e-Update: News for University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Faculty and Staff

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Antonio C. Bianco, M.D., Ph.D.

Antonio C. Bianco, M.D., Ph.D.

First Guidelines for Standardizing Thyroid Studies Issued

Over the decades, researchers have published thousands of basic science studies on the thyroid gland and thyroid hormone, but the studies lack a standard design, making it difficult to compare and apply their results to the development of improved diagnostic and treatment approaches for thyroid disease. Charged with resolving that problem, the Miller School’s Antonio C. Bianco, M.D., Ph.D., led an international task force of experts in establishing the first guidelines for standardizing studies of thyroid tissue and thyroid hormone in animal and cell models.

Convened by the American Thyroid Association (ATA), the Task Force on Approaches and Strategies to Investigate Thyroid Hormone Economy published 70 specific recommendations designed to promote the standardization of study designs and increase the comparability and reproducibility of experimental findings in the ATA’s official, peer-reviewed, open-access journal, Thyroid. The report, “American Thyroid Association Guide to Investigating Thyroid Hormone Economy and Action in Rodent and Cell Models,” is available for free on the journal’s website.

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José Szapocznik, Ph.D.

José Szapocznik, Ph.D.

Public Health Pioneer Among Top NIH-Funded Investigators

José Szapocznik, Ph.D., professor and Chair of Public Health Sciences, is ranked among the top NIH-funded investigators, making him the third highest funded public health investigator in the world and No. 100 out of more than 36,000 investigators in all fields worldwide.

Szapocznik, who in his 36-year career has racked up more than $100 million in NIH funding, received nearly $8.5 million for 2012, also making him the most highly NIH-funded faculty member at the Miller School, which is currently ranked No. 38 in NIH funding nationally.

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Mark S. Soloway, M.D.

Mark S. Soloway, M.D.

Mark S. Soloway, M.D., Receives Distinguished Career Award from International Urology Society

Mark S. Soloway, M.D., Professor and Chair Emeritus of Urology, has received the Société Internationale d’Uroloġie’s (SIU) Distinguished Career Award for his significant contributions to the clinical management and understanding of prostate, bladder, and kidney cancer over the past four decades.

Soloway, who was honored at the annual meeting of the SIU, one of the world’s major urology societies, in Vancouver, Canada, on September 8-12, began his pioneering career more than 40 years ago as a clinical fellow at the NIH’s National Cancer Institute, where he developed the first orthotopic bladder tumor mouse model. Today he is revered as an outstanding clinician and mentor to UM urology residents, fellows, junior faculty and colleagues around the world.

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Maria Rodriguez, RN, left, and Elena E. Perez, M.D., Ph.D., stand outside the Jeffrey Modell Diagnostic and Research Center for Primary Immunodeficiencies at the Miller School.

Maria Rodriguez, RN, left, and Elena E. Perez, M.D., Ph.D., stand outside the Jeffrey Modell Diagnostic and Research Center for Primary Immunodeficiencies at the Miller School.

Primary Immunodeficiencies Center Receives Continued Support to Advance Treatments

The Jeffrey Modell Foundation has renewed its partnership with the Miller School by continuing its support of the Jeffrey Modell Diagnostic and Research Center for Primary Immunodeficiencies.

Part of the Department of Pediatrics’ Division of Pediatric Immunology and Infectious Diseases, the center provides advanced diagnostics, research and therapeutic modalities for children and adolescents with primary immunodeficiency, a group of disorders arising from defects in the immune system carried by the genes and characterized by infections that can be recurring, debilitating and chronic.

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Sawsan Khuri, Ph.D., Director of Engagement at the Center for Computational Science and assistant research professor of computer science, discusses bioinformatics at the boot camp.

Sawsan Khuri, Ph.D., Director of Engagement at the Center for Computational Science and assistant research professor of computer science, discusses bioinformatics at the boot camp.

CTSI Holds Translational Research Boot Camp

The Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) hosted its popular boot camp last week to expose fellows, residents and junior faculty interested in developing their research careers to the importance of making science relevant and beneficial to patients.

