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

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From left, Richard Fain, Felicia Knaul, Ph.D., Julio Frenk, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., Stuart A. Miller and Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

From left, Richard Fain, Felicia Knaul, Ph.D., Julio Frenk, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., Stuart A. Miller and Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

Miller School Leaders Welcome UM President-Elect Dr. Julio Frenk

The morning after being named the next President of the University of Miami, Julio Frenk, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., currently Dean of Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, met with clinical chairs and other leadership at the Miller School of Medicine.

He was warmly welcomed Tuesday morning by Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School and CEO of UHealth, and the others present, who had gathered to congratulate one of their own on being selected to succeed President Donna E. Shalala, who retires May 31.

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Current cover of the journal Human Molecular Genetics.

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Current cover of the journal Human Molecular Genetics.

Discovery of Critical Gene Mutation Linked to Hereditary Deafness

A gene mutation causing a form of hereditary deafness has been identified by an international team of researchers led by Xuezhong Liu, M.D., Ph.D., Leonard M. Miller Professor and Vice Chair for Research in Otolaryngology and Director of the Center for Hereditary Deafness at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Investigators identified the mutation in gene DCDC2a by sequencing the genomic DNA of members of a multi-generational Tunisian family with a long history of profound deafness.

This discovery has wide implications for the future detection and treatment of congenital deafness, as DCDC2a appears to be crucial for the development and function of the sensory component of hair cells in the inner ear that are essential for human hearing. These findings were recently published online and on the current cover of the journal Human Molecular Genetics.

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From left, Savita Pahwa, M.D., Margaret A. Fischl, M.D., Robert C. Gallo, M.D., Mario Stevenson, Ph.D.

From left, Savita Pahwa, M.D., Margaret A. Fischl, M.D., Robert C. Gallo, M.D., Mario Stevenson, Ph.D.

CFAR Symposium Explores New Frontiers of HIV Research and Therapies

The 11th annual Miami CFAR Symposium, “Confronting HIV and Its Complications,” drew nearly 200 clinicians, researchers, educators, students and pharmaceutical company representatives to hear some of the world’s leading experts present the most current information available on HIV research and therapies.

Savita Pahwa, M.D., Director of the Miami Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), opened the meeting with a warm welcome and an expression of gratitude for the commitment of speakers and attendees who had endured weather-related flight delays to be present. She noted that the mood in the HIV research community is upbeat, despite the funding climate. She added, however, that the sunny Miami greeting them actually had a dark cloud overhead.

Read more about the Miami CFAR Symposium »

From left, Donald T. Weed, M.D., Paolo Serafini, Ph.D., and Marc Giattini.

From left, Donald T. Weed, M.D., Paolo Serafini, Ph.D., and Marc Giattini.

Erectile Dysfunction Drug Plays Role in Novel Cancer Treatment

At a news conference on April 7, a Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center patient talked about his participation in a clinical trial that explored the role of a well-known erectile dysfunction drug in weakening head and neck squamous cell tumors prior to their surgical removal.

The patient, Marc Giattini, had most of his tongue removed and then rebuilt using a skin flap from his left forearm. He spoke clearly and eloquently of his illness, his recovery and his participation in the trial, which used the erectile dysfunction drug Tadalafil, known to consumers as Cialis, to promote his immune system’s response against his tumor.

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Marlon Wong, D.P.T.

Marlon Wong, D.P.T.

Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Receives Accreditation

The University of Miami Orthopedic Residency in Physical Therapy has received prestigious accreditation by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education.

The groundwork for this accreditation process started a few years ago. There was an advanced curriculum to develop, accreditation criteria to be met, students to be vetted and enrolled, and extensive programmatic development to be envisioned. The efforts of the residency faculty and staff paid off, making UM one of only 80 programs in the United States to receive this esteemed accreditation.

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John M. Goldberg, M.D.

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John M. Goldberg, M.D.

Students and Oncologist Go Bald to Raise Money and Awareness for Pediatric Cancer Research

’Canes and Coral Gables campus visitors lined the steps of the University of Miami’s Rock Plaza on April 10 to see volunteers getting their heads shaved as part of the ’Canes Go Bald 4 Kids event.

Organized by UM juniors and Sigma Lambda Gamma sorority sisters Muniphe Green and Maite Torres, the event raised more than $3,100 in donations to support the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. St Baldrick’s provides funding and support for pediatric cancer research.

Read more about the head-shaving event »

UM mascot Sebastian the Ibis and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., joined in with happy children making the

UM mascot Sebastian the Ibis and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., joined in with happy children making the "U."

