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Miller School and UHealth Partner with Alonzo Mourning Charities and Overtown Youth Center to Launch Clinic

NBA great Alonzo Mourning, Overtown Youth Center (OYC) executive director Carla Penn, and Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., at the opening event for the OYC Clinic. Alonzo Mourning Charities, OYC and UHealth teamed up to launch the clinic where UHealth physicians will provide health care for the center's children.
For many years, the Miller School of Medicine has provided compassionate health care that has made a difference in the lives of thousands of people in Overtown. That longstanding relationship, built on the Miller School's commitment to the community, took another leap forward on October 30 with the announcement of a new clinic at the Overtown Youth Center (OYC), born through a partnership between the OYC, Alonzo Mourning Charities and the Miller School and UHealth - University of Miami Health System. The clinic will bring high quality health care to the center's children and young adults.
Oncologist and Political Scientist Ezekiel Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D., Visits Miller School to Present Bioethics Grand Rounds
Ezekiel Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D., delivers Bioethics Grand Rounds in the Lois Pope LIFE Center auditorium.

Ezekiel Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D., a well-respected oncologist and political scientist and founding chief of the Division of Bioethics at the Clinical Center of the NIH, presented "Research in Developing Countries: How Can We Make it Ethical?" during Bioethics Grand Rounds at the Lois Pope LIFE Center on October 30. Later that evening, Dr. Emanuel, whose brother Rahm is President Obama's chief of staff, delivered this year's Adrienne Arsht Distinguished Speaker Series in Ethics lecture at the Storer Auditorium on the Coral Gables campus.

Miller School WalkSafe Program Wins Nike Grant
Students at Irving and Beatrice Peskoe Elementary School in Homestead cheer the news about the awarding of the Nike Back Your Block grant which was announced at WalkSafe's Walk to School Day event.

The Miller School's WalkSafe program has been selected as a Back Your Block grant winner by Nike. The award, $2,500 worth of Nike products, will enable the program to provide athletic shoes for children in high-risk Miami-Dade neighborhoods with the largest number of pedestrian accidents. Winners of the WalkSafe statewide poster contest, which took place in ten high-risk counties, also will receive footwear through the grant. In addition, Nike will donate $5 to WalkSafe for each gift card bought at the Florida City Nike store.

BSFT Training Institute Hosts Community Forum on Cradle to Prison Pipeline
José Szapocznik, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health and director of the Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT) Training Institute at the Miller School, talks to Rod Love, deputy secretary of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, at the Miami-Dade "Cradle to Prison Pipeline" Community Forum.
The Miller School's Brief Strategic Family Training (BSFT) Institute, the Children's Trust and the Judicial Circuit 11 Juvenile Justice Board were among the sponsors of the October 2 event held at the Miller School to find ways to combat juvenile delinquency, block the path from "cradle to prison," and encourage children's organizations to communicate with each other. Jose Szapocznik, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health and director of the BSFT Institute was among the speakers, along with Florida State Conference NAACP President Adora Obi Nweze, the event's keynote speaker. BSFT Senior Trainer Ruban Roberts, M.S.W., was co-moderator of the forum.

With Two Health Fairs Behind Them, DOCS Students Gear up for 10 More This Season
Jennifer Murdock, a first-year student and member of DOCS, measures Claudly Pierre Louis, 8, as part of a medical check-up at the 15th DOCS Little Haiti Health Fair.
Thousands of South Floridians will benefit from free health screenings at the annual events

For many people who visit one of the dozen DOCS health fairs run by Miller School students year after year, the free fairs are places where basic health care needs are met, where waits to see a doctor are relatively painless, where many uninsured find care and bills never follow. It's also where medical students who are members of DOCS, the Mitchell Wolfson, Sr., Department of Community Service, continue a tradition that has spanned nearly 40 years and screened thousands of people.

Head and Neck Cancer Translational Projects

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute are pleased to announce the support of a one-year pilot project for $30,000 to encourage innovative research studies in head and neck cancer with a focus on disparities.


