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Glen Barber, Ph.D.

Glen Barber, Ph.D.

Miller School Researcher Selected to Lead Cell Biology and Anatomy

Glen Barber, Ph.D., professor of medicine and associate director of basic research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been named chairman of the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy. The selection comes after an extensive search by W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D., senior associate dean for Discovery Science, and the Cell Biology Chair Search Committee, at the request of Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School.

“The Miller School scientific community congratulates Dr. Barber and looks forward to working with Cell Biology as we continue to promote innovative fundamental research that drives advances in medicine,” said Dietrich, scientific director of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.

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From left, CEO Anthony Degina, Sherrill H. Hayes, Ph.D., PT, William O’Neill, M.D., Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and Melissa Tracy, M.D.,  celebrate the new programs.

From left, CEO Anthony Degina, Sherrill H. Hayes, Ph.D., PT, William O’Neill, M.D., Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and Melissa Tracy, M.D., celebrate the new programs.

Physical Therapy and Cardiac Rehab Celebrate Grand Openings at UMH

Marking a new era in patient care, Miller School and UHealth leaders, faculty and staff recently celebrated the grand openings of the refurbished and expanded Physical Therapy facility and new Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at University of Miami Hospital.

Housed in renovated, state-of-the art suites on UMH’s first floor, the new or vastly improved services are shining examples of UHealth’s commitment to patient-centered growth. As William O’Neill, M.D., executive dean for clinical affairs at the Miller School and chief medical officer of UHealth, noted, the hospital’s facilities are catching up to the skill and compassion of its caregivers.

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Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., encourages freshmen to serve the community.

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Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., encourages freshmen to serve the community.

Dean Goldschmidt Welcomes the Class of 2015

Telling most of the Class of 2015 they signed “a contract with society” by pursuing a career in medicine, Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., welcomed the Miller School’s newest students to a tradition of excellence in scientific discovery, patient care and community involvement.

“You are really at the dawn of an extraordinary journey and we are delighted you chose the Miller School of Medicine as the place for your journey,” Dean Goldschmidt told 154 of the 206 men and women in the freshmen class. “You will find that this medical school is unique. We’ll not only make you good doctors, we’ll make you good leaders. You will have an opportunity here to discover your leadership abilities and develop them to their maximum.”

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From left, Angel Brotons, Dr. Ivette Motola and Aaron McEntire discuss their new iPhone application that will help improve care for stroke patients.

From left, Angel Brotons, Dr. Ivette Motola and Aaron McEntire discuss their new iPhone application that will help improve care for stroke patients.

Gordon Center Releases Its First iPhone Application to Improve Care for Stroke Patients

The Michael S. Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education has launched its first in a series of iPhone applications to help health care providers achieve the best outcomes for stroke patients. The MEND EMS (Miami Emergency Neurologic Deficit Emergency Medical Service) application, available for download at the iTunes Apple store for only $1.99, is designed to help emergency responders assess and manage stroke patients in the field and deliver them to the hospital with a full report. A hospital version of MEND for nurses will be released soon.

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Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D.

Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D.

UM Researchers Contribute to Landmark MS Study

Scientists have identified 29 new genetic variants linked to multiple sclerosis, providing key insights into the biology of an important and very debilitating neurological disease. Many of the genes implicated in the study are relevant to the immune system, shedding light onto the immunological pathways that underlie the development of multiple sclerosis.

Researchers Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., and Jacob McCauley, Ph.D., at the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics at the Miller School, played an important role in this international effort. “We are seeing more and more genes, which we hope will lead to disease targets,” said Pericak-Vance, associate dean for Human Genomic Programs, Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Professor of Human Genomics and director of the Hussman Institute. “We hope that the identification of these new variants will one day lead to better treatment and diagnosis of this devastating disorder.”

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