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Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., left, and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., who served as honorary co-chairs of the event, walked in support of Team Iacino.

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Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., left, and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., who served as honorary co-chairs of the event, walked in support of Team Iacino.

Miller School Supports Suicide Awareness and Prevention at Out of the Darkness Walk

Nearly 1,300 relatives, friends and colleagues of people who have died by suicide gathered on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus Sunday for the Out of the Darkness walk, sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The Miller School’s Team Iacino, walking in memory of Richard A. Iacino, the Dean’s Chief of Staff, brought together more than 100 people dedicated to raising awareness of suicide and strengthening efforts to prevent it.

“We lose someone to suicide every 15 minutes in the U.S. — and the rates are going up,” said Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., Leonard M. Miller Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. “We have lost more veterans to suicide than to combat.”

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Jeffrey P. Brosco, M.D., Ph.D.

Jeffrey P. Brosco, M.D., Ph.D.

Mailman Center LEND Grant Renewed for Fifth Time

The Mailman Center for Child Development has been awarded a grant for $4.3 million over five years by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Maternal Child Health Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Training Program. LEND is directed by Jeffrey Brosco, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pediatrics, and Danny Armstrong, Ph.D., professor and associate chair of pediatrics and director of the Mailman Center, where the program has been federally funded for more than 19 years.

For the second five-year cycle, the Mailman Center earned the top score (103 on a scale of 100) among all applicants on its LEND grant renewal application. The training program prepares future leaders to apply advanced clinical knowledge and skills to maternal and child populations that have, or are at risk for, neurodevelopmental and related disabilities.

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Kristine O’Phelan, M.D., left, and Michael Nares, M.D.

Kristine O’Phelan, M.D., left, and Michael Nares, M.D.

Miller School Physicians Recognized as Organ Donation Heroes

Two Miller School faculty, Michael Nares, M.D., assistant professor of clinical pediatrics, and Kristine O’Phelan, M.D., associate professor of clinical neurology, were honored at the Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency’s 9th Annual Luminaire Gala this month for their dedication to making the “miracle of life” possible.

Nares, the fellowship director of pediatric critical care medicine and director of the pediatric intensive care unit at Holtz Children’s Hospital, was recognized as Physician of the Year for assisting the Life Alliance with the clinical management of donors, collaboratively approaching families for consent, coordinating needed tests, facilitating physician orders, and increasing organ viability.

O’Phelan, the chief of the Neurocritical Care Division and co-director of the Neurosciences Critical Care Unit, was honored as the Donation Champion for devoting her personal time to physician education and key hospital donation meetings, facilitating family discussions and donor management, and always being available for alliance staff.

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Claudia A. Martinez Bermudez, M.D., was one of the speakers at the 2011 M3 International Conference, which brought together other worldwide leaders in cardiovascular disease.

Claudia A. Martinez Bermudez, M.D., was one of the speakers at the 2011 M3 International Conference, which brought together other worldwide leaders in cardiovascular disease.

International Cardiovascular Conference Highlights Emerging Therapies in Heart Disease

On October 3, international leaders in heart disease gathered at the Fontainebleau Hotel on Miami Beach for the M3 2011 International Cardiovascular Conference.

Among the highlights of the three-day conference were UM research trials on percutaneous aortic valve replacement and renal denervation for resistant hypertension. Attendees also got a glimpse of future interventional tools through a summary of first-in-man, pre-FDA data.

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From left, Jay Nerang, president of the Minority Business Enterprise Input Committee; Beatrice Louissaint, president of the SFMSDC; Nerissa Morris, vice president of human resources; Sophia Galvin, director of UM’s Business Development Program; and Erasmos Acostas, chairman of the board of directors for the SFMSDC.

From left, Jay Nerang, president of the Minority Business Enterprise Input Committee; Beatrice Louissaint, president of the SFMSDC; Nerissa Morris, vice president of human resources; Sophia Galvin, director of UM’s Business Development Program; and Erasmos Acostas, chairman of the board of directors for the SFMSDC.

UM Wins Local Corporation of the Year Award

The Southern Florida Minority Supplier Development Council honored the University of Miami as the Local Corporation of the Year for its supplier diversity program at the council’s 36th Annual Awards Gala on September 23. The campus-wide program was nominated by a minority-owned business and competed against Baptist Health South Florida, Miami Dade College, FPL and Broward College.

The Local Corporation of the Year is the highest award presented by the Council to recognize organizations in South Florida that consistently demonstrate a commitment to women and minority business development and have or are striving to establish world-class supplier diversity programs.

Nerissa Morris, vice president of human resources accepted the award on behalf of the University.

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Join Us at the 2011 Miami-Dade Start! Heart Walk This Saturday

The perfect opportunity to help prevent heart disease by exercising is right around the corner. The American Heart Association’s annual Miami-Dade Start! Heart Walk will take place on Saturday, October 29, at Florida International University, 11200 SW 8th Street, Miami. Festivities will begin at 9 a.m. and the walk will start at 10 a.m.

The half-day event includes a 5K walk and run, and a fun festival area for the entire family with breakfast and lunch provided. Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., will serve as the ambassador for the American Heart Association, and staff from UHealth and the Michael S. Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education will provide demonstrations on the newest basic life support guidelines.

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University of Miami ‘Canes Kids Police Academy

The University of Miami Police will host the first-ever ‘Canes Kids Police Academy on Veterans’ Day, Friday, November 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., on the Coral Gables Campus. It will be a fun-filled and life skills experience for children ages 10 to 12. The event also will help generate funds for the United Way of Miami-Dade.

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