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A host of VIPs came together to raise money for The Buoniconti Fund for research and clinical trials.

A host of VIPs came together to raise money for The Buoniconti Fund for research and clinical trials.

Sports Legends Dinner Raises More Than $12 Million for The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis

Celebrities, sports legends, corporate leaders and more joined NFL Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti, his son Marc and Event Chair Mark Dalton as they hosted a sold-out crowd in celebration of the 30th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner to benefit The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis.

Held at New York’s famed Waldorf Astoria on October 6, the dinner paid tribute to philanthropic heroes and sports icons who inspire and motivate those affected by spinal cord injuries, and raised more than $12 million for research and the Human Clinical Trials Initiative at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

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Scientists and providers at the annual meeting of the Florida Node Alliance.

Scientists and providers at the annual meeting of the Florida Node Alliance.

Renewed NIH Grant Supports ‘Real-World’ Drug Treatment Clinical Trials

A new grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will support innovative clinical trials involving drug treatment by the Florida Node Alliance, based at the Miller School of Medicine. Over the past 15 years, the University team has received more than $73 million in funding from NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse, including a new five-year grant, which will provide more than $3 million in the coming year.

“Through the years, we have transformed the UM Center into a major hub for testing, refining and disseminating evidence-based drug addiction treatments into drug abuse treatment and primary care community-based settings,” said José Szapocznik, Ph.D., professor and Chair of Public Health Sciences and Director of the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). He is also principal investigator for the Florida Node Alliance, which is one of 13 centers that constitute the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (CTN).

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Dipen J. Parekh, M.D.

Dipen J. Parekh, M.D.

Dr. Dipen J. Parekh Receives British ‘Best Robotics Paper’ Prize

Dipen J. Parekh, M.D., a member of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and Professor and Chairman of the Department of Urology and Director of Robotic Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, was in London on Sunday, October 4, where he received the BJU International – Vattikuti Foundation Robotics Prize. The award was given to honor a paper he and colleagues published in 2014.

“The BJUI – Vattikuti Foundation Robotics prize was awarded in 2015 to the best robotics paper published in BJUI,” said Scott Millar, Managing Editor at BJUI Journal. “The winning paper was selected from a shortlist by a panel of five expert judges who were asked to consider the originality of the research and its potential impact on clinical practice. After two rounds of voting, the paper on which Dr. Parekh was lead author was chosen as the worthy winner.”

Read more about Dr. Parekh's prize paper »

From left, Ashutosh Agarwal, Ph.D., Jean-Pierre Bardet, Ph.D., Gloria Marina Bellelli, Alessia Fornoni, M.D., Ph.D., Paolo Di Nardo, M.D., and Richard J. Cote, M.D.

From left, Ashutosh Agarwal, Ph.D., Jean-Pierre Bardet, Ph.D., Gloria Marina Bellelli, Alessia Fornoni, M.D., Ph.D., Paolo Di Nardo, M.D., and Richard J. Cote, M.D.

Italian Biomedical Researchers Visit Miller School to Discuss Collaboration Opportunities

A delegation of Italian scientists and biomedical engineering specialists visited the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine on October 1 to explore potential multi-disciplinary collaborations in nanotechnology, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

“We need a collaborative approach to solve the complex problems now facing medicine,” said Paolo Di Nardo, Professor and Director of the Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Cardiology, Center of Regenerative Medicine at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. “I am committed to applying the best technology for my patients.”

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Riccardo Lencioni, M.D.

Riccardo Lencioni, M.D.

Renowned Interventional Oncologist Joins Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center recently welcomed a new member to its team of cancer experts. Riccardo Lencioni, M.D., joined Sylvester as Director of Interventional Oncology Research from the University of Pisa in Italy, where he was a professor at the School of Medicine. Lencioni is an accomplished interventional oncology specialist, particularly well-known for his influential work on liver cancer.

