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From left, UM President Julio Frenk, Jeri Wolfson and Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

From left, UM President Julio Frenk, Jeri Wolfson and Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

DOCS Launches Initiative to Provide Health Care to Underserved Communities Nationwide

In an effort to showcase its innovative educational model of providing quality health care to underserved communities, the Mitchell Wolfson Sr. Department of Community Service (DOCS) at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine launched a new initiative to share its work on the national stage.

The event, “Creating Connections: Celebrating New DOCS Initiatives,” was an opportunity to celebrate the many DOCS connections in the community and also to launch a comprehensive website, “Disseminating the Model,” as a vehicle to spread the DOCS model to other medical schools.

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Jeffrey P. Brosco, M.D., Ph.D.

Jeffrey P. Brosco, M.D., Ph.D.

Increasing ADHD Rates May Be Linked to Heightened Academic Expectations for Young Children

A new study led by Jeffrey P. Brosco, M.D., Ph.D., professor of clinical pediatrics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has identified a possible correlation between the prevalence of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and increasing academic demands on young children. In an article published last month by JAMA Pediatrics, Brosco hypothesized that increased academic standards since the 1970s have contributed to the rise in diagnosis of ADHD.

“When we researched educational and public policy literature for studies that documented time children spent on academic activities, we were alarmed to find how substantially education had changed since the 1970s,” said Brosco, who is also associate director of clinical services at the Mailman Center for Child Development at UHealth – the University of Miami Health System. “From time spent studying to enrollment rates in pre-primary programs, everything had increased, and not surprisingly, in the past 40 years we also saw ADHD diagnoses double.”

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Bernard S. Baumel, M.D.

Bernard S. Baumel, M.D.

UHealth Launches Clinical Trial to Treat Alzheimer’s

Neurologists at UHealth – the University of Miami Health System are starting a clinical trial to treat Alzheimer’s disease — what will be the first in the U.S. to use mesenchymal stem cells. The study, which is designed to determine the safety of this treatment strategy, will be open to patients at UHealth with mild Alzheimer’s disease symptoms who are otherwise healthy.

“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 at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and principal investigator for the phase 1 clinical trial.

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Robert S. Kirsner, M.D., Ph.D.

Robert S. Kirsner, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Robert S. Kirsner Named Chair of Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery

Robert S. Kirsner, M.D., Ph.D., has been named Chair of the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery. Kirsner, who holds the Harvey Blank Professorship, has been Interim Chair since his predecessor, Lawrence A. Schachner, M.D., stepped down in December 2014.

He is also a professor of public health sciences, and he lends his expertise to treating the underserved and homeless populations of Miami-Dade County at Camillus House, where, for more than 20 years, he has conducted a monthly dermatology clinic.

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J. William Harbour, M.D.

J. William Harbour, M.D.

New Biomarker Identifies Eye Cancer Patients at High Risk for Metastasis

A study by J. William Harbour, M.D., Associate Director for Basic Research and leader of the Eye Cancer Site Disease Group at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and colleagues, published today in Clinical Cancer Research, details the discovery of a biomarker that puts patients at a higher risk for metastasis of uveal melanoma.

Among uveal melanomas categorized as class 1, those with high levels of the biomarker PRAME mRNA were more likely to metastasize than those with low levels of PRAME mRNA, indicating that patients with this biomarker be monitored more closely for metastatic disease.

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Praseeda Venugopalan, Ph.D., and Kenneth J. Muller, Ph.D.

Praseeda Venugopalan, Ph.D., and Kenneth J. Muller, Ph.D.

Miller School Researchers Transplant Retinal Ganglion Cells into Living Animals

A University of Miami Miller School of Medicine research team has successfully transplanted retinal ganglion cells into the eyes of living animals. The groundbreaking laboratory study also found that the new cells responded to light, a finding with potential clinical implications for glaucoma, macular degeneration and other retinal diseases.

“This is the first time transplanted retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) have survived and made integrated connections with existing retinal cells,” said Praseeda Venugopalan, Ph.D., a former neuroscience student at the Miller School who is now working at Genentech in San Francisco. “These findings present a promising approach to potential cell replacement strategies in conditions like glaucoma that lead to the loss of RGCs.”

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Tomorrow: A Proactive Approach to Career/Life Planning: A Workshop with Peers

Women In Academic Medicine will host a faculty development workshop entitled “A Proactive Approach to Career/Life Planning: A Workshop with Peers,” tomorrow, March 9, from 1:30 p.m to 3 p.m., in the first-floor auditorium of the Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education, in the Don Soffer Clinical Research Center.

The guest speaker will be Stephanie B. Abbuhl, M.D., Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs and professor of emergency medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

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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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Learn About Miami CTSI Resources at Department of Medicine Research Day, March 10

On Thursday, March 10, the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) will participate in the Department of Medicine’s 2nd Annual Eugene J. Sayfie, M.D. Research Day, offering consultations and demonstrations of two online tools that are free to University of Miami researchers.

The CTSI booth will be located at the Schoninger Research Quadrangle and will be open throughout the poster session from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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43rd Miami Pediatric Nephrology Seminar and Renal Pathology Course, March 10-13

The 43rd Miami Pediatric Nephrology Seminar and Renal Pathology Course, sponsored by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Holtz Children’s Hospital at Jackson Memorial Hospital, and presented by the Division of Pediatric Nephrology in the Department of Pediatrics and the Division of Renal Pathology in the Department of Pathology, will be held March 10 to 13 at The Alexander All Suite Ocean Front Resort on Miami Beach.

