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

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Dileep R. Yavagal, M.D., with Isabel Vinueza.

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Dileep R. Yavagal, M.D., with Isabel Vinueza.

UHealth Stroke Team Uses ‘Game-Changing’ Procedure to Remove Blood Clot in 26-Year-Old Patient

A team of stroke experts from UHealth – University of Miami Health System delivered a “game-changing” treatment to 26-year-old Isabel Vinueza at Jackson Memorial Hospital, carefully removing a clot blocking the flow of blood to her brain.

“This team saved my life,” Vinueza said at a Sept. 15 news conference. “Nowhere else could I have gotten such fast and effective treatment.”

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From left, Neil Schneiderman, Ph.D., Marc D. Gellman, Ph.D., and Clinton Wright, M.D., M.S.

From left, Neil Schneiderman, Ph.D., Marc D. Gellman, Ph.D., and Clinton Wright, M.D., M.S.

$5.67M Grant Helps UM Researchers Identify Early Signs of Alzheimer’s in Elderly Hispanics

A new University of Miami study, aimed at identifying early signs of Alzheimer’s disease and other neurocognitive decline among Latinos and Hispanics, could help delay or even prevent its onset thanks to a $5.67 million, five-year grant from the National Institute on Aging.

“This study will examine health risks associated with neurocognitive decline including diabetes and cardiovascular diseases as well as lifestyle factors such as smoking,” said Neil Schneiderman, Ph.D., a member of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Principal Investigator of the Miami Field Center for the Study of Latinos-Investigation of Neurocognitive Aging (SOL-INCA).

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Nirupa Chaudhari, Ph.D., left, and Stephen D. Roper, Ph.D.

Nirupa Chaudhari, Ph.D., left, and Stephen D. Roper, Ph.D.

Researchers Explore Neural Mechanisms Underlying Sense of Taste

Recent years have seen much progress in understanding how nutrients and other molecules are detected by receptors on taste buds. Still, little is known about the way our taste buds encode information about taste qualities before transmitting to the brain. Now scientists at the Miller School of Medicine have conducted experiments that elucidate the path of taste, from detection in the sensory cells of the tongue, to the first relay in the brain.

The results have been published in an article, “Breadth of tuning in taste afferent neurons varies with stimulus strength,” in the online journal Nature Communications. The researchers’ study found that when taste buds detect sugar, quinine, salt, etc., rather than transmitting the information via neurons that are specific for single tastes, the body uses combinations of neurons to process the information and evoke the perceptions of sweetness, sourness, saltiness, umami (savory) and bitterness.

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Rose A. Labriola, Ed.D.

Rose A. Labriola, Ed.D.

Dr. Rose A. Labriola Named Chief Nursing Officer at University of Miami Hospital

Rose A. Labriola, Ed.D., has been named Chief Nursing Officer of University of Miami Hospital. She is a Nurse Executive Advanced-Board Certified professional as designated by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

“Rose has more than 20 years of experience as a nursing executive in large academic and teaching hospitals,” said David Zambrana, D.N.P., M.B.A., Chief Executive Officer of University of Miami Hospital, the flagship hospital of UHealth-University of Miami Health System. “With her leadership skills and passion for nursing, she will help our executive team bring UMH patient care to new heights.”

Read more about the new chief nursing officer »

Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., receiving a flu shot.

Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., receiving a flu shot.

It’s Time for Your Annual Flu Shot!

UHealth annual influenza vaccination is a safety priority and in the best interest of our patients and our employees. The most important thing you can do to protect your health — and that of others — this fall and winter is to get a flu shot now. We are asking everyone in the UHealth community to do so. Remember, a healthy “U” begins with you.

We want to make it easy to get vaccinated; there are lots of options so you can pick the one that is right for you. Flu shots are available Monday to Friday at our permanent sites in Employee Health, at University of Miami Hospital and at Healthy ’Canes clinics on both campuses. The upcoming benefits fairs will also offer free vaccinations. Other pop-up locations will be announced throughout the campaign season. You can find additional information on locations and schedules here.

