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Front, Diana Cardenas, M.D., M.H.A. Back row, Larry Brooks, Ph.D., left, and Mark Nash, Ph.D.

Front, Diana Cardenas, M.D., M.H.A. Back row, Larry Brooks, Ph.D., left, and Mark Nash, Ph.D.

Rehabilitation Medicine Team Wins Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems Grant

A research team in the Miller School’s Department of Rehabilitation Medicine has been awarded a federal Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems (SCIMS) grant for more than $2 million over the next five years. The grant, funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Department of Education, is aimed at moving spinal cord research forward by studying the course of recovery and outcomes following the delivery of a coordinated system of care for spinal cord injury patients.

The Miller School is among 14 sites nationally that were awarded the prestigious SCIMS grant through a highly competitive selection process. Diana D. Cardenas, M.D., M.H.A., professor and chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, the grant’s principal investigator, will serve as project director. Co-principal investigators Larry Brooks, Ph.D., a neuropsychologist who is assistant professor of rehabilitation medicine, and Mark Nash, Ph.D., professor of neurological surgery and rehabilitation medicine, will serve as co-directors.

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Daniel Armstrong, Ph.D.

Daniel Armstrong, Ph.D.

UM’s Daniel Armstrong Named Chair/President of American Cancer Society in Florida

Daniel Armstrong, Ph.D., has been elected the 2011-12 chairman of the board and president of the American Cancer Society, Florida Division. In this role, he will oversee the governance body for all American Cancer Society activities in Florida.

“Dr. Armstrong brings tremendous skills to this position,” said Ralph DeVitto, chief executive officer for the Florida Division. “He understands the complex issues involved in the fight against cancer and has tremendous capacity to help us develop strategies to advance our life-saving mission. We are very fortunate to have someone of his caliber in this position.”

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Tracie Miller, M.D., presented at the Miller School's first Obesity Symposium, which she organized.

Tracie Miller, M.D., presented at the Miller School's first Obesity Symposium, which she organized.

Faculty and Community Exchange Ideas at First UM Obesity Symposium

Various drumbeats drawing attention to the critical and growing problem of obesity melded at the Miller School on October 10 during the University of Miami Obesity Symposium, an inaugural event organized by Tracie Miller, M.D., professor of pediatrics and epidemiology. The event brought together Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and other physicians and scientists from across UM who are working on obesity-related issues, and members of the local government and community who are also concerned about the region and nation’s alarming obesity rates.

“In 15 years we have seen dramatic increases in the rates of obesity in this country,” said José Szapocznik, Ph.D., chair of epidemiology and public health and executive dean for research and research training. “As a consequence we will have in the years to come a burden on our health care system as well as a financial burden.”

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Front row, Katherine Swidarski, M.P.H, left, and WalkSafe intern Jasmine Reid. Back row, Anabel Anon, program coordinator, left, and Gillian Hotz, Ph.D.

Front row, Katherine Swidarski, M.P.H, left, and WalkSafe intern Jasmine Reid. Back row, Anabel Anon, program coordinator, left, and Gillian Hotz, Ph.D.

WalkSafe Program Addresses Student Safety and Health on International Walk to School Day

On October 5, faculty and staff from the WalkSafe program at the Miller School promoted student safety and wellness as they celebrated International Walk to School Day at Charles R. Drew Elementary School. Approximately 300 students walked and rolled to school along with parents, teachers and community leaders.

Under the direction of Gillian Hotz, Ph.D., associate research professor of neurological surgery, WalkSafe marked its 10th year of expanding its research initiatives and program efforts. Since 2003, the school-based educational program has been mandated in every public school in Miami-Dade County and reaches more than 150,000 children.

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Gerardo Pinero, left, and Robert Chavez review one of the many market analysis reports OPA produces.

Gerardo Pinero, left, and Robert Chavez review one of the many market analysis reports OPA produces.

Office of Planning and Analysis Expands Services

When departments are looking to expand services or hire high-level faculty, they now often enlist the Office of Planning and Analysis (OPA). Since it opened in 2009, the OPA has been playing a role in a wide range of Miller School and UHealth endeavors that require expert strategic planning and analysis.

To boost analytical efficiency and allow for analysis of the South Florida health services market, OPA recently acquired a population-based research system with data reported by hospitals, ambulatory care centers, and emergency departments to the state Agency for Health Care Administration, as well as demographic details from Nielsen-Claritas, a market research organization.

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UHealth’s New Pain Management Center Opens

On Monday, October 17, the Multidisciplinary Pain Management Center, part of the new UHealth Institute for Advanced Pain Management, opened its doors to patients across the UHealth system. The new center, located in the Medical Wellness Center, will bring together physicians and other experts in various disciplines to diagnose, treat and manage chronic pain.

Partnering in a coordinated plan of care are clinicians from anesthesiology, neurology, rehabilitative medicine, physical therapy, psychiatry and behavioral sciences and integrative medicine, all supporting varied approaches to helping patients alleviate their chronic pain. In addition, the Center will incorporate the Wellness Center services and staff as part of its comprehensive best practices clinical model.

To find out more, visit the pain management website, or call 305-243-7711.

Submit Your Name for Sylvester’s New Supportive Oncology Services by October 21

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center/UMHC is still accepting name suggestions for its new supportive oncology services program, which provides patients and their loved ones a range of support and complementary care services by calling one number – 305-243-4129.

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