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

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Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, D.O., Ph.D., M.P.H.

Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, D.O., Ph.D., M.P.H.

Exercise Shown to Reduce Falls and Injury Among Middle-Aged Adults

Falls are the number one cause of non-fatal injuries treated at emergency rooms in the U.S. A recently released study led by a University of Miami public health physician-scientist has revealed that engaging in regular physical activity and exercise can prevent slips, trips and falls for middle-aged adults, just as it does for seniors.

The study, “Leisure-Time Physical Activity, Falls, and Fall Injuries in Middle-Aged Adults,” published online in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, focused on adults ages 45 to 64 as they are often perceived as less vulnerable to falls and related injuries than seniors, and so do not receive preventive interventions. However, the research revealed that falls are not only costly but are the third leading cause of accidental death among middle-aged Americans.

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Richard A. Preston, M.D., M.S.P.H., M.B.A.

Richard A. Preston, M.D., M.S.P.H., M.B.A.

Researchers Demonstrate the Existence of Signaling Axis for Control of Potassium Balance

Researchers at the Miller School of Medicine have demonstrated in human beings a signaling axis that assists the kidneys in regulating levels of serum potassium. Their findings have recently been published in an online article, “Evidence for a gastrointestinal-renal kaliuretic signaling axis in humans,” in the journal Kidney International.

“Potassium is critical to the normal function of the cells of the body,” said Richard A. Preston, M.D., M.S.P.H., M.B.A., professor of medicine and Chief of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology, and lead author of the study. “The body must maintain a normal serum potassium concentration for proper functioning of the heart and internal organs. A high potassium concentration, known as hyperkalemia, can result in abnormal cardiac rhythm and eventually in cardiac arrest.”

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Lluis Morey, Ph.D.

Lluis Morey, Ph.D.

Sylvester Researcher Identifies Protein Driving Stem Cell Differentiation into Cardiac Cells

A genetics researcher at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has identified a protein that drives the development of embryonic stem cells into functional cardiac cells — a finding that could lead to a better understanding of heart disease.

“Stem cells arise early in the gestation process, then start developing into approximately 250 different types of adult cells, including neurons, skin, stomach and heart cells,” said Lluis Morey, Ph.D., a member of the Cancer Epigenetics Program at Sylvester and research assistant professor in the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics. “Our collaborative international research team looked at how Polycomb proteins dictate these decisions for cardiac and cartilage cells.”

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Ernesto Bernal-Mizrachi, M.D.

Ernesto Bernal-Mizrachi, M.D.

Dr. Ernesto Bernal-Mizrachi Named Chief of Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

Ernesto Bernal-Mizrachi, M.D., associate professor of medicine, and the Larry D. Soderquist Professor at the Brehm Center for Diabetes Research at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, has been named Chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism in the Department of Medicine and Deputy Director of Beta Cell Biology and Signal Transduction at the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Bernal-Mizrachi received his medical degree in 1989 from the Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia, where he began his internal medicine residency. He completed his residency at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, then accepted a fellowship in endocrinology at Washington University in St. Louis, where he began his academic career. In 2004, he was recruited to the University of Michigan as an assistant professor of medicine. In 2009, he was promoted, appointed an investigator at the Brehm Center for Diabetes Research and named the Larry D. Soderquist Professor.

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Jeremy Freedman, M.D. candidate, Class of 2019, and his new Miller-branded stethoscope.

Jeremy Freedman, M.D. candidate, Class of 2019, and his new Miller-branded stethoscope.

Inaugural ‘Stethoscopes for Students’ Program Generates Enthusiastic Response

Only weeks into his first year at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Jeremy Freedman considers himself lucky to have already earned one of the most recognized symbols of the medical profession.

The 31-year-old from Miami was recently given his very first stethoscope, courtesy of a new initiative created by the School’s Medical Alumni Association called “Stethoscopes for Students.”

The program is designed to provide incoming medical students with their first stethoscope as a way of welcoming them to the Miller School.

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Become a School-to-Work Mentor

At the U, we transform lives through teaching, research, and service — and now you can help support our mission through community outreach by becoming a School-to-Work mentor. This outreach program, in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami, is designed to help students improve their chances of graduating and transitioning into the workplace.

It’s an opportunity for you to influence the life of a high school student by giving just a few hours of your time each month. Help make a difference today by signing up as a mentor.

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Preventing Sexual Violence on Campus Starts with You

Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend an interactive seminar aimed at raising awareness about preventing sexual violence on campus. The seminar will be held Monday, September 21, from 1 to 5 p.m., at the University of Miami Hospital’s Seminar Center.

Learn invaluable tools for preventing sexual violence from Stetson University College of Law Professor Peter Lake, who will share insights on the University’s role in and responsibility for prohibiting gender discrimination and managing sexual misconduct.

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Registration Open for Clinical and Translational Research Workshop

The Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) will be hosting a research orientation workshop for interested faculty September 28-29 at the Mailman Center for Child Development, eighth-floor auditorium.

The Foundations and Tools of Clinical and Translational Research Workshop acquaints participants with the culture, research resources, institutional opportunities for collaboration, and reporting requirements involved in conducting clinical-translational research at the University of Miami.

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Sign Up Now for the 2015 Miami-Dade Heart Walk

What: A non-competitive three-mile walk/run.
When: Sunday, November 22, 2015.
Where: Museum Park, 1075 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami.
Why: To encourage people to take steps towards a heart-healthy lifestyle while raising funds to fight heart disease and stroke in our community.

UHealth’s goal is to sign up 1,000 walkers and raise $50,000.

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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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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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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.

Human Subject Research Community Conference, September 10-11

The Human Subject Research Office is hosting its second annual Human Subject Research Community Conference September 10-11. The conference, titled “Charting the Course for Quality,” will take place on the Coral Gables campus at the Shalala Student Center.

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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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Miami Neonatology 2015 Open for Registration

Miami Neonatology 2015 will be held November 11-14 at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. The conference strives to provide medical professionals with comprehensive knowledge of the leading trends and best practices in neonatology. Presentations will highlight the most current concepts in the pathogenesis, management and prevention of problems in the newborn infant.

Miami Neonatology 2015 will provide attendees with an extensive educational program featuring new developments in treating conditions that are causally associated with morbidity and mortality in the neonate. Participants will understand the importance of the preventive approach in minimizing medical complications and optimizing developmental outcome.

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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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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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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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