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

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Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S.

Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S.

Neurology Receives Major Grant for Stroke Research

The Miller School’s Department of Neurology is one of three institutions selected to participate in a collaborative research program to develop groundbreaking new methods of preventing, diagnosing and treating stroke, the second-leading cause of death worldwide. Funding began this month, and the department will receive $2.4 million over four years.

The department, along with its counterparts at the University of California at Los Angeles and University of Colorado at Denver, will be home to the newest American Stroke Association center funded by the Henrietta B. and Frederick H. Bugher Foundation. They will be known officially as the American Stroke Association-Bugher Centers of Excellence in Stroke Collaborative Research.

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Robert J. Myerburg, M.D.

Robert J. Myerburg, M.D.

Research Finds Link Between Aortic Valve Replacement and Atrial Fibrillation

A team of Miller School researchers has found a strong correlation between the type of aortic valve replacement procedure a patient undergoes and the development of post-operative atrial fibrillation. Their findings are reported in an article, “New-Onset Atrial Fibrillation After Aortic Valve Replacement,” that appears in the April 22 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Approximately 85,000 aortic valve replacement procedures are performed in the U.S. each year. The most common cause is aortic stenosis, an acquired condition usually found in elderly patients in which scarring or calcium buildup narrows the valve and restricts blood flow from the heart to the aorta, and from there to the rest of the body. An estimated 1.5 million Americans suffer from aortic stenosis; 500,000 (half of whom are undiagnosed) have a severe form that has a high risk of death within two years without valve replacement.

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SCI therapy research team, from left: Juan Pablo de Rivero Vaccari, Ph.D.; Robert W. Keane, Ph.D.; Helen M. Bramlett, Ph.D.; and W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D.

SCI therapy research team, from left: Juan Pablo de Rivero Vaccari, Ph.D.; Robert W. Keane, Ph.D.; Helen M. Bramlett, Ph.D.; and W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D.

Discovery Scientists Receive NIH Funding for Spinal Cord Injury Therapy

A group of Miller School scientists has received a $1.6 million small business award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, a unit of the National Institutes of Health, to support development and clinical trials of a novel anti-inflammatory antibody treatment for human spinal cord injury.

Robert W. Keane, Ph.D., professor of physiology and biophysics, leads the team, which includes three researchers from The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis — Helen M. Bramlett, Ph.D., associate professor of neurological surgery; Juan Pablo de Rivero Vaccari, Ph.D., research assistant professor of neurological surgery; and W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D., Scientific Director, Kinetic Concepts Distinguished Chair in Neurosurgery, Senior Associate Dean for Discovery Science and professor of neurological surgery, neurology, and cell biology and anatomy.

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Brazilian National Academy of Medicine President Pietro Novellino, on left, leads the applause for Alan S. Livingstone, M.D., following his induction ceremony.

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Brazilian National Academy of Medicine President Pietro Novellino, on left, leads the applause for Alan S. Livingstone, M.D., following his induction ceremony.

Alan Livingstone, M.D., Inducted into Brazil’s National Academy of Medicine

Alan S. Livingstone, M.D., the Lucille and DeWitt Daughtry Professor and Chairman of Surgery, is usually addressed as “Dr. Livingstone,” sometimes as “Professor Livingstone.”

Now there is a new option: “Your Excellency.”

“You can still call me Alan,” he said, laughing, when he greeted a visitor in his office recently, but his pleasure was evident. On March 27, Livingstone was inducted into Brazil’s National Academy of Medicine, one of the oldest and most exclusive medical academies in the world, and the title accompanies that honor. “The Academy holds regular meetings, and I have delivered presentations before them, but I never expected anything like this,” he said.

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Eric Hunt, left, receives the Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant Award from Dean M. Brian Blake, Ph.D., M.S., with his mentor Sapna Deo, Ph.D., who took home the Outstanding Graduate Program Director Award.

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Eric Hunt, left, receives the Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant Award from Dean M. Brian Blake, Ph.D., M.S., with his mentor Sapna Deo, Ph.D., who took home the Outstanding Graduate Program Director Award.

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Dominates at Graduate School Awards

M. Brian Blake, Ph.D., M.S., Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School, hosted the inaugural University of Miami Graduate School Awards at the Student Center on the Coral Gables Campus, where three members of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology received top honors.

Eric Hunt, a senior graduate student in the laboratory of Sapna Deo, Ph.D., associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, received the Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant Award at the April 11 ceremony. When not advancing his research, Hunt, the recipient of a National Science Foundation pre-doctoral fellowship and a “Science Made Sensible” fellow, enjoys participating in community outreach activities, creative writing and performing with his band.

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Noted marine mammal expert Gregory Bossart, V.M.D., Ph.D., will discuss the application of aquatic species as sentinels for human health on May 1.

Noted marine mammal expert Gregory Bossart, V.M.D., Ph.D., will discuss the application of aquatic species as sentinels for human health on May 1.

Marine Mammal Expert to Discuss Emerging Diseases in Dolphins—Sentinels

The Department of Pathology, in conjunction with the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), will host a special Grand Rounds by marine mammal expert and pathologist Gregory Bossart, V.M.D., Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Animal Health, Research, and Conservation and Chief Veterinary Officer at Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, on Thursday, May 1, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Lois Pope LIFE Center, seventh-floor auditorium. Bossart will present “Marine Mammals as Sentinels for Ocean and Human Health.”

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From left, Nancy L. Floyd Ryan, her son, Sean, his girlfriend, Kandice

From left, Nancy L. Floyd Ryan, her son, Sean, his girlfriend, Kandice "Candy" Calvete, and Darlene Sapp, Nancy’s girlhood friend, show their spirit before the UM/FSU game in Tallahassee last October.

Faculty and Staff Support the U: Grateful Alumna and Mom Gives Thanks by Helping Students and Buildi

During her 35 years working in student affairs, Nancy L. Floyd Ryan, BBA ’87, has had a son, earned her bachelor’s degree and guided countless students to bright futures, all joys she pays forward by giving to the University Tell us why you support the U, or about a colleague who does.

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The Internet of Things and Privacy

The Office of HIPAA Privacy and Security offers the following Information Privacy Update:

Most people access and share information by connecting to the Internet via a computer, tablet or smartphone. Many willingly share information via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google +, Instagram and Pinterest. There is also a certain uneasy understanding between consumers and these sites about the terms of use.

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Final Instructions for the 2014 Corporate Run/Walk

If you have registered for the 2014 Corporate Run/Walk, your race packet is now ready for pick-up at the front counter of the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center, on the ninth floor of the Clinical Research Building. Pick-up hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., except for the day of the race, Thursday, April 24, when the hours are 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Your team leader can provide pick-up instructions; if you do not have a designated team leader, you may come in person. Please bring a photo I.D.

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Registration Closed for Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

Registration for the May 15 Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day at the Miller School is closed.

The information published in this morning’s e-Update was incorrect. The deadline for registration was April 18.

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