to Dr. Alan W. Heldman

Before a packed auditorium full of family, friends, and University and Miller School of Medicine leadership, longtime philanthropists Sydney and Elaine Sussman made their latest gift in the hopes of improving care for cardiovascular patients for generations to come.

The Sussmans presented the Elaine and Sydney Sussman Endowed Chair in Interventional Cardiology to Alan W. Heldman, M.D., during a dedication ceremony October 7 on the medical school campus. As wife Elaine, daughter Andrea and her partner Bill Harris looked on, Sydney Sussman spoke of the teamwork needed to transform lives through gifts like an endowed chair.

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Allan E. Rodriguez, M.D., left, and Michael A. Kolber, M.D., Ph.D.

Allan E. Rodriguez, M.D., left, and Michael A. Kolber, M.D., Ph.D.

Infectious Disease Researchers Awarded $1.2 Million to Integrate HIV Primary Care in Community Healthcare Settings

Researchers from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Division of Infectious Diseases have been awarded $1.2 million by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for a four-year project that will introduce a patient-centered medical home to integrate HIV primary care in the community healthcare setting.

Allan E. Rodriguez, M.D., and Michael A. Kolber, M.D., Ph.D., professors of clinical medicine, will lead the project, “A Comprehensive Practice Transformation Model (PTM) to Enhance Capacity and Improve Quality of Care in People Living with HIV and AIDS in Miami-Dade County.”

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Tan A. Ince, M.D., Ph.D.

Tan A. Ince, M.D., Ph.D.

Breast Cancer Researcher to Study Personalized Treatment Using Multi-Hormone Combinations

Tan A. Ince, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of pathology and member of the University of Miami’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, has received a $250,000 grant from the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) to research personalized treatment of breast tumors with multi-hormone combinations.

Ince, who is also a researcher at the Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute, focuses his clinical and research interests on the role of normal cell-of-origin in determining tumor phenotype and tumor stem cell biology and is involved in several translational research projects in breast and ovarian cancer.

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Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D.

Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D.

Researchers Discover How Depression and Aging Link to Increased Disease Risk

Psychological stress and stress-related psychiatric disorders are associated with increased risk for age-related diseases, but the molecular mechanisms underlying this relationship are unknown. An international group of researchers from Germany and the U.S. has discovered a biochemical change in a specific gene that causes this risk, a finding that may lead to improved treatments for diseases of aging.

Charles Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., Leonard M. Miller Professor and Chairman of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, is a co-author of the study which was presented at the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology congress in Berlin.

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JJ Vance internship team members are, from left, Aaron Uhlenberg, Larry Adams, Andrea Pace-Gonzalez, Derek Dykxhoorn, Ph.D., Jeffery M. Vance, M.D., Ph.D., Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., and Anthony Griswold, Ph.D.

JJ Vance internship team members are, from left, Aaron Uhlenberg, Larry Adams, Andrea Pace-Gonzalez, Derek Dykxhoorn, Ph.D., Jeffery M. Vance, M.D., Ph.D., Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., and Anthony Griswold, Ph.D.

JJ Vance Memorial Summer Internship Becomes NIH-Funded Program

Jeffery M. Vance, M.D., Ph.D., professor of human genetics and neurology and Director of the Center for Genomic Education and Outreach at the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, received a $500,000 five-year summer training grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to expand the annual JJ Vance Memorial Summer Internship in Biological and Computational Sciences, a program that provides high school students with the unique opportunity to be directly involved in scientific research.

Dr. Vance and Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Professor of Human Genomics and Director of the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, established the JJ Vance internship in 2002 at Duke University in memory of their son, Jeffery Joseph (JJ). They relocated the program to the John P. Hussman Institute in 2009, where it has continued to grow every summer. In the program’s inaugural year at the University of Miami, six students applied for five available positions. By 2014, 63 students from 30 South Florida high schools applied for 11 positions. The grant will now give 12 students the opportunity to participate in the program each year.

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Charles Vogel, M.D., accepts the proclamation from Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief recognizing October as “National Breast Cancer Awareness Month” and October 14 as “UM Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Day.”

Charles Vogel, M.D., accepts the proclamation from Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief recognizing October as “National Breast Cancer Awareness Month” and October 14 as “UM Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Day.”

