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From left, Rhea Choi, Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and Nawara Alawa.

From left, Rhea Choi, Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and Nawara Alawa.

Students, Families and Alumni Celebrate Class of 2019 at Freshman Pinning Ceremony

When Ryan Patrick Nolan stepped onto the stage Friday at the 16th annual John. G. Clarkson Freshman Pinning Ceremony, it was a proud moment for three generations of the Nolan family with close ties to the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Ryan’s father, Andrew Nolan, M.D. ’88, a Pompano Beach ophthalmologist, pinned his son, signifying Ryan’s commitment to a career in medicine, to the cheers of Ryan’s aunt Katherine, a dermatology resident at UM/Jackson, and grandfather, Bruce Nolan, M.D., a retired Miller School professor of neurology, physiology and behavioral medicine.

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Brian Deegan, Ph.D., left, with Sylvia Daunert, PharmD, M.S., Ph.D., in Daunert's lab.

Brian Deegan, Ph.D., left, with Sylvia Daunert, PharmD, M.S., Ph.D., in Daunert's lab.

Miller School of Medicine Achieves Significant Gains in NIH Research Grant Rankings

The Miller School of Medicine rose one position in the national rankings of medical schools based on research grants received from the National Institutes of Health during the 2015 federal fiscal year. That gain is significant, considering the ongoing reductions in NIH grants that have caused many medical schools to fall in the rankings. The NIH grants are vital for advancing research that leads to a greater understanding of a wide variety of diseases and public health issues.

According to data compiled by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, the Miller School rose from No. 42 to No. 41 of 139 schools ranked, with its grant total increasing by slightly more than $1 million to $97,351,176. That figure is nearly $3 million higher than the next medical school on the list, and retains the Miller School’s status as the highest-ranked medical school in Florida.

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WIAM 2015-16 Advisory Board members: Back row, from left, Wen-Hsiang Lee, M.D., Ph.D., Ivette Motola, M.D., M.P.H., Lilian M. Abbo, M.D., Maria L. Alcaide, M.D., and Yvonne M. Diaz, M.D. Front row, from left, Anne E. Burdick, M.D., Ph.D., Rose Maria Van Zuilen, Ph.D., Michele I. Morris, M.D., Judi M. Woolger, M.D., and JoNell E. Potter, Ph.D.

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WIAM 2015-16 Advisory Board members: Back row, from left, Wen-Hsiang Lee, M.D., Ph.D., Ivette Motola, M.D., M.P.H., Lilian M. Abbo, M.D., Maria L. Alcaide, M.D., and Yvonne M. Diaz, M.D. Front row, from left, Anne E. Burdick, M.D., Ph.D., Rose Maria Van Zuilen, Ph.D., Michele I. Morris, M.D., Judi M. Woolger, M.D., and JoNell E. Potter, Ph.D.

Women in Academic Medicine Organization Supports Faculty Development

“This is a great time for women and minorities at the Miller School of Medicine,” said Lilian Abbo, M.D., President of Women in Academic Medicine (WIAM), an organization formed in 2008 with the mission of transforming the development, recruitment and retention of women faculty at the Miller School through education, networking and mentoring. “We are striving to promote diversity and inclusion by providing our faculty with important tools for promotion, networking and development of leadership skills.”

Abbo, who is also associate professor of clinical medicine and Chief of Jackson Health System’s Infection Prevention and Antimicrobial Stewardship, is appreciative of the support WIAM has received from Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and other senior administrators.

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Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D.

Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Charles B. Nemeroff Publishes Comprehensive Review of Consequences of Child Abuse and Neglect

In the early 1980s, psychiatrist Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., began studying the links between early childhood abuse and neglect and long-term emotional, cognitive and physical problems in adults. It was a new approach to research that contradicted established psychiatric thinking at the time. Drawing from evidence presented by his patients and studies of the brains of laboratory animals, Nemeroff found childhood traumas can have lasting effects on the brain and metabolic systems, as well as changes in the expression of certain genes.

“Clinical studies over several decades have led to one inexorable conclusion — namely that sexual, physical and emotional abuse, as well as emotional neglect, lead to a very significant increase in risk in adulthood for mood and anxiety disorders, substance and alcohol abuse, and other medical disorders,” said Nemeroff, who is the Leonard M. Miller Professor and Chairman of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Director of the Center on Aging, and Chief of Psychiatry at Jackson Memorial Hospital and University of Miami Hospital.

