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Amar Mandalia celebrates his internal medicine residency at Emory University.

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Amar Mandalia celebrates his internal medicine residency at Emory University.

Class of 2013 Celebrates Match Day Successes with Cheers and Tears

With hearts pounding, pulses racing, palms sweating and tears of relief flowing, members of the Class of 2013 bounded up on stage and, each in their own way, shared where they’ll spend the next three to seven years of their training – and likely their lives.

Matthew Markert chose to sing a rhythm and blues tune in perfect pitch: “I’m going to Kansas City,” he warbled, elated to tear open the envelope and see his No. 1 choice, a neurology residency at the University of Kansas, inside.

Derek Monette bounced up and down, up and down, after reading that he’ll be heading to Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston for an anesthesiology residency. “I am nervous, shocked, elated, relieved and exhausted,” he said, out of breath from running down the aisle to hug his grandmother.

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The initiative founders are, from left, Chanelle Diaz, Hansel Tookes, Dyani Loo and Marek Hirsch.

The initiative founders are, from left, Chanelle Diaz, Hansel Tookes, Dyani Loo and Marek Hirsch.

Students Launch Campaign to Allow Needle and Syringe Exchange Programs in Florida

Four Miller School students have launched a grassroots campaign aimed at convincing state lawmakers to allow the transfer of clean needles and syringes to people who inject illegal drugs, an infection-control practice authorized in 35 other states but illegal in Florida.

The Florida Needle Exchange Initiative was inspired by a study Hansel Tookes, now a third-year Miller School student, published in 2011 that found eight times the number of publicly discarded needles on the streets of Miami as on the streets of San Francisco, a city with twice the estimated number of injection drug users.

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Xue Zhong Liu, M.D., Ph.D.

Xue Zhong Liu, M.D., Ph.D.

Physician-Scientist Wins $3.1 Million Grant to Conduct Translational Research on Deafness

Ten months after receiving two five-year grants totaling $4.6 million from the National Institutes of Health to carry out gene identification and gene function studies for human hearing loss, the Miller School’s Xue Zhong Liu, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor and Director of Research at the Department of Otolaryngology, has been awarded a $3.1 million translational grant to implement genomic medicine in the clinical care of deafness, the most common sensory disorder affecting 28 million Americans.

Co-investigators on the new five-year NIH grant, which began March 8, span two UM departments and include Denise Yan, Ph.D., assistant professor of otolaryngology, Mustafa Tekin, M.D., associate professor of human genetics, and Susan H. Blanton, Ph.D., associate professor of human genetics and Executive Director of the Hussman Institute for Human Genomics.

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Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D.

Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D.

ECG Screening Can Help Identify Cardiovascular Risks in Adolescents

A combination of screening methods, including electrocardiography (ECG), blood pressure and body mass index (BMI), can identify adolescents at risk for heart disease, according to a groundbreaking Miller School study led by Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D., professor of pediatrics, the George Batchelor Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cardiology, and Director of the Batchelor Children’s Research Institute.

After screening 600 students in grades 9-12 in seven metropolitan Tampa high schools, Lipshultz and his research team found 14 percent of the adolescents had borderline or abnormal ECGs – including two students whose ECG screenings indicated a heart problem that could lead to sudden cardiac death. In addition, nearly 40 percent of the students screened met the criteria for either systolic or diastolic prehypertension or hypertension, and 25 percent were classified as overweight or obese.

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James E. Hoffman, M.D.

James E. Hoffman, M.D.

Sylvester Welcomes James E. Hoffman, M.D., to Team of Cancer Specialists

James E. Hoffman, M.D., a specialist in plasma cell diseases, including multiple myeloma and amyloidosis, has joined the Miller School faculty and will provide multidisciplinary cancer specialty care at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and Sylvester at Deerfield Beach.

Hoffman, who will serve as assistant professor of clinical medicine, began seeing patients February 25.

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At center, Mercedes Carlson, co-chair of the Commission for Women Committee, is surrounded by awardees, from left,  Shelley Niceley Groff, Judy Schaechter, M.D., M.B.A., Commissioner Deede Weithorn, and Gabrielle Redfern.

At center, Mercedes Carlson, co-chair of the Commission for Women Committee, is surrounded by awardees, from left, Shelley Niceley Groff, Judy Schaechter, M.D., M.B.A., Commissioner Deede Weithorn, and Gabrielle Redfern.

Miller School Pediatrics Chair Named “Woman Worth Knowing”

Judy Schaechter, M.D., M.B.A., associate professor and Interim Chair of Pediatrics, has been recognized by the City of Miami Beach Commission for Women as a “Woman Worth Knowing” for her contributions to the community where she lives.

