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Mary Bartlett Bunge, Ph.D., is the sixth UM faculty member to be elected to the Institute of Medicine.

Mary Bartlett Bunge, Ph.D., is the sixth UM faculty member to be elected to the Institute of Medicine.

The Miami Project’s Mary Bartlett Bunge Elected to the Institute of Medicine

Mary Bartlett Bunge, Ph.D., professor of cell biology, neurological surgery and neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine, an extraordinary honor that reflects the height of professional achievement and commitment to service in health and medicine.

Bunge, who joined the UM faculty 24 years ago, has worked for nearly four decades on the Schwann cell, which she and her late husband, Richard Bunge, M.D., determined to be a key to helping repair damaged spinal cords. Her work with Schwann cells has led to numerous discoveries, and is now central to The Miami Project’s phase one clinical trial to evaluate the safety of transplanting the Schwann cells of recently paralyzed patients into the site of their injury. This work will serve as a foundation for future cell replacement and regeneration trials at The Miami Project.

Read more about Dr. Bunge »

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Michael S. Kapiloff, M.D., Ph.D.

Michael S. Kapiloff, M.D., Ph.D.

Key Link Between Heart Enzyme and Sudden Cardiac Death Uncovered in Study by Michael S. Kapiloff

A Miller School researcher has identified a key linkage between a little-known enzyme and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, an inherited heart defect that can be deadly in children and cause sudden cardiac death in seemingly healthy young athletes.

“Our laboratory study points the way to potential new therapeutic strategies for improving cardiac function and reducing the toll of heart failures,” said Michael S. Kapiloff, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pediatrics and Director of the Cardiac Signal Transduction and Cellular Biology Laboratory at the Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute. His research was supported by a grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Read more about the study »

Ira Karmin, M.D.

Ira Karmin, M.D.

Ira Karmin Appointed Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Ira Karmin, M.D., who as interim chair for the past two years has guided the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology through a period of great transition, has been appointed to the permanent position of chair.

“Ira stands out in all of his roles — as a skilled surgeon and dedicated clinician, a tireless advocate for women’s and children’s health and a role model to residents and students — and we are delighted to have his leadership at the helm of a department that has been providing excellent women’s healthcare across the state and around the world for more than half a century,” said Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School of Medicine, and CEO of the University of Miami Health System.

Read more about Dr. Karmin »

Joshua M. Hare, M.D.

Joshua M. Hare, M.D.

Joshua Hare Wins Grant to Take Stem Cell Experiments to Space

Through his groundbreaking research that showed stem cell therapies repair damaged hearts, the Miller School’s Chief Science Officer Joshua Hare, M.D., already shattered the earthly view that heart muscle cannot rejuvenate. Now, armed with a new grant from the organization that manages research aboard the International Space Station, Hare is ready to expand his stem cell therapy research to the final frontier – outer space.

Hare, the founding director of the Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute and the Louis Lemberg Professor of Medicine, is among seven stem cell researchers across the nation who this week were awarded up to $300,000 each for the opportunity to use the space station’s unique environment to explore “the impact of microgravity on fundamental stem cell properties.”

Read more about the space proposal »

After seeing a patient aboard the ORBIS Flying Hospital, Richard K. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., discusses the case with ORBIS staff. <em>Photo courtesy of Geoff Bugbee</em>

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After seeing a patient aboard the ORBIS Flying Hospital, Richard K. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., discusses the case with ORBIS staff. Photo courtesy of Geoff Bugbee

Bascom Palmer Ophthalmologist Richard K. Lee Helps Fight Blindness at 30,000 Feet

Richard K. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of ophthalmology at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, was among 40 healthcare providers and specialists who brought much-needed eye care to patients in Panama aboard the world’s only airborne ophthalmic training and treatment hospital.

Dedicated to saving sight in underdeveloped countries, the ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital, a converted DC-10 aircraft equipped with operating, recovery, audiovisual and laser treatment rooms, includes a 48-seat classroom where healthcare professionals gather for lectures, discussions and live broadcasts of surgical procedures by visiting faculty. Lee, who is committed to furthering Bascom Palmer’s long history of providing national and international humanitarian service, was invited to be a visiting faculty member in September.

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A “Celebration of Life” service in honor of UM alumnus and trustee Nicholas A. “Nick” Crane, who passed away recently, will be held Friday, October 25.

A “Celebration of Life” service in honor of UM alumnus and trustee Nicholas A. “Nick” Crane, who passed away recently, will be held Friday, October 25.

Celebration of Life for Trustee Nicholas Crane on October 25

A “Celebration of Life” service in honor of UM alumnus and trustee Nicholas A. “Nick” Crane, who passed away recently, will be held Friday, October 25, at 2 p.m. at the Robert and Judi Prokop Newman Alumni Center on the Coral Gables campus. The UM community is welcome to attend.

A two-time graduate (B.B.A. ’51 and J.D. ’53), Crane was a devoted father and grandfather, a successful businessman, and a caring community leader.

“Nick Crane was thoughtful, smart, and just plain nice. He never gave up on his community or his beloved ’Canes. He will be missed,” said University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala.

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From left are Paolo Romanelli, M.D., Gabriella Fabbrocini, M.D., and Eduardo de Marchena, M.D., Associate Dean for International Medicine.

From left are Paolo Romanelli, M.D., Gabriella Fabbrocini, M.D., and Eduardo de Marchena, M.D., Associate Dean for International Medicine.

