Department News : 2012

Tainya Clarke, M.P.H.

University of Miami Study Finds Decline in U.S. Cancer Screening Rates

The rate at which people seek preventive cancer screenings has fallen over the last ten years in the United States, with wide variations between white-collar and blue-collar workers, according to a University of Miami Miller School of Medicine study published December 27 in the open-access journal Frontiers in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention.

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C. Hendricks Brown, Ph.D.

New Center Holds First Scientific Meeting on Prevention of Drug Abuse and Sexual Risk Behavior

The Center for Prevention Implementation Methodology for Drug Abuse and Sexual Risk Behavior held its first scientific and advisory board meeting Nov. 7-9 at the Viceroy Hotel, Club 50, in Miami.

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Jose Szapocznik, Ph.D., is the Miller School's top NIH-funded principal investigator.

Miller School’s NIH Funding Climbs to 38th in the Nation

Reflecting the University’s growing prominence as a national research institution, the Miller School has advanced another spot, to No. 38, in the amount of highly coveted and competitive research grants it received from the National Institutes of Health during the 2011-12 federal fiscal year.

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Team Square members, Austin Perlmutter (in green), Kyle Stoffers (in orange headband), Adam Rosen (in red) and Alex Barsam, perform the most creative push-up.

Public Health Student Association and MedFit Host Third Annual Push-Ups for PHSA

The medical student group MedFit and the Public Health Student Association (PHSA) hosted the third annual Push-Ups for PHSA competition at the Medical Wellness Center on November 7 to raise funds for the healthy cooking and nutrition class at Booker T. Washington Senior High School in Overtown.

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Denise C. Vidot

Epidemiology and Public Health Doctoral Student Wins Poster Competition

Denise C. Vidot, M.A., doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, won first place in the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Section’s Student Poster Showcase held October 29 at the American Public Health Association’s 140th Annual Meeting and Expo in San Francisco.

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Alberto Caban-Martinez, D.O., Ph.D., M.P.H., C.P.H., left, and Lora E. Fleming, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., M.Sc., pay tribute to the "U" at the APHA's Annual Meeting and Expo.

Two Miller School Epidemiologists Earn National Public Health Awards

The American Public Health Association has recognized Lora E. Fleming, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., M.Sc., professor of epidemiology and public health, and Alberto Caban-Martinez, D.O., Ph.D., M.P.H., C.P.H., voluntary assistant professor of epidemiology and public health, for their extraordinary contributions to public health.

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Miami CTSI Offering Support for New Research Services and Funding Opportunities

The Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) is pleased to announce that extensive research-related resources, including more than $750,000 in services and awards for fiscal year 2013 are available to support investigators on all UM campuses who are conducting research which has the potential to improve the health of our diverse community.

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From left, Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.; UM President Donna E. Shalala; U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen; CTSI director Jose Szapocznik, Ph.D.; and Guerda Nicolas, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of educational and psychological studies, at the CTSI announcement Monday at the Life Science and Technology Park.

Grant Catapults UM into Consortium Dedicated to Turning Discoveries into Therapies

The University of Miami has been awarded a prestigious $20 million grant that has the power and promise of transforming the institution, the community, and all of South Florida into a hub for turning scientific discoveries into practical solutions and treatments that improve the health of the diverse region — and beyond.

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From left, Hansel Tookes, Chanelle Diaz, FMA President Vincent DeGennaro, M.D., and Marek Hirsch

Medical Students Rally to Enact Clean Syringe Programs in Florida

In an unprecedented move that could significantly reduce the spread of infectious diseases, the Florida Medical Association voted at its annual meeting in July to seek legislation that will legalize syringe exchange programs for injection drug users. The resolution, submitted by the FMA’s Medical Student Section, was written by Miller School students Marek Hirsch and Hansel Tookes.

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José Szapocznik, Ph.D., bottom left, speaks with President Barack Obama about health care strategy.

Dr. Jose Szapocznik Discusses Health Care Strategy with President Obama

On a recent two-day campaign trip to Florida, President Barack Obama met with a small group of supporters, including José Szapocznik, Ph.D., professor and chair of epidemiology and public health, in West Palm Beach. In an informal July 19 roundtable discussion, Szapocznik and other participants spoke candidly about the issues that are most important to them.

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The members of the team are, from left, Eugene Roberts, Ph.D., Ashley Beecham, M.S., Susan Blanton, Ph.D., Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., Tatjana Rundek, M.D., Ph.D., Liyong Wang, Ph.D., and Chuanhui Dong, Ph.D.

Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., and Multidisciplinary Team Awarded $2.8 Million to Study Cardiovascular Risks

Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., and a multidisciplinary team of Miller School investigators have received a $2.8 million grant from the NIH’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to search for genetic determinants of subclinical carotid disease, cardiac hypertrophy, and left atrial enlargement

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Hilda Pantin, Ph.D., and Guillermo Prado, Ph.D.

