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Celebrating the 2013 Batchelor Award are, from left, Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., recipient Michael S. Kapiloff, M.D., Ph.D., UM President Donna E. Shalala, and Judy Schaechter, M.D., M.B.A., Interim Chair of Pediatrics.

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Celebrating the 2013 Batchelor Award are, from left, Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., recipient Michael S. Kapiloff, M.D., Ph.D., UM President Donna E. Shalala, and Judy Schaechter, M.D., M.B.A., Interim Chair of Pediatrics.

Michael Kapiloff Wins Batchelor Award to Pursue Drug Therapies for Heart Disorders

Michael S. Kapiloff, M.D., Ph.D., a pediatrician who for 18 years has devoted his expertise and energies to developing drug therapies for intractable heart diseases, is the recipient of the prestigious 2013 Micah Batchelor Award for Excellence in Children’s Health Research for a research proposal that could lead to new treatments for a number of cardiovascular disorders.

Selected from 11 outstanding applicants from the Department of Pediatrics, Kapiloff, professor of pediatrics and Director of the Cardiac Signal Transduction and Cellular Biology Laboratory at the Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute, plans to use the $300,000 award to demonstrate that a seemingly insignificant enzyme he and his team identified could serve as a therapeutic target for treating the most commonly inherited heart defect, Familial Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM). Present in about one of every 500 people, HCM causes the heart muscle to overgrow, making it prone to heart failure and sudden death. It can be especially deadly in children and often causes sudden cardiac death in seemingly healthy young athletes.

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Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S.

Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S.

Neurology Chair Joins NIH National Advisory Council

Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., professor and Chair of Neurology and the Olemberg Family Chair in Neurological Disorders, has been appointed to the NIH’s National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council, the principal advisory body to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).

“I am excited to serve on the NINDS council and hope I can contribute to the NIH mission during these fiscally challenged times,” said Sacco, who is also Executive Director of the McKnight Brain Institute.

Sacco and the 18-member council, composed of physicians, scientists and public representatives, will be responsible for reviewing and making recommendations on grant applications to support biomedical research and research training activities.

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Physical Therapy team members are, from left, Alexyz Milian, D.P.T., Eryn Apanovitch, D.P.T., Kevin Mills, D.P.T., and Teresa Glynn, D.P.T.

Physical Therapy team members are, from left, Alexyz Milian, D.P.T., Eryn Apanovitch, D.P.T., Kevin Mills, D.P.T., and Teresa Glynn, D.P.T.

Hemophilia Patients Celebrate Fitness Day at Medical Wellness Center

Historically, hemophilia patients have rarely been able to play sports or engage in other potentially risky activities enjoyed by their unaffected peers. Teaching them how to exercise safely was the goal of “Hemophilia Fitness Day” at the Medical Wellness Center, where faculty and staff from the Department of Physical Therapy hosted an excited group of teens and young adults for a day.

Hemophilia, a hereditary disorder of the blood-clotting system characterized by a lack of one of the body’s 12 clotting factors, causes what would be a minor cut or bruise for most people to bleed excessively, threatening life or limb. But thanks to treatment advances, including intravenous infusions of clotting factor concentrates and access to dedicated hemophilia treatment centers, hemophiliacs can participate in a broader range of physical activity.

At the August 17 day of exercise and education, members of the Department of Physical Therapy — including Eryn Apanovitch, D.P.T., Kevin Mills, D.P.T., Alexyz Milian, D.P.T., and Teresa Glynn, D.P.T., Vice Chair for Clinical Services — taught participants about the benefits of exercise, how to measure their vital signs and, most importantly, condition-specific guidelines for safely participating in physical activities.

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Panel and Brainstorming Session Aim to Make Miami a Healthier Place to Live

The UM Life Science & Technology Park will host a panel discussion and brainstorming session to inspire ways to improve health in Miami. The event, part of the Knight Foundation’s “Knight News Challenge” on health, will be held Thursday, August 29, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Life Science & Technology Park.

For the challenge, innovators, healthcare professionals, entrepreneurs and community health advocates in 19 major cities across the country will vie for a share of $2 million in funding for innovative answers to the question “How might we harness data and public information for the health of communities?”

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Featured on the JumboTron are, from left, Billy the Marlin, Lee Kaplan, M.D., and patient Matt Rothstein.

Featured on the JumboTron are, from left, Billy the Marlin, Lee Kaplan, M.D., and patient Matt Rothstein.

Dr. Lee Kaplan Leads Sports Medicine Awareness Day at Marlins Park

Lee Kaplan, M.D., professor of orthopaedics and Chief of the Sports Medicine Division, attended Sports Medicine Awareness Day at Marlins Park on Friday, August 23, with patient Matt Rothstein, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Throughout the 2013 baseball season, UHealth has participated in a variety of events at the ballpark focusing on UHealth doctors, their patients’ amazing stories and the array of services available.

Joseph Panoff, M.D., assistant professor of radiation oncology, will attend the September 28th game on Children’s Cancer Awareness Day.

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Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and UM Trustee Stuart Miller cross the finish line at the 2012 Dolphins Cycling Challenge.

Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and UM Trustee Stuart Miller cross the finish line at the 2012 Dolphins Cycling Challenge.

Get Half Off Dolphins Cycling Challenge Registration by Joining Team UM Sylvester

The University of Miami will pay half of the $150 registration fee for faculty and staff who sign up to ride in the fourth annual Dolphins Cycling Challenge as part of Team UM Sylvester. The offer does not apply if you register with another team.

To take advantage of this special offer, send an email to ridedcc@miami.edu with your name, department, and telephone number.

The 2013 Dolphins Cycling Challenge, a two-day tri-county cycling event that benefits the lifesaving research and treatment programs at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, is scheduled for November 2 and 3, with routes ranging from 13 to 170 miles.

More than 1,400 cyclists participated in last year’s ride, raising $2.2 million. Shira Kastan, assistant vice president of government and community relations, and Bill Kingston, executive director of development at Sylvester, are spearheading UM’s efforts for this year’s DCC.

Early Submission Deadline

The deadline for the September 2 issue of MED is Wednesday, August 27, by noon. The University will be closed on Monday, September 1, for the Labor Day holiday.

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