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From left are Health Care Heroes Erin Kobetz, Ph.D., Michael S. Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., and Joshua Hare, M.D.

From left are Health Care Heroes Erin Kobetz, Ph.D., Michael S. Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., and Joshua Hare, M.D.

Michael S. Gordon Receives Lifetime Achievement Award; Hare and Kobetz Also Named Health Care Heroes

Three Miller School faculty were recognized among South Florida’s health care heroes this week, with Michael S. Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., the founder and director emeritus of the Michael S. Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education, receiving the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s most prestigious health care honor, the AXA Advisors Lifetime Achievement Award.

Amid thunderous applause at the annual Health Care Heroes Awards Luncheon, Gordon thanked his colleagues, his wife Lynda and University of Miami leadership for enabling his decades of accomplishments. Noting that the University always nurtured creativity and innovation, he shared one of his favorite quotes: “If you want to go fast, go alone,” he said. “If you want to go far, go together.”

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Alan G. Goodman, Ph.D.

Alan G. Goodman, Ph.D.

Cell Biology Postdoc is First at UM to Receive Prestigious NIH Grant

Alan G. Goodman, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Cell Biology, is the first University of Miami researcher to receive a “Pathway to Independence” grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Goodman was awarded $500,000 for a three-year study of the molecules involved in STING (STimulator of INterferon Genes), which triggers cellular defense responses.

Of the hundred applicants vying for a K99/R00 grant, designed to launch the research careers of new investigators through mentorship, only six received funding this award cycle.

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Marjana Tomic-Canic, Ph.D.

Marjana Tomic-Canic, Ph.D.

Wound Healing Pioneer Appointed to NIH’s Nursing Research Advisory Council

The Miller School’s Marjana Tomic-Canic, Ph.D., professor of dermatology and cutaneous surgery and director of the Wound Healing and Regenerative Medicine Research Program, has been appointed to the national advisory council of the NIH’s National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR). Drawn from the fields of nursing, basic, translational and clinical science, public and health policy, law, and economics, members of the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research serve as the nursing institute’s primary advisory board.

As a council member, Tomic-Canic will help make recommendations to support the overall NINR goal “to build the scientific foundation for clinical practice, prevent disease and disability, manage and eliminate symptoms caused by illness, and improve palliative and end-of-life care.” A former nurse who dedicated her professional life to basic and translational research in wound healing, Tomic-Canic will have an important role in conducting a second level of review of grant applications that have been scored by scientific review groups, reviewing the Institute’s extramural programs, and making recommendations about its intramural research activities.

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Pasquale Benedetto, M.D., third from left, received a custom-made dollhouse from artist Arlene Santangelo, in gratitude for the care he provided her husband, Pat, far right. At the presentation were Joseph Rosenblatt, M.D., professor of medicine and chief of hematology/oncology at Sylvester, far left, and Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado, second from right.

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Pasquale Benedetto, M.D., third from left, received a custom-made dollhouse from artist Arlene Santangelo, in gratitude for the care he provided her husband, Pat, far right. At the presentation were Joseph Rosenblatt, M.D., professor of medicine and chief of hematology/oncology at Sylvester, far left, and Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado, second from right.

Dollhouse and Mayoral Proclamation Honor Sylvester Physician

Longtime South Floridian Pat Santangelo is accustomed to speaking in front of crowds, as spokesman for many years with the Florida Highway Patrol and now in Public Affairs for Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado. On Tuesday, May 21, he enlisted the help of his boss and used another method to say thank you to Pasquale Benedetto, M.D., the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center physician who helped him beat a rare cancer.

Santangelo and his wife Arlene presented “Dr. B.,” as they call him, with a custom-made dollhouse, complete with a replica of his office and photos of Benedetto, nurses and staff who were instrumental in Santangelo’s care. “We just want to say thank you to Dr. B. and Sylvester,” an emotional Arlene Santangelo said. “It means a great deal to us that he took care of Pat.”

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UM to Participate in National Day of Civic Hacking June 1-2

Whether it is improving access to healthcare, helping women veterans find jobs, or increasing fire safety and prevention awareness, a multitude of federal agencies and local municipalities need assistance in solving some of their most complex challenges.

This weekend they will get the help they need, and it will come from a few unlikely sources: civic leaders, computer geeks, entrepreneurs, software developers, citizens, and even high school and college students – all of whom will unite to effect change.

The National Day of Civic Hacking takes place June 1-2 in more than 85 cities across the nation with the goal of using technology and publicly released data from local and federal agencies to solve problems faced by neighborhoods, cities, and states.

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Hurricane Season is Here—Download Your Copy of Hurricane Update Now

June 1 marked the beginning of the 2013 hurricane season, and now is the time to prepare. Detailed information about hurricane preparedness, response and recovery for the medical campus is available in the 2013 issue of Hurricane Update. Please print a copy for your office and home.

One of the most critical preparedness steps is to make sure your contact and emergency information is correct and up-to-date in your profile on MyUM. When a situation warrants, emergency information may be sent via emails, text messages, voice messages, and social media through the Emergency Notification Network (ENN).