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

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UM President Julio Frenk.

UM President Julio Frenk.

Inauguration Week Includes Major Event on Medical Campus

The week of activities surrounding the inauguration of Julio Frenk as the University of Miami’s sixth President includes a major event taking place on the Miller School of Medicine campus on Thursday, January 28.

The overall theme is “A New Century of Medical Education and Innovation.” The event will begin with a pre-inaugural presentation by President Frenk. There will also be a groundbreaking ceremony for the Miller School of Medicine Center for Medical Education, made possible by an extraordinary $50 million gift from the family of Stuart A. Miller, Chair of the University of Miami Board of Trustees.

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From left, Sandra Chaparro, M.D., Carlos E. Alfonso, M.D., Robert C. Hendel, M.D., UM President Julio Frenk, Jeffrey Goldberger, M.D., Steven M. Altschuler, M.D., and Steven Falcone, M.D., M.B.A.

From left, Sandra Chaparro, M.D., Carlos E. Alfonso, M.D., Robert C. Hendel, M.D., UM President Julio Frenk, Jeffrey Goldberger, M.D., Steven M. Altschuler, M.D., and Steven Falcone, M.D., M.B.A.

UHealth Hosts AHA Executive Leadership Team Kick-off Reception

Cardiovascular experts from UHealth – the University of Miami Health System gathered with UM President Julio Frenk at the Executive Leadership Team Kick-off Reception held at the Newman Alumni Center on Thursday, January 14. The event, attended by community leaders and business partners, officially marked the launch of the American Heart Association’s 2016 Miami-Dade Heart Walk — one of the largest community events in Miami-Dade County, reaching thousands of people.

This year, Steven Falcone, M.D., M.B.A., Executive Dean for Clinical Affairs and CEO of the UHealth Clinical Practice, is chairman of the Miami-Dade Heart Walk, being held in late November.

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Chris Alabiad, M.D.

Chris Alabiad, M.D.

Dr. Chris Alabiad Named Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at Miller School

Chris Alabiad, M.D., has been appointed Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

“I am honored to be selected to work with these students, the future of medicine,” said Alabiad, assistant professor of clinical ophthalmology. “I look forward to being part of a team that enhances the medical education experience and allows our students to realize their full potential.”

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Kenneth W. Goodman, Ph.D., left, with Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

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Kenneth W. Goodman, Ph.D., left, with Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy Celebrates Launch

When Kenneth W. Goodman, Ph.D., held a get-together in the Gordon Center’s Broad-Bussel Auditorium earlier this month to celebrate the launch of the Miller School of Medicine’s new Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy, he attracted a large group of long-time supporters and collaborators, several of whom had come to the event from a variety of partner institutions throughout South Florida.

Goodman, professor of medicine, is the Institute’s Director, as he was for the 25-year-old Bioethics Program that preceded it.

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Joseph Panoff, M.D.

Joseph Panoff, M.D.

Study Shows Inferior Outcomes for African-American Pediatric Lymphoma Patients

Researchers from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center have published a study showing that African-American pediatric Hodgkin lymphoma patients have inferior overall survival to their white and Hispanic peers. The findings, published in the journal Pediatric Blood & Cancer, are the largest study yet on racial and ethnic disparity in the pediatric Hodgkin lymphoma population.

“Little was known about the association between race, ethnicity and survival in the pediatric Hodgkin lymphoma population,” said Joseph Panoff, M.D., assistant professor of radiation oncology at Sylvester and lead author of the study. “Our study showed that African-American children and teenagers had worse overall survival than whites and Hispanics at 25 years after diagnosis. We also found that Hispanic males had inferior disease-specific survival compared to white males.”

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Marlon Pereira, D.P.T., treats one of the Wodapalooza athletes.

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Marlon Pereira, D.P.T., treats one of the Wodapalooza athletes.

