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

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Jose Romano, M.D., left, and Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S.

Jose Romano, M.D., left, and Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S.

Miller School Leads American Heart Association Stroke Research Study

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine will collaborate with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association as the leader of the Mild and Rapidly Improving Stroke Study – MaRISS. It is the first large, standardized research study to evaluate long-term outcomes of people who experience mild strokes.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for our university,” said Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., Chairman of Neurology and Olemberg Family Chair of Neurological Disorders at the Miller School of Medicine. “Being the lead on this national study with key partners like the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association further distinguishes our school as a site of research excellence. The findings could help establish future guidelines for stroke standards of care.”

The goal of the MaRISS study is to evaluate the long-term outcomes of people with mild or rapidly improving stroke symptoms. The study will also examine the effect of treatment with the clot-busting drug tPA, or tissue plasminogen activator, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat acute ischemic stroke.

Read more about the MaRISS study. »

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Sara J. Czaja, Ph.D.

Sara J. Czaja, Ph.D.

Dr. Sara J. Czaja Receives $7.8 Million Research Grant for Continued Study on Aging and Technology

Sara J. Czaja, Ph.D., Leonard M. Miller Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Scientific Director of the Center on Aging, has been awarded a five-year grant of $7.8 million by the National Institute on Aging to fund the fourth research phase of the Center for Research and Education on Aging and Technology Enhancement (CREATE IV), a PO1 NIH center grant.

The grant is Czaja’s third funding renewal of CREATE, which at the end of this new grant cycle will have received more than $30 million over its 21-year lifespan.

Read more about Dr. Czaja's grant »

John G. Ryan, Dr.P.H.

John G. Ryan, Dr.P.H.

UHealth Diabetes Expert Contributes to National Diabetes Education Program’s New Web Resource

The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) at the National Institutes of Health has released the “Promoting Medication Adherence in Diabetes” web resource, a compilation of resources and research articles to support health care professionals in promoting medication-taking behavior among their patients and within their teams.

During the past year, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s John G. Ryan, Dr.P.H., participated on the NDEP’s Medication Adherence Task Group to review and compile resources for the program’s new web resource. Ryan is also lending his expertise as a presenter for an upcoming NDEP-sponsored webinar entitled, “Empowering Patients to Take Their Medicine: What Can We Do?”

Read more about Dr. Ryan's contribution to the diabetes resource guide »

Stephan L. Züchner, M.D.

Stephan L. Züchner, M.D.

Researchers Identify a Novel Disease Gene Causing Neurodegenerative Disorders

Researchers at the University of Miami have discovered and characterized a previously unknown disease gene linked to the degeneration of optic and peripheral nerve fibers. The study titled “Mutations in SLC25A46, encoding a UGO1-like protein, cause an optic atrophy spectrum disorder” is published in the journal Nature Genetics.

Patients with mutations in this gene present symptoms similar to optic atrophy and Charcot-Marie-Tooth Type 2 (CMT2), including vision loss and weakening of the lower leg and foot muscles beginning in the first decade of life.

Read more about the research findings »

Nestor de la Cruz-Muñoz, M.D., who last year marked a milestone 4,000 cases, performs bariatric surgery at University of Miami Hospital.

Nestor de la Cruz-Muñoz, M.D., who last year marked a milestone 4,000 cases, performs bariatric surgery at University of Miami Hospital.

University of Miami Hospital Receives Healthgrades 2015 Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award

University of Miami Hospital has received its fourth consecutive Healthgrades Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award. The flagship hospital of UHealth – University of Miami Health System, UMH is the only hospital in Miami-Dade County to receive this honor out of the six eligible hospitals. Since 2013, UMH has been recognized among the top five percent of hospitals evaluated for bariatric surgery.

“This award is based on quality outcomes and really speaks to the advanced level of care and comprehensive services our center provides,” said Nestor de la Cruz-Muñoz, M.D., Chief of the Division of Laparoendoscopic and Bariatric Surgery at UHealth and associate professor of clinical surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. “Safety and quality are the most important things we can offer patients.”

Read more about the award »

Paul Martin, M.D.

Paul Martin, M.D.

Dr. Paul Martin Named Editor in Chief of Liver Transplantation Journal

Paul Martin, M.D., professor of medicine and Chief of the Division of Hepatology, has been named Editor in Chief of Liver Transplantation, a major publication in the field. The five-year appointment took effect July 1.

Martin, who has published numerous articles in the journal, was approached by its publisher, the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, about assuming the role.

Read more about Dr. Martin's appointment »

José Szapocznik, Ph.D., at the White House Summit on Climate Change.

José Szapocznik, Ph.D., at the White House Summit on Climate Change.

UM Public Health Chair Attends White House Summit on Climate Change

José Szapocznik, Ph.D., professor and Chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences and Director of the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute, attended the recent White House Public Health and Climate Change Summit in Washington, D.C.

The high-profile June 23 forum brought together senior White House officials, deans of public health, medical and nursing academic institutions, advocates for climate change and members of the Executive Branch, including the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security, Health and Human Services and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Read more about the White House Summit on Climate Change »

From left, Teddy Lhoutellier, Julie Moyle, M.S.N., R.N. and John Wilgis, M.B.A., Director of Emergency Management Services for the Florida Hospital Association.

From left, Teddy Lhoutellier, Julie Moyle, M.S.N., R.N. and John Wilgis, M.B.A., Director of Emergency Management Services for the Florida Hospital Association.

Green U Hosts Sustainability Forum for South Florida Hospitals

The University of Miami’s Green U – Office of Sustainability recently hosted the Florida Hospital Association’s Annual Roundtable titled “Sustainability in Healthcare Facilities.” Held at the medical campus, the July 1 forum brought together more than a dozen South Florida hospital representatives and featured industry speakers who discussed innovative ideas for making hospital operations and patient care more sustainable.

UM administrators from a cross-section of departments joined attendees from Broward Health, Baptist Health South Florida and other local hospital systems.

Read more about the sustainability forum »