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Nicholas Tsinoremas, Ph.D.

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Nicholas Tsinoremas, Ph.D.

Miller School Part of Statewide Research Consortium Receiving $7.9 Million

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is part of a statewide partnership that has received a three-year, $7.9 million funding award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, or PCORI, to support patient-centered health care research throughout Florida and the country. The partnership includes the University of Florida, Florida State University, health care systems, health plans, providers and patients.

The funding award will create a clinical data research network that is part of a larger collaborative initiative called the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network, or PCORnet. PCORnet links researchers, patient communities, clinicians and health systems in research partnerships that involve large volumes of health data, enabling researchers nationwide to conduct clinical research more quickly and less expensively. PCORnet ensures that research focuses on the outcomes that matter most to patients and their caregivers.

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Alessandro Gardini, Ph.D., left, and Ramin Shiekhattar, Ph.D.

Alessandro Gardini, Ph.D., left, and Ramin Shiekhattar, Ph.D.

Sylvester Researcher Contributes to Study Linking Molecular Factor with Inflammatory Response

A genetics researcher at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has contributed to a multi-center study linking a molecular factor with the body’s inflammatory response.

“If we can find a way to inhibit this response, physicians might be able to address the underlying inflammation that can lead to cancer, heart problems, allergies and other types of diseases,” said Ramin Shiekhattar, Ph.D., Director of the Cancer Epigenetics Research Program, and Chief of the Division of Cancer Genomics at Sylvester.

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Keyvan Nouri, M.D.

Keyvan Nouri, M.D.

Early Study Finds Many Parents Not Shielding Babies from Sun’s Harmful Rays

Despite routine warnings about the dangers of extreme sun exposure, many parents are not taking appropriate steps to protect their babies. That’s the finding of a small study conducted by skin cancer experts at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Study author Keyvan Nouri, M.D., Chief of Dermatology Services and Director of Mohs Laser Surgery at Sylvester, presented the findings recently at the American Academy of Dermatology Summer Academy Meeting held in New York City.

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David Rosow, M.D.

David Rosow, M.D.

Dr. David Rosow Quantifies Cost of Teacher Vocal Absenteeism

Because of prolonged and intense use of their voices in the classroom, teachers suffer vocal impairments at a rate much higher than the general population. About 11 percent of the 3.5 million primary and secondary school teachers in the United States have voice problems – at an estimated annual cost of $2.5 billion in lost work time.

After seeing these numbers, a team of researchers led by David Rosow, M.D., assistant professor of otolaryngology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, determined the economic impact of voice disorders in Miami-Dade County elementary and secondary school teachers.

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Niven R. Narain, left, with Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

Niven R. Narain, left, with Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

Miller School Signs Research Agreement for Artificial Intelligence Approach to Heart Disease

The Miller School of Medicine is entering into a new collaboration with Berg, a Boston-based biopharmaceutical company, this time to battle cardiac dysfunction and heart failure.

There is a critical unmet need for markers for early detection of cardiac dysfunction and heart failure. According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease is the leading global cause of death, accounting for 17.3 million deaths per year, a number that is expected to grow to more than 23.6 million by 2030. The collaboration will utilize artificial intelligence to unlock new methods to battle the disease through the discovery of new markers.

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From left, Thomas J. LeBlanc, Ph.D., Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and Dushyantha T. Jayaweera, M.D.

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From left, Thomas J. LeBlanc, Ph.D., Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and Dushyantha T. Jayaweera, M.D.

Full Accreditation of Human Research Protection Program is Cause for Celebration

An unexpected summer downpour may have driven the festivities indoors, but nothing could dampen spirits last week when researchers and administrators gathered to celebrate the good news that the University of Miami’s Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) had been awarded full accreditation by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs.

The Institutional Review Boards, supported by the Human Subject Research Office, are the backbone on which UM’s HRPP is built, but accreditation acknowledges the critical contributions and collective excellence of the entire HRPP team. That includes principal investigators and their study teams, Research Compliance and Quality Assurance, Clinical Research Operations and Research Support, Research Information Technology, Disclosure and Conflict Management, and the Office of Research Administration.

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Vicky Egusquiza, M.D.

Vicky Egusquiza, M.D.

MPA Orientation Urges Families to Get Involved

Amid the pride and excitement of sending their daughters and sons off for the first year at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, parents recently had the opportunity to see how they, too, can become a vital link in the educational experience. The Medical Parents Association (MPA) held an orientation session August 5 to welcome the Class of 2019, and to urge their families to get involved.

“Our parents are also on the threshold of a wonderful adventure, as their daughter or son begins the journey of going from a hopeful pre-med student to a highly trained physician,” said Vicky Egusquiza, M.D. ’87, who along with Alina Perez, B.S. ’82, M.S. ’84, is co-president of the MPA.

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Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., receives a flu shot.

Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., receives a flu shot.

Flu Season — and Mandatory Flu Shots — Are Coming Again

Last year’s flu vaccination campaign was extremely successful — more than 9,500 people were vaccinated across the medical enterprise. With the first full year of the formal program behind us, and some important lessons learned for improving the process, UHealth is looking forward to an even more successful program this year.

The 2015-16 influenza season begins on October 1. The official UHealth influenza vaccination policy, which requires all designated health care workers to be vaccinated, can be found here. For purposes of this policy, this includes everyone in our hospitals and community-based clinics, as well as those in roles (clinical or non-clinical) with regular patient contact. More specific information on definitions, designated roles and requirements by facility can be found here.

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The Fine Art of Health Care Series Continues

Studying art can improve your powers of observation. Can it also make you a better health care provider? The Lowe Art Museum on the Coral Gables campus is offering one more session in its three-part series of workshops, “The Fine Art of Health Care,” to help students in health care graduate programs learn the answer.

Participants will learn Visual Thinking Strategies, a method shown to improve important skills needed in all health care professions. Students will have the opportunity to collaboratively look at works of art in detail to hone their observation, listening and communication skills.

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Call for Submissions: 7th Annual Postdoctoral Fellows Research Day — September 18

The Postdoctoral Programs Office is seeking submissions for the 7th Annual Postdoctoral Fellows Research Day, on Friday, September 18. This is an opportunity to share research, practice presentation skills and learn about the research of postdoctoral colleagues.

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Health Executive MBA Discussion with Dr. Steven G. Ullmann – September 21

Join us on Monday, September 21, for a discussion with Steven G. Ullmann, Ph.D., professor and Director of programs in the Center for Health Sector Management and Policy at the School of Business Administration, to learn about the Executive MBA program in Health Management and Policy at the University of Miami.

The presentation will feature highlights of the Executive MBA program in Health Management and Policy, the admissions process and a Q&A session.

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

Every 60 seconds someone in the U.S. tries to commit suicide. Every 13 minutes, one of them succeeds. It’s tragic, and it’s preventable with treatment.

Please join Team UHealth, in partnership with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, in the annual Out of the Darkness Walk to raise money and awareness to help prevent suicide. The walk takes place on Sunday, October 11, from 10 a.m. to noon, beginning at the Stanford Rock on the Coral Gables campus.

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Run 4-LIFE to Benefit Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation

The Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency at the Miller School of Medicine will hold Run 4-LIFE on Sunday, October 11 to benefit organ, eye and tissue donation education efforts. The 5K run/walk will start at 7:30 a.m. at Charnow Park, 300 Connecticut Street, Hollywood, Florida, following a 3.1-mile course along the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk and back to the park.

To register, view the course, or for more information visit Run 4-Life 2015.

Miami Valves 2015 Conference October 29-31

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Division of Continuing Medical Education will host Miami Valves 2015 from Thursday, October 29, to Saturday, October 31. The conference will be held at The Alexander Resort on Miami Beach, 5225 Collins Avenue. A maximum of 19.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits and Nursing Credits will be offered.

Organized by Eduardo de Marchena, M.D., professor of medicine and surgery and Associate Dean for International Medicine, the conference will showcase the latest in transcatheter valve replacement. As part of the natural progression of the Masters in Repair of Structural Heart Disease Conference, which has a long history of excellence, Miami Valves is expected to draw hundreds of scientists and clinicians in the field.

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Synergy 2015 Early Registration Extended

The Synergy 2015 conference will take place from November 5-8 at the Eden Roc Hotel Miami Beach. Early registration to receive the best pricing has been extended to October 30.

This annual symposium offers attendees a review of a variety of oncological diseases combined with the latest developments in medical, interventional and surgical therapeutic options across multiple disciplines.

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Register for Dermatology 2015 – November 21-22

The Dermatology 2015 conference will take place November 21-22 at The Alexander Hotel on Miami Beach. Those interested in attending should register before October 23 to receive early bird registration pricing.

This certified CME course will review the current methods available to diagnose skin cancers as well as potential diagnostic tools. In addition, the course will offer a comprehensive review on some of these technologies, dermoscopy and confocal scanning laser microscopy. Faculty will illustrate with didactic lectures, case studies and a workshop with hands-on practice in reading diagnostic images of selected cases.

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MyUHealthChart Patient Sign-up Campaign Continues through September 30

MyUHealthChart is much more than an electronic medical record (EMR) system. It’s an innovative way to improve the lives of our patients. MyUHealthChart offers patients access to their medical records, lab tests and imaging results, and lets them manage their appointments, order prescription refills and connect with their doctors via private messaging.

In order to continue improving our patients’ experiences, the University is sponsoring an incentive campaign for Patient Access and UHealthConnect employees so that we can sign patients up to access their medical information easily through MyUHealthChart.

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