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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Core Holds Second Annual Supply Center Open House on September 24

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) Core will hold its second annual Supply Center Open House on Thursday, September 24. The event will be held in the Gautier Building, Room 118, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Miller School of Medicine researchers will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from Agilent Technologies, Bio-Rad, New England BioLabs, Promega, Qiagen, Sigma-Aldrich, Thermo Fisher Scientific and other companies, and learn about their latest products and services.

Nick, at left, and Marc Buoniconti.

Nick, at left, and Marc Buoniconti.

30th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner to Benefit The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis

Join NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti and his son, Marc Buoniconti, for the 30th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner on Tuesday, October 6. The celebration, held each year at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City, benefits The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis and raises funds to support the ground-breaking spinal cord injury research done by scientists at the Miller School’s The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.

Legendary NBC newsman Tom Brokaw will again serve as Master of Ceremonies, and The Beach Boys and The Pointer Sisters will perform live at the event. Sports Legends include Jorge Posada, Karl Malone, Ray Lewis, John Stockton, Michelle Kwan, Victor Espinoza, Jennifer Capriati and Chip Ganassi. Honorees for the evening are Gloria and Emilio Estefan, and Phil and Orianne Collins.

Read more about the Great Sports Legends Dinner »

Students and Residents Shine at Future of Medicine Poster Symposium

The work of several University of Miami Miller School of Medicine students and residents was highlighted at the Palm Beach County Medical Society’s James J. Byrnes Future of Medicine Poster Symposium September 17 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach.

Among them were internal medicine resident Ekaterina Kostioukhina, M.D., who won second place in the clinical vignette category for her project “The Challenging Case of a Patient with Recurrent Unexplained Abdominal Pain,” and fourth-year student Bradford Taylor Hastings, who won third place for his poster “MRI-Guided Focused Ultrasound in the Treatment of Uterine Fibroids.” In the research category, third-year medical student Kevin Moore placed second for his poster “Glycemic Thresholds for Diabetic Retinopathy: Implications for Diabetic Retinopathy Screening and Diagnostics.”

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FairWarning Protects Patient Privacy

FairWarning is a software system that facilitates the automated monitoring of user access to various IT systems. This tool allows us to proactively monitor our clinical systems such as UChart and Meditech that house patient information and provide data related activities. Since the implementation of FairWarning on August 11, 2014, the following analytics have been opened — household snooping, co-worker snooping, and accessing of high volume of vulnerable populations and deceased patients. In the upcoming months, the University will be opening up additional analytics.

Individuals who engage in inappropriate activity regarding patient information, such as accessing information for a non-business or clinical need, are subject to sanctions as determined by Human Resources and/or Faculty Affairs.

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Mindful Tuesdays

Mindful Tuesdays is a weekly program sponsored by the University of Miami Mind Body Medical Group, in partnership with the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center, the Department of Public Health Sciences and Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Integrative Medicine Program.

This week’s drop-in: Short-form Mindfulness Training as an Attentional Enhancement Intervention, taught by Alexandra Morrison, Ph.D., a research scientist in the Department of Psychology. She is involved in a line of research investigating short-form mindfulness training and its influence on attention and working memory in a range of high-demand, high-stress contexts.

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UM Employee Discounts Available for UHealth-Sponsored Festival Miami

Festival Miami, Florida’s premier live music festival, presented by the University of Miami Frost School of Music and UHealth-University of Miami Health System, wants you to enjoy an incredible array of live music on our beautiful Coral Gables campus. UM employees may take $5 off per ticket for up to four Festival Miami tickets per concert, available online, by using promo code EMP515 at check out. Tickets start at just $20, plus a $4 per ticket convenience fee.

The festival runs through November 7, offering vibrant performances by the biggest names on the music scene from around the globe who will showcase their talents alongside the outstanding students and faculty artists from the Frost School of Music. More than 20 performances organized into four themes — Great Performances, Jazz and Beyond, Music of the Americas and Creative American Music — will be held in the intimate setting of the 600-seat Maurice Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Drive, on the Coral Gables campus.