Epidemiology and Public Health Intervention Earns Prestigious Designation

Familias Unidas, the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health’s evidence-based intervention designed to prevent problem behaviors in Hispanic youth, recently qualified as a Blueprints for Violence Prevention Promising Program, a prestigious designation for interventions that meet the highest standards and rigorous tests of effectiveness.

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Julie Kornfeld, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Robert W. Irwin, M.D.

Two Miller School Faculty Members Appointed as Assistant Deans

Robert W. Irwin, M.D., associate professor of rehabilitation medicine, has been named Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, and Julie Kornfeld, Ph.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of epidemiology and public health and director of education for the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, has been named Assistant Dean for Public Health.

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Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., welcomes the new class of M.D./M.P.H. students.

Second M.D./M.P.H. Class Continues “Tremendous Journey”

The Miller School of Medicine officially kicked off the 2012-13 academic year on June 25 by welcoming its second class of M.D./M.P.H. dual-degree students at a day-long orientation in the Rosenstiel Medical Science Building. “This was a tremendous journey for you,” Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean, told the 48 students from 18 different states in his welcoming remarks.

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Clyde B. McCoy, center, is surrounded by, from left, daughter A. Jeanene McCoy-Bengoa, Min Zhao, M.D., Ph.D., Ana Maria Bueno, M.D., and Juan Camilo Varon Forero, M.D.

Dr. Clyde B. McCoy Wins International Award of Excellence

For more than three decades, Clyde B. McCoy, Ph.D., has directed the Comprehensive Drug Research Center and health services research at the Miller School – and mentored a generation of researchers along the way. In recognition of his tireless commitment to drug abuse research, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has honored him with its Excellence in Mentoring Award.

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From left, José Szapocznik, Ph.D., Viviana Horigian, Ph.D., and Lisa Metsch, Ph.D.

Epidemiology and Public Health Researchers Surpass $51 Million in NIH Funding

With $6.8 million in grants awarded by the NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse this fiscal year, the Miller School-based Florida Node Alliance of the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinic Trials Network has surpassed $51 million in funding over the 12 years of its ongoing NIDA grant to conduct a broad range of drug abuse treatment trials.

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 Front row from left, Anne Kimball; Stefania Prendes-Alvarez; Karina Lifschitz; Julie Kornfeld, Ph.D., M.P.H.; and Jonathan Colasanti, M.D. Back row from left, David Haverman; Carly Rivet; Devlin Paiva McGlohn; Mihai Puia-Dumitrescu, M.D.; Vanessa Cutler; and Eric Hecht, M.D.

Public Health Springboard Program Supports Eight New Research Projects at the Miller School

Thanks to a generous $100,000 gift to the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, 10 public health graduates and Miller School students have received eight grants under the Public Health Springboard Program that supports innovative, independent projects by students who are working toward or recently earned a Master of Public Health.

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Erin N. Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Cancer Researcher Receives Spirit of Service-Learning Award

Erin Kobetz-Kerman, Ph.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of epidemiology and public health, who is committed to ending health disparities among isolated and under-served patients, has been selected by the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of South Florida and the Miami-Dade Teacher of the Year Coalition for the 2012 Spirit of Service-Learning Award in higher education.

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José Szapocznik, Ph.D., right, confers with Joan A. Muir, Ph.D., BSFT™ associate director.

Brief Strategic Family Therapy Program Receives U.S. and European Trademark Registrations

José Szapocznik, Ph.D., professor and chair of epidemiology and public health and director of the Center for Family Studies, has received registration in the United States and Europe for the trademarked Brief Strategic Family Therapy® Program, which he pioneered at the Miller School more than three decades ago.

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Erin N. Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H.

With Community Collaborators, Erin Kobetz Wages War on Cancer

As a Miller School researcher in her first faculty appointment, Erin Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H., discovered a high rate of cervical cancer among the women in Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood and teamed up with communiity collaborators to eradicate the preventable disease.

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David Cordova, Ph.D.

CDC Awards $1 Million Grant for Familias Unidas Study

A Miller School researcher has been awarded a $1 million grant to further study Familias Unidas, the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health’s evidence-based intervention designed to prevent problem behaviors in Hispanic youth.

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James F. Sallis, Ph.D.

"Obesity Warrior" James Sallis, Ph.D., Speaks February 6 at the Miller School

James F. Sallis, Ph.D., the Distinguished Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, who is so respected for his work in obesity that Time magazine dubbed him the “obesity warrior,” will share scientific and practical expertise with UM faculty and staff at a noon seminar on February 6.

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Hansel E. Tookes

Miller Study Finds High Rate of Used Syringes on Miami Streets

Research led by a Hansel E. Tookes, a second-year Miller School medical student, found that in Miami, a city without needle and syringe programs, there are high rates of improperly discarded syringes, compared to San Francisco, a city with such programs.

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