UHealth Sports Medicine Wows Athletes at Wodapalooza

UHealth Sports Medicine physicians and staff took their game from the clinic to Bayfront Park in downtown Miami January 15-17 for Wodapalooza, a three-day fitness festival boasting more than 1,500 competing athletes and 20,000-plus spectators. On the sidelines were approximately 50 UHealth – the University of Miami Health System sports medicine physicians, residents, athletic trainers, physical therapists and staff.

For the first time, UHealth Sports Medicine was a sponsor at Wodapalooza. Seeing a unique fit with a group of athletes that is often in need of sports medicine services, UHealth joined Wodapalooza to provide medical care to the competitors, and the athletes took full advantage of the treatments being offered, particularly on Friday when storms moved in and the athletes competed in driving wind and rain.

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Rosario Isasi, J.D., M.P.H.

Rosario Isasi, J.D., M.P.H.

Faculty Author Says Human Genome Editing Policy Requires Setting Thresholds of Acceptability

Human genome editing for research has made great strides in recent years, yet a new University of Miami Miller School of Medicine faculty member says modification of the human germline raises socio-ethical and policy questions.

Rosario Isasi, J.D., M.P.H., associate professor, joined the Miller School this month with appointments in the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics, the Bioethics Institute, the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics and the Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute.

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Michael Samuels, M.D.

Michael Samuels, M.D.

Researcher is Passionate About Participating in the DCC

Michael Samuels, M.D., a radiation oncologist specializing in head and neck cancers at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been a passionate rider in the Dolphins Cancer Challenge since 2011.

“I joined Sylvester in November 2010, and Jerry Goodwin, our Chief Medical Officer, immediately encouraged me to sign up for DCC II and explained how important the event was for Sylvester,” said Samuels. “I agreed and participated in 2011. It was an incredibly exciting event and I’ve been a part of it ever since.”

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Martin Oudega, Ph.D., left, with Monica A. Perez, P.T., Ph.D.

Martin Oudega, Ph.D., left, with Monica A. Perez, P.T., Ph.D.

Miami Project Researchers Receive $1.1 Million Grant to Study Neuroplasticity

Martin Oudega, Ph.D., and Monica A. Perez, P.T., Ph.D., both associate professors of neurological surgery and researchers at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, have received a $1.1 million Veterans Administration grant to study neuroplasticity.

The funded research project, titled “Maximizing Spike-Timing Dependent Plasticity after Spinal Cord Injury,” will explore new clinical approaches to restoring upper-limb function after incomplete cervical spinal cord injury (SCI). The corticospinal tract axons are involved in controlling upper-limb function. Paired-pulse induced spike-timing dependent plasticity (STDP) enhances synaptic strength between residual corticospinal tract axons and spinal motoneurons, resulting in temporary improvements in upper-limb function in humans with incomplete cervical SCI.

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From left, on sofa, Wilma and Wildine Amoithe, standing, Shelly Baer, Maria and Michael Perez, and Leda Falero.

From left, on sofa, Wilma and Wildine Amoithe, standing, Shelly Baer, Maria and Michael Perez, and Leda Falero.

A Patient’s Big Smile Attracts Big-Hearted Donors

Wildine Amoithe, a regular patient at the Mailman Center for Child Development, has a genetic condition known as achondroplasia that has kept her from growing more than 30 inches tall. Despite her small stature, however, the 12-year-old sixth-grader has an outsized smile that touched the hearts of some generous Miami-Dade residents who read about her during the recent holiday season in the Miami Herald Wish Book feature.

“I nominated her, and the Herald chose her as one of the people in need they wanted to feature,” said Shelly Baer, a social worker at the Mailman Center. “Wildine had important needs — a power wheelchair, some renovation to the home where she and her parents live to make it easier for her to get around, and a computer and printer for her school work.”

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Iron Arrow Induction Recommendations Due January 27

Iron Arrow Honor Society, the highest honor attainable at the University of Miami, is currently accepting recommendations for induction for the Spring 2016 semester. If you know a phenomenal ’Cane whose work and contributions exemplify leadership, character, scholarship, humility and love of alma mater, please consider recommending him or her for membership. Write a brief description of their accomplishments (no more than one typed page) along with an explanation of why you feel they deserve this honor. You may also submit a resume along with your description. Remember to keep your recommendation confidential.