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UM Launches United Way Campaign to ‘Strengthen the Quality of Life’

The University of Miami has launched its 2015 campaign for the United Way of Miami-Dade, with the goals of again raising more than $1 million, increasing faculty and staff participation and, as the “U” has for nearly four decades, doing its part to improve the education, financial stability, and health of children and families in our community.

“Since its founding 90 years ago, the University of Miami has immeasurably helped strengthen the quality of life throughout our community — and for nearly 40 years, it has channeled extraordinary support though the United Way,” said Larry Marbert, Vice President for Real Estate and Facilities, who is chairing the University’s campaign for the second consecutive year. “Each year’s United Way campaign is an opportunity to demonstrate your support for our UM mission of providing service that extends throughout our community.”

Read more about the United Way campaign »

Countdown to ICD-10 Tip of the Week – Coding and IT Questions

The national transition to ICD-10 — the updated and expanded code sets used to report medical diagnoses and inpatient procedures — is coming October 1. UHealth will provide a useful tip each week to help providers make the transition as seamlessly as possible. This week’s tip is about coding and IT questions.

The Coding and IT Support Command Center advises:

• Professional Fee Coding Questions
The department subject matter expert will contact the command center.

• All Other Inpatient and Outpatient Hospital Coding or IT Questions
Contact the Command Center by
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Phone: 305-243-2714 (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Join Team Sylvester for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walks

Join your colleagues to represent the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine at Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, one of the largest breast cancer awareness events in South Florida. Invite your family, friends and coworkers to raise awareness, support physicians and researchers, salute survivors and honor those who have fought the battle.

Fundraising efforts are welcome, but not required to join our team. Those who register early also will receive a special Sylvester breast cancer awareness T-shirt.

Read more about the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks »

Register Now for The Art & Science of Acupuncture for Physicians 2015-2016

Registration is open for The Art & Science of Acupuncture – a special course for physicians offered from November 2015 to May 2016 by the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health through iCamp. The program is designed to help physicians integrate acupuncture into their practice. Upon completion of the program, physicians will have the necessary background and clinical knowledge related to acupuncture treatment and therapeutic approaches to make more informed recommendations or even apply techniques themselves.

The in-depth program will be held at the Highland Professional Building on one Saturday and one Saturday/Sunday weekend each month, beginning November 14. Physicians will receive 140 CME hours, as well as 140 CE hours through the Florida boards of Chiropractic Medicine and Dentistry. Those registering by September 25 will receive a special rate, and UM, Jackson and VA employees will receive an additional discount. For registration or additional information, please call 305-243-4751, email iCamp@med.miami.edu,, or visit the program website.

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.

Read more about the 2015 Miami-Dade Heart Walk »

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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Registration Open for Clinical Nutrition 2015-2016

The University of Miami iCamp’s Clinical Nutrition Conference Series is bringing experts and leading physicians to Miami once a month this October 2015 through June 2016, presenting evidence-based research that will provide you with a framework for weaving nutrition-related medicine into treating and preventing disease. Network with physicians and professionals in an energetic and inspiring environment.

The Series will be held one Saturday per month, starting on October 3. UM, Jackson and VA employees receive a discount upon registration. Topics will include: the Gut-Brain Axis, Menopause as a Condition of Inflammation and Oxidation, an Integrative Approach to Auto-Immune Disease, and much more.

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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.

Read more about the Out of the Darkness Walk »

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.

UM Cybersecurity Conference Offers Free Registration to Faculty, Staff and Students

The University of Miami’s IT Security Department, in partnership with the South Florida chapter of the Information Systems Security Association, will host a free cybersecurity conference on Thursday, October 22, during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The title of the program is “Exploring the Brave New World … Real Problems … Real Answers.”

Join us for a full day of interesting talks and discussions featuring cybersecurity experts from health care, government and commercial enterprise. Registration is free to UM faculty, staff and students. Register online here.

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.

Read more about Synergy 2015 »

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.

Read more about the campaign »