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

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Bernard S. Baumel, M.D.

Bernard S. Baumel, M.D.

Researcher Launches Nation’s First Clinical Trial Using Stem Cells to Treat Alzheimer’s Disease

A new clinical trial at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine will be the first in the U.S. to focus on using mesenchymal stem cells to treat Alzheimer’s disease.

“We believe infusions of these types of stem cells have the potential to be beneficial to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease,” said Bernard S. Baumel, M.D., assistant professor of neurology. He is the principal investigator for the phase 1 clinical trial, which is designed to determine the safety of this treatment strategy.

Baumel has collaborated with Joshua Hare, M.D., Louis Lemberg Professor of Medicine and Director of the Miller School’s Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute (ISCI), using mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) developed by Longeveron, a UM life sciences spin-off company. MSCs have the ability to develop into brain cells, as well as many other types of cells throughout the body.

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Seemant Chaturvedi, M.D.

Seemant Chaturvedi, M.D.

Miller School Researchers to Study Risk of Irregular Heartbeat in Patients with Sleep Apnea

A University of Miami Miller School of Medicine research team is launching a new study to examine the risk of atrial fibrillation — an irregular, rapid heartbeat — in patients with obstructive sleep apnea. Both conditions increase the risk of a serious stroke, according to Seemant Chaturvedi, M.D., professor of clinical neurology and Vice Chair for VA Programs in the Department of Neurology.

“Early detection of atrial fibrillation is very important since oral anticoagulants are extremely effective for stroke prevention in these patients,” said Chaturvedi, who is Chief of Neurology at the Miami VA Medical Center, working closely with Douglas Wallace, M.D., Director of the Sleep Lab at the Miami VA Medical Center.

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Anat Galor, M.D., M.S.P.H., left, and Roy Levitt, M.D.

Anat Galor, M.D., M.S.P.H., left, and Roy Levitt, M.D.

‘Dry Eye’ Linked to Chronic Pain Syndromes

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researchers have found a link between “dry eye” and chronic pain syndromes and mental health — a finding that suggests that a new paradigm is needed for diagnosis and treatment to improve patient outcomes.

“Our study indicates that some patients with dry eye have corneal somatosensory pathway dysfunction and would be better described as having neuropathic ocular pain,” Anat Galor, M.D., M.S.P.H., associate professor of clinical ophthalmology at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, and the lead author of a groundbreaking study, “Neuropathic Ocular Pain due to Dry Eye is Associated with Multiple Comorbid Chronic Pain Syndromes,” published recently in the American Pain Society’s Journal of Pain.

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José Szapocznik, Ph.D.

José Szapocznik, Ph.D.

Dr. José Szapocznik Briefs Congressional Staffers on HIV/AIDS Prevention

José Szapocznik, Ph.D., professor and Chair of the Miller School’s Department of Public Health Sciences and Director of the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute, briefed congressional staffers on the challenge of addressing opioid addiction, HIV and viral hepatitis during a lunch meeting at the Rayburn Building in Washington, D.C., on December 1, World AIDS Day. He was one of three people presenting on Capitol Hill.

Opioid addiction, HIV, and viral hepatitis (HCV) are related epidemics. Since the beginning of the HIV/AIDS challenge, addiction and drug abuse have been strongly linked with the epidemic, especially by increasing the risk of both contracting and transmitting HIV. Szapocznik focused his presentation on the work that the Department of Public Health Sciences has done to prevent the transmission of HIV.

Read more about Dr. Szapocznik's presentation to Congressional staffers »

Camillo Ricordi, M.D.

Camillo Ricordi, M.D.

Dr. Camillo Ricordi Delivers Inaugural Lecture Named in His Honor

One of the world’s leading diabetes researchers, Camillo Ricordi, M.D., Director of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Diabetes Research Institute (DRI), was chosen to deliver the keynote address at the Cell Transplant Society’s recent international congress in Melbourne, Australia. He delivered the inaugural Camillo Ricordi Lecture, named in his honor, on “Translational challenges and opportunities in cellular therapies and regenerative medicine.”

As a pioneer in developing islet cell transplantation techniques to restore insulin production, Ricordi was a natural choice for the prestigious lecture.

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Michael Antoni, Ph.D.

Michael Antoni, Ph.D.

Stress Management Helps Women Survive Breast Cancer Longer

Newly published research from a National Cancer Institute-funded randomized trial shows that women who were taught skills to manage stress early in their breast cancer treatment had improved survival rates and longer intervals of remission 8 to 15 years post-diagnosis.

Michael Antoni, Ph.D., leader of the Adaptation to Cancer Treatment and Survivorship group of the Cancer Control Program at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and a professor of psychology, psychiatry, and behavioral sciences, and his research team previously found that cognitive-behavioral stress management (CBSM) — an intervention approach Antoni created at UM — improves psychological adaptation and lowers distress and inflammatory signaling in circulating cells during breast cancer treatment and long-term follow-ups.