“Exposure to early life stress in the form of child abuse or neglect is also associated with chronic health problems, including obesity, migraines, cardiovascular disease and diabetes,” said Nemeroff, whose comprehensive review, “Paradise Lost: The Neurobiological and Clinical Consequences of Child Abuse and Neglect,” was published March 2 in the journal Neuron.

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Seemant Chaturvedi, M.D.

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Seemant Chaturvedi, M.D.

Two National Stroke Studies Shed Light on Treatment Options for Carotid-Artery Stenosis

Two national studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine have found little long-term difference between leading treatment options for reducing the risk of stroke from carotid-artery stenosis, a narrowing of the main blood vessel to the brain. A researcher at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine participated in the two clinical trials comparing the effectiveness of inserting a stent versus opening the artery through a surgical procedure called endarterectomy.

“Most stroke studies involving surgical procedures focus on short-term outcomes because any serious problems usually occur within 10 days after a procedure,” said Seemant Chaturvedi, M.D., professor of clinical neurology and Vice Chair for VA Programs in the Department of Neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. “These clinical trials looked at the results in at-risk patients after one and 10 years and found little difference between the two options.”

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Sam Salama, M.D.

Sam Salama, M.D.

Dr. Sam Salama Named Executive Director of LAORA

Sam Salama, M.D., assistant professor of clinical surgery, has been named Executive Director of the Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency (LAORA) at the Miller School of Medicine. A division of the DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery, LAORA is one of the nation’s 58 federally designated organ recovery agencies certified and regulated by the United Network for Organ Sharing.

Salama earned his M.D. from the University of Damascus School of Medicine, in Syria, and trained in surgery, internal medicine and critical care in Syria, France and the U.S. He joined LAORA in 2009, after completing his surgical fellowship at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, as Senior Director overseeing the Clinical, Surgical Recovery, Hospital Development and Community departments. Prior to his new appointment, he served as LAORA’s Chief Medical Officer and Interim Executive Director.

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From left, entertainer Miguel Bosé, actress Belén Rueda, Mario Stevenson, Ph.D., Brigitte Boehm, MAC AIDS Fund, and Bonaventura Clotet, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Institute for AIDS Research IRSI Caixa.

From left, entertainer Miguel Bosé, actress Belén Rueda, Mario Stevenson, Ph.D., Brigitte Boehm, MAC AIDS Fund, and Bonaventura Clotet, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Institute for AIDS Research IRSI Caixa.

Dr. Mario Stevenson Receives Award at AIDS Conference in Barcelona

Mario Stevenson, Ph.D., professor of medicine, Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Director of the HIV/AIDS Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, received the Barcelona AIDS Award in recognition of his lifetime of work fighting HIV/AIDS.

The award was presented at Gala SIDA, a national event in Barcelona, Spain, attended by more than 700 scientists, politicians, entrepreneurs, sports figures, artists and celebrities. Stevenson is only the second investigator ever to receive the award, which acknowledges an individual for contributing to the understanding of the viral etiology of AIDS.

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Register for Zika Forum: State of the Science, Public Health Safety and Ethics, March 23

The Miller School of Medicine, the Division of Infectious Diseases, the Department of Public Health Sciences and UHealth – the University of Miami Health System will present Zika Forum: State of the Science, Public Health Safety and Ethics, on Wednesday, March 23, from 1 to 5 p.m., at the Donna E. Shalala Student Center, 1330 Miller Drive, on the University of Miami Coral Gables campus. Miller School and other local and international experts in vector control, infectious diseases, public health, neurology, virology and bioethics will be there to discuss the state of the science, medical implications, public health concerns and ethical challenges of the Zika virus.

The Forum is presented in partnership with University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy, Institute of AIDS and Emerging Infectious Diseases, International Medicine Institute, University of Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade.

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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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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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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.

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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Women and Minority Leadership and Professional Development Symposium, May 13

The Women in Academic Medicine Advisory Board and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine present a leadership and professional development symposium on Friday, May 13, at the Donna E. Shalala Student Center on the Coral Gables campus. The event is intended to inspire and empower minorities, women, University of Miami faculty and alumni to assume greater leadership roles and to increase their value to the organization. The symposium will also show how to strategically leverage abilities and talents for positive results in a diverse and inclusive environment.

Space is limited. Additional information and registration are available here.

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).