Dr. Charles Vogel Receives Breast Cancer Proclamation from Broward Commissioners

In an afternoon ceremony at the Broward County Government Center in Fort Lauderdale on October 14, Charles Vogel, M.D., professor of medicine and Director of the Women’s Center at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at Deerfield Beach, received a proclamation recognizing Sylvester as one of three centers that diagnose and treat the vast majority of breast cancer patients in Broward County each year.

Vogel, an internationally renowned breast oncologist, accepted the proclamation on behalf of all women in Broward, saying, “This is a tribute to all breast cancer patients, their caregivers and all the clinical and research teams striving towards prevention and care of this disease.”

Sylvester, part of UHealth-University of Miami Health System, operates four facilities in Broward County: Deerfield Beach, Plantation, Hollywood and Coral Springs. More than 45 percent of the cancer center’s patients come from Broward and Palm Beach counties. Commissioners wore pink for the occasion in recognition of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

National Healthcare Quality Week, Oct. 19-25

The Miller School of Medicine is celebrating National Healthcare Quality Week October 19-25. The national event recognizes health care professionals who are committed to quality and patient care.

Several activities are planned across campus to emphasize our efforts and dedication to quality care for our patients. This includes UHealth Patient Experience Day, which takes place on Tuesday, October 21.

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Scientist and Pulitzer prize-winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D., Ph.D.

Scientist and Pulitzer prize-winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D., Ph.D.

Registration Open for Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s WellBeingWell Conference

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is proud to present the third WellBeingWell conference sponsored by Chico’sFAS. The one-day event will take place Thursday, November 6, at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami Hotel from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Among the highlights are keynote speakers including Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., Director of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D., Ph.D., scientist and Pulitzer prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.

With presentations from Sylvester physicians, scientists, and other nationally recognized leaders in the healthcare community, guests will be immersed in a series of panel discussions and seminars. Topics will cover a wide variety of timely cancer issues including men’s and women’s health, preventive healthcare, nutrition, exercise, genetics, clinical trials, and cancer treatment and survivorship.

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Fourth-year medical student Jason Heffley presents his second-place poster at the Future of Medicine Symposium.

Fourth-year medical student Jason Heffley presents his second-place poster at the Future of Medicine Symposium.

Future of Medicine Poster Symposium Highlights Student Ambition

The work of several University of Miami Miller School of Medicine students and residents was highlighted at the Palm Beach County Medical Society’s James J. Byrnes Future of Medicine Poster Symposium October 9 and 10 at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach.

Among them were second-year surgery resident Jessica Buicko, M.D., who won first place in the clinical vignette category for her project “Hematemesis from a Left Gastric Artery Pseudoaneurysm Secondary to an Adjustable Laparoscopic Gastric Band,” fourth-year student Jason Heffley, who won second place for his poster “Synchronous Collagenous Sprue with Gastric Adenocarcinoma,” and third-year internal medicine resident Isabel Bueno, who placed third for her poster “Toxic Shock Syndrome and Successful Use of Intravenous Immunoglobulins.”

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New CTSI Program to Provide Scientific Review to Extramural Grant Resubmissions

Investigators preparing a resubmission of their unfunded extramural grant application (A0) can apply for support for the external scientific review of their proposal.

The External Scientific Review Program for Grant Resubmissions is a mechanism developed by the Pilot and Collaborative Translational and Clinical Studies Program of the Miami CTSI to assist UM investigators in receiving consultation and feedback from experts in the field on the resubmission of their unfunded proposal that was originally scored in the “excellent range” (30 percentile or lower).

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Fourth-grade teacher Tayloria Daniels celebrates Walk to School Day with students at Hibiscus Elementary.

Fourth-grade teacher Tayloria Daniels celebrates Walk to School Day with students at Hibiscus Elementary.

WalkSafe Program Reminds Kids About Walking to School Safely

The University’s WalkSafe Program and Hibiscus Elementary in Miami Gardens co-hosted Walk to School Day – an internationally and nationally celebrated event – on October 8 along with special guests to advocate for safety and health. In addition to the general festivities, the event showcased the Walksafe Poster Contest winners and special guests Sebastian the Ibis, Burnie from the Miami HEAT, Billy the Marlin, and McGruff the Crime Dog, all of whom cheered the students on as the Norland Senior High School Band and cheerleaders led the walk around the school perimeter. The students had a wonderful time and most importantly they took home a reminder to walk to school safely.

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UM sophomore CC Schieffelin, right, with her mother Barb, who lost her battle with cancer.