“I am delighted to join the group brought together by Dr. Govindarajan Narayanan,” said Lencioni, who will also be professor of clinical radiology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. “The interventional oncology program at Sylvester is known worldwide for the use of innovative technologies and the outstanding contributions to the development of this new branch of medicine.”

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Joshua M. Hare, M.D.

Joshua M. Hare, M.D.

Research Resolves Long-Standing Controversy over Importance of cKit+ Cells in Heart Composition

A new study from the University of Miami’s Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute (ISCI) demonstrates the involvement of cKit-expressing progenitors in the formation of cardiomyocytes – heart muscle cells. The findings help resolve a long-standing controversy regarding the role of cKit in the heart.

Joshua M. Hare, M.D., Director of the Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute, led the study that used high-resolution genetic fate-mapping approaches with novel mouse lines. ISCI scientists showed that cKit cells identify cardiac neural crest progenitors, which play a major role in heart formation. Previous studies show that these cells remain present in the adult heart.

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John Guy, M.D.

John Guy, M.D.

Scientists at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Test New Gene Therapy for Vision Loss

Researchers at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine funded by the National Institutes of Health have developed a novel mouse model for the vision disorder Leber hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON), and found that they can use gene therapy to improve visual function in the mice. LHON is one of many diseases tied to gene mutations that damage the tiny energy factories that power our cells, called mitochondria.

“This study marks an important contribution to research on LHON, and in efforts toward an effective therapy. But the implications are even broader, because the approaches that the investigators used could aid therapy development for a vast array of other mitochondrial diseases,” said Maryann Redford, D.D.S, M.P.H., a program director in Collaborative Clinical Research at NIH’s National Eye Institute, which helped fund the study.

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Roderick K. King, M.D., M.P.H.

Roderick K. King, M.D., M.P.H.

Public Health Professor Leading Collaborative Initiative to Address Violence in Liberty City

Supported by a BUILD Health Challenge grant, a team of health professionals and community leaders is launching a collaborative initiative to address the longstanding problem of violence and its impact on the overall health of Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood.

“We plan to develop innovative, evidence-based strategies that will allow us to tackle the root causes of this deadly public health problem,” said Roderick K. King, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and CEO of the Florida Institute for Health Innovation.

Read more about the initiative to reduce violence »

From left, Amir Rowshanrad, M.D., Andrew Oberlin, M.D., David Greschler, M.D., Chad Parvus, M.D., Ivet Cordoba-Torres, M.D., Kenechukwu Okeke, M.D., and David Lubarsky, M.D., M.B.A.

From left, Amir Rowshanrad, M.D., Andrew Oberlin, M.D., David Greschler, M.D., Chad Parvus, M.D., Ivet Cordoba-Torres, M.D., Kenechukwu Okeke, M.D., and David Lubarsky, M.D., M.B.A.

Anesthesiology Residents Take First Place in Lifebox National Challenge

A team of University of Miami /Jackson Memorial Hospital anesthesiology residents captured first place in the 2015 Lifebox National Challenge by raising $4,327 to purchase life-saving oximeters — small, noninvasive medical devices that measure the level of oxygen in a patient’s blood — for surgeries in developing countries.

“Our department has a broad commitment to charitable endeavors and serving the international community,” said David Lubarsky, M.D., M.B.A., the Emanuel M. Papper Professor and Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology. “As the largest anesthesiology training program in the U.S., we work as a unified team to support better health care in developing nations.”

Read more about the Lifebox National Challenge »

Benefits Fairs on the Quad This Week

Open Enrollment benefits fairs are taking place this week on the Schoninger Research Quadrangle on Wednesday, October 7 and Thursday, October 8. Open enrollment, your annual opportunity to make changes to your ’Canes Total Rewards package, runs now through November 2 and will take place in Workday. This year, UNLESS YOU MAKE CHANGES, your current benefits, with the exception of flexible spending account elections, will roll over to 2016. Visit miami.edu/benefits for more information and to download a copy of the 2016 ’Canes Total Rewards Guide.

Ernst & Young volunteers refresh the landscaping at the Debbie Institute during the EY Connect Day.