Renowned Italian Dermatologist to Deliver Cancer and Epidemiology Prevention Program

The Miller School’s Paolo Romanelli, M.D., associate professor of dermatology and cutaneous surgery, has invited renowned dermatologist Gabriella Fabbrocini, M.D., associate professor of dermatology at the University of Naples Federico II in Italy, to deliver a special Cancer and Epidemiology Prevention Program on Wednesday, October 30.

The event, scheduled from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Clinical Research Building, room 1539, is part of a Memorandum of Understanding for education, training and research collaborations between the University of Miami’s International Medicine Institute and the University of Naples Federico II, which was facilitated by Romanelli a year ago.

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From left are the Southern Florida Minority Supplier Development Council’s President Beatrice Louissaint, Lourdes Jordan, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, and Jay Narang, Chair of the Minority Business Enterprise Input Committee; UM’s Rudolph “Rudy” Green and Sophia Galvin, Director of Inclusion Programs; and Erasmo Acosta, Chair of the Council’s Board of Directors.

From left are the Southern Florida Minority Supplier Development Council’s President Beatrice Louissaint, Lourdes Jordan, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, and Jay Narang, Chair of the Minority Business Enterprise Input Committee; UM’s Rudolph “Rudy” Green and Sophia Galvin, Director of Inclusion Programs; and Erasmo Acosta, Chair of the Council’s Board of Directors.

A Humanitarian Honor

The Southern Florida Minority Supplier Development Council awarded the University of Miami the Doing Well While Doing Good Humanitarian Award at its 38th annual awards gala held at Jungle Island on September 27. The award honors large corporations, government agencies, and educational institutions for making a difference in the local community. UM’s civic and philanthropic initiatives, combined with its longstanding commitment to the development of minority and women business enterprises, set the institution apart from the other nominees.

Rudolph “Rudy” Green, UM vice president and chief compliance officer, accepted the award on behalf of the University. “Given the stature of the other nominees for the Doing Well While Doing Good Award, I was extremely proud to accept the honor on behalf of the University,” said Green. “Though I’ve been here just a few months, I’ve had repeated reminders of UM’s unflagging commitment to the community and am excited to be part of an organization with such a strong service orientation.”

The UHealth Travel Clinic is open to the public and UM employees by appointment.

The UHealth Travel Clinic is open to the public and UM employees by appointment.

UHealth Travel Medicine Clinic Moves to New Campus Location

The UHealth Travel Medicine Clinic has relocated to the third floor of University of Miami Hospital and Clinics, room 3039, from the Professional Arts Center. The clinic, which is open to the public and UM faculty and staff who need itinerary-specific medical advice and vaccinations for themselves and their dependents for any international travel, including business, personal or educational trips, will continue to operate every Thursday between 1 and 5 p.m.

Though located in UMHC, the clinic is a non-hospital based clinic and hospital fees will not apply. Coverage is based on individual insurance plans and a co-pay may or may not apply.

Read more about scheduling an appointment »

Next Phases of the Enterprise Resource Planning Initiative Have Begun

The next phases of the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) initiative have begun! The first phase of the initiative, already underway, is replacing the student information system with Oracle’s PeopleSoft Campus Solutions. The next phase includes the implementation of Workday Human Resources and Workday Finance. The new system will integrate all of UM’s student information, human resources, and financial systems into one administrative system.

The Workday system, designed for speed, usability, and flexibility, and accessible wherever you are, will support business transformation and improve access to data. This project will impact each and every one of us at the University, and many of our business processes will evolve as we continue to create a more secure, efficient, and effective way to deliver services to our faculty, staff, and students.

Check out the video to see what Workday can do for you!

For additional information and continuing project updates, please visit: miami.edu/erp.

Celebrate ’Canes Spirit Day on November 7

Show your UM Pride this Homecoming. Join the Department of Auxiliary Services, Logo Licensing, for the Third Annual ’Canes Spirit Day, which will be celebrated Thursday, November 7, with activities on all three campuses. The goal of ’Canes Spirit Day is to celebrate and promote the traditions and excellence of the University of Miami. This fun-filled day is designed to bring the campuses and community to life and build camaraderie as faculty, staff, and students support the University’s academic and athletic programs.

Stop by between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the Foote University Green on the Coral Gables campus, Schoninger Research Quadrangle on the Miller School campus, and the Commons on the RSMAS (marine) campus for prizes, giveaways, and free food, drinks, and your ’Canes Spirit Day photo.

Wear orange and green, and enter the ’Canes Spirit Day Photo Contest for a chance to win fabulous prizes. Visit www.miami.edu/canesspirit for more details. Like ’Canes Spirit Day on Facebook.

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 »

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.

Read more about the Out of the Darkness walk »

Sign Up for This Year’s AHA Heart Walk

Sponsored by UHealth, this year’s American Heart Association’s Heart Walk is expected to draw more than 5,000 walkers to Marlins Park this Saturday, October 26, beginning at 8 a.m. If you are interested in joining the UHealth or University of Miami Hospital team, please register at www.miamidadeheartwalk.org.

UHealth’s UHealthAware screenings will be available for walkers so they know their risk for heart disease, vascular disease, stroke, sleep disorders, and spine pain. The Medical Wellness Center staff also will be at the UHealth booth and will lead the walkers in warm-up routines.

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