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Pamela Rauseo, who used CPR to save her 5-month-old nephew's life, stands with Jackson Health System CEO Carlos Migoya and UM President Donna E. Shalala as Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho receives instruction from nursing student Karolina Wiech.

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Pamela Rauseo, who used CPR to save her 5-month-old nephew's life, stands with Jackson Health System CEO Carlos Migoya and UM President Donna E. Shalala as Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho receives instruction from nursing student Karolina Wiech.

CPR Day Miami Draws Thousands to Learn the Lifesaving Technique

Nearly 5,000 people participated in CPR Day Miami on September 6, a county-wide opportunity to receive free instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation. One of the busiest of the seven venues offering the training was the University of Miami’s BankUnited Center Fieldhouse, where Miami-Dade Superintendent of Schools Alberto M. Carvalho and Jackson Health System CEO Carlos Migoya joined UM President Donna E. Shalala, Executive Dean for Clinical Affairs Steven Falcone, M.D., M.B.A., and other UM and Miller School leaders for the life-saving instruction provided by students from the School of Nursing and Health Studies.

Participants first gathered in the Hurricane 100 Room to watch a 10-minute video on the importance of CPR and how the technique is performed. At the Fieldhouse, mannequins provided by the Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education were used for practicing the proper way to perform chest compressions — the essential means for providing blood flow during CPR.

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Clockwise from top left, Anthony J. Capobianco, Ph.D.; Alan S. Livingstone, M.D.; Dido Franceschi, M.D.; and Zhiqiang Wang, M.D., Ph.D.

Clockwise from top left, Anthony J. Capobianco, Ph.D.; Alan S. Livingstone, M.D.; Dido Franceschi, M.D.; and Zhiqiang Wang, M.D., Ph.D.

Collaborative Study Finds New Approach for Treating Esophageal Cancer

Drawing on their clinical and scientific experience, researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have identified a new strategy for attacking esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC), one of the most deadly forms of cancer. Their study found that inhibiting one of the key cellular signaling pathways might result in a better response to chemotherapy, with a potential improvement in patient outcomes.

“Our clinicians work closely with our researchers in taking a bedside-to-bench-to-bedside approach to treating EAC patients at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center,” said Alan S. Livingstone, M.D., professor and Chairman of the DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery and co-author on this study. “This research lays the foundation for clinical trials using these experimental therapeutics at Sylvester and has the potential to impact clinical care of EAC patients in the near term.”

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Marjana Tomic-Canic, Ph.D.

Marjana Tomic-Canic, Ph.D.

Marjana Tomic-Canic, Ph.D., Elected to NIH Big Data to Knowledge Multi-Council Working Group

Marjana Tomic-Canic, Ph.D., professor of dermatology and Director of the Wound Healing and Regenerative Medicine Research Program in the Department of Dermatology, has been elected to the NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Multi-Council Working Group. The committee provides trans-NIH programmatic input and serves as an advisory group regarding grant initiatives related to BD2K projects.

The mission of the BD2K initiative, launched in 2012, is to enable investigators to capitalize more fully on the increasingly large amounts of data being produced in biomedical research and clinical arenas. BD2K programs are developing new approaches for accessing and data-sharing policies, cataloging and management of data sets, integrating data across different disciplines and/or types, and enhancing education and training for early-career scientists and clinicians.

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Andrew V. Schally, Ph.D., M.D.h.c., D.Sc.h.c., left, and Norman Block, M.D.

Andrew V. Schally, Ph.D., M.D.h.c., D.Sc.h.c., left, and Norman Block, M.D.

New Data Shows Most Breast Cancers are Growth Hormone-Releasing Hormone-Receptor Positive

Researchers have presented data that supports the cancer fighting potential of growth hormone-releasing hormone technology developed by two Miller School of Medicine scientists. The work was featured in a September 5 presentation at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) Breast Cancer Symposium 2014, by Norman Block, M.D., L. Austin Weeks Family Professor of Urologic Research and Clinical Director of the Endocrine, Polypeptide and Cancer Institute at the Miami VA Healthcare System.

Block is Medical Director of Biscayne Pharmaceuticals, which is developing novel drugs for cancer and other diseases based on the analogs of GHRH discovered by Nobel laureate Andrew V. Schally, Ph.D., M.D.h.c., D.Sc.h.c., Distinguished Medical Research Scientist of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and Distinguished Professor of Pathology at the Miller School.

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A member of the U.S. military's Joint Task Force Bravo unit uses the Global MedAid app to process patients during a mock hurricane exercise.

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A member of the U.S. military's Joint Task Force Bravo unit uses the Global MedAid app to process patients during a mock hurricane exercise.