Faculty and Staff Shape Their Bodies, Minds — and Kids — during UM-Wide Week of Well-Being

From a talk by author Jimmy Page on finding the “one word” to simplify your life, to financial planning sessions, talks on breast health and disease prevention, wellness fairs featuring free chair massages and vision screenings, and fitness camps led by UM alumna and personal trainer Nicole Chaplin, the University’s third annual Week of Well-Being provided plenty of opportunities for employees and students on all three campuses to tone, tighten, and test their bodies and minds. Concluded on Friday with the annual Take Our Children to Work Day, the week also gave kids a chance to see what their parents do at the U. View a slideshow.

University of Miami to Host Mental Health Summit

In honor of National Mental Health Awareness Month this May, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine will host “STOP the Stigma: A Mental Health Summit” on Saturday, May 2, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at University of Miami Hospital’s Seminar Center. The event is free and open to families, professionals and those living with mental illness.

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23rd Annual Florida Bioethics Conference Set for April 17

The University of Miami’s Bioethics Program will host its 23rd annual spring conference in conjunction with the Florida Bioethics Network on Friday, April 17, at the Miami Biscayne Bay Marriott.

This educational program – one of the oldest and largest conferences in the country dedicated to ethics in healthcare – will feature presentations on the Ebola crisis, hospital ethics committees, gender identity, the Indian Health Service, social-worker proxies and a special retrospective discussion on the Terri Schiavo case: “Schiavo:10 Years Later.”

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Create Your Own Green Team at UM

It’s more fun to work in teams, so if you are passionate about bettering the environment and willing to help make your workplace more sustainable, why not form a Green Team with like-minded coworkers? Green U provides the resources and training to help Green Teams identify priorities and projects — from reducing paper, collecting coffee grounds, seeking green lab certification, creating ECO art exhibits, promoting local food consumption, or — you decide!

Red more about the Green Team initiative »

Volunteer for the 2015 Corporate Run/Walk

The 2015 Corporate Run/Walk is currently looking for volunteer event staff to assist with activities on the day of the event, Thursday, April 23. Volunteers will receive 250 Well ’Canes points if they work an 8.5-hour shift. In addition, they will receive a special edition t-shirt, a Metropass and meal.

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New ULearn Upgrade Debuts April 21

ULearn, the University of Miami’s online learning and professional development system, will provide an enhanced and engaging experience for faculty and staff. Beginning April 21, users who log into ULearn will now see a new and improved welcome page that provides greater functionality and essential features. This upgrade will simplify searches and provide easy access to user transcripts and the calendar of scheduled trainings. For questions pertaining to the system upgrade, contact UMIT at 305-284-6565.

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2015 Concept to Commercialization “C2C” Monthly Series

U Innovation, the home of technology advancement at the University of Miami, has kicked off a year-long series of monthly seminars that are focused on the commercialization of intellectual property and business concepts.

The 2015 Concept to Commercialization “C2C” seminars feature guest speakers and are free and open to all UM faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows and students. Each seminar will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. in the main conference room on the first floor of the Life Science and Technology Park, 1951 NW 7th Avenue. Entrepreneurs at the Life Science and Technology Park are welcome to attend.

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Summer Volunteer Program Applications

Would you like to have volunteers work in your department this summer? The University of Miami’s Summer Volunteer Program starts on June 8 and runs through August 7, 2015. Eligible volunteers are encouraged to complete at least six weeks of the nine-week program, committing to a minimum of 100 hours. The Office of Human Resources encourages departments to submit their completed applications by April 30. Applications will be accepted beyond this date on a rolling basis.

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Academy of Medical Educators Call for Abstracts

The University of Miami Academy of Medical Educators is accepting abstracts and posters for our First Annual Research and Innovations in Medical Education Poster Reception. An interactive poster session and reception will be held on May 20 at Calder Medical Library, from 4 to 6 p.m. The deadline for abstract submission is May 4.

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Free Head and Neck Cancer Screenings April 16 and 17

Physicians from the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Otolaryngology will offer free head and neck cancer screening examinations to the public at three locations April 16-17.

On Thursday, April 16, exams will be performed at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Room DTC 270, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

On Friday, April 17, exams will be performed at University of Miami Hospital, Seminar Room C, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Room 1301, from 1 to 5 p.m.

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Register Now for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation Annual Walk May 2

The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America’s Take Steps walk is the nation’s largest event dedicated to finding cures for digestive diseases. It is a casual 2-3 mile stroll to raise money for crucial research, bringing us closer to a future free from Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Over 1.6 million American adults and children are affected by these digestive diseases. While many suffer in silence, Take Steps brings this community together in a fun, energetic and supportive atmosphere.

Read more about the Take Steps walk »

Have You Completed Your Workday Checklist?

Did you log in to Workday? Have you completed your checklist? If not, click on your role — Faculty, Staff, or Student Employee — now to access your checklist and complete the important tasks outlined for you. The tasks vary by role, but will include updating personal information, beneficiaries, payment elections, and more. Have questions or comments about Workday? Email a Workday expert at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Workday HR will be implemented at University of Miami Hospital on June 18.