Email your recommendation(s) to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or via our website http://www.ironarrow.com/nform.html no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 27.

Lewis First, M.D., M.S.

Lewis First, M.D., M.S.

Inaugural Dr. Lee Worley Memorial Lecture, February 4

Register now for the inaugural Dr. Lee Worley Memorial Lecture, to be held Thursday, February 4, at the Mailman Center Auditorium. There will be a reception at 5 p.m.; the lecture will begin at 6 p.m.

The lecture, named for the longtime Department of Pediatrics faculty member who passed away in 2015, will be given by Lewis First, M.D., M.S., Chairman and Professor of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Vermont, and Editor-in-Chief of Pediatrics, the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. His topic will be: “Future of Pediatrics: Can this patient be saved?”

Registration is required at 305-243-3956 or pediatrics.med.miami.edu/advancement/rsvp.

The Business of Health Care: Going Global Conference, March 21

UM President Julio Frenk will headline a trio of keynote speakers at The Business of Health Care: Going Global, the fifth in a series of health industry impact conferences hosted by the Center for Health Sector Management and Policy and the University of Miami School of Business Administration, on Monday, March 21.

Health care is an increasingly global commodity. Multinational health care service providers, biomedical and biotechnology industries, multi-country joint ventures, medical tourism and the promise of advances in technology, are but a sample of the globalization of the business of health care. This conference promises to offer an unparalleled opportunity for the exchange of ideas on the importance of thinking globally about the business of health care and the impact on the business community in general.

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BMB Core Supply Center Hosts Life Technologies’ Technical Table Show

The BMB Core Supply Center will host Life Technologies’ technical table show on January 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Gautier Building, room 118.

Come have lunch and meet your Life Technologies technical specialists and sales reps in the following areas:

• Stem Cells and HCS/Drug Discovery – Stephen Harper

• Imaging – Michael Serge Molecular Biology – Sierra McGarity

• Protein Biology – Lauren Sheckler

• Synthetic Biology – Shelly West

• Consumable Sales – James Adams

• Supply Center Operations – Gretchen Neureuter

• Sequencing and QPCR Sales – Dan Leddy

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Mind and Matter, FSAP’s Spring Edition eNewsletter, Now Available

The spring edition of Mind and Matter, the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program’s quarterly newsletter, is now available. It features articles on health and well-being, helpful tips on maintaining work-life balance, and other valuable resources, such as free wellness seminars for faculty and staff. If you are interested in receiving the newsletter, or seminar announcements via email, please visit the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program website or contact Caliope Bootle at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Pitbull will perform at Destination Fashion 2016.

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Pitbull will perform at Destination Fashion 2016.

Destination Fashion 2016 to Benefit The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, March 5

Destination Fashion 2016 to benefit The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, the fundraising arm of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, will be held on Saturday, March 5, at Bal Harbour Shops. Global music icon Pitbull, Mr. Worldwide, will perform in concert and Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour has selected Italian luxury brand Brunello Cucinelli as the featured designer to showcase their Spring 2016 Collection at the event. Co-Anchor of NBC’s Today Show Savannah Guthrie, will serve as emcee for the progressive party and dinner hosted by Honorary Co-Chairs Grammy Award Winners Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Academy Award Winner Tommy Lee Jones and wife Dawn Jones, Golden Globe Winner Christian Slater and wife Brittany Slater, who will join a who’s who of celebrities, philanthropic icons, business leaders, fashionistas and other South Florida notables at the main event. For sponsorships, tables or more information visit thebuonicontifund.com/destinationfashion or call 305-243-4656.

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University Temporarily Bans Hoverboards from Buildings

Due to the fires associated with electronic skateboards and self-balancing scooters, such as Hoverboards, Swagways, IO Hawks and Skywalkers, the University of Miami is temporarily banning all such devices from inside all University-owned and -operated buildings, including all on-campus housing facilities, recreational centers, libraries, classrooms and laboratories.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), which has issued a strong warning against these devices, is investigating why some models have caught fire either during the charging stage or while in use. CPSC experts are looking particularly closely at the battery packs and chargers for the devices.