Eugene Schiff, M.D., Leonard Miller Professor of Medicine and director of the Center for Liver Diseases, presented the 3rd annual Dr. Robert Resnick Lecture in Clinical Liver Disease at Harvard Medical School teaching hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. In the Oct. 1 address, Dr. Schiff spoke about the "Prevention of Mortality from Hepatitis B and C." The lecture is held annually and is named after Dr. Resnick, a renowned liver disease specialist and associate clinical professor of medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess.

Joan Muir, Ph.D.

Joan Muir, Ph.D., associate director of the Miller School's Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT) Institute, led a training delegation to Sweden in September to participate in a conference to introduce the therapy model. The event was hosted by the Maria Youth Center at the world-renowned Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and was attended by participants from Sweden and other European nations. Master trainer Michael Robbins, Ph.D., and senior trainer Monica Zarate, L.M.H.C., also made the trip and presented BSFT methods for implementing change, cross-cultural issues and current research. The BSFT Institute has been supervising a team of six therapists at Maria Youth Center since 2007.

Leo B. Twiggs, M.D.

Leo B. Twiggs, M.D., professor and chairman of obstetrics and gynecology, presented "The Human Immunologic Response: Lessons Learned from the Success of the HPV Cancer Prevention Vaccine," at the Ninth Annual Cancer Conference at the Aultman Cancer Center, Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy in Canton, Ohio, in September. The event showcased presentations from nationally recognized physicians on new developments in cancer research and treatment.

Andrew Colin, M.D.

Andrew Colin, M.D., professor of pediatrics and director of the Division of Pediatric Pulmonology, hosted a three-day symposium on cystic fibrosis last month in South Florida. The conference attracted experts from around the world, including invited speakers on cystic fibrosis. Dr. Colin also was an invited speaker at the XIII Congress of the Italian Society of Infantile Respiratory Diseases in Naples, Italy. His presentation was on necrotizing pneumonia.


Sara J. Czaja, Ph.D.

Sara J. Czaja, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and co-director of the Center on Aging and Joseph Sharit, Ph.D., research professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering, have co-edited a book titled Aging and Work: Issues and Implications in a Changing Landscape, which has recently been published by Johns Hopkins University Press. The multi-disciplinary work closely examines how organizations, jobs, and the workforce have shifted in recent years. Czaja and Sharit not only explain demographic trends, but also raise issues about practical matters, such as public policy, training, economic considerations and integrating an older workforce with rapidly growing technology.

Andreas Tzakis, M.D., Ph.D.

Andreas Tzakis, M.D., Ph.D., professor of surgery and director of the Division of Liver/Gastrointestinal Transplant, was the senior author of an original article published in the August issue of the Annals of Surgery. The article was titled "Mass Clamping of the Hilum to Facilitate Difficult Hepatectomy During Liver Transplantation: A Single Center 10 Year Experience." The authors concluded that mass clamping of the hepatic hilum can be an effective alternative to classic hilar dissection in cases when the latter is difficult or impossible to accomplish.

Kenneth Goodman, Ph.D.

Kenneth Goodman, Ph.D., professor of medicine and director of the Bioethics Program, edited a new book on the Terri Schiavo case, a watershed in the debate over end-of-life care. The Case of Terri Schiavo: Ethics, Politics, and Death in the 21st Century was published last month by the Oxford University Press and includes contributions by participants and scholars who examine issues related to litigation, faith, gender, and disability, as well as dissents from scholars in the bioethics community.

Robert J. Myerburg, M.D.

Robert J. Myerburg, M.D., professor of medicine and physiology, was the lead author of an article in the August 25 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology titled: "Indications for Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillators Based on Evidence and Judgment." The article was featured as a quarterly focus in the journal's "State-of-the-Art Papers" section. Agustin Castellanos, M.D., professor of medicine, was also one of the authors.

