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Evadnie Rampersaud, M.S.P.H., Ph.D.,  will use the grant to study cardiovascular disease risk factors in women.

Evadnie Rampersaud, M.S.P.H., Ph.D., will use the grant to study cardiovascular disease risk factors in women.

UM Researcher Receives Grant to Improve Women’s Health

Evadnie Rampersaud, M.S.P.H., Ph.D., received $100,000 from the Forum on Women’s Health (FWH) to study the genomic response to exercise on cardiovascular disease risk in multi-ethnic working women. Dr. Rampersaud received the grant as a result of a call for proposals from the organization, a group of 225 women in Broward and Palm Beach counties dedicated to sharing lifesaving medical information with women.

“It is truly an honor to have been selected by the Forum on Women’s Health,” says Rampersaud. “By improving the health of women, we can ultimately improve the health of entire families. I will use this award to help my research team identify molecular gene expression signatures that result from long-term exercise in women.”

Rampersaud’s study will follow 100 women who have already completed three months of the Hussman Institute for Human Genomics’ Genetics, Exercise and Research (GEAR) program, which seeks to identify treatments for people at increased risk of cardiovascular disease and other related conditions. Dr. Rampersaud and Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., are co-principal investigators and work with a team of other researchers in the GEAR program.

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William O'Neill, M.D. (pictured) and Alan Heldman, M.D., were investigators in the national transcatheter aortic valve implantation (PARTNER trial).

William O'Neill, M.D. (pictured) and Alan Heldman, M.D., were investigators in the national transcatheter aortic valve implantation (PARTNER trial).

Research by Miller School Cardiologists Makes National List

A number of studies led by Miller School cardiologists make up this year’s list of top cardiovascular research recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The top 10 major advances in heart disease and stroke research have been compiled each year since 1996. For the first time, this year there are two separate lists.

Among the top advances in heart disease research are basic science studies which include stem cell therapy. One study, led by Joshua Hare, M.D., professor of medicine and director of the Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute, showed that mesenchymal stem cells have the ability to repair scarred myocardium by promoting the generation of new heart muscle and blood vessels. That study was published in Circulation Research.

Read more on the AHA/ASA top research for 2010 »

Watch the Breakthrough Medicine Blitz

The Breakthrough Medicine series will be airing Saturdays in January at 7 p.m. on Channel 10 (ABC-WPLG). The new year blitz will begin with the Emmy Award-winning “Stem Cell Therapy: Healing Force of the Future” on January 8 and we will premier our newest episode, “Weight-Loss Surgery: Embarking on a Life-Saving Journey,” on January 22. This episode will be followed by a live web chat which will give participants an opportunity to communicate with our bariatric surgeon Nestor de la Cruz-Muñoz, M.D., chief of the Division of Laparoendoscopic and Bariatric Surgery and co-director of the Center of Excellence for Laparoscopic and Minimally Invasive Surgery. Please reference the chart below for all episode air dates and times.

Read more about upcoming episodes of Breakthrough Medicine »

From left, faculty members Hilda Pantin, Ph.D., and Guillermo Prado, Ph.D., celebrate the Familias Unidas program with Deborah Montilla, of Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

From left, faculty members Hilda Pantin, Ph.D., and Guillermo Prado, Ph.D., celebrate the Familias Unidas program with Deborah Montilla, of Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

Familias Unidas Intervention Launched in 24 Middle Schools

Although they have been involved with and seen the positive results from Familias Unidas for many years, Guillermo Prado, Ph.D., and Hilda Pantin, Ph.D., are still pleased every time partners in the intervention program describe how much it has stabilized the lives of youngsters who were making poor decisions.

The associate professors of epidemiology and public health were equally delighted – and humbled – recently when social workers and trust specialists with Miami-Dade County Public Schools gathered at the Miller School’s Clinical Research Building for a dinner celebrating the newest chapter in the decades-long partnership between the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health and the school district: the introduction of Familias Unidas into 24 Miami-Dade middle schools to serve 744 Hispanic students and their primary caregivers.

Read more about Familias Unidas in Miami-Dade schools »

Basic Science Chairs Launch Discovery Science Grand Rounds

The basic science department chairs at the Miller School will host the Discovery Science Grand Rounds the second Thursday of each month starting January 13 from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Lois Pope LIFE Center, seventh-floor auditorium. A 20-minute reception will precede each lecture.

See the schedule for upcoming Discovery Science Grand Rounds »

Annual Performance Evaluations Due This Month

All employees must receive their annual performance evaluations before April 29 as supervisors must submit completed evaluations to their departmental human resources representatives and managers by April 29. All performance evaluation ratings must be entered into DHRS by HR representatives and managers no later than May 2.

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Funding and Research

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