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Neurology Update & Stroke Intensive 2016, January 28-30

The University of Miami Division of Continuing Medical Education and the Miller School of Medicine Department of Neurology will host the Neurology Update & Stroke Intensive 2016 conference, January 28-30 at the Alexander Hotel on Miami Beach.

The course is designed to provide clinicians with the most recent developments in the diagnosis and management of neurologic disorders, including stroke. It will cover the latest advances in the different fields of neurology and neuroscience, including epilepsy, sleep disorders, multiple sclerosis, movement disorders and neuromuscular diseases, all of which are critical in solving clinical problems, diagnosing and treating patients and improving the quality of patient care.

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Upcoming SBIR/STTR Workshops Can Steer You Toward Millions in Research and Development Funding

Each year, the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs award billions in non-dilutive grant funding to advance and commercialize game-changing technologies. The process of getting funded by these highly competitive federal programs is complex and requires strategic proposals. The impact, however, of receiving millions in high-risk research and development funding is worth the effort.

On February 9 and 10, SBIR/STTR expert Lisa Kurek of BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting will lead two workshops at the University of Miami focusing on program eligibility, selecting the right agency and key components of a competitive proposal. She will also be available for individual consultations, offering tailored guidance to interested attendees.

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End-of-Life Conversations: The Essentials, February 27

The University of Miami Division of Continuing Medical Education, Dade County Medical Association, Florida International University, and Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Centers will be hosting the first End-of-Life Conversations: The Essentials 2016 event on Saturday, February 27, at the University of Miami Hospital, Seminar Center A & B.

The conversation about advance care planning presents one of the most difficult challenges a physician encounters when caring for a chronically ill, frail elderly, or dying patient. Getting it right can be difficult, especially if this conversation is to be performed skillfully and empathetically. Being a better communicator about death and dying should be seen as a necessary challenge, one that bedevils even the most capable of physicians. Yet it is a challenge caring physicians will want to meet.

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Therapeutic Hypothermia and Temperature Management: Current and Future, March 3-4

Register now for the 6th Annual Therapeutic Hypothermia and Temperature Management: Current and Future conference, to be held March 3-4 at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay by the University of Miami Division of Continuing Medical Education.

The importance of temperature management and therapeutic hypothermia has been a subject of ongoing experimental and clinical investigations in different fields of patient care. While mild to moderate levels of hypothermia protect and promote functional outcome in experimental and clinical studies, mild levels of hyperthermia may worsen outcome in some patient populations. Although there has been some success in translating positive results from the bench to the bedside, there is a need to continue to discuss with leading thought leaders when therapeutic hypothermia may be most appropriate to utilize in a patient population and under what conditions temperature management would be recommended.

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American Medical Women’s Association to Hold 101st Anniversary Conference in Miami March 10-13

To celebrate its next century for women in medicine, the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) — the vision and voice of women in medicine since 1915 — will host its 101st Anniversary Meeting from March 10-13 at the Hilton Miami Airport. The conference features an outstanding roster of speakers, CME sessions, an awards ceremony, poster presentations and its 101st Anniversary Gala. The meeting is open to everyone.

Conference faculty will include Hilit F. Mechaber, M.D., associate professor of clinical medicine and Associate Dean for Student Services at the Miller School of Medicine.

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Get Greener, Healthier and Richer by Walking (to the Trash Bin) More

Green U and HR Benefits have teamed up to provide a healthier, greener way to start the new year and earn 50 points in the Well ’Canes Incentive Program. To qualify, office teams need to sign up for the Green Office Certification Program and give up their desk trash cans, throwing their non-recyclable garbage in a communal trash bin. As research shows, employees who keep only recycle bins at their workstations not only walk more, but also significantly increase single-stream recycling in the workplace. To apply, visit the Green Office program or contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).