Read more about the breast cancer study »

Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., handing out cookies at the 2014 holiday celebration.

Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., handing out cookies at the 2014 holiday celebration.

Cookies and Hot Chocolate with the Dean

Dean Goldschmidt would like to recognize your transformational work throughout the past year, and wish you all the best for the holidays. Please join him for cookies and hot chocolate on Wednesday, December 9, from 8 to 10 a.m. in the lobby of the Clinical Research Building.

Mohammad Jahanzeb, M.D.

Mohammad Jahanzeb, M.D.

Lung Cancer Specialist says “DCC with Me!”

As a lung cancer clinician and researcher at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Mohammad Jahanzeb, M.D., understands the importance of the Dolphins Cancer Challenge (DCC).

“Survival rates for patients with advanced lung cancer have more than tripled in the past five years, thanks to new targeted strategies that go beyond traditional chemotherapy,” he says. “The research work of our colleagues at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center – supported by the DCC – and elsewhere is really paying off.”

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Christian Garcia.

Christian Garcia.

DIRECCT Talk: Toppel Center Director Transforms Lives through Art

In this week’s DIRECCT Talk, Christian Garcia, Associate Dean and Executive Director of the Toppel Career Center, explains how Gapingvoid’s 85 pieces of inspirational art help the center inspire not only its visitors but its staff.

“Sometimes you have to take a chance on transforming your workspace,” he said. “With one change you can truly make a positive impact on cultural transformation.”

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Get Updates about Funding, Training and Service Opportunities by Joining the CTSI Mailing List

Want to learn about important opportunities that can help advance your research? Join the University of Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) mailing list to find out more about the types of funding offered through the Miami CTSI and its partners. Free consultations with experts in areas like biostatistics, biomedical informatics and research participant recruitment, and training on topics such as database programming and grant writing are available. Sign up here.

Sebastian cheers on Essentials of Leadership graduates.

Sebastian cheers on Essentials of Leadership graduates.

Registration Now Open for Essentials of Leadership January 2016 Series

Managers at the University of Miami have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills with Essentials of Leadership (EOL), a customized leadership program aligned with the UM Common Purpose and Values, and leadership traits and behaviors. EOL is composed of interactive modules, leadership discussions, individual assessments, experiential learning activities and coaching. Enrollment for the EOL January 2016 Series (5) runs through January 3. To learn more, visit Essentials of Leadership Program, or contact Workforce Engagement and Development at 305-243-3090.

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InsideUM Fall 2015 Edition Now Available

Get up-close and personal with our sixth president, Dr. Julio Frenk, learn how to transform your workspace, and meet some of our proud employee veterans in the Fall 2015 edition of InsideUM.

A Holiday Safety Reminder

As the holidays approach, the Office of Environmental Health and Safety wants to remind the University community of some decorating “dos and don’ts”:

Do use UL-listed decorative lights, decorations and ornaments. Do use artificial holiday trees that are fire-resistant and place indoor trees away from traffic; do not block doorways. Do unplug all holiday lights when you leave the office for the day. Do remove all decorations, displays, lights and/or ornaments after the holiday event.

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Winter Break Energy Conservation Initiative

This winter break, Green U, Facilities Management and the Student ECO Agency are inviting all faculty, staff and students to support UM’s Energy Conservation Initiative, which runs from December 21 through January 3. With your participation, the University can reduce its carbon footprint.

Post your funny energy saving in action photo on Facebook and get a chance to win Whole Foods and Starbucks gift cards! Just Like us on Facebook, and tag your photo on @Green U University of Miami.

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Sexual Assault Resource Team Seeks Volunteers

The UM Counseling Center’s Sexual Assault Resource Team (SART) is seeking dedicated, warm and empathic faculty, staff and graduate student volunteers from the medical campus to serve as advocates during the 2016 calendar year.

SART is often the first line of response for UM students who have been sexually assaulted, molested or battered, and has supported sexual assault survivors and concerned others since 1992. As an advocate, you will provide hotline callers with much-needed emotional support, information, and referrals, in addition to help accessing resources when appropriate. You will receive comprehensive training in taking calls from students in a variety of sexual assault-related situations, orientation to UM’s varied resources for those who have been sexually victimized, and ongoing support from licensed mental health professionals at the Counseling Center.

Read more about the SART volunteer opportunities »

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.

Week of Well-Being Wants You in 2016

Lectures, fitness classes, financial workshops and other activities focused on advancing the well-being of UM’s faculty and staff will return for the fourth annual Week of Well-Being, April 4-8. Faculty, staff, students and alumni will have a chance to share their knowledge and expertise by becoming presenters during the one-week event, held on the Coral Gables, Rosenstiel School and Miller School of Medicine campuses, as well as our many satellite locations.

Become part of UM’s annual Week of Well-Being by completing and submitting the Presenter Proposal Form by Friday, December 11. Selected participants will be notified in January. If you have any questions, please contact HR-Benefits at 305-284-3004.