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Using Skype, David Andrews, M.D., discusses the pathology laboratory at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare with chief medical technologist Roberte Destin. She will visit Miami soon to observe the Miller School and Jackson Memorial pathology labs.

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Using Skype, David Andrews, M.D., discusses the pathology laboratory at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare with chief medical technologist Roberte Destin. She will visit Miami soon to observe the Miller School and Jackson Memorial pathology labs.

A Year Later, Miller School Hearts Remain in Haiti

On Wednesday, a year to the day since Haiti’s devastating earthquake refocused their lives, the Miller School’s Enrique Ginzburg, M.D., and Gillian Hotz, Ph.D., will meet in Port-au-Prince with leaders from the American College of Surgeons international program and other universities to coordinate the education and training of critical care health professionals for the hemisphere’s most beleaguered nation.

And on Thursday, they hope to finalize the architectural plans that will double the 45 beds at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare and add an education center to train Haitian health professionals in critical care, eventually ending their pivotal roles, and those of fellow Miller School faculty, who are overseeing Haiti’s first and only critical care, trauma and rehabilitation hospital with a $2.7 million grant from the American Red Cross.

Haiti Anniversary Candlelight Vigil
On Wednesday, January 12, the Miller School will pause to remember the victims of the earthquake in Haiti at a special event on the Schoninger Research Quadrangle, beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Two medical student groups, Caneshare and Physicians for Human Rights, are sponsoring the event, which will begin with music, followed by a moment of silence at 4:53 p.m., the time the earthquake struck Port-au-Prince.
The official program will get underway at 5 p.m. with several speakers, including Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and will close with a candlelight vigil at 6 p.m.
For more information, contact Morgan Mandigo at mmandigo@med.miami.edu or 561-441-8195.

 

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The apprentices are, seated from left, Irene Hung, Andrew Vinard and Melissa Gerdes. Standing behind them are, from left, Robert Chavez, M.B.A, Elaine Van der Put, Ph.D., Sheela Dominguez, C.R.A., and Ana Claudia Mazzini e Drigo.

The apprentices are, seated from left, Irene Hung, Andrew Vinard and Melissa Gerdes. Standing behind them are, from left, Robert Chavez, M.B.A, Elaine Van der Put, Ph.D., Sheela Dominguez, C.R.A., and Ana Claudia Mazzini e Drigo.

Office of Planning and Analysis Launches Apprentice Program

The Office of Planning and Analysis is looking for a few more good men and women within the UHealth system and the Miller School to join its new “Apprentice Program,” which begins this month.

Unlike the popular television reality show, apprentice hopefuls are not at risk of being fired. Rather, the junior or middle managers selected will get an opportunity to devote 10 percent of their regular employee hours over a six-month span (about 100 hours) to learning one of three tracks: business planning, faculty recruitment or market analytics.

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Ralph Sacco, M.D., professor and chair of neurology, Robert Cornfeld, D.D.S., his wife Judith, and  Carlos Singer, M.D., professor of neurology and chief of the Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders, were all on hand for the ground breaking.

Ralph Sacco, M.D., professor and chair of neurology, Robert Cornfeld, D.D.S., his wife Judith, and Carlos Singer, M.D., professor of neurology and chief of the Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders, were all on hand for the ground breaking.

Donor’s Generosity Advances Neurological Research at the Miller School

On January 4, the Department of Neurology held a groundbreaking and luncheon for the Robert M. and Judith K. Cornfeld Neuroimaging Research Program, which will be housed in the Clinical Research Building and a new wing on the rear south side of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. A grant from Robert Cornfeld, D.D.S., and his wife Judith provided the funds to build space for a new 3T GE MRI that will be leased by the University of Miami Hospital and Clinics.

The MRI is the first at the University dedicated to neurological research and will help advance research on Parkinson’s Diseases and other movement and cognitive disorders. Recent studies have found that MRI and FMRI results might provide valuable insights before disease onset, allowing for early treatment.

Construction is expected to be complete by the end of summer, with the new wing at Sylvester expected to open this fall.

Bruce R. Troen, M.D.

Bruce R. Troen, M.D.

