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From left, Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.; UM President Donna E. Shalala; U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen; CTSI director Jose Szapocznik, Ph.D.; and Guerda Nicolas, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of educational and psychological studies, at the CTSI announcement Monday at the Life Science and Technology Park.

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From left, Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.; UM President Donna E. Shalala; U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen; CTSI director Jose Szapocznik, Ph.D.; and Guerda Nicolas, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of educational and psychological studies, at the CTSI announcement Monday at the Life Science and Technology Park.

Grant Catapults UM into Consortium Dedicated to Turning Discoveries into Therapies

The University of Miami has been awarded a prestigious $20 million grant that has the power and promise of transforming the institution, the community, and all of South Florida into a hub for turning scientific discoveries into practical solutions and treatments that improve the health of the diverse region — and beyond.

Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Clinical and Translational Science Award establishes the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute and places the University among an elite consortium of 60 nationally prominent research institutions charged with accelerating the translation of biomedical discoveries into new therapies for patients, engaging communities in clinical research, and training a new generation of researchers who are better prepared to resolve the complex health problems of an increasingly diverse nation.

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Steven Newman, M.D.

Steven Newman, M.D.

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Appoints Executive Director for Clinical Affairs

Steven B. Newman, M.D., a hematologist/oncologist with more than 30 years of clinical, operational and administrative experience, has been appointed executive director for clinical affairs at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and director of clinical services for the Division of Hematology/Oncology in the Miller School’s Department of Medicine. Newman will see patients at Sylvester in Miami and focus on improving access to cancer care at Sylvester across South Florida.

“My goals are to integrate the satellites in Plantation, Kendall and Deerfield Beach with the medical campus in Miami and create a model of excellent care throughout the health system with expanded access to clinical trials and other services throughout the South Florida community,” Newman said.

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Joel Danisi, M.D.

Joel Danisi, M.D.

Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine Offering New Services at Inpatient and Outpatient Clinics

The Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine has opened two new clinics to serve South Florida’s aging population both in the hospital and the community. The division now offers geriatric consultations to patients at University of Miami Hospital who are 65 or older and admitted to medical and surgical services. The division also established Geriatrics and Healthy Aging Clinics at University of Miami Hospital and Clinics to provide outpatient services.

Under the leadership of Clinical Director Joel Danisi, M.D., associate professor of clinical medicine (pending rank), the clinics provide comprehensive consultations and evaluations to address the multiple and complex issues many aging patients face.

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Neil Schneiderman, Ph.D.

Neil Schneiderman, Ph.D.

Dr. Neil Schneiderman Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Neil Schneiderman, Ph.D., the James L. Knight Professor of Psychology, professor of medicine, psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and biomedical engineering, and director of the University’s Behavioral Medicine Research Center, was awarded the International Society of Behavioral Medicine’s (ISMB) Lifetime Achievement Award on August 29 at the society’s 12th International Congress of Behavioral Medicine.

One of the founders of the field of behavioral medicine, Schneiderman has served on UM’s faculty since 1965, teaching and leading major scientific investigations, including basic biobehavioral research, randomized clinical trials and population-based multicenter epidemiological studies. He is principal investigator of the Miami Field Center of the NIH’s multicenter, longitudinal Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos, the largest NIH study of Hispanic/Latino health in the United States.

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From left, Coleen Atkins, Ph.D., W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D., and Helen M. Bramlett, Ph.D.

From left, Coleen Atkins, Ph.D., W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D., and Helen M. Bramlett, Ph.D.

Miami Project to Cure Paralysis Receives NFL Research Grant

The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis is among 15 organizations that will share more than $1.5 million in grants awarded by NFL Charities September 11 for sports-related medical research, mostly in the area of concussion prevention and treatment.

W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D., the Miami Project’s Scientific Director and professor of neurological surgery, neurology, and cell biology and anatomy, and colleagues Helen Bramlett, Ph.D., associate professor of neurological surgery, and Coleen Atkins, Ph.D., assistant professor of neurological surgery, received the grant from the National Football League’s charitable foundation to further investigate the effects of mild hyperthermia – an increase in temperature – on the brain after mild traumatic brain injury. The researchers have previously reported that a mild increase in brain temperature either before or after a mild injury increases the severity of the injury to a moderate injury.

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