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David Roth, M.D.

David Roth, M.D.

Antiviral Therapy Shows Hope for Advanced Kidney Disease Patients with Hepatitis C Virus Infection

A University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researcher has played a principal role in an international phase III study, known as the C-SURFER trial, of the effect of direct-acting antiviral therapy for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in patients with chronic kidney disease stage 4 or 5. The therapy has shown positive results — a first for patients with advanced kidney disease.

HCV infection is more prevalent in these patients than in the general population. It has been shown to increase the relative risk of death in dialysis and kidney transplant patients and is associated with increased rates of kidney allograft failure, yet patients with hepatitis C and chronic kidney disease have had few treatment options.

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Robert J. Myerburg, M.D.

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Robert J. Myerburg, M.D.

UHealth Cardiologists Contribute to Groundbreaking Document on Cardiac Arrest in Pregnancy

Two UHealth cardiologists — Robert J. Myerburg, M.D., professor of medicine and physiology, and the American Heart Association Chair in Cardiovascular Research, and Maureen H. Lowery, M.D., professor of medicine and Director of the Noninvasive Cardiovascular Laboratory at University of Miami Hospital — have written a commentary in response to the first-ever Scientific Statement on cardiac arrest in pregnancy published by the American Heart Association.

The AHA document, “Cardiac Arrest in Pregnancy: A Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association,” was published in the journal Circulation. The commentary by Drs. Myerburg and Lowery was published in Practice Update – Cardiology.

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Michael Kolber, M.D., Ph.D.

Michael Kolber, M.D., Ph.D.

Research Finds Strong Uptake of HIV Prevention Medication Under ‘Real World’ Conditions

Men having sex with men are willing to take pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in a community clinic setting in order to prevent HIV/AIDS infection, according to a study published online Nov. 16 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

“Clinics that treat sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in a ‘real-world’ setting are promising sites to deliver PrEP for HIV,” said Michael A. Kolber, M.D., Ph.D., professor and Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Kolber is also Clinical Director of HIV for Infectious Diseases, and Director of the Comprehensive AIDS Program. “Our study found a high level of engagement and compliance with the PrEP program,” he said.

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Julie Kornfeld, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Julie Kornfeld, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Julie Kornfeld Leaves Legacy of Leadership in Master of Public Health Programs

Julie Kornfeld, Ph.D., M.P.H., Director of Public Health Programs in the Department of Public Health Sciences and Assistant Dean for Public Health at the Miller School of Medicine, has been named Vice Dean for Education at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. In that role, she will have oversight for all of the school’s doctoral and master’s programs. After nearly 25 years at UM in several key positions, Kornfeld will begin her term at Columbia in January 2016.

As Director of the various Master of Public Health Programs in the Department of Public Health Sciences, Kornfeld has led notable efforts to transform the Department’s educational programs to prepare the next generation of public health leaders. In collaboration with Medical Education, she led the Department’s effort to establish what has become the nation’s largest integrated four-year dual M.D./M.P.H. program.

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Byron L. Lam, M.D.

Byron L. Lam, M.D.

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Initiates Pioneering Gene Therapy Targeting Choroideremia

A research team at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has performed gene therapy on a 47-year-old man as part of a Phase 2 clinical trial to treat Choroideremia (CHM), a rare inherited cause of blindness. The Food and Drug Administration approved clinical trial will ultimately treat six patients with CHM to help determine the safety and efficacy of this novel treatment. A promising treatment for CHM had been elusive until the advent of gene therapy. The transfer of new genes into the dysfunctional cells has the potential to restore the health and function of these cells.

The team was led by Byron L. Lam, M.D., the Robert Z. and Nancy J. Greene Chair in Ophthalmology, who has a broad background in neuro-ophthalmology and hereditary retinal degenerations. Lam is Bascom Palmer’s Medical Director of Neuro-Ophthalmology and Scientific Co-Director of the Adrienne Arsht Hope for Vision Retinal Degeneration Laboratory.

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Carl I. Schulman, M.D., M.S.P.H., Ph.D., speaks to U.S. Army forward surgical team members.

Carl I. Schulman, M.D., M.S.P.H., Ph.D., speaks to U.S. Army forward surgical team members.

Veterans Day Ceremony Honors Three Medical Professionals Killed in Combat

Two U.S. Army surgeons and a registered nurse who died in combat were honored November 11 at an emotional Veterans Day ceremony at the Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education at the Miller School of Medicine.

“All of our veterans give something to our country, and these three gave their all,” said Lt. Col. William White, an emergency room nurse with the Army Trauma Training Department (ATTD) at Ryder Trauma Center.

Speaking to approximately 30 men and women who are completing U.S. Army forward surgical team training rotations at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, White praised the three veterans, whose photos were added to the Gordon Center’s Wall of Heroes.

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Hands-on science was a key element of the day’s events.