The Foundations of Translational Research Boot Camp, a five-day lecture series which began on September 9, took place at the Robert and Judi Prokop Newman Alumni Center on the Coral Gables campus and featured 23 accomplished senior research leaders from the University of Miami who shared their expertise on topics including grant writing, community-based participatory research, commercialization of innovations, research infrastructure and research ethics.

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Acupuncture Services Now Offered at UHealth Reproductive and Fertility Center

The UHealth Reproductive and Fertility Center at University of Miami Hospital has added acupuncture therapy to the comprehensive array of services it offers patients seeking treatment for fertility disorders, including unexplained infertility and repeated pregnancy losses.

“We are delighted to be able to offer acupuncture therapy from a specialist with a vast knowledge of the reproductive disorders field,” said George Attia, M.D., associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology and Director of the UHealth Reproductive and Fertility Center, and the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, in welcoming acupuncturist Jessica Ellerman, M.S., to the center staff. “When appropriately applied, acupuncture can benefit many patients with infertility issues, including unexplained infertility, low ovarian reserve, elevated follicle stimulating hormone, spasmed tubes, luteal phase defect, and polycystic ovarian syndrome.”

Ellerman, who earned her Master of Science from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, is certified to practice acupuncture in California, Maryland, and Florida. She looks forward to teaming up with the center’s nutritionist and physicians with special expertise in female and male fertility, polycystic ovarian syndrome, thyroid disorders, endometriosis and hormonal imbalances, to continue improving the center’s rate of successful pregnancies, one of the highest in the nation.

In addition to its location in University of Miami Hospital’s Suite 5, the UHealth Reproductive and Fertility Center now has an office in Broward County at UHealth at Plantation, 8100 S.W. 10th Street, Plantation, FL, 33324. To schedule an appointment, please call 305-243-8642.

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Construction Alert: Temporary Relocation of Eastbound State Road 836 Exit Ramp to NW 17th Avenue

Faculty, staff, students and other visitors to the medical campus who use the NW 17th Avenue exit from eastbound State Road 836 will be rerouted beginning this week to a new temporary exit ramp. Starting Thursday morning, September 19, eastbound drivers on State Road 836 who use the NW 17th Avenue exit will need to remain in the right high-speed SunPass lane and travel under the overhead toll structure before veering right to access the relocated exit ramp. Once on the ramp, motorists will be routed to the north or south exactly as they were before. The Miami-Dade Expressway Authority is converting the toll plaza to SunPass only, and already has removed all cash lanes. The original exit will reopen once construction in the toll area is complete.

Incident Reporting System Expands to Advance Professionalism Campus-Wide

The Miller School’s Physicianship Incident Reporting System, an information gathering database that for eight years has provided systematic feedback on professional behavior to students, has been expanded to include faculty, residents and staff. The system also serves as a direct link to leadership and administrators to inform them of conduct unbecoming of academic, community and future physicians or other professionals.

Managed by the Office of Medical Education, the secure system includes an online form and a recently established 24-hour hotline for reporting incidents.

“The Miller School is committed to upholding the utmost professionalism, expected from all members of the institution, including faculty, staff, students and trainees,” said Alex J. Mechaber, M.D., associate professor of medicine and Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education, who oversees the system with Ana Campo, M.D., professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and Associate Dean for Student Affairs.

A quick link to the reporting system is available on the Miller School homepage or can be accessed via the Medical Education website.

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Team UM United Way Hits the Ground Running

The Team UM 2013 United Way campaign is under way. With a goal of $1 million to support education, financial stability, and the health of children and families in the community, faculty and staff still have the opportunity to make their contributions benefiting the United Way of Miami-Dade.

Members of the Department of Radiology got a head start in supporting Team UM at the UPS 5K on Saturday, September 7, when the University was recognized as a Bronze level sponsor. Ty Subhawong, M.D., assistant professor of clinical radiology, led the team, which finished in third place for the male ages 30-34 group.

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Have a Bite and Help Fight Cancer

Support the Dolphins Cycling Challenge and Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center with your next catering order from Corporate Caterers.

Now through October 31, the company will donate ten percent of University catering orders to the DCC, benefiting Sylvester and its cancer research efforts.

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