Gastroenterologist Hendrikus “Dutch” Vanderveldt’s Supersonic Give Back

Hendrikus S. Vanderveldt, M.D.

Some individuals manage to plant their feet firmly on terra firma, and have their head in the clouds at the same time.

Hendrikus S. Vanderveldt, M.D., M.B.A., is a case in point. Most of his time is devoted to being an assistant professor of clinical medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology in the Department of Medicine.

But one weekend a month, and for two consecutive weeks during summers, Vanderveldt looks after the health and welfare of intrepid F-16 fighter pilots in his role as an Air Force Reserve flight surgeon.

Ph.D. Candidate Darcie Moore Sings Her Way to Science

Darcie Moore, graduate student

Graduate student Darcie Moore started dance lessons at age 3, piano at 7 and classical music training at 10, so it was hardly surprising when the Ohio native earned degrees in voice performance and launched a career as a professional opera singer.

"My whole identity had really been wrapped up in my performing career,'' the 1993 talent winner in America's Junior Miss scholarship program said.

Grand Rounds
Tuesday, November 03, 2009 8 a.m.
Pediatric Grand Rounds: “Clinical Trials for Type 1 Diabetes: An Update”
Tuesday, November 03, 2009 12 p.m.
Cardiovascular Grand Rounds: “Quality and Appropriateness in Cardiac Imaging”
Tuesday, November 03, 2009 12 p.m.
Hospital Medicine Grand Rounds: “Catheter-Related Infections, 2009 IDSA Guidelines Update”
Thursday, November 05, 2009 6:45 a.m.
Anesthesiology Grand Rounds: “Turnover Time: Is It Important?”
Thursday, November 05, 2009 7 a.m.
Neurological Surgery Grand Rounds: “Journal Club”
Thursday, November 05, 2009 8 a.m.
Neurological Surgery and The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis Grand Rounds
Friday, November 06, 2009 9:30 a.m.
Neurology Grand Rounds
Tuesday, November 10, 2009 12 p.m.
Dr. William O’Neill Presents Cardiovascular Grand Rounds: “High Risk PCI”
Thursday, November 12, 2009 8 a.m.
Neurological Surgery Grand Rounds: “Neuropathology Review Conference”
Thursday, November 12, 2009 12 p.m.
Hospital Medicine Grand Rounds: “Management of Pleural Effusion—2009”
Thursday, November 19, 2009 8 a.m.
Neurological Surgery Grand Rounds: “Neuropathology”
Tuesday, November 03, 2009 4 p.m. Genetics and Genomics Seminar: “Genetic Dissection of Complex Traits in a Genetic Isolate: ADHD and Facial Clefting"
Wednesday, November 04, 2009 12 p.m. Pediatric Clinical Research Forum: “Update on Myocarditis in Children”
Thursday, November 05, 2009 9:30 a.m. Beckman Coulter and Sylvester’s Flow Cytometry Core Facility to Host Symposium
Friday, November 06, 2009 12 p.m. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Seminar: "One Enzyme, Two Functions: The Role of NMNAT in Neuroprotection"
Saturday, November 07, 2009 2 p.m. Dr. Nancy Klimas Presents “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the XMRV Retrovirus”
Monday, November 09, 2009 7 a.m. Pediatric Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Conference
Monday, November 09, 2009 12 p.m. Microbiology and Immunology Dissertation Seminar: “APRIL (TNFSF13) in Th1, Th2 and Th17 Responses”
Tuesday, November 10, 2009 9 a.m. Salary Transfers Class
Tuesday, November 10, 2009 12 p.m. Microbiology and Immunology Seminar: "Immunoglobulin Class Switch DNA Recombination and Somatic Hypermutation"
Tuesday, November 10, 2009 12 p.m. Cell Biology and Anatomy Dissertation Seminar: "Biology of Amacrine Cells and Retinal Ganglion Cells in the Developing Retina"
Tuesday, November 10, 2009 12 p.m. Sponsored Programs Human Subjects Protection Workshop: “Awkward Research: Sects, Sex and Drugs”
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 12 p.m. The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis Seminar: "Molecular Mechanisms that Regulate Myelination in the PNS"
Thursday, November 12, 2009 12 p.m. Microbiology and Immunology Dissertation Seminar: "Functional Analysis of the YopN/SycN/YscB/TyeA Complex of Yersinia Pestis"
Thursday, November 12, 2009 6:30 p.m. Nordstrom Guide to Men’s Style Event Benefitting The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis
Friday, November 13, 2009 12 p.m. Microbiology and Immunology Seminar: "Transcriptional Regulation of the Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Type III Secretion System"
Monday, November 16, 2009 12 p.m. Microbiology and Immunology Seminar: "Role of TNF and TNF Inhibition in Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis"
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 10 a.m. Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center Presents “2009 Huntington’s Disease Symposium”
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 12 p.m. Cell Biology and Anatomy Seminar: “Preserving the Germline: Surprises in Gene Regulation”
Friday, November 20, 2009 12 p.m. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Seminar: “Oxidative Stress and DNA Damage: A Double-Edged Sword for Cancer Cells?"
Monday, November 30, 2009 12 p.m. Participate in the Business Services Online Silent Auction to Benefit the United Way
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 10 a.m. Save the Date! Shared Resources Fair
Friday, January 29, 2010 8 a.m. Register Now for 19th Annual Masters of Pediatrics Conference
For Your Benefit

