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The University of Miami celebrates the grand opening of the Life Science & Technology Park.

The University of Miami celebrates the grand opening of the Life Science & Technology Park.

UM Life Science & Technology Park Grand Opening Today

The much-anticipated debut of the University of Miami Life Science & Technology Park has arrived. Today, President Donna E. Shalala and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., presided over the grand opening ceremony, joined by a wide range of partners who worked closely with the University to complete the first phase of the technology park, which will transform Miami into a hub for biotechnology and leading-edge translational science.

“The University of Miami Life Science & Technology Park is going to lead the way in biomedical research for South Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean Basin,” said Dean Goldschmidt. “This state-of-the-art complex will push research to new heights and help us advance new therapies and preventive strategies for patients around the world, while transforming Miami into a world-class destination for research, technology and the absolute best, most compassionate medical care.”

The celebration, which will include a ceremony and tours, will mark the official opening of the first building of the UM Life Science & Technology Park (UMLSTP). Built by private developer Wexford Science & Technology, LLC, and located at the intersection of Northwest 20th Street and 7th Avenue, R+D One, as the first building is known, is being called a plus for the historic neighborhood. The 252,000-square-foot building houses wet and dry labs, offices, lab-ready development suites, and retail space – all intended to help knowledge-based research and product development teams foster innovation and commercialize technology for public use and benefit.

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Thomas Hooton, M.D., looks on as Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., receives his annual flu shot from Sandra Chen Walta, DNP, ARNP.

Thomas Hooton, M.D., looks on as Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., receives his annual flu shot from Sandra Chen Walta, DNP, ARNP.

Free Flu Shots Come with Opportunity to Contribute to a Better Vaccine

Miller School and UHealth students and employees can do their part for science this flu season when availing themselves of the free influenza vaccinations that are now available without an appointment at employee health offices across campus and at future health fairs.

Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and Thomas M. Hooton, M.D., professor of clinical medicine and medical director of infection control and employee health for UHealth, hope protecting patients, the public, and their families health, in addition to their own health, will be incentive enough for employees and students to make this year’s vaccination campaign the most successful to date.

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Stephan Züchner, M.D., is the recipient of the 2011 Hope for Vision Scientist of the Year award.

Stephan Züchner, M.D., is the recipient of the 2011 Hope for Vision Scientist of the Year award.

Dr. Züchner Receives Hope for Vision Scientist of the Year Award

Hope for Vision, an organization that funds scientific research to develop treatments and cures for blinding retinal diseases, honored Stephan Züchner, M.D., director of the Center for Human Molecular Genomics at the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics and associate professor in the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics, with the “Scientist of the Year” award at its Party with a Purpose on September 10.

In 2010, Dr. Züchner and a team of UM researchers identified the genetic cause of the retinitis pigmentosa that blinded three of Betti and Carlos Lidsky’s four children. This was achieved by a collaborative effort between the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, and the Departments of Biology and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The investigators found a new biochemical pathway associated with retinitis pigmentosa that holds promise for developing new avenues of therapeutic interventions.

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David A. Lubarsky, M.D., MBA

David A. Lubarsky, M.D., MBA

Lubarsky Named CEO of UHealth Physician Practice

David A. Lubarsky, M.D., MBA, the Emanuel M. Papper Professor and Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Medicine and Pain Management, has been named Chief Executive Officer of the UHealth Physician Practice and Associate Vice President for UHealth Practice Administration. The newly created role is a critical link in propelling UHealth to the next level and will fully support all facets of the growing business practice of UHealth physicians.

“I’m extremely excited about taking on this new role,” says Lubarsky, who points out that the size of the UHealth practice has doubled over the past five years. “We have a clear need for a stronger multidisciplinary focus and standardized business practices. While we already have some of the greatest and most dedicated physician experts in the world, we have not yet realized the benefit of our greatest competitive advantage, our ability to coordinate the care of every patient.”

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Fall 2011 Emergency Notification Network Test

In honor of National Preparedness Month, the University of Miami will conduct a full scale test of its Emergency Notification Network (ENN) sometime during the week of September 26. The test will take place at an undisclosed date and time between Monday, September 26, and Friday, September 30. The intent is to create a realistic test of the physical and electronic systems, as well as the active roles of personnel. All messages sent as part of this test will clearly indicate that it is a test.

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Faculty Senate Award Nominations

Each year, the Faculty Senate recognizes exceptional efforts in three key areas of academia. UM faculty members are encouraged to submit nominations for the prestigious James W. McLamore Outstanding Service Award, Outstanding Teaching Award, and the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award.

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Funding and Research

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