UM sophomore CC Schieffelin, right, with her mother Barb, who lost her battle with cancer.

Bittersweet Success

The video Celia’s Ride, which was produced by David Sutta Photography and chronicles UM sophomore Celia Schieffelin’s bittersweet success at raising more than $40,000 for the fourth Dolphins Cycling Challenge, has been nominated for a Suncoast Emmy, in the Community Service Announcement category. Next February, Schieffelin and more than 23 members of her family will ride in DCC V in memory of her mother, Barbara, who succumbed to cancer this year. Their goal: $100,000 to support research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Learn more about DCC V, which for the first time will include a 5K Run/Walk.


Open Enrollment Continues Through October 31

Open Enrollment, which runs through October 31, is your annual opportunity to review, enroll in, or make changes to your medical, dental, flexible spending, and disability benefits. If you are currently participating in the University’s medical plan, please remember that your medical plan elections do not roll over. You must either elect or decline medical coverage for 2015 as well as confirm your smokers’ and spousal surcharge elections during Open Enrollment. If you do not, you and your covered dependents will be placed in the Aetna HRA option, and the increased smokers’ and spousal surcharges will apply for 2015.

Please visit the Open Enrollment website for more information about your 2015 benefits and the open enrollment process, and to review the webcast and live information sessions schedule.

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Join the UHealth Team at the 2014 Miami-Dade Heart Walk

This year’s Heart Walk takes place on Saturday, November 1, at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami. The fun-filled day starts at 8:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 9:30 a.m. Registration is available at www.miamidadeheartwalk.org. Be sure to select UHealth under the “Join a Team” field when registering. Choose from an existing UHealth team or create your own UHealth department team.

Participants will receive a free UHealth Heart Aware health assessment, and can enjoy breakfast and lunch, music, dancing and more. Kids can enter costume and pumpkin decorating contests, and the event is dog friendly.

UHealth participants who register for the Heart Walk will get a free UHealth dry-fit T-shirt. T-shirt distribution will take place on Tuesday, October 28, through Thursday, October 30, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the UHealth Fitness & Wellness Center, on the 9th floor of the Clinical Research Building, 1120 NW 14th Street.

November 3 Deadline for Poster Submission and Fee Waiver Application for 2015 Miami Winter Symposium

The deadline for faculty, students and staff to apply for fee waivers to attend the 2015 Miami Winter Symposium is Monday, November 3.

To apply, please complete and email the application form to William J. Whelan, D.Sc., at wwhelan@miami.edu.

The deadline for poster submissions also is November 3. If you are interested in submitting an abstract, please visit www.miamiwintersymposium.com/submit- abstract for more information.

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4th Annual Canes Spirit Day

Show your UM Pride this Homecoming! Join the Department of Auxiliary Services and Logo Licensing for the 4th Annual Canes Spirit Day on Wednesday, October 29. The goal of Canes Spirit Day is to celebrate and promote the traditions and excellence of the University of Miami. The fun-filled day will bring the campuses and community to life and build camaraderie as we share our enthusiasm and support for the University and our academic and athletic programs.

  • Wear your ORANGE & GREEN and enter the Canes Spirit Day Photo Contests for a chance to win fabulous prizes. Visit Instagram @ CanesSpirit Day or for more details go to www.miami.edu/canesspirit.
  • Join us on the Schoninger Research Quadrangle between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for prizes, giveaways, food, drinks and photos.

Follow us on Facebook at Canes Spirit Day and Instagram @CanesSpiritDay.


Ticket Distribution for 2014 Verizon Wireless Employee Day Football Game Starts This Week

Tickets go on sale today for the 2014 Verizon Wireless Employee Day Football Game, featuring the University of Miami Hurricanes versus the University of Pittsburgh Panthers on Saturday, November 29 (kickoff time TBA) at Sun Life Stadium.

This year’s Employee Day game will again feature popular UM Stadium Bucks, discounted parking for all participants, and a host of other employee-related promotions.

Read more and see the ticket distribution schedule »

UHealth Embarks on Recycling Program for a Greener U

The University of Miami Health System has recently launched a new recycling initiative with Antos Environmental, which for nearly 26 years has been helping businesses “clean up their act,” by assisting hundreds of healthcare facilities, schools and other businesses across the nation reduce or prevent pollution.

