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From left are Barth Green, M.D., Joe Sakic, Bill Simon, Bill Cowher, Hakeem Olajuwon, Nick Buoniconti, Calvin Hill, Lauryn Williams, Pedro Martinez, Grant Hill, Warren Sapp, Erik Compton, and Marc Buoniconti (center, front) at the 29th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner to benefit The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis at The Waldorf Astoria. <em>(Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for The Buoniconti Fund To Cure Paralysis)</em>

From left are Barth Green, M.D., Joe Sakic, Bill Simon, Bill Cowher, Hakeem Olajuwon, Nick Buoniconti, Calvin Hill, Lauryn Williams, Pedro Martinez, Grant Hill, Warren Sapp, Erik Compton, and Marc Buoniconti (center, front) at the 29th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner to benefit The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis at The Waldorf Astoria. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for The Buoniconti Fund To Cure Paralysis)

29th Great Sports Legends Dinner Huge Success for Buoniconti Fund To Cure Paralysis

Celebrities, sports legends, corporate leaders and more joined NFL Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti, his son Marc, and event Chair Mark Dalton as they hosted a sold-out crowd in celebration of the 29th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner presented by Carnival Corporation & PLC and the Carnival Foundation. Held at New York’s famed Waldorf Astoria on September 29, the dinner paid tribute to philanthropic heroes and sports icons who inspire and motivate those affected by spinal cord injuries, and raised important funds for research and the Human Clinical Trials Initiative at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.

Tom Brokaw of NBC News served as Master of Ceremonies of the dinner not only to support the efforts of The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, but also to honor this year’s Great Sports Legends: Hakeem Olajuwon, Warren Sapp, Pedro Martinez, Joe Sakic, Bill Cowher, Mary Lou Retton and Lauryn Williams. Music legend Smokey Robinson treated guests to a special performance.

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Marc E. Lippman, M.D.

Marc E. Lippman, M.D.

Sylvester Physicians to Investigate Breast Cancer and Depression Connection

Breast cancer patients who suffer from depression may be at an increased risk for metastasis. That connection, however, may provide a target for a novel therapy benefitting thousands of women. Armed with a $200,000 grant from the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation, Marc E. Lippman, M.D., Kathleen and Stanley Glaser Professor of Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and several colleagues have started new research to more closely examine how depression plays a role in this process in a study, “Depression and Breast Cancer: An Inflammatory Connection?”

While localized breast cancer is curable, physicians continue to search for improved methods to conquer metastatic breast cancer, which is overwhelmingly lethal. Scientists have been working to understand what occurs in normal breast cells that incites them to grow abnormally, invade the bloodstream and move to other organs (metastasize).

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Holy Cross Hospital

Holy Cross Hospital

Miller School and Holy Cross Hospital Launch Internal Medicine Residency Program

The Miller School of Medicine and Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale are expanding their education partnership to create 42 new residency slots in internal medicine, which will be phased in over three years. The program will provide Miller School graduates and residents with additional training opportunities, and it will enable Holy Cross to make the transition to an academic teaching hospital providing a higher level of patient care.

“We have been education partners with Holy Cross for several years,” said Joan St. Onge, M.D., associate professor of clinical medicine and Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education, who will manage the Miller School’s side of the partnership. “Our students in the M.D./M.P.H. program work with physicians there during their third-year clerkships.”

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Mauricio G. Cohen, M.D., left, and Vikas Singh, M.D.

Mauricio G. Cohen, M.D., left, and Vikas Singh, M.D.

Study Finds Better Outcomes for Coronary Stent Procedures Performed by Experienced Cardiologist

A multi-institutional study led by a number of researchers across the country, including senior author Mauricio G. Cohen, M.D., associate professor of medicine and Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at University of Miami Hospital, represents the largest and the most contemporary study of percutaneous coronary intervention volume and its effect on outcomes.

Published online first in Circulation, the study, “Impact of Annual Operator and Institutional Volume on Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Outcomes: A 5-Year United States Experience (2005 – 2009)” was conducted in collaboration with researchers at several other centers, including Yale New Haven Medical Center, Mayo Clinic, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and UMass Memorial Medical Center. The study was accompanied by an editorial, “The Challenges of Success: Maintaining Access to High Quality PCI in the Face of Declining Procedural Volumes.”

