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Marc E. Lippman, M.D., and Laurence B. Gardner, M.D.,

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Marc E. Lippman, M.D., and Laurence B. Gardner, M.D.,

Miller School Leadership Elected Masters of the American College of Physicians

Laurence B. Gardner, M.D., professor and executive dean for education and policy, and Marc E. Lippman, M.D., the Kathleen and Stanley Glaser Professor of Medicine and chair of medicine at the Miller School, have been elected Masters of the American College of Physicians (ACP). Masters are selected from among Fellows of the prestigious College and represent a very elite group of physicians who have distinguished themselves through clinical care, educational leadership, or medical research and have made a notable contribution to the field of medicine.

The ACP also recognized the Miller School’s Diabetes Research Institute with the Samuel Eichold II Memorial Award for Contributions in Diabetes, given for important health care delivery innovations for diabetic patients, which improve clinical or economic outcomes. Additionally, Kathy Hebert, M.D., M.M.M., M.P.H., associate professor of medicine in the Cardiovascular Division and director of disease management and outcomes research, was honored with the ACP’s Second Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Award from The Rosenthal Family Foundation for her original approach in designing and operating a disease management program, which increased clinical and economic effectiveness for heart disease patients at UM/Jackson, Louisiana’s public health system, and the country of Georgia.

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From left, Christine Lynn, Marc Buoniconti, UM President Donna E. Shalala, and Nick Buoniconti

From left, Christine Lynn, Marc Buoniconti, UM President Donna E. Shalala, and Nick Buoniconti

Philanthropist Christine E. Lynn Donates $10 Million to The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis

Nick and Marc Buoniconti hosted a dinner on April 7 to honor philanthropist Christine E. Lynn’s $10 million donation to name the Christine E. Lynn Human Clinical Trials Initiative at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. The contribution matches the largest gift ever given to The Miami Project at the Miller School.

The gift will fund research that is in the translational phase and being readied for clinic by undergoing the rigorous FDA approval process. Currently, Miami Project researchers are in the process of seeking FDA approval for the first ever Phase 1 clinical trial involving Schwann cell transplantation. These funds will go a long way in moving this important research forward and laying the groundwork for future clinical trials.

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Front row from left, Professor Kazushi Ikeda of the Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Hassan Al-Ali, Ph.D., and Vance Lemmon, Ph.D. Back row from left, Tajga Tanaka, Tatsuya Yamada, Yukiko Maruno, Jessica Lerch-Haner, Ph.D., and Dario Motti, Ph.D.

Front row from left, Professor Kazushi Ikeda of the Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Hassan Al-Ali, Ph.D., and Vance Lemmon, Ph.D. Back row from left, Tajga Tanaka, Tatsuya Yamada, Yukiko Maruno, Jessica Lerch-Haner, Ph.D., and Dario Motti, Ph.D.

A Month Later, Vance Lemmon Remains Focused on Japan

A month after the earthquake and tsunami that ravaged Japan’s northeast coast as Vance Lemmon, Ph.D., was about to land in Tokyo for a conference, the neuroscientist can’t forget about his close encounter with disaster and the reeling nation he left behind.

Lemmon, who has collaborated with many Japanese scientists and mentored many Japanese students over the past 17 years, presented “UM Minority Women in Medicine” to undergraduates last Friday, a presentation that included slides of his March trip, updates on his Japanese colleagues, and information on the Orizuru Project, which is selling paper cranes to raise money for the relief effort.

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The crowd of more than 3,000 heads off on the 2011 Pap Corps Walkathon to raise money for research at Sylvester.

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The crowd of more than 3,000 heads off on the 2011 Pap Corps Walkathon to raise money for research at Sylvester.

Thousands Raise Money for Sylvester at 11th Annual Pap Corps Walkathon & Health Fair

More than 3,000 walkers converged on the campus of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton on Saturday morning, April 2. They were there for the 11th Annual Pap Corps Walkathon & Health Fair, one of the signature events of the all-volunteer group that raises money for cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth – University of Miami Health System.

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Frank Bandiera, M.P.H.

Frank Bandiera, M.P.H.

UM Pediatric Study Links Secondhand Smoke to Mental Health Disorders

The danger of secondhand smoke is now well understood when it comes to respiratory problems, but intriguing new findings from Miller School researchers and their collaborators show smoke exposure is associated with symptoms of several mental health disorders in children and adolescents. The research is published in the April issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

Using a measurement of serum cotinine (nicotine) levels to assess secondhand smoke exposure among non-smokers, researchers found a positive association between that exposure and symptoms of major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, ADHD, and conduct disorder among children and adolescents who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2001 to 2004.

“The findings suggest another potential harm of secondhand smoke, although causality is not known,” said Frank Bandiera, M.P.H., a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the Miller School and first author of the study. “In the meantime, families, teachers, health care providers, and the public at large can keep children away from secondhand smoke while the findings of the study are replicated and the mechanism is established.”

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M. Denise Simmons, left, program manager, and Paris Battle, Miss Overtown Teen USA, shared information about the free primary and preventive care services offered by the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation School Health Initiative.

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M. Denise Simmons, left, program manager, and Paris Battle, Miss Overtown Teen USA, shared information about the free primary and preventive care services offered by the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation School Health Initiative.

Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation School Health Initiative Celebrates Overtown History

Amid the great music and tasty food available at the first Overtown Rhythm & Arts Festival on Saturday, festival goers learned about the free primary and preventive care services that the Miller School’s Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation School Health Initiative offers to all students at nearby Booker T. Washington High School, and seven other area schools.

“Some parents at Booker T. were not aware we offer these services, so it was a great opportunity to spread the word,’’ said M. Denise Simmons, the health initiative’s program manager who manned an info booth at the festival celebrating Overtown’s rich history. “They were very excited to learn about them.’’

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Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei will host an hour-long tai chi demonstration tomorrow at noon on the Schoninger Research Quadrangle.

Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei will host an hour-long tai chi demonstration tomorrow at noon on the Schoninger Research Quadrangle.

Tai Chi Demonstration by Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei

Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., invites you to join Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei, one of China’s Top 10 martial arts figures and a committee member of the Chinese Sports and Science Institute, for an hour-long tai chi demonstration at noon on Wednesday, April 13, on the Schoninger Research Quadrangle. Everyone is welcome to participate and gain insights about the ancient martial art and most popular fitness training in China.

Renowned in his field, Grandmaster Chen was born in 1949 in tai chi’s birthplace — Chenjiagou Village, Wenxian County, Henan Province, China — and is the 19th generation inheritor of the Chen family and 11th generation direct-line successor of Chen Style tai chi. He has taught tai chi in about 30 countries and has published many tai chi books and a series of videos.

There is no cost to attend the demonstration. Please RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Deadline to Place Orders for Computer/IT Purchases for Fiscal Year 2011 is May 6

The deadline to purchase computer and IT equipment for FY2011 is Friday, May 6. Every effort will be made to complete and bill the orders in time for the close of the fiscal year, but items that are not received by May 31 cannot be billed.

Please visit the computer store or call 305-243-1189 for assistance.

Funding and Research

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