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From left, former Miami Dolphins Coach Don Shula and Nick and Marc Buoniconti celebrate another successful Legends dinner.

From left, former Miami Dolphins Coach Don Shula and Nick and Marc Buoniconti celebrate another successful Legends dinner.

Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner Raises More Than $10 Million to Cure Paralysis

The 26th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner, held at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City Monday night, raised more than $10 million to support groundbreaking spinal cord injury research by the Miller School of Medicine’s Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, which is at a historic juncture. Among its many scientific advances, the organization recently submitted an application to the FDA for a first-in-man Phase 1 Schwann cell transplantation clinical trial.

Sports legends, celebrities, philanthropic heroes and corporate leaders joined Nick Buoniconti and his son Marc for the sold-out celebration, which was presented by Phil Knight of Nike and featured a performance by singer Diana Ross and, for the fourth year in a row, sportscaster Bob Costas as the master of ceremonies.

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In Memoriam

Jagajan “JJ” Karmacharya, M.D.

Jagajan “JJ” Karmacharya, M.D.

UM Surgeon Jagajan “JJ” Karmacharya, M.D., Dies in Nepal Plane Crash

Jagajan “JJ” Karmacharya, M.D., associate professor of clinical surgery, chief of vascular surgery at the Miami VA hospital and associate program director of the vascular surgery fellowship, died Sunday in a plane crash in his homeland of Nepal, where he had gone to visit his ailing mother. Also killed were Dr. Karmacharya’s girlfriend, one of his brothers, a sister-in-law, and the 15 other passengers and crew who were aboard a Buddha Air sightseeing flight to Mount Everest.

Speaking for the grieving Lucille and DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery and the broader Miller School family, Alan S. Livingstone, M.D., the Lucille and DeWitt Daughtry Professor and chairman of the department, said words are inadequate to express the depth of sorrow over the tragedy, and for Dr. Karmacharya’s far-too-short legacy. He was 45.

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More News

Elaine Van der Put, Ph.D.

Elaine Van der Put, Ph.D.

Elaine Van der Put Appointed to New Roles at the Miller School/UHealth

Elaine Van der Put, Ph.D., has been promoted to Chief Planning and Marketing Officer and Associate Vice President for Planning and Marketing, as well as Senior Associate Dean for Administration for the Miller School and UHealth – University of Miami Health System.

The new positions are designed to draw further on Dr. Van der Put’s extensive international corporate marketing and strategic management experience as well as her scientific background, and significantly expand her current efforts in strategic planning, marketing and administration. Before earning a doctorate in immunology at the Miller School and joining the Department of Medicine faculty, Dr. Van der Put held senior executive positions in marketing, market research, strategic planning and financial management for multinational corporations such as Coca-Cola and IBM in Brazil.

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Michael G. Benatar, M.D., Ph.D.

Michael G. Benatar, M.D., Ph.D.

International Team Discovers Genetic Link in Lou Gehrig’s Disease

Miller School researchers are among an international group of scientists who have made a major discovery in the cause of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The finding was published September 22 in the journal Neuron.

Michael G. Benatar, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of neurology, chief of the Neuromuscular Division and the Walter Bradley Chair in ALS Research, and Joanne Wuu, Sc.M., research assistant professor of neurology in the Clinical Translational Research Division, are co-authors of the Miller School arm of this landmark study.

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Jean Gabriel, 9, who has Ewing’s Sarcoma, affixes his hand print to the canvas that will hang in the new bone marrow transplant unit.

Jean Gabriel, 9, who has Ewing’s Sarcoma, affixes his hand print to the canvas that will hang in the new bone marrow transplant unit.

Pediatric Oncologist Receives Hyundai Hope Grant

Hyundai Motor America and its Miami-Fort Lauderdale dealers have awarded Martin Andreansky, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of pediatrics, a $100,000 Hyundai Hope Grant to support an initiative aimed at increasing South Florida minority representation in bone marrow registries and cord blood banks. The project will benefit pediatric cancer patients in South Florida and beyond who are in need of a blood or marrow transplant and have been unable to find a match.

Hyundai officials presented Dr. Andreansky, who leads the pediatric blood and marrow transplant program at the Miller School and Holtz Children’s Hospital, with the grant on September 9 at the Batchelor Children’s Research Institute. The grant is part of the automaker’s Hope on Wheels program, which is awarding a total of $7.1 million to support childhood cancer research at 71 children’s hospitals across the nation in recognition of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September.

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UM employees learn more about the wealth of health care services UHealth offers.

UM employees learn more about the wealth of health care services UHealth offers.

UHealth’s First Fair on Gables Campus Attracts a Big Crowd

About a thousand people streamed into the University of Miami’s Herbert Wellness Center last week not to pump iron or take a Pilates class in the three-story facility, but to learn about the clinical services the Miller School offers and to hear physicians discuss treatments for diabetes, heart disease and other ailments.

It was all part of UHealth – University of Miami Health System’s first health fair on the Coral Gables campus. Staffers from more than 40 clinical departments and divisions set up tables on the Wellness Center’s first-floor Centre Court, answering questions and passing out brochures during the four-hour fair aimed at “getting the word out and letting Gables campus employees and students know what we offer,” said UHealth Director of Marketing Christy Garcia.

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Professional Development and Training Office Renovation

In an effort to provide you with the best learning and development experience, the Professional Development and Training Office, located in Dominion Parking Garage, suite 155, is undergoing renovations and will be temporarily closed and relocated to the Medical Human Resources office on the third floor of Dominion Tower, through Monday, October 10.

Please feel free to call 305-243-3090 if you have any questions or need assistance. Check ULearn for the latest updates on class locations during this time.

Funding and Research

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