The Program Director will be Gaston Zilleruelo, M.D., professor of pediatrics and Director of the Division of Pediatric Nephrology; Associate Program Directors will be Carolyn L. Abitbol, M.D., professor of pediatrics and Medical Director of Pediatric Dialysis, and Michael Freundlich, M.D., professor of clinical pediatrics.

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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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Save the Date: Miami Brain Fair, March 12

Save the date for the Miami Brain Fair, March 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the BankUnited Center Fieldhouse. The Brain Fair is a community education event designed to teach adults and children how the brain works and about the neuroscience research at the University of Miami. To volunteer, click here.

Miller School Students Prepare for 5th Annual Cabaret, March 13

UM students, faculty, physicians and employees are cordially invited to the 5th Annual UMMSM Cabaret Show, to be held Sunday, March 13, starting at 3 p.m. at the Manuel Artime Theater, 900 SW 1st Street, in Miami. Cabaret is a performing and visual arts show that seeks to provide medical students and faculty with an opportunity to reconnect with passions outside the field of medicine and demonstrate their talents in the artistic realm. This year’s acts include the a capella group “Doctor’s Note,” the hip-hop group BPM (Beats per Minute), Bollywood, the MS2 Funk Band and several other surprise entertainers.

Tickets at the pre-sale price of $10 will be available outside of Calder Library from noon to 1 p.m. through March 11. The ticket price at the door will be $12. Parking at the Manuel Artime Theater is extremely limited, so it is recommended that those attending please carpool and plan to arrive at least 20 minutes before the show to try to guarantee a parking spot. If you have questions, concerns or comments, please email them to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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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New Leaders Invited to Orientation Workshop

The University’s newest leaders are invited to attend a New Leader Orientation workshop, sponsored by Workforce Engagement and Development, on Tuesday, March 29, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Newman Alumni Center. This one-day session will give new leaders the opportunity to learn about the University’s leadership expectations and strategies for successfully transitioning into leadership at the U. They will explore the processes and resources needed to lead their teams and manage day-to-day operations. Whether you have just joined UM or worked here previously and have been promoted into a supervisory position, the information covered in the workshop will help you navigate your way through the transition.

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Ernesto Bernal-Mizrachi, M.D.

Ernesto Bernal-Mizrachi, M.D.

First Diabetes Summit, April 5-6

The Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes and the Diabetes Research Institute will host the First Diabetes Summit on April 5-6 on the Medical Campus. The purpose of the Summit is to bring together the diabetes research community across the University of Miami actively working in different areas of basic, clinical, bioinfomatics, health services and outcomes diabetes research. A main goal for this meeting is to stimulate innovative research and scholarship. At the same time, the meeting will serve as a platform to assess the landscape of diabetes research and identify faculty for future DRC and T32 applications. For more information please contact Ernesto Bernal-Mizrachi, M.D., at 305-243-5631 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

2016 OHRP Research Community Forum, April 6-7

Come learn the latest in 21st Century Research: What You Need to Know About Vulnerable Populations, Emerging Designs, Technology and More.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Human Research Protections, the CITI Program, the University of Miami Human Subject Research Office, the University of Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Miami Children’s Research Institute, Baptist Health South Florida, Nova Southeastern University and the University of South Florida invite you to attend this informative and dynamic two-day event April 6-7 at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel. Learn more and register for RCF 2016: http://www.rcfmia.org

For more information, contact Adiper Bellow (305) 243-0244 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

12th Annual CFAR HIV Symposium, April 8

The 12th Annual CFAR HIV Symposium will be held Friday, April 8, from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the BankUnited Center, 1245 Dauer Drive in Coral Gables. The symposium will bring together researchers and clinicians for a day of presentations by experts from around the country on HIV/AIDS. The goal is to educate infectious disease physicians (specifically HIV specialists), researchers and others involved in the field of HIV/AIDS.

This event is sponsored by the Miami Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), the UM HIV/AIDS Institute, the South FL SE AIDS Education and Training Center, and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The cost is $25 for UM faculty and staff; there is no charge for students, fellows and residents. Additional information and registration are available here.

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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Registration Ends Tomorrow for the 2016 Corporate Run/Walk, April 28

Grab your running shoes, boost your stamina and manifest your UM spirit because the 2016 Mercedes Benz Corporate Run is coming! The Corporate Run/Walk is one of the nation’s largest 5K (3.1 miles) races and takes place at Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami on Thursday, April 28. Last year, Team UM had our largest team ever and the second largest team overall with just over 1,450 participants.

Registration is open here. Be sure to sign up for the city’s largest office party and get ready to experience a night of exercise, food, entertainment and prizes.

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Help Enhance the University’s Staff Performance Management Process

In light of current trends, best practices, and requests to incorporate DIRECCT values and behaviors into our daily interactions, the University of Miami will introduce a redesigned Staff Performance Management Process in 2017. To help plan for the change, your input is necessary. By completing this brief, confidential survey, you have the opportunity to provide feedback and make suggestions for process improvement. The survey results will be reviewed by the Performance Management Committee and taken into consideration during the planning and implementation phases of the redesign. If you have any questions, please send an email to the Workplace Equity and Performance team at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).