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Lan Wang, Ph.D.

Lan Wang, Ph.D.

Armed with New Grants, Sylvester Researcher Hopes to Develop Leukemia Therapies

Lan Wang, Ph.D., assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, has received three grants this year for her research studies in the field of blood cancers.

“My research focuses on understanding the pathogenesis of hematological malignancies and stem cell studies,” said Wang. “In particular, I am interested in identifying the genes that are disrupted and developing new therapeutic strategies for patients with these diseases.”

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From left, Michelle Feige, M.S.W., Executive Vice President, and Elyse I. Summers, J.D., President and CEO, both at AAHRPP; Dushyantha Jayaweera, M.D., Thomas J. LeBlanc, Ph.D., and Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

From left, Michelle Feige, M.S.W., Executive Vice President, and Elyse I. Summers, J.D., President and CEO, both at AAHRPP; Dushyantha Jayaweera, M.D., Thomas J. LeBlanc, Ph.D., and Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

Conference Promotes Best Practices in Human Subject Research Protection

More than 300 members of the South Florida research community gathered September 11 and 12 for the Human Subject Research Office’s 2014 HSR Community Conference at the Student Activities Center on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables Campus. The event offered researchers in every facet of a human research protection program a unique learning and networking opportunity.

Presentations by institutional leadership, including Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School of Medicine and CEO of UHealth, and representatives from federal agencies and other academic institutions, highlighted the importance of human subject research protection, transparency and accountability.

Local partners included Jackson Health System, the Miami Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Florida International University, Baptist Health South Florida and Miami Children’s Hospital.

Presentations are available on the HSRO website.

Erin Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H., discusses working with the academic community and the broader metropolitan Miami area to facilitate opportunities for translational science.

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Erin Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H., discusses working with the academic community and the broader metropolitan Miami area to facilitate opportunities for translational science.

Researchers Can Tap Into Resources That Engage Local Communities

In working with communities as culturally and ethnically diverse as those found in Miami-Dade County, investigators at the University of Miami have a wealth of resources available to help with their research.

The Community Engagement and Cultural Diversity Program of the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) can serve as an investigator’s first stop to learning about how to incorporate the needs of the community into all aspects of research and accessing experts who can help them connect with those communities.

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From left are Samantha Strickland, Maria Severo, Teresita Lamas and Liz Delgado.

From left are Samantha Strickland, Maria Severo, Teresita Lamas and Liz Delgado.

Medical Human Resources Hosts “Crazy Hat” Contest to Benefit the United Way

Medical Human Resources hosted its first of several “Crazy Hat” contests September 19 to benefit the University’s 2014 United Way campaign.

Contestants paid a $5 entry fee for the chance to win a $20 gift card for the most cleverly decorated hat. All proceeds were donated to the United Way.

The winner of the contest was HR secretary Teresita Lamas for her hat rendition of a “drunken turkey.”

Runner-ups included “the hungry caterpillar” by Samantha Strickland, compensation analyst; “recruitment mayhem” by Maria Severo, HR recruiter; and “clowning around” by Liz Delgado, shared resources generalist.

Word on Workday: Stop by at This Year’s Benefits Fair for a First-Hand View of the Workday System

Stop by the Workday HR booth at this year’s HR Benefits Fair (October 15-17) for a first-hand look at the new system and enter for a chance to win one of three iPad minis. Visitors will have the opportunity to participate in a hands-on demonstration of the Workday HR system. Workday experts will be onsite to show faculty and staff what the system looks like, how it functions and answer any questions visitors may have about the system or the project.

A series of Employee Self-Service (ESS) functions will be shown during the hands-on demonstrations, such as how to view your pay slips, update your emergency contact information, request time off, and more.

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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

National Cyber Security Awareness Month is an opportunity to engage and inform the community about cyber security in order to create a safer, more secure, and more resilient cyber environment. This year marks the 11th anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance.

During the month of October, the University of Miami Information Technology department will share important information, tips and resources that will focus on different cyber security issues, including cyber crime, mobility and online safety.

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