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Ernst & Young volunteers refresh the landscaping at the Debbie Institute during the EY Connect Day.

Community Partnership Helps Spruce up the Debbie Institute

Wearing bright yellow t-shirts, and inspired by a desire to help, more than three dozen volunteers fanned out through the University of Miami’s Debbie Institute on the Miller School of Medicine campus to give parts of the school a facelift.

The volunteers, employees of Ernst & Young’s (EY) Miami branch, spent several hours landscaping, painting, and building. Others helped the school’s 150 students dress and enjoy their own specially created Build-a-Bear stuffed animals.

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From left, public health student Laurent Saint-Louis, Jose Szapocznik, Ph.D., professor and Chair of Public Health Sciences and Director of the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Deborah Franqui, Ph.D., and Scott Brown, Ph.D., research assistant professor of public health sciences.

From left, public health student Laurent Saint-Louis, Jose Szapocznik, Ph.D., professor and Chair of Public Health Sciences and Director of the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Deborah Franqui, Ph.D., and Scott Brown, Ph.D., research assistant professor of public health sciences.

UM Architecture Students Showcase Healthy Community Designs at Pop-Up Demonstration

The Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences and the University of Miami School of Architecture hosted an interactive street fair and pop-up demonstration project on the medical campus on Friday, October 2. As part of the “Health Care Studio,” UM architecture students showcased dozens of design concepts on ways to improve connectivity on the medical campus and to highlight the importance and potential of the campus as a model of a healthy community.

The event, held from 1 to 5 p.m. between the Clinical Research Building and the Professional Arts Building, was funded by the Atlanta firm, Historical Concepts. In preparation for the event, urban designers from the firm met with the students to discuss campus enhancements and planning principles. The pop-up demonstration featured an ideas wall, café tables, speakers and a food truck.

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

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

Schedule a Flu Shot Session for Your Group

UHealth annual influenza vaccination is a safety priority and in the best interest of our patients and our employees. We are asking everyone in the UHealth community to get a flu shot. We can come to you!

For large departments, one of the best ways to get to compliance quickly is to organize a vaccination session dedicated to your group. For this program, you’ll need 10 or more people to participate.

Read more about scheduling group flu shots »

Creating a Culture of Cybersecurity at Work

Businesses that have been the victims of security breaches report that the top three consequences are: financial theft, intellectual property theft and brand/reputation compromise. Reports suggest that only 13 percent of businesses have a sufficient security system in place and/or regular updates to their security system. So how can businesses and their employees stay safe?

The first line of defense against a workplace cyber-attack is often the individual. Staying secure is a series of small, easy steps.

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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 »

2015 Employee Day Football Game Promotion Has One Game Left

Tickets are now available for the final 2015 Employee Day football game, when the Miami Hurricanes meet the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Saturday, November 21 at Sun Life Stadium.

The game will feature the popular Stadium Bucks, discounted parking for all participants, and a host of other employee-related promotions.

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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.

Register Now for the Miami Transplant International Symposium

Don’t miss the opportunity to attend the Miami Transplant International Symposium, hosted by the Miami Transplant Institute, which takes place Friday, October 23, through Sunday, October 25, at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel.

Your ticket includes:
• Two and a half days of educational sessions offering 20 hours of CME credit to enhance your knowledge and patient care
• Educational tracks specific to your specialty; choose between abdominal and thoracic transplantation sessions
• Breakfast, lunch and refreshment breaks each day and a welcome reception on Friday evening

Read more about the Miami Transplant International Symposium »

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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ICD-10 Tip of the Week: Neutropenia

Specific documentation for Neutropenia allows for capture of ICD-10 diagnoses indicating further specificity.
Document whether the Neutropenia is:
• Congenital
• Drug-induced
• Due to cytoreductive cancer chemotherapy
• Due to infection
• Fever
• Neonatal, transitory
• Secondary (cyclic) (periodic) (splenic)
• Toxic
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