New Mobile App Designed to Improve Emergency Response in Third World

Remote communities around the world are often the most vulnerable during times of disaster. Poor infrastructure, inadequate communication systems and an all-around lack of resources can plague medical response operations and jeopardize countless lives.

University of Miami trauma surgeon Carl I. Schulman, M.D., Ph.D., M.S.P.H., professor of surgery in the Divisions of Trauma & Surgical Critical Care and Burns, has set out to change that by giving disaster responders a lightweight, wireless solution.

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Alice Tomei, Ph.D., and Peter Buchwald, Ph.D.

Alice Tomei, Ph.D., and Peter Buchwald, Ph.D.

UM Researchers Awarded Grants to Find Treatments and Cure for Type 1 Diabetes

Two University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researchers have been awarded funding from the Iacocca Foundation, a nationally renowned organization committed to funding innovative research in the hopes of finding a cure for type 1 diabetes.

The one-year grants were awarded to Alice Tomei, Ph.D., research assistant professor in the DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery, Division of Cellular Transplantation, and the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI), and Peter Buchwald, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology, and Director of Drug Discovery at the Diabetes Research Institute.

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Miller School of Medicine Fares Well in Annual Fundraising Survey

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine continues to hold its place in the top 15 percent of peer institutions when it comes to fundraising performance among medical schools.

After analyzing data from 137 participating institutions for fiscal year 2013, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Development Survey found that the Miller School of Medicine moved up one spot from 2012, ranking 19th with total private support of $107.6 million.

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Enjoy Discounted Miami Dolphins Tickets and Support UM’s United Way Campaign

The Miami Dolphins are offering UM employees, their families, and friends discounted tickets to three home games—against the San Diego Chargers on November 2, the Buffalo Bills on November 13, and the Minnesota Vikings on December 21—and will contribute a portion of the proceeds to TeamUM’s 2014 United Way campaign.

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Work of Project Medishare to be Featured at DocMiami International Film Festival

“Unbreakable: A Story of Hope and Healing in Haiti,” will be a featured presentation at the DocMiami International Festival/Florida Documentary Film Festival in Boca Raton on Saturday, Sept. 13, at 1:15 p.m. at the Oak Room at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail. The film details how the University of Miami’s Project Medishare and the Knights of Columbus helped the amputee victims of Haiti’s devastating earthquake in January 2010.

Nominated for the festival’s Most Inspirational Documentary award, the film tells the amazing story of children who not only recovered physically, but also helped recast the perception of the disabled in Haiti — a country that is considered one of the poorest in the world.

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From left, Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and Norm Parsons, Director of the UM Wellness Centers, lead the 2013 Out of the Darkness walk on the Coral Gables campus.

From left, Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and Norm Parsons, Director of the UM Wellness Centers, lead the 2013 Out of the Darkness walk on the Coral Gables campus.

Join Team UHealth for Out of the Darkness Walk to Prevent Suicide

The Miller School of Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences will once again support efforts to raise awareness about suicide at this year’s Out of the Darkness Community Walk, sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, on Sunday, September 21, from 10 a.m. to noon on the Coral Gables campus.

Every 13 minutes, someone dies from suicide, and it is among the top ten causes of death in the U.S.

That’s why Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean and CEO of UHealth, and Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., Leonard M. Miller Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, are encouraging everyone to do their part to raise awareness of mental health issues and prevent these tragic deaths from happening by joining Team UHealth for the walk.

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Planning to Travel Abroad? Be Sure to Comply with University Travel Policies

International travel is a part of University business, but are you compliant with University policies and federal regulations before you leave the country? UM’s Department of Travel Management, along with Information Technology and Export Control & Technology Management, are available to assist travelers in making the needed arrangements to ensure compliance is achieved.

If you are planning to travel internationally, your first stop in making your travel arrangements is UM’s International Travel website. If you need additional assistance, please call 305-284-3163.

Devin Marsh

Devin Marsh

Faculty and Staff Support the U: Frost School of Music Lecturer Leaves a Legacy for Future Students

As a teacher, Devin Marsh shares his considerable energy and vast experience in the music world with his students every day. But the lecturer in the Frost School of Music’s Media Writing and Production program yearned to do more. “That’s why I designated the University as the beneficiary in my will,” Marsh says. “In that way, my planned gift will help provide financial assistance to talented music students in the future.”

A native of Florida, Marsh studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston on a Gary Burton Scholarship, later continuing his studies at UM, where he earned a Bachelor of Music in music education in 1991, a Master of Music in media writing and production in 2004, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in composition in 2007. In addition to teaching, he is an accomplished performer, writer, arranger, and instrumentalist who toured internationally with his Caribbean band, Nori Nori. He has composed, recorded, and produced music for films, commercials, ballets, dance groups, and other artists while managing his Miami-based commercial recording facility, The Chill Lodge.

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