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The team implementing UChart at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center includes, standing left to right, Sharon Wester, Jason Lassen, Stephanie Ragin-Prophete, Francis Toussaint, Sam Phelps, Joan Gant, Dennis Golbourne, Sonia Beckford, Carmen Bello, Cathy Banos, Wayne Bloom, Joseph Freyre, Rene Lindenberg, Kiva Purrier, and Carol Hurrie. Seated are Ray Crespo, Steve Alpers, Chantal Dumas, Tamiko Gibson, and Anna Ferguson.

The team implementing UChart at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center includes, standing left to right, Sharon Wester, Jason Lassen, Stephanie Ragin-Prophete, Francis Toussaint, Sam Phelps, Joan Gant, Dennis Golbourne, Sonia Beckford, Carmen Bello, Cathy Banos, Wayne Bloom, Joseph Freyre, Rene Lindenberg, Kiva Purrier, and Carol Hurrie. Seated are Ray Crespo, Steve Alpers, Chantal Dumas, Tamiko Gibson, and Anna Ferguson.

UChart Implementation to Begin at Bascom Palmer and Sylvester

After a 2010 roll out on the medical campus, UChart is ready to be implemented at two of the Miller School’s specialty hospitals, where advanced patient care, documentation and communication are primary goals.

Starting in the summer of 2014, the ophthalmology-specific UChart module Kaleidoscope will be deployed at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. Additionally, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center/University of Miami Hospital and Clinics will begin using UChart Inpatient and Computerized Physician Orders Entry (CPOE) on the wards, as well as transitioning to the Beacon module for chemotherapy management. The radiology systems also will be upgraded to the UChart Radiant module.

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John E. Lewis, Ph.D.

John E. Lewis, Ph.D.

Research Shows Further Evidence of Enhanced Nutrition Benefits

In a study led by John E. Lewis, Ph.D., associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, researchers have further proven the benefits of enhanced nutrition in improving cognitive and immune functioning among healthy older adults.
Published in the February issue of BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the study, “A Double-Blind, Randomized Clinical Trial of Dietary Supplementation on Cognitive and Immune Functioning in Healthy Older Adults,” demonstrated several significant and isolated improvements with two dietary supplements — Ginkgo Synergy plus choline and OPC Synergy plus Catalyn.

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Yosef Itzhak, Ph.D.

Yosef Itzhak, Ph.D.

Research Finds Long-Term Methamphetamine Exposure in Mice Affects Offspring

A study by three Miller School researchers has found that long-term methamphetamine exposure in mice affects the cognitive development, behavioral characteristics and epigenetics in the hippocampus of their offspring — possibly for generations.
The study, “Long-Term Parental Methamphetamine Exposure of Mice Influences Behavior and Hippocampal DNA Methylation of the Offspring,” authored by Yossef Itzhak, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences; Ian Ergui, an undergraduate student at the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics; and Juan I. Young, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics, was published in the February 18 edition of the journal Molecular Psychiatry.

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José Szapocznik, Ph.D., welcomes graduate students and faculty, including Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., right.

José Szapocznik, Ph.D., welcomes graduate students and faculty, including Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., right.

Public Health Sciences Annual Poster Session Gains Momentum

The Department of Public Health Sciences hosted its second annual Springboard and Global Health Scholar Awards Poster Session, showcasing innovative public health projects by 34 M.P.H. and M.D./M.P.H. students who tackled critical public health issues around the world.
The grants, totaling more than $80,000, provided funding for students who wish to pursue innovative public health research or practice through global public health research, service, or public health field work.

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Register for the SunSmart 5K Run/Walk

Do you think you can outrun Dean Goldschmidt or keep up with 2012 U.S. Olympian Manuel Huerta? Are you interested in getting a free skin cancer screening from Miller School dermatologists? If so, then come on out to the 5th Annual SunSmart 5K Run/Walk, a non-profit event created and hosted by Miller School students. The run/walk will be held along the beautiful shoreline of Crandon Park on Key Biscayne at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 22. The $25 registration fee includes professional timing, a t-shirt, breakfast food, giveaways, prizes, medals and parking. The main beneficiary of the event is the School’s Ana Fund Melanoma Research Program. Visit the event website at sunsmart5k.com for more information or to register. Donations are welcome; more information can be found on the website. Please contact second-year medical student Joe Kaplan at 631-560-3112 or jkaplan1@med.miami.edu with any questions.

Starbucks to Open Second Location on Medical Campus at Calder Library

Serving its world-famous coffee, delicious handcrafted beverages, and tasty pastries, Starbucks opens on the main floor of the Louis Calder Memorial Library on Tuesday, February 25, becoming the popular chain’s second store on the medical campus and fourth overall at UM. The first opened at University of Miami Hospital last November.

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the Calder Library Starbucks will be held at noon on February 25, led by Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

Starbucks will be open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

UM Pediatrics Partners with the WGC Cadillac Championship

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics has announced its 2014 partnership with the PGA Tour at this year’s WGC Cadillac Championship. Through the PGA’s Tickets Fore Charity program, the Department of Pediatrics will benefit from 100 percent of the net proceeds from ticket sales purchased using their unique code: GRIP14.

Defending champion Tiger Woods will return to the newly renovated Trump Doral Resort and Golf Club Wednesday, March 5, through Sunday, March 9, joining many other top names in golf. Tickets are just $30 for the general grounds pass and $175 for the clubhouse whole week pass, which allows you to explore Donald Trump’s stunning new clubhouse at Doral along with other special gifts.

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