Department News : 2011

Eckhard Podack, M.D., Ph.D.

Rising NIH Ranking Reflects the Miller School’s Growing Research Prowess

Enhancing the University’s growing reputation as a research institution, the Miller School of Medicine climbed two spots to No. 39 in the amount of highly coveted research funding awarded by the National Institutes of Health during the 2010-11 federal fiscal year.

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Sarah Messiah, Ph.D.

Research Shows BMI and Waist Size Signal Cardiovascular Risks in Preschoolers

A Miller School childhood obesity research team has published a landmark, population-based study showing that multiethnic children as young as 3 who have elevated body mass indexes and large waistlines are already at risk for cardiovascular disease and facing a potentially dire future.

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Lisa Metsch, Ph.D.

Lisa Metsch, Ph.D., Enhances HIV/AIDS Care Through Research

When Lisa Metsch, a newly minted Ph.D. in sociology, joined the Miller School faculty in 1994 to evaluate HIV prevention strategies for drug users, she noticed something both troubling and transformative: The study groups assembled to test HIV interventions included people at risk for what was then a fatal disease as well as people already living with the virus.

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Tracie Miller, M.D., presented at the Miller School's first Obesity Symposium, which she organized.

Faculty and Community Exchange Ideas at First UM Obesity Symposium

The growing problem of obesity was discussed at the Miller School on October 10 during the UM Obesity Symposium, an inaugural event organized by Tracie Miller, M.D., professor of pediatrics and epidemiology.

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Symposium organizer Tracie Miller, M.D., says interdisciplinary research can help more children stay fit and healthy like this child.

UM’s October 10 Obesity Symposium Tackles Urgent Community Concern

When Jose Szapocznik, Ph.D., chair of epidemiology and public health and the executive dean for research & research training, met with community stakeholders about the health needs in South Florida, they cited the growing obesity epidemic as a top concern – for good reason.

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Jennifer J. Hu, Ph.D.

UM Researchers Publish Findings on a New Genetic Map

Researchers from the Miller School of Medicine joined dozens of other institutions from across the United States and Oxford University in England to publish a very unusual genetic map in the journal Nature. The African American recombination map highlights areas that promote genetic variation in this population, making it a useful tool with which to study human evolution and the genetics of disease.

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From left, Nicholas Cortolillo and Chanelle Diaz, members of the first four-year M.D./M.P.H. class, discuss the program with Alex Mechaber, M.D., and Julie Kornfeld, Ph.D.

52 Students Inaugurate Four-Year M.D./M.P.H. Program

Growing up in Miami-Dade County, Chanelle Diaz saw some exemplary models of health care delivery, but mostly she noted glaring health disparities. Diaz, a Williams College graduate who wants to “design systems to improve access to health care,” is certain she is on the best path to prepare her to be both physician and public health advocate who can help end those disparities.

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Viviana Horigian, M.D., (standing at left) and Rosa Verdeja, M.Ed., (standing at right) lead a clinical trial protocols discussion with researchers visiting the Miller School from Mexico's National Institute of Psychiatry.

UM Researchers Take Their Clinical Trial Expertise to Mexico

After years of conducting successful, randomized drug abuse treatment clinical trials for Spanish speakers and general populations in Florida and the nation, researchers from the Miller School’s Department of Epidemiology and Public Health are exporting their expertise to Mexico.

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Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D.

Dr. Carolyn M. Clancy to Present Epidemiology and Public Health Grand Rounds

Pressure is growing to deliver and transform health care services as efficiently and effectively as possible. In response, the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health will host a special Grand Rounds on Wednesday, May 18, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Michael S. Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education, Broad-Bussel Auditorium, located on the first floor of the Clinical Research Building. Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D, direc

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Frank Bandiera, M.P.H.

UM Pediatric Study Links Secondhand Smoke to Mental Health Disorders

The danger of secondhand smoke is now well understood when it comes to respiratory problems, but intriguing new findings from Miller School researchers and their collaborators show smoke exposure is associated with symptoms of several mental health disorders in children and adolescents. The research is published in the April issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

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