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Hands-on science was a key element of the day’s events.

DCC Fall Family Fests Prove Kids Are Cancer Fighters, Too

For the past two weekends, physicians and scientists from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center have joined hundreds of curious kids at the Dolphins Cancer Challenge (DCC) Fall Family Fests in Broward and Miami-Dade counties to participate in fun bike rides and hands-on scientific experiments.

The motto at both events was “Kids are cancer fighters, too,” with the goal to get children and their families excited about the DCC main event on February 20, 2016, but also to raise their curiosity about cancer research.

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Tony Musto, Ph.D.

Tony Musto, Ph.D.

Improve Your Fitness by Training for the DCC

Riding, running or walking in the Dolphins Cancer Challenge (DCC) on February 20, 2016, is a great way to improve your personal fitness, while raising funds to support research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

“A big event like the DCC is a great reason to start a fitness program,” says Tony Musto, Ph.D., Director of Fitness Programs, and Sport Nutrition Specialist for Hurricane Athletics. “Whatever your current condition, there is plenty of time to get in shape for the DCC.”

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Laurence B. Gardner, M.D.

Laurence B. Gardner, M.D.

Dr. Laurence B. Gardner to Present Gross Lecture on the Affordable Care Act on November 19

Laurence B. Gardner, M.D., Miller Professor and Executive Dean for Education and Policy, will present this year’s Ralph H. and Ruth F. Gross Endowed Lecture, “The Affordable Care Act: Implications for the Future of Healthcare in the United States,” on Thursday, November 19, at 4 p.m., at the Louis Calder Memorial Library.

RSVP to Janet Ross at 305-243-6424 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Lauren Gjolaj, M.B.A.

Lauren Gjolaj, M.B.A.

DIRECCT Talk: Lauren Gjolaj Demonstrates UM’s Commitment to Teamwork

Lauren Gjolaj, a registered nurse with an M.B.A., knows that a team commitment to high-quality patient care changes lives for the better. Gjolaj works with the outpatient services team at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center as the director of clinical operations at University of Miami Hospital and Clinics.

“Our Comprehensive Treatment Unit (CTU) team lives this core value of excellence every day as we strive to improve the delivery of our services and create value for our patients,” she said.

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The Executive MBA for Health Care Professionals Program Starts January 8

There’s still time to apply to the Executive MBA for Health Care Professionals program offered by the School of Business Administration. Designed for working professionals in the health care industry, the program starts January 8 and meets once a month on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Applications are still being accepted and UM employees may be eligible for scholarships based on merit. To apply, please contact Priscilla Ferreira at 305-284-3981 or at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). More information is available here.

Jazz Up Your Lunch Hour!

Jackson Memorial Hospital, in partnership with The Miami Foundation and the Miami Jazz Cooperative, is holding “Jazz at Jackson” lunchtime concerts every Thursday through April 2016. Jazz bands will perform live at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. in Alamo Park.

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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XXXVII Inter-American Course in Clinical Ophthalmology, November 22-25

The Department of Ophthalmology will host Curso 2015, XXXVII Inter-American Course in Clinical Ophthalmology from Sunday, November 22 to Wednesday, November 25, at the InterContinental Hotel in Miami.

The Inter-American Course is designed for practicing ophthalmologists in Latin America and the Caribbean, to provide maximum emphasis on practical approaches to select clinical problems. In addition to the course material presented with simultaneous English-Spanish translation, more than 60 commercial exhibitors will participate in an accompanying trade show.

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Sign Up Now for Holistic Holiday at Sea 2016

Sign up now for Holistic Holiday at Sea 2016 and earn CMEs/CEUs while you enjoy the world’s largest, most comprehensive health and wellness program ever held on a ship at sea. Produced by the University of Miami’s Integrative and Complementary Academic Medicine Programs (iCamp), Holistic Holiday at Sea takes place from February 27 to March 5, 2016, aboard the MSC Divina.

The CME/CEU program features renowned speakers who will cover evidence-based research and its applications in modern clinical medicine. Topics will include cardiovascular disease, cancer prevention, diabetes, the function of the retina, what current research says about GMO foods and our health, nutritional supplementation, the gut-brain axis, and much more. Of the 135 classes offered, up to 40.75 CEU hours and 37.75 CME hours are obtainable.

For more information on the Holistic Holiday at Sea CME/CEU Program, click here or call 305-243-4751. For more information on first booking your cruise, click here.

UM Business Plan Competition Opens — Entries Due by November 30

The annual University of Miami Business Plan Competition — sponsored by the School of Business Administration but open to all undergraduate and graduate students, and alumni — is now soliciting entries. The submission deadline for concept papers is November 30.

Miller School teams have won in the Graduate Student Category for the past two years. This year’s competition is offering more than $50,000 in prize money. Access is available to executive coaching and mentors.

For more information, visit miami.edu/bplan.