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

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Joshua M. Hare, M.D.

Joshua M. Hare, M.D.

Clinical Studies Show Stem Cell Line is Effective

Building on a trailblazing body of work in stem cell research at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, an interdisciplinary team led by Joshua M. Hare, M.D., Director of the Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute, revealed the results of two pioneering studies in cardiac stem cell therapy during oral presentations at the American Heart Association national convention held in Dallas November 18 and 19.

Both studies build on Hare’s scientific and clinical research in the field of cardiac stem cell therapy. “The results of these studies,” said Hare, Chief Science Officer at the Miller School, “show that mesenchymal stem cells can have a major impact on cardiac care.”

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Thomas M. Hooton, M.D.

Thomas M. Hooton, M.D.

Study in NEJM Suggests Updated Approach to Diagnosing UTIs

Urinary tract infections account for millions of outpatient visits each year, and half of women report having had at least one occurrence by age 32. Many have experienced multiple occurrences of this bacterial infection that leads to tens of millions of courses of antimicrobial therapy in the U.S. A new study from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine sheds light on the accuracy of midstream urine cultures used to determine treatment.

In a study published in the November 14 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, Thomas M. Hooton, M.D., professor of medicine and Clinical Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases, led a team of researchers who more accurately determined the diagnostic value of voided midstream urine cultures. The study, “Voided Midstream Urine Culture and Acute Cystitis in Premenopausal Women,” involved researchers from the University of Washington School of Medicine in addition to the Miller School.

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Starbucks Opens at University of Miami Hospital

UM President Donna E. Shalala cuts the ribbon opening the new Starbucks in the lobby of University of Miami Hospital on Monday. She is joined by, from left, Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School of Medicine and CEO of UHealth; Aileen M. Ugalde, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of the University; UMH CEO Dan Snyder; Sebastian the Ibis; Joe Natoli, Senior Vice President for Business and Finance and Chief Financial Officer; and John R. Shipley, Vice President of Finance and Treasurer.

Hospital employees joined the leadership team in celebrating the arrival of Starbucks, which will be open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Standing, from left, are Huijun Yuan, M.D., Ph.D., Lina Shehadeh, Ph.D., Nanette Bishopric, M.D., Claudia Rodrigues, Ph.D., M.S., Jing Liu, M.D. Kneeling are Salil Sharma, Ph.D., left, and Sumit Jain, Ph.D.

Standing, from left, are Huijun Yuan, M.D., Ph.D., Lina Shehadeh, Ph.D., Nanette Bishopric, M.D., Claudia Rodrigues, Ph.D., M.S., Jing Liu, M.D. Kneeling are Salil Sharma, Ph.D., left, and Sumit Jain, Ph.D.

Study Identifies MicroRNAs Regulating Cardiac Blood Vessel Growth During Hypertrophy

In a study published November 13 in PLOS ONE, Miller School researchers have identified a family of microRNAs that control the enlargement of blood vessels in the heart during stress.

Led by senior author Nanette H. Bishopric, M.D., professor of medicine, pediatrics and pharmacology and Director of the UM Cardiovascular Genomics Laboratory, the study, “MicroRNA-20a constrains p300-driven myocardial angiogenic transcription by direct targeting of p300,” identifies the microRNA miR-20a as a natural mechanism that specifically targets and inhibits expression of p300 acetyltransferase, a nodal regulator of the cardiac hypertrophic response.

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Eden Martin, Ph.D.

Eden Martin, Ph.D.

Hussman Institute Researchers Collaborate on First Genomic Survey of Multiple Hispanic Populations

A study co-led at the Miller School by Eden Martin, Ph.D., professor in the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics, has identified a wide diversity of ancestry within and between Hispanic populations, findings that could lead to more targeted gene discovery for the group.

Published November 14 in PLOS Genetics, the study, “Reconstructing the Population Genetic History of the Caribbean,” is the first genomic survey to focus on multiple populations of Caribbean descent and underscores the importance of characterizing admixed populations in genetic studies at finer scales.

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UM President Donna E. Shalala presents Neurology Grand Rounds.

UM President Donna E. Shalala presents Neurology Grand Rounds.

UM President Donna E. Shalala Receives Standing Ovation for Neurology Grand Rounds

UM President Donna E. Shalala presented Neurology Grand Rounds, “Views on Health Care Reform and the Impact on Academic Medical Centers,” Friday, November 8, in the Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education, Broad-Bussel Auditorium. Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., professor and Chair of Neurology and the Olemberg Family Chair in Neurological Disorders, invited President Shalala to speak to neurology residents and faculty about her observations of the Affordable Care Act.

“How lucky we are to have such a resource to give us the whole picture,” said Carly Oboudiyat, M.D., Chief Resident for Neurology.

The President spoke for forty minutes before taking questions and receiving a standing ovation.

Nilda Peragallo Montano, Dr.PH., RN, opens the summit in University of Miami Hospital's Seminar Center.

Nilda Peragallo Montano, Dr.PH., RN, opens the summit in University of Miami Hospital's Seminar Center.

UM Empowers Nurses at Statewide Summit

The University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies and University of Miami Hospital co-hosted the South Florida Satellite Center of the Florida Blue Foundation and Florida Action Coalition’s 2013 Statewide Nursing Summit at UMH. University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala delivered the summit’s keynote address via simulcast from the main location at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

“I can think of no better time to be a nurse,” President Shalala said. “To take a large step in social policy, you need consensus, and nurses are the key to this process. We are entering the golden age of nursing.”

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TeamUM United Way Invites You to Dunk & Dine

Celebrate another successful University campaign to support the United Way on Friday, November 22, by visiting TeamUM United Way’s first Dunk & Dine, an event featuring cuisine from local food trucks and the chance to dunk UM leaders in a tank of water on the Miller School campus.

Faculty, staff, and students can buy tickets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Schoninger Research Quadrangle to test their skills at dunking the likes of Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School; Joe Natoli, Senior Vice President for Business and Finance and CFO; Steven Falcone, M.D., M.B.A., Interim Executive Dean for Clinical Affairs, Interim Chief Executive of the UHealth Clinical Practice and Chief Executive of the University of Miami at Jackson Memorial Hospital; and Nerissa Morris, Vice President for Human Resources. All proceeds will benefit the United Way.

For a full schedule and details on the featured food trucks, download the event flier.

Register Now for Clinical Nutrition & Integrative Approaches to Chronic Conditions Conference Series

Integrative and Complementary Academic Medicine Programs (iCamp) will host the 2014 Clinical Nutrition and Integrative Approaches to Chronic Conditions Conference Series January 4 to May 17 at the Courtyard Marriott, 200 SE 2nd Avenue, downtown Miami.

The conference brings together nationally recognized experts to provide training to physicians and other allied health professionals interested in incorporating nutrition-related medicine and integrative therapies into their clinical practice.

Special rates for UM, Jackson and VA employees are available. For more information, visit icamp.med.miami.edu or call 305-243-4751.

Discounted Registration Still Available for 2014 Miami Winter Symposium

Due to an overwhelming number of applications, registration waivers for the 2014 Miami Winter Symposium, “The Molecular Basis of Brain Disorders,” have been filled, but University faculty, staff and students can still take advantage of discounted rates. The discounted rate for students is $300 and the rate for faculty and staff is $500.

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