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

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Norma Sue Kenyon, Ph.D.

Norma Sue Kenyon, Ph.D.

With $10 Million Grant, Norma Sue Kenyon, Ph.D., Aims to Develop Co-Transplant Criteria

Years ago, before researchers knew much about the ability of mesenchymal stem cells to reduce inflammation, repair damaged tissue and promote blood vessel growth, Norma Sue Kenyon, Ph.D., the Martin Kleiman Professor of Surgery, Microbiology and Immunology, and Biomedical Engineering, discovered that delivering mesenchymal stem cells intravenously during islet transplantation more than doubled islet function, enhanced islet survival and reversed rejection episodes.

Now, armed with a new five-year, nearly $10 million grant from the NIH, and the knowledge that mesenchymal stem cells can enhance the use of cell-based therapies to treat type 1 diabetes, Kenyon, who is also director of the Wallace H. Coulter Center for Translational Research and Senior Associate Dean for Translational Science, is poised to reproduce those novel findings, this time with an eye on identifying the optimal source of mesenchymal stem cells and developing the protocols for enhancing and infusing them during and after islet cell transplants.

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Melissa Swain, J.D., left, and Edwin Olsen, M.D., M.B.A., J.D., discuss the Pathway in Health Law with student Juhi Jain.

Melissa Swain, J.D., left, and Edwin Olsen, M.D., M.B.A., J.D., discuss the Pathway in Health Law with student Juhi Jain.

New Pathway in Health Law Further Personalizes Medical Education

A stroke patient who could not speak and had no advance directive was aphasic, a condition resulting from damage to the part of the brain that controls language. But the patient could think and gesture, so with input from her doctors, her lawyers created a series of images from which she could select her wish that her sister handle her finances.

Without the novel but legally enforceable instrument, the woman would have been declared incompetent and appointed a guardian to make her decisions. That’s just one example that JoNel Newman, J.D., director of the UM School of Law’s Health and Elder Law Clinic, cited to explain the growing national trend of medical-legal partnerships in hospitals and health centers. It’s also why the new Medical Student Pathway in Health Law, along with the Miller School’s five other pathways, is so relevant.

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Lauren M. Fine, M.D., left and Viviana M. Temino, M.D.

Lauren M. Fine, M.D., left and Viviana M. Temino, M.D.

Department of Medicine Expands Physician Expertise to Open Allergy and Immunology Clinic

The Department of Medicine has added two new allergy and immunology experts to its team. Lauren M. Fine, M.D., assistant professor of clinical medicine, and Viviana M. Temino, M.D., assistant professor of clinical medicine, have joined the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine and helped open an adult allergy and immunology clinic at the Miller School/UHealth.

Fine and Temino, both UM alums, are available to see patients who suffer from a variety of conditions, including allergic and non-allergic rhinitis, allergic and non-allergic asthma, eczema, anaphylaxis, mast cell dysfunction/mastocytosis, chronic sinusitis, urticaria and angioedema, venom allergy, primary immunodeficiency (non-HIV), and drug allergy, including ASA sensitivity.

To make an appointment, call 305-243-0164. The clinic is open Tuesday through Friday.

Members of the Office of Regulatory Support and Quality Assurance, from left, are, first row, John Newcomer, M.D., Johanna Stamates, R.N., M.A., and Brenda Martinez; second row, Helen Miletic, Julie Sampson, and Patricia Avissar; third row, Nelly Marin and Ileana Petisco; back row, Luis Rochel and Ann Glasse.

Members of the Office of Regulatory Support and Quality Assurance, from left, are, first row, John Newcomer, M.D., Johanna Stamates, R.N., M.A., and Brenda Martinez; second row, Helen Miletic, Julie Sampson, and Patricia Avissar; third row, Nelly Marin and Ileana Petisco; back row, Luis Rochel and Ann Glasse.

Office of Regulatory Support and Quality Assurance Offers Vital Backing in Complex Research Times

Ranked as the top school in the state for research by U.S. News & World Report, faculty members at the University of Miami received more than $350 million in sponsored grants and contracts, even in last year’s extremely competitive funding period. And with increasingly complex regulations and guidelines for researchers to navigate, University leadership has created the new Office of Regulatory Support and Quality Assurance to serve the expanding needs of the research community.

Regulatory support and quality assurance are key components of any research infrastructure and conform with the FDA’s current thinking about the need to implement quality systems. The University-wide office will provide quality assurance auditing; risk-based good clinical practice monitoring; education, training and mentorship programs; regulatory support for following local, state and federal requirements; assistance with investigational new drug applications and investigational device exemptions; and help when preparing for national and international audits.

Read more about the Office of Regulatory Support and Quality Assurance »

Research News newsletter is now online.

Research News newsletter is now online.

Miller Office of Research Develops Quarterly Newsletter

In case you missed its launch in December, the Miller Office of Research has a new quarterly newsletter, Research News. Produced in collaboration with Medical Communications, the publication includes information about research administration and regulation, profiles on core and shared facilities, news about students and post-doctoral associates and information on research support.

Visit the online issue of Research News; or for breaking news and highlights of research accomplishments, visit the Miller School homepage.

Read more about the newsletter and contact the Office of Research »

Breakthrough Medicine is Back with Another Blitz

A Breakthrough Medicine blitz will begin on Saturday, January 7, with the rebroadcast of Tiny Miracles: Life-Saving Surgery Within a Mother’s Womb. The newest episode, Hearing is Believing: Treating a Child’s Deafness, will premiere on Saturday, January 28.

All episodes will air on WPLG-TV (Local Channel 10) at 7 p.m.

Read more and view the full schedule »

Help Connect the Campus: Participate in a Life Science Park Event Survey

With the completion of the first building, R+D One, and the official opening of University of Miami Life Science & Technology Park, the east edge of the medical campus is coming to life. Biotechnology and medical device firms are moving in and more development is on the way, including restaurants and retail shops.

Now with the new year kicking off, Wexford Science & Technology, the developer of the Life Science Park, is planning to bring the campus together with a series of outdoor events featuring food, music, and lots of fun. But before the Life Science Park can become the “place to be,” Wexford needs to hear from you.

Read more and take the survey »

Funding and Research

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