Dr. Bruce Troen Named Interim Chief of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine

Bruce R. Troen, M.D., professor of medicine, has been named interim chief of the Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine at the Miller School. He is taking over responsibilities from Bernard A. Roos, M.D., who is stepping back from administrative duties to focus on his research.

“I am delighted Bruce has agreed to take on this responsibility,” said Marc Lippman, M.D., professor and chair of medicine, in making the announcement. “His vision for developing more widespread geriatric initiatives throughout the medical center will greatly increase the impact of geriatrics at our medical school.”

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Global Business Forum Sessions Streaming Live

The stage is set Thursday and Friday for the University of Miami Global Business Forum, which will feature top business and government leaders, including Kathleen Sebelius, the U.S. secretary of health and human services; Jeffrey R. Immelt, chairman and CEO of General Electric; Thomas M. Ryan, chairman and CEO of CVS Caremark; and Margaret Hamburg, commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, among others.

Several of the key sessions at the Global Business Forum, including panels hosted by Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., will be streamed live to the medical campus. On Friday, January 14, Dean Goldschmidt will moderate the plenary panel session titled “Managing Conflict of Interest: The Patient-Centric View” from 8 to 9:15 a.m. and host a panel session titled “Coping with a New Landscape of FDA Regulations: The Patient-Centric View” from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.

Anyone interested in watching selected live sessions can go to the Lois Pope LIFE Center, seventh-floor auditorium to view the live webcast. The following sessions will stream live:

Thursday, January 13
8:15 to 9:15 a.m. — Opening Plenary, Kathleen Sebelius
9:30 to 10:30 a.m. — Margaret Hamburg and UM President Donna E. Shalala
12:30 to 2 p.m. — Luncheon Speaker James Forbes
4 to 5:30 p.m. — Signature Panel, Quest Diagnostics NOTE: This session will stream live in the Rosenstiel Medical Science Building, third-floor auditorium.

Friday, January 14
8 to 9:15 a.m. — Opening Plenary, Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.
9:30 to 10:45 a.m. — Second Panel, Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.
12:30 to 2 p.m. — Luncheon Speaker, Arthur Agatston, M.D.
4 to 5:30 p.m. — Closing Keynote, Jeffrey R. Immelt, and Thomas Ryan

Justice O'Connor visits Bascom Palmer

Justice O'Connor visits Bascom Palmer

Groundbreaking Research at Bascom Palmer Catches the Eye of Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice

Sandra Day O’Connor may have left the bench, but the former U.S. Supreme Court justice remains active. O’Connor, who was the first woman on the nation’s highest court, paid a special visit to UM’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute on January 3, learning about the eye hospital’s cutting-edge research. O’Connor has a special interest in retinal degeneration and Alzheimer’s disease. Eduardo C. Alfonso, professor and chair of Bascom Palmer, hosted Justice O’Connor at the Mary and Edward Norton Library of Ophthalmology.

Above, from left, are Vittorio Porciatti, director and vice chair of research of the Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Vision Research Center at Bascom Palmer; Margaret Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., professor and director of the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics; Jeffery M. Vance, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics; Justice O’Connor; Jeffrey L. Goldberg, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of ophthalmology; Adrienne Arsht, philanthropist and UM trustee; and Bascom Chair Eduardo Alfonso.

A free shuttle for patients starts January 17.

A free shuttle for patients starts January 17.

New Patient Shuttle Starts Monday on the Medical Campus

Beginning Monday, January 17, it will be easier for patients to visit a UHealth/Miller physician. Let your patients know that they can park at the Clinical Research Building garage, located at 1120 NW 14th Street, for $4 – half the regular price – and ride the Miller School’s new air-conditioned shuttle bus to their appointments. Currently, the service will be available only for patients with appointments at University of Miami Hospital, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and University of Miami Hospital and Clinics.

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Early Deadline for Submissions

Because of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday on Monday, January 20, the deadline for the January 21 issue of e-Update is Wednesday, January 15, by noon.

UM Fire Prevention Program Policy Reminder

The Office of Environmental Health and Safety would like to remind all UM employees that under the University’s Fire Prevention Program (BSD-150), space heaters are not allowed in any University owned or operated facility.

Help keep the University a safe place to work. Take your space heaters home. For more information, please visit the Office of Environmental Health and Safety website or e-mail Christine Daley at c.daley@miami.edu.

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