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DCC riders leaving the starting gate. Photo courtesy of the Miami Dolphins.

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DCC riders leaving the starting gate. Photo courtesy of the Miami Dolphins.

Dolphins Cancer Challenge Unites South Florida in Support of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

With tears in her eyes, Yatta Estelle Bright stood at the finish line of the Dolphins Cancer Challenge (DCC) on Saturday, February 20, waiting for her friends to complete the 5K run/walk.

“I lost my husband Etienne to brain cancer just a few months ago,” said Bright, a clinical lab technician in Broward County. “The doctors and staff at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center were wonderful, and I want to tell them how much that support meant to both of us.”

It was one of countless emotional moments at Sun Life Stadium, as thousands of South Floridians whose lives have been touched by cancer came together to honor the memory of loved ones, celebrate their victories over cancer, and raise funds for the leading-edge research taking place every day at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System.

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From left, Rodolfo Alejandro, M.D., Chris Schuh, David Baidal, M.D., and Ana M. Alvarez Gil, ARNP.

From left, Rodolfo Alejandro, M.D., Chris Schuh, David Baidal, M.D., and Ana M. Alvarez Gil, ARNP.

Diabetes Research Institute Patient Celebrates a Decade of Freedom from Insulin Injections

Celebrating a significant 10-year milestone, Tallahassee resident Chris Schuh, 64, is grateful to be alive. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 30, Schuh received an islet cell transplant at the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI), and has been living free from insulin injections for a decade.

On February 11, Schuh met with her DRI doctors for a celebratory post-islet transplant follow-up. She joins other DRI transplant recipients who have been living insulin free, some for more than 10 years, demonstrating that natural insulin production can be restored in diabetes patients.

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Albert J. Varon, M.D., is marked with the traditional Iron Arrow face paint. Photos by JC Ridley.

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Albert J. Varon, M.D., is marked with the traditional Iron Arrow face paint. Photos by JC Ridley.

Iron Arrow Honor Society Taps Six from Medical Campus

Two faculty members and four medical students were selected recently for membership in the Iron Arrow Honor Society. Membership is considered the University of Miami’s highest honor, and prospective members are unaware of their selection until the “tapping” ceremony.

Typically, someone selected is invited to a meeting by friends or colleagues who are Iron Arrow members. The meeting, about a subject having nothing to do with Iron Arrow, is actually a ruse designed to make the prospective member available at a known time and place. A group of Iron Arrow members, dressed in colorful jackets and marching solemnly to the slow beat of a drum, then surprise the person selected, tapping him or her with a ceremonial arrow.

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Daniel M. Lichtstein, M.D.

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Daniel M. Lichtstein, M.D.

Cardiology Fellowship Program Approved for UM Regional Campus in Palm Beach County

A new cardiology fellowship program will begin in July at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Regional Campus in Palm Beach County.

“It’s very exciting to offer this new subspecialty fellowship program, which will help meet the nationwide demand for cardiologists,” said Daniel M. Lichtstein, M.D., professor of medicine and Regional Dean for Medical Education. “It is a major addition to our training programs on the regional campus.”

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From left, students Devin Driscoll, Miguel Escanelle, Victoria Silverman and Ilana Mayer-Hirshfeld, Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, D.O., Ph.D., M.P.H., and students Carlos Miguel Barrera and Daniel O'Shea.

From left, students Devin Driscoll, Miguel Escanelle, Victoria Silverman and Ilana Mayer-Hirshfeld, Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, D.O., Ph.D., M.P.H., and students Carlos Miguel Barrera and Daniel O'Shea.

Three Miller School Students Elected to National Office in Latino Medical Student Association

A contingent of M.D./M.P.H. and traditional M.D. students from the Miller School of Medicine attended the recent Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) Southeast Region Conference in Richmond, Va.

The Miller School students had a significant presence at the conference, with three being elected to national office, one of whom also received a scholarship.

Elected to national office were Ilana Mayer-Hirshfeld (second-year M.D./M.P.H. student), Chief Information Officer; Carlos Miguel Barrera (first-year M.D. student), Vice President of Mentorship; and Miguel Escanelle (first-year M.D. student), Vice President of Scholarship. Barrera also was the recipient (out of 120 medical students attending the conference) of the LMSA Scholarship.

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Gauri G. Agarwal, M.D.

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Gauri G. Agarwal, M.D.

Miller School Faculty Members Lead Certification Examination Preparatory Course

Several University of Miami Miller School of Medicine faculty members participated in the annual American College of Physicians Maintenance of Certification Examination Preparation course, which took place February 12-14 in Orlando.

The target audience for the course includes physicians preparing for the ABIM Maintenance of Certification examination in internal medicine, as well as general internists, internal medicine subspecialists and internal medicine trainees.

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From left, Alejandro Caicedo, Ph.D., Per-Olof Berggren, Ph.D., Midhat Abdulreda, Ph.D., and Rayner Rodriguez-Diaz, Ph.D.

From left, Alejandro Caicedo, Ph.D., Per-Olof Berggren, Ph.D., Midhat Abdulreda, Ph.D., and Rayner Rodriguez-Diaz, Ph.D.

