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

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U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez, second from left, talks about affordable healthcare options under the ACA, along with, from left, Jackson Health System Health Navigator Maria Belen Coro, University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala and Jackson Health System President and CEO Carlos Migoya.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez, second from left, talks about affordable healthcare options under the ACA, along with, from left, Jackson Health System Health Navigator Maria Belen Coro, University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala and Jackson Health System President and CEO Carlos Migoya.

Labor Secretary Praises UM and Jackson for Affordable Care Act Registrations

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez, speaking at Jackson Memorial Hospital on January 16, praised the role played by the hospital and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in assisting area residents with registration for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

“Access to healthcare is a civil right,” said Perez. “It is inconsistent with our values as a nation to have more than 40 million people without it.” He noted that Miami alone has nearly 150,000 uninsured young adults, the third most of any city in the U.S. He also outlined the $51 billion in financial benefit, and coverage for 19 million currently uninsured people that would come from approval of the Obama administration’s proposed Medicaid expansion. But, he added, “the focus now is on registration.”

Then, turning to UM President Donna E. Shalala and Carlos A. Migoya, President and CEO of Jackson Health System, he said, “I am so appreciative of the leadership that you have demonstrated here in South Florida.”

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Carlos T. Moraes, Ph.D., seated, receives the Esther Lichtenstein Chair in Neurology, with, from left, Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Moraes’ wife, Julia Pace, and daughter Emily Kay, and Ralph L. Sacco. M.D., M.S.

Carlos T. Moraes, Ph.D., seated, receives the Esther Lichtenstein Chair in Neurology, with, from left, Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Moraes’ wife, Julia Pace, and daughter Emily Kay, and Ralph L. Sacco. M.D., M.S.

Carlos T. Moraes Honored with Esther Lichtenstein Chair in Neurology

Carlos T. Moraes, Ph.D., professor of neurology and cell biology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, was honored January 16 with the presentation of the Esther Lichtenstein Chair in Neurology. In his 20 years at the Miller School, Moraes has made significant advancements in understanding the cellular mechanisms behind degenerative neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

Calling Moraes “a consummate and stellar researcher,” Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and CEO of UHealth, presented the inscribed chair and a portrait of Esther Lichtenstein at the dedication ceremony in the Clinical Research Building. “An endowed chair is the highest academic honor provided to world-class scholars and educators,” Goldschmidt said. “The funds generated annually by this endowment will provide Carlos with the flexibility and permanent resources to advance his work, and ultimately impact our patients. I can think of no honor more fitting.”

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Richard Schuchts, co-founder and principal at the Miami Innovation Center, leads the group of ambassadors on a tour of R+D Building One’s third floor.

Richard Schuchts, co-founder and principal at the Miami Innovation Center, leads the group of ambassadors on a tour of R+D Building One’s third floor.

Ambassadors Tour UM Life Science & Technology Park as Part of State Department’s Experience Americ

From the sixth floor of R+D Building One, the group of ambassadors to the United States took in panoramic views of Miami’s ever-expanding skyline. But this was no sightseeing tour. Their visit began on the top floor of the University of Miami Life Science & Technology Park for good reason: to provide an overview of a city where academic research and development is expanding and universities are driving urban economic growth.

Smart universities are aware of such a trend, and realize the value not only of technology but of faculty members who generate new ideas, Tom Osha, managing director of innovation and economic development at Norfolk, Virginia-based Wexford Equities, which manages and operates R&D Building One, told the diplomats.

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Traffic Changes Coming to Health District

The first of several projects to improve access and mobility in the Health District began Monday, January 20, along the exit ramp from westbound State Road 836 to N.W. 12th Avenue. The Florida Department of Transportation has closed one of the right lanes to reconfigure traffic flow from the highway to 12th Avenue. After work in one of the two right lanes is completed, the other lane will be closed – but one lane will always be open. Much of the work will be performed at night and on weekends, and portable barrier walls will be put in place to minimize traffic congestion at the work site. If your commute to work takes you through this area, you may wish to consider an alternate route and allow a few more minutes for travel time.

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Bike to Campus? Take Advantage of Secure Bicycle Parking Facilities

If you ride your bicycle to the medical campus, the Security Department would like to remind you that two bicycle parking facilities are available to help faculty, staff and students keep their property safe. Located on the ground floor of the N.W. 14th Street Parking Garage and on the north side of the Fox and Papanicolaou Cancer Research Buildings, just outside the ground-floor security booth, these facilities are available 24/7, 365 days a year to those who register.

To use either of the facilities, bring your bicycle and University ID to the Security Operations Office in Dominion Parking Garage, suite 160, between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Upon registration, you will receive a free decal, and if you ride your bike to campus at least five days a month, you also will receive a free U-lock.

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Miami Winter Symposium Starts This Weekend

The Miller School will co-host the 2014 Miami Winter Symposium, “The Molecular Basis of Brain Disorders,” January 26-29 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 400 S.E. 2nd Avenue, in downtown Miami.

Due to an overwhelming number of applications, registration waivers for the symposium have been filled, but University faculty, staff and students can still take advantage of discounted rates. The discounted rate for students is $300 and the rate for faculty and staff is $500.

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