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Ivette Motola, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Division of Prehospital and Emergency Healthcare, shows Major General Philip Volpe, D.O., the Gordon Center's human simulators.

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Ivette Motola, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Division of Prehospital and Emergency Healthcare, shows Major General Philip Volpe, D.O., the Gordon Center's human simulators.

Miller School Enlists Military in More Research Partnerships

With the goal of showcasing its research infrastructure and expanding its long and productive relationship with the U.S. Department of Defense, the Miller School recently hosted campus visits by several top-ranking medical defense officials, including two generals and President Obama’s White House physician, and is planning for return visits early next year.

The campus tours of the Miller School this fall by both the Army’s Surgeon General and its top medical training commander followed a visit this summer by Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and Omaida Velazquez, M.D., Interim Executive Dean for Research, Research Training and Innovative Medicine, to Major General James K. Gilman, the commander of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command at Fort Detrick in Maryland.

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Antoni Barrientos, Ph.D.

Antoni Barrientos, Ph.D.

Researchers Discover Mechanism Linked to Cellular Respiration

In a study published in the December issue of Cell Metabolism, Miller School scientists have uncovered a system that regulates the formation of the terminal oxidase protein complex required for cellular respiration. The system involves a heme-mediated oxygen sensing mechanism that also was found to regulate the mitochondrial respiratory chain’s function as the powerhouse of the cell.

Led by senior author Antoni Barrientos, Ph.D., associate professor of neurology and biochemistry and molecular biology, the researchers discovered that the activity of a conserved yeast cytochrome c oxidase translational activator and assembly factor is regulated by heme B, defining a homeostatic mechanism that links the formation and activity of the respiratory chain to the availability of oxygen via the oxygen-regulated heme biosynthetic pathway.

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Stephen Symes, M.D., discusses the medical evaluation process at the Human Rights Clinic asylum workshop.

Stephen Symes, M.D., discusses the medical evaluation process at the Human Rights Clinic asylum workshop.

Miller School Team Hosts Human Rights Clinic Workshop

On a recent day in November, a group of Miller School physicians, residents and M.D./M.P.H. students turned their attention from medicine to human rights. Led by Stephen Symes, M.D., associate professor of medicine, members of the Human Rights Clinic of Miami held a workshop on the Miller School campus to help people fleeing persecution in their country of origin seek protection in the U.S.

Every year, thousands of individuals who have suffered violence, injustice, and torture abroad seek asylum in the United States. To assist those seeking asylum in South Florida, Symes and the Human Rights Clinic of Miami (HRC) team offer free medical and psychological evaluations and subsequent legal affidavits that document the individual’s suffering. Although 90 percent of asylum cases with medical evaluations are approved, most asylum-seekers do not have one due to a lack of qualified volunteer physicians and psychologists.

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A worker helps ready the sleep center’s new home at Bascom Palmer.

A worker helps ready the sleep center’s new home at Bascom Palmer.

UHealth Sleep Center Is Moving to Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

The UHealth Sleep Center will move this January from the National Parkinson Foundation to a newly renovated facility at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.

To be located on the fifth floor of the nation’s No. 1 ranked eye hospital, the sleep center will feature a state-of-the-art sleep laboratory and extra space, including six sleep study rooms and consultation rooms, to accommodate its growing patient base. The center will be staffed by a multidisciplinary team to enhance patient care.

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Holiday Newsletter Schedule

This is the last issue of the newsletter for 2012. The next issue of e-Update will be published on Wednesday, January 2. Please take this into consideration when submitting items for possible inclusion.

The Medical Communications and Marketing team wishes you a safe and happy holiday season.

Pasha’s Restaurant to Close for Renovation Dec. 20

Pasha’s restaurant and the surrounding amenities in the Clinical Research Building will be closed starting Thursday, December 20, while Facilities Design and Construction renovates the space. The closure will not affect access to the Medical Wellness Center. The project manager estimates the renovated café will reopen and be ready for service on January 7.

If you have any questions, please contact Nicholas Blanco at 305-243-8378.