The initiative, which began last week with the implementation of desk-side recycling bins in the Clinical Research Building, will help the Medical Campus lower waste costs and expand recycling efforts. Through the program, all regular trash receptacles in office areas will be switched to single stream recycling containers. Most important is to notice the different colored liners. Clear indicates a recycling bin, a dark colored liner indicates regular trash and no liner is where papers containing confidential information should be placed to be shredded.

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Green U Tip of the Week: Set Your Computer to Sleep Mode

Left on around the clock, a single desktop computer can emit more than 1,500 pounds of CO2 into the atmosphere, directly contributing to Florida’s vulnerability to rising sea levels. So be sure to permanently set your computer to sleep or energy-saving mode, and turn it off when you leave for the day.

To help create a greener U, apply to the Office of Sustainability’s new Green Office Certification Program.

Sylvester Opens United Way Raffle

The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center has opened its raffle to support the 2014 United Way campaign.

Tickets for category one, which includes a three-day, two-night stay at the Mutiny Hotel in Coconut Grove and a $50 gift certificate to Atchana’s East West Kitchen restaurant, are $10 for one or $20 for three. Tickets in category two, which includes dinner for two at DB Bistro Moderne in Brickell with wine pairing, are $5 for one or $10 for three.

The drawing will be held on Friday, November 21. To purchase tickets, visit the Clinical Research Building, room 1542 or call April at 305-243-4889.

Department of Finance and Treasury United Way Silent Auction Now Open

The Department of Finance and Treasury’s annual United Way Silent Auction has begun online at www.miami.edu/silentauction. Prizes include brand-name electronics, airline travel vouchers, and more.

The auction is open to faculty, staff and students. Contact Travel Management at 305-284-6585 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.

Mary Sapp

Mary Sapp

Faculty and Staff Support the U: Associate Provost Keeps Her Alma Mater Moving Forward

Mary Sapp knows that financial support from faculty, employees, and alumni is a big reason the University of Miami is rising steadily in the national rankings. “These contributions play a major role in improving the quality of our educational and research programs, as well as our campus facilities,” says Sapp, M.S. ’86, associate provost for planning, institutional research, and assessment.

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UMIT Tip for National Cyber Security Month: Password Safety

This week’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month article focuses on password security. Many people find it annoying or impractical to continuously change their passwords, because they are difficult to remember and keep track of. For this reason, users often resort to creating simpler and far less secure passwords. However, these simple passwords make it easier for hackers to breach your personal information. There are techniques to help create secure passwords that can easily be remembered.

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Travel Management Hotel Spotlight: Eden Roc Miami Beach

The Travel Management Department’s October “Hotel Spotlight” focuses on the legendary Eden Roc Miami Beach. One of the icons of Miami Beach and South Florida, the Eden Roc Miami Beach puts guests close to all the action on Miami Beach.

To learn more about the Eden Roc, visit www.miami.edu/hotel-spotlight.

This Week's Grand Rounds

Wednesday, October 22, 2014Dermatology Grand Rounds: "Aesthetic Nasal Reconstruction for Mohs Defects"

Wednesday, October 22, 2014Medical Grand Rounds: "Aptamer-Targeted RNA Therapeutics: A Novel Platform for Cancer Immunotherapy"

Thursday, October 23, 2014Anesthesiology Grand Rounds: "Device Accuracy: What is Accurate Enough?"

Thursday, October 23, 2014Orthopaedic Grand Rounds: "Reverse Versus Anatomic Shoulder Arthroplasty in Octogenarians"

Thursday, October 23, 2014Ophthalmology Grand Rounds

Friday, October 24, 2014Cardiology Grand Rounds: "Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension: An Overview"

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This Week's Events

Tuesday, October 21, 2014Calder Library Training Session: Calder Library Orientation: Resources and More

Tuesday, October 21, 2014Cell Biology Seminar: "Replicating Vectors and Trojan Horses"

Wednesday, October 22, 2014Calder Library Training Session: PubMed/ MEDLINE Intermediate

Wednesday, October 22, 2014Adrienne Arsht Distinguished Speaker Series in Ethics

Friday, October 24, 2014iCan Chat: Use of Innovative Technology to Promote Language Development in Nonverbal Children with Autism

Friday, October 24, 2014Export Compliance Basics -- Live Training

Sunday, October 26, 2014XXXVI Inter-American Course in Clinical Ophthalmology

Monday, October 27, 2014Microbiology and Immunology Seminar: "Autoimmune Disorders and Inflammatory Carcinogenesis Impinged by CTLA4 Genetics"

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