Presented by Miami Beach Commissioner Deede Weithorn at a March 12 ceremony held in celebration of Women’s History Month, the award recognizes Schaechter for her active involvement in fostering positive change in Miami Beach, and beyond.

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Howard Willens, M.D.

Howard Willens, M.D.

Miller School Study First to Evaluate New ACC Appropriate Use Criteria for Stress Echocardiography

In a study published in the March issue of JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging, a Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Miller School researchers examined for the first time whether the updates in the revised 2011 Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) for stress echocardiography improved their clinical application and the relation between radiology benefits managers’ pre-authorization guidelines for stress echocardiography and the AUC.

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W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D., and Kim Anderson-Erisman, Ph.D.

W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D., and Kim Anderson-Erisman, Ph.D.

Miami Project Researchers Receive NIH Summer Training Grant

Kim Anderson-Erisman, Ph.D., research associate professor of neurological surgery and Director of Education at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, and W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D., Scientific Director of The Miami Project, the Kinetic Concepts Distinguished Chair in Neurosurgery, Senior Associate Dean for Discovery Science and professor of neurological surgery, recently received a five-year summer training grant from the National Institutes of Health to provide undergraduate research experiences to up to 12 students each summer.

Anderson-Erisman and Dietrich recognize the need to recruit scientists into the field of neurotrauma research as traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury are both significant causes of permanent paralysis in the United States. They also are acutely aware that research opportunities are often very difficult for undergraduate students to obtain, but essential to providing them the skills and encouragement they’ll need to pursue careers in the health-related sciences.

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From left are Ivan Gonzalez, M.D., Gwendolyn Scott, M.D., and John M. Goldberg, M.D.

From left are Ivan Gonzalez, M.D., Gwendolyn Scott, M.D., and John M. Goldberg, M.D.

CTSI Awards Translational Research Scholars Grants, Announces Next Round of Funding

The Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) has awarded funding to two junior investigators at the Miller School through the Mentored Translational Research Scholars Program (K12), and is now accepting applications for the next round of K12 grants.

Selected from 12 applicants, John M. Goldberg, M.D., Director of the Pediatric Oncology Early Phase Clinical Trials Program and assistant professor of pediatrics, and Ivan Gonzalez, M.D., assistant professor of clinical pediatrics, will each receive up to $100,000 per year for three years to fund their studies.

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

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

Dr. Charles B. Nemeroff to Deliver Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Lecture to YPO/WPO Community

The Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) Miami and the World Presidents’ Organization (WPO) Miami/Fort Lauderdale will host a special presentation by Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., the Leonard M. Miller Professor and Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Center on Aging, on Thursday, March 21, from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the sixth floor of the Clinical Research Building.

Nemeroff, a leader in the field of behavioral medicine, will present “Frontiers of Science – Psychiatry and Behavioral Disorders: From Children to Seniors.”

His lecture will include segments on “Teenage and Adult Addiction – Markers and Treatments for this Chronic Disease,” “The Plague of Suicides – Early Warnings and Prevention,” “Behavioral Disorders: Brain Diseases, Their Prevalence, Staggering Costs and Solutions,” and “Aging Gracefully.”

Since joining the Miller School faculty in 2009, Nemeroff has led the department’s meteoric rise in treatment, research, education, faculty and researcher recruitment, and national rankings. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including “Psychiatry Chair of the Year” for his contributions to the field, dedication to and innovations in patient care, and commitment to research and education.

YPO and WPO members and their family members can attend for free. Attendance for non-members is $50. Teenagers 13 and older are welcome and encouraged to attend. To RSVP, please contact Maria Martinez, Chapter Administrator, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 305-951-6613.

One More Day for Ticket Distribution for Family Weekend with the Miami Marlins

The last day to pick up tickets for the Family Weekend with the Miami Marlins is Wednesday, March 27, on the Schoninger Research Quadrangle from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In appreciation of the dedication and outstanding work of its employees, the University will once again host the event on Saturday, April 27, and Sunday, April 28, at Marlins Park in Little Havana, where the Marlins will take on the National League Central Division Chicago Cubs at 7:10 p.m. on Saturday and 1:10 p.m. on Sunday.

Each regular employee, as well as contract employees, can receive one complimentary ticket and purchase up to two additional tickets for $1 each. Employees are allowed to pick up one complimentary ticket and purchase up to two additional tickets for one game only — either the April 27 or April 28 game. Children under 3 do not require tickets. Each ticket comes with a food voucher for a hot dog, chips, and a fountain drink or bottle of water.

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