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Holtz Children’s Hospital is one of the best in America.

Holtz Children’s Hospital is one of the best in America.

UM/Jackson’s Holtz Children’s Hospital Ranks Among the Nation’s Top Children’s Hospitals

Holtz Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center is among the nation’s top children’s hospitals, according to the 2015-16 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings, published online today by U.S. News & World Report. The rankings feature the top 50 hospitals in each of the 10 pediatric specialties.

Holtz is ranked in five specialties this year: 32nd in nephrology, 34th in diabetes and endocrinology, 39th in gastroenterology and GI surgery, 40th in cardiology and heart surgery, and 44th in neonatology.

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David Watkins, Ph.D.

David Watkins, Ph.D.

Dr. David Watkins Elected to Fellowship in American Academy of Microbiology

David Watkins, Ph.D., professor and Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Pathology, has been elected to fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology. The Academy, which is the honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology, recognizes excellence, originality and leadership in the microbiological sciences.

Fellows of the Academy are elected annually through a highly selective, peer-review process, based on their records of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology. There are more than 2,400 fellows, representing all subspecialties of microbiology, including basic and applied research, teaching, public health, industry and government service.

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Seemant Chaturvedi, M.D.

Seemant Chaturvedi, M.D.

Dr. Seemant Chaturvedi Receives Grant to Research Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation Patients

Seemant Chaturvedi, M.D., professor of clinical neurology and Vice Chair of VA Programs in the Department of Neurology, has received a $330,000 research grant from drug-maker Boehringer Ingelheim to study new methods for preventing stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation.

Atrial fibrillation (AF), which affects an estimated 5.1 million people in the U.S., is a type of irregular heartbeat often caused by the two upper chambers of the heart beating unpredictably and sometimes rapidly. These irregular heartbeats can cause blood to collect in the heart and potentially form a clot, which can travel to a person’s brain and cause an ischemic stroke. Anticoagulant medications are the most common treatment for the condition.

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Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Nationwide Precision Medicine Trial Coming to Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine will be one of the sites offering the landmark precision medicine trial, NCI-MATCH (Molecular Analysis for Therapy Choice) – a trial that will open to patient enrollment in July. The announcement was made Monday, June 1, at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in Chicago, where several Sylvester physician-scientists were in attendance.

NCI-MATCH seeks to determine whether targeted therapies will be effective in patients whose tumors have specific genetic abnormalities, regardless of their cancer type. The study, co-developed by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), will incorporate more than 20 different study drugs or drug combinations, each targeting a specific gene mutation. Instead of prescribing a drug based on the tumor location, such as breast or lung, NCI-MATCH will determine each patient’s genetic abnormality and match that to the drug that will target the mutation in their tumor.

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Efren Manjarrez, M.D.

Efren Manjarrez, M.D.

Dr. Efrén C. Manjarrez Leads National Hospital Medicine Meeting

Efrén C. Manjarrez, M.D., Interim Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine at the Miller School of Medicine, led the recent national conference of the Society of Hospital Medicine in Baltimore.

Hospital medicine is the fastest growing field in the history of organized medicine and the Miller School is among the leaders in the field. Manjarrez was the Course Director of the national meeting, which gathered about 3,000 hospitalists together to discuss all facets of hospital medicine, including core clinical topics, practice management, quality improvement, teaching and research.

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Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., center, meets with members of the IOMICS Pathway Advisory Board, including Gennaro D’Urso, Ph.D., left of the Dean.

Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., center, meets with members of the IOMICS Pathway Advisory Board, including Gennaro D’Urso, Ph.D., left of the Dean.

First Steps Taken in IOMICS Pathways Initiative

As Miller School physicians and researchers work to find more individualized treatments for some of the most complex and chronic diseases, they are also engaged in training the next generation of scientists to carry on that work. That is the goal of the IOMICS Pathways Initiative, an enterprise launched by Gennaro D’Urso, Ph.D., associate professor of molecular and cellular pharmacology, to engage high school students in the fields of genetics, genomics and molecular biology in research of genetic diseases.

D’Urso and members of the team gathered over the weekend of May 29-June 1 to begin planning for next summer’s professional development course for high school teachers. Joining the planning meeting was Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs, who found the program inspiring. “It’s wonderful to hear how we will be bringing in the youngest budding scientists and exposing them to the exciting world of research and technology,” said Goldschmidt.

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Ivette Cejas, Ph.D.

Ivette Cejas, Ph.D.

Dr. Ivette Cejas Named to Board of Alexander Graham Bell Association

The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing has appointed Ivette Cejas, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Departments of Otolaryngology and Psychology, to its Board of Directors. The Alexander Graham Bell Association is a nonprofit organization that helps families and health care professionals understand childhood hearing loss and the importance of early diagnosis and detection.

Cejas is also Director of the Barton G. Kids Hear Now Cochlear Implant Family Resource Center, a program at the UHealth Ear Institute. She will enhance the Alexander Graham Bell Association’s knowledge of children with hearing loss and cochlear implants and the therapy practices available to patients and their families.

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Houda Boucekkine.

Houda Boucekkine.

Miller School Student Selected for Prestigious NIH Scholars Program

Third-year University of Miami medical student Houda Boucekkine was selected for the prestigious 2015-2016 National Institutes of Health Medical Research Scholars Program in Bethesda, Maryland. The yearlong residency introduces medical, dental and veterinary students to cutting-edge research as part of the health agency’s goal to grow the next generation of clinician-scientists and biomedical researchers.

“This will be an amazing experience,” said Boucekkine, who has been a student at the Miller School of Medicine since 2012. “I wanted an opportunity to immerse myself in research, and the NIH is at the forefront of research. The experience will help me strengthen my analytical and investigative skills.”

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Register Now for South Florida Conference on Spinal Cord and Traumatic Brain Injury

The South Florida Conference on Spinal Cord and Traumatic Brain Injury, to be held June 20 at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Diagnostic Treatment Center, is open for registration.

A partnership of the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital, the conference will focus on the latest information for the care and treatment of patients with spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries. It will bring together researchers, clinicians, and patients with spinal or brain injuries to present a variety of research findings and advances in clinical care.

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2016 Winter Symposium, January 24-27

The University of Miami’s 2016 Miami Winter Symposium will be held January 24-27 at the Hyatt Regency Miami. This year’s theme is “Inflammation: Causes, Prevention and Cures.” The annual event highlights advances in science discovery and brings together hundreds of scientists from the academic and industrial worlds.

Renowned scientists from institutions across the U.S., U.K., Switzerland, Israel and other countries will be featured. While registration fee waivers have been exhausted, discounts are available for Miller School of Medicine faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. A limited number of session passes are available for purchase.

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Hurricane Season is Here — Download the UHealth/Miller School of Medicine Hurricane Update Now

June 1st marked the beginning of the 2015 hurricane season, and now is the time to prepare.

Learn some of the most critical unit and personal preparedness steps that should be taken.

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Exercising with Diabetes Panel Discussion, June 26

Join the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center and Diabetes Research Institute as our expert panel discusses the WHY, WHAT, and HOW of exercising with diabetes. The event takes place at noon on Friday, June 26, at the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center, Classroom C, in the Clinical Research Building. The panel discussion is free and open to the public, but those interested in attending should RSVP by June 19. For more information, click here or contact the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center at 305-243-7804 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

InsideUM Transforming Lives Edition Now Available

The Transforming Lives edition of InsideUM is now available. Read through the pages of this issue to discover how we are building a better “U” together.