Open Enrollment Ends This Friday

Dates Changed for Professional Development and Training Seminar: "Train the Trainer Certificate Program"

Professional Development and Training Seminar: “Dealing with Difficult People”

Rescheduled: Professional Development and Training Seminar: “Organizational Skills”

Faculty and Staff Assistance Program: “Thinking Yourself to Better Health”

Faculty and Staff Assistance Program Seminar: “Communicating for Results”

Sponsored Programs Roundtable Seminar: “Standard Operating Procedures”

Security Awareness Update: “Information Security When Traveling Abroad”

Faculty and Staff Assistance Program Seminar: “Personal Financial Health”

Grand Rounds
"My H.I.V. patients for the most part are hale and hearty. Many of my CFS patients, on the other hand, are terribly ill and unable to work or participate in the care of their families."

Nancy Klimas, M.D., discussing a study in Science that indicated that a significant percentage of people suffering chronic fatigue syndrome, CFS, carry the xenotrophic murine leukemia virus-related virus, XMRV. The discovery could mean more treatment and funding for CFS.

"A Case of Chronic Denial"
The New York Times, October 21

"If it went as we hoped, we're going to be in a holding pattern right now with critical care, waiting for some healing and waiting to make a decision on the next operation."

Nicholas Namias, M.D., speaking at a news conference after Michael Brewer, the Broward County boy badly burned in an attack by five other boys, underwent his first surgery. The incident made international news.

"Burned boy's health shows improvement"
The Miami Herald, October 23

"I have eliminated all 24-hour shifts for anesthesiologists. It did increase staffing costs, but I do believe it decreased our error rates."

David Lubarsky, M.D., M.B.A., speaking about a Harvard University study that noted that attending surgeons and obstetricians/gynecologists risk increasing the rate of surgical complications if they do not get enough sleep between procedures.

"Long shifts, little sleep raise complication rate for practicing physicians, study finds"
U.S. News & World Report, October 13

"The goal is to use the vaccine as the mainstay of treatment, so infected people would no longer need HAART (highly active antiretroviral therapy), with its expense and side effects. With this, they would take a shot every year to boost their systems and keep them in shape."

Margaret Fischl, M.D., commenting on a drug she is developing that would help boost the immune system of HIV patients to aid them in fighting the disease.

"UM researcher's vaccine latest lift in fight vs. AIDS"
The Miami Herald, September 25

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