DRI Study Shows Effects of Long-Term Drugs on Insulin-Producing Cells

An important study led by researchers at the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine shows the effects of liraglutide, a popular GLP-1 analog, on the function of human pancreatic islets after long-term daily treatment in humanized mice.

The study, published online on February 11 in the journal Cell Metabolism, was led by DRI researchers Midhat H. Abdulreda, Ph.D., assistant professor, and Per-Olof Berggren, Ph.D., adjunct professor of surgery, in collaboration with Alejandro Caicedo, Ph.D., associate professor, and Rayner Rodriguez-Diaz, Ph.D., senior research associate, in the Department of Medicine.

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Ernesto A. Pretto, Jr., M.D., M.P.H.

Ernesto A. Pretto, Jr., M.D., M.P.H.

Miller School Professor Edits First Comprehensive Textbook on Transplant Anesthesia

A Miller School professor has edited the first scholarly textbook in the field of transplant anesthesia and critical care.

“Transplant anesthesiology is an emerging field of medicine that requires specialized skills and knowledge,” said Ernesto A. Pretto, Jr., M.D., M.P.H., professor and Chief of the Division of Solid Organ Transplant and Vascular Anesthesia at the Miami Transplant Institute, a collaborative program between the Miller School of Medicine and Jackson Memorial Hospital.

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From left, Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Eduardo J. de Marchena, M.D., E. Robert Schwartz, M.D., students Daphne Papathomas and Joshua Kronenfeld, Arthur Hertz, Jeri Wolfson, students Angelica Melillo Knickerbocker, Roy Elias and Ashley Taggart, Raysa Christodoulou, Amar R. Deshpande, M.D., Janet Konefal, Ph.D., and Ali Habashi.

From left, Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Eduardo J. de Marchena, M.D., E. Robert Schwartz, M.D., students Daphne Papathomas and Joshua Kronenfeld, Arthur Hertz, Jeri Wolfson, students Angelica Melillo Knickerbocker, Roy Elias and Ashley Taggart, Raysa Christodoulou, Amar R. Deshpande, M.D., Janet Konefal, Ph.D., and Ali Habashi.

Wolfson Foundation Gifts Inspire and Challenge Medical Students

The Mitchell Wolfson Sr. Foundation continues to focus on saving lives by supporting Miller School of Medicine students who provide health care to the underserved while gaining valuable learning experiences.

Recently, checks representing a total of $609,000 in funding were presented to the Miller School of Medicine by Jeri Wolfson and Arthur Hertz, trustees of the Mitchell Wolfson Sr. Foundation. Hertz is also a University of Miami trustee.

The ceremony was held February 16 at the Don Soffer Clinical Research Center. Wolfson noted that the gifts support the Foundation’s goal of training medical professionals to teach their patients how to attain health and well-being. It also fuels efforts to move the medical school’s curriculum toward a more integrative approach.

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From left, students Andrew Fisher and Amanda Randall, Hilda Pantin, Ph.D., José Szapocznik, Ph.D., Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., student Kelsey Pan, Viviana Horigian, M.D., and student Marie Douglass.

From left, students Andrew Fisher and Amanda Randall, Hilda Pantin, Ph.D., José Szapocznik, Ph.D., Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., student Kelsey Pan, Viviana Horigian, M.D., and student Marie Douglass.

Public Health Graduate Students Showcase their Work through Poster Exhibit

A select group of 44 M.D./M.P.H., M.P.H., and M.S.P.H. students from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Public Health Sciences took part in the 2016 Annual Public Health Graduate Student Showcase February 4 in the Don Soffer Clinical Research Center. The students displayed posters that presented their achievements in bringing public health knowledge and practice to some of the world’s neediest populations in our community and around the globe.

The participating students were the 2015 recipients of the prestigious Miami and Palm Beach Springboard Awards, the Global Health Scholar Awards, the Miami-Israel Science and Health (MISH) Fellowship, and the Department of Public Health Sciences Awards.

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More than 130 local researchers and outside experts who apply or develop computational systems biology resources gathered for two days of presentations.

More than 130 local researchers and outside experts who apply or develop computational systems biology resources gathered for two days of presentations.

Sylvester Director Delivers Keynote Address at First Annual Systems Biology Data Science Symposium

Doctors and scientists from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center recently participated in the first annual Systems Biology Data Science Symposium. Co-organized by the Center for Computational Science (CCS) and the Big Data to Knowledge – Library of Integrated Network-Based Cellular Signatures Program Data Coordination and Integration Center (BD2K-LINCS DCIC) – a collaboration between the University of Miami, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the University of Cincinnati – the symposium took place on January 19 and 20 in Miami.

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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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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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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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UHealth Sponsors Final Family Day at Lowe Art Museum May 15

UHealth — the University of Miami Health System will sponsor the final family day this spring at Lowe Art Museum on the University of Miami Coral Gables campus.

Spring into Color! Family Day
Sunday, May 15, noon to 3 p.m.
Families are invited to explore the works of Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein and many others in the Lowe’s permanent collection of contemporary and modern art. Learn about color and line as you create your own modern painting using masking tape and paint on canvas. Painting fun for the whole family!

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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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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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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).

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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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.

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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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.

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).