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Zane Zeier, Ph.D, Claes Wahlestedt, M.D., Ph.D., and Michael Benatar, M.D., Ph.D.

Zane Zeier, Ph.D, Claes Wahlestedt, M.D., Ph.D., and Michael Benatar, M.D., Ph.D.

Defense Department Awards ALS Drug Development Grant to Miller School Researchers

A new drug development grant from the U.S. Department of Defense will allow researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine to study potential treatments for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a neurological degenerative condition commonly called Lou Gehrig’s disease.

“Despite decades of research and dozens of clinical trials, ALS remains an incurable disease,” said Claes Wahlestedt, M.D., Ph.D., Vice Chair for Research, Leonard M. Miller Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Associate Dean for Therapeutic Innovation, and Director of the Center for Therapeutic Innovation. “Currently, the median interval from the onset of symptoms to death is three years, and the only drug with a beneficial effect is Riluzole, which only prolongs survival by several months.”

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Mauro Moscucci, M.D., M.B.A.

Mauro Moscucci, M.D., M.B.A.

Succeeding His Mentors, Mauro Moscucci Edits New Edition of Classic Cardiology Textbook

Mauro Moscucci, M.D., M.B.A., Interim Chair of the Department of Medicine and Chief of the Cardiovascular Division, is the editor of the latest edition of “Grossman & Baim’s Cardiac Catheterization, Angiography and Intervention,” a classic cardiology textbook originally co-edited by two of his mentors and used by generations of cardiologists, residents and fellows around the world.

Published by Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins and released on October 7, the 8th edition includes updated chapters and 12 new ones that reflect the rapid evolution and growing clinical use of hemodynamic data and of imaging and interventional techniques.

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Sara J. Czaja, Ph.D.

Sara J. Czaja, Ph.D.

CREATE Team Becomes First Group to Receive Jack A. Kraft Award for Innovation

Sara J. Czaja, Ph.D., Leonard M. Miller Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and the investigators of the NIH-funded Center for Research and Education on Aging and Technology Enhancement (CREATE), are the first group to receive the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society’s Jack A. Kraft Award for Innovation since its inception more than four decades ago.

Presented October 1 at the Society’s annual meeting in San Diego, the award recognizes the CREATE team for its significant social impact on technology advancements for aging populations. The Society’s mission promotes the discovery and exchange of knowledge to ensure that systems and devices of all kinds are designed with humans in mind.

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Michael Freundlich, M.D.

Michael Freundlich, M.D.

Study Identifies Cardiac-Protection Mechanisms of Vitamin D in Kidney Failure

A study led by Michael Freundlich, M.D., professor of clinical pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Nephrology, identified the renin-angiotensin system, which is known to regulate blood pressure, as a key molecular target through which vitamin D treatment improves cardiac hypertrophy in chronic kidney disease.

The study, “Paricalcitol Downregulates Myocardial Renin-Angiotensin and Fibroblast Growth Factor Expression and Attenuates Cardiac Hypertrophy in Uremic Rats,” was published online ahead of print September 26 in the American Journal of Hypertension.

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Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D., James Wilkinson, M.D., M.P.H., and Tracie L. Miller, M.D.

Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D., James Wilkinson, M.D., M.P.H., and Tracie L. Miller, M.D.

With Major Statement by the American Heart Association, Pediatric Cardio-oncology Comes of Age

Led by the Miller School’s Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D., the American Heart Association has issued a major and unprecedented scientific statement on the life-threatening or quality-of-life reducing cardiovascular problems that the growing number of childhood cancer survivors are destined to face decades after their initial treatment. Published online this week in advance of print in Circulation, the official journal of the AHA, the statement underscores the growing recognition of pediatric cardio-oncology as a legitimate and essential specialty of mainstream cardiology.

“This is a game-changer,’’ said Lipshultz, the George E. Batchelor Professor of Pediatrics, George E. Batchelor Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cardiology and Director of the Batchelor Children’s Research Institute, who published the first paper describing the latent cardiac effects in survivors of childhood cancer in The New England Journal of Medicine in 1991. “Accepting that late cardiotoxic effects of cancer survivorship are important issues is a key starting point to enhancing the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based findings and legitimizing them to those caring for survivors who have not been previously trained or made aware of these emerging issues.”

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Construction Notice: Eastbound SR 836 to NW 17th Avenue Ramp Closure

The exit ramp from eastbound SR 836 to NW 17th Avenue will be closed for toll plaza removal. The closure will take place for 8.5 hours on both Wednesday, October 9, and Thursday, October 10, from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. The ramp will close again continuously beginning Friday, October 11, at 11 p.m. and will reopen on Monday, October 14, at 5:30 a.m. Access will be permitted to emergency vehicles only during the continuous closure of the ramp.

Detour:
Motorists wishing to travel on NW 17th Avenue should exit at NW 27th Avenue and turn right. Continue south on NW 27th Avenue and turn left at NW 7th Street. Continue east on NW 7th Street to access NW 17th Avenue.

For more information, please contact Public Information Officer Shilesa Chandler at 786-877-2720 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit www.mdxway.com.

Students celebrate at last year's UM DCC Spin-A-Thon.

Students celebrate at last year's UM DCC Spin-A-Thon.

Spin to Fight Cancer at the UM DCC Spin-a-Thon

The University of Miami will host the UM DCC Spin-A-Thon, now open to faculty and staff, in conjunction with this year’s Dolphins Cycling Challenge. This year’s UM DCC Spin-A-Thon will be held on the new University Center Patio on the Gables campus on Wednesday, October 23, from 6 to 9 p.m. Each registered participant will be provided a stationary bike to join the instructor-led spin-a-thon.

Riders will receive a gift bag and T-shirt, and food will be provided. Faculty and staff can compete against one another individually or in teams to win prizes that will be awarded to the top fundraisers — all while making a difference in the fight against cancer.

Read more and find out how to register »

Pictured with Victorious, of the Heat's Xtreme Team, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center's Ana Espinosa was among the hundreds of employees who got free Heat tickets last year.

Pictured with Victorious, of the Heat's Xtreme Team, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center's Ana Espinosa was among the hundreds of employees who got free Heat tickets last year.

Give to the United Way and Get Tickets to a Miami Heat Preseason Game

There is still a chance to see the NBA champion Miami Heat in action! University of Miami faculty and staff who have made their 2013 United Way contribution, but were unable to redeem their tickets during the October 3 and 4 distribution events, will have a second opportunity to secure complimentary tickets to the October 19 preseason game vs. the San Antonio Spurs. Miami Heat representatives will distribute tickets on the medical campus on Friday, October 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Schoninger Research Quadrangle.

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Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., left, and Charles Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., lead the 2012 Out of the Darkness walk on the Coral Gables campus.

Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., left, and Charles Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., lead the 2012 Out of the Darkness walk on the Coral Gables campus.

Join “Team Iacino” in Promoting Suicide Prevention and Research at Community Walk

The Miller School of Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences are committed to raising awareness about and preventing suicide and, for the fourth year, will support the Out of the Darkness community walk sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Members of the Miller School’s “Team Iacino” will walk together to honor the memory of their dear friend and colleague, Richard Iacino, and they invite you to remember him – and all friends and loved ones lost to suicide at 9 a.m. this Sunday, October 27, on the Coral Gables campus.

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October Updates from the UM Life Science & Technology Park

The University of Miami Life Science & Technology Park, at the corner of NW 7th Avenue and 20th Street, has exclusive specials and events lined up for October.

Find out what's new at the Park »