The Public Health Student Association hosted the fourth annual Push-Ups for PHSA competition at the Medical Wellness Center on October 28 to raise funds for community-based health initiatives in Overtown.
Department News : 2013
Carl I. Schulman, M.D., Ph.D., M.S.P.H., one of the Miller School’s leading clinicians, researchers and educators, was honored October 29 with the presentation of the Eunice Bernhard Endowed Chair in the Division of Burns in the DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery.
For decades, people seeking an HIV test have been counseled on realistic and achievable steps they could take to avoid infection. But a national study led by Miller School researchers has found that the resources devoted to pre-test counseling would be better spent on universal testing that could detect more HIV cases earlier, and link newly infected people to the care that could could halt the spread of the virus.
Erin Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H., associate professor of public health sciences and Director of the Jay Weiss Institute for Health Equity at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, is the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Jessie Trice Hero Award for her unwavering commitment to improving the lives of underserved and minority populations.
José Szapocznik, Ph.D., professor and Chair of Public Health Sciences, is ranked among the top NIH-funded investigators, making him the third highest funded public health investigator in the world and No. 100 out of more than 36,000 investigators in all fields worldwide.
Spurred on by a desire to create lasting change in her native South America, Daniella Orihuela recently spent a month in Cartegena, Colombia, as the first Miller School Master of Public Health student to team with the.Juan Felipe Gómez Escobar Foundation, which works to reduce infant mortality and teen pregnancy and break the cycle of poverty in some of Colombia’s poorest areas.
The Department of Public Health Sciences welcomed 70 new students – the largest class to date – into the department’s Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) graduate program last month. Also joining the graduate programs were nine new Ph.D. students, five in epidemiology and four in biostatistics. They join 48 members of the M.D./M.P.H. Class of 2017, who began their M.P.H. coursework in June as part of their dual-degree program.
Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., professor and Chair of Neurology and the Olemberg Family Chair in Neurological Disorders, has been appointed to the NIH’s National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council, the principal advisory body to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).
The UM Life Science & Technology Park will host a panel discussion and brainstorming session to inspire ways to improve health in Miami. The event, part of the Knight Foundation’s “Knight News Challenge” on health, will be held Thursday, August 29, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Life Science & Technology Park.
Public health researchers who developed the successful Familias Unidas intervention to prevent risky behavior among Hispanic youth are teaming up with obesity experts to determine if the program now operating in 24 Miami-Dade County middle schools can reduce obesity among Hispanic teens as effectively as it has reduced their sexually risky conduct and use of drugs, alcohol and cigarettes.
At the American Academy of Family Physicians National Conference, fourth-year Miller School medical student Douglas T. Borst presented a successful resolution for improving patient access and was elected the national student delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates.
Howard A. Liddle, Ed.D., professor of public health sciences who developed the leading treatment for adolescent substance abuse, is the 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Contribution to Family Psychology Award, bestowed by the American Psychological Association’s Society of Family Psychology.
The Miller School’s Department of Public Health Sciences has signed on as a founding member of the new national Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH).
Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., M.P.H., professor of medicine and public health sciences, has been named Director of the Division of Health Services Research and Policy in the Department of Public Health Sciences.
The Miller School’s Department of Public Health Sciences has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil in Ecuador to enhance the academic, research and educational activities of both universities. The partnership will help expand the Miller School’s global reach and strengthen its ties in South America.
A University of Miami study reveals that recent immigrants are more likely to walk if they live in a community that combines parks and businesses near homes. Research with recent immigrants is important because they tend to gain weight after arriving in the U.S., and over time become as overweight as many individuals who grew up here.
Providing quality care for the millions who suffer of chronic non-communicable disease globally is one of the most prevalent public health concerns today. Yet the vast majority of people with chronic conditions do not receive appropriate care, only half are properly diagnosed, and among those, only a fourth receive treatment. These staggering statistics were the focus of the PAHO regional working group held July 9-11..
Seth J. Schwartz, Ph.D., associate professor of public health sciences in the Division of Prevention Science and Community Health, has been awarded a $2.5 million, five-year grant from the NIH’s National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to test the validity of a two-question screening survey designed to identify underage drinking among children and teenagers.
Robert S. Kirsner, M.D., Ph.D., professor and Vice Chair of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, has been named Practitioner of the Year by the Florida Society of Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, the state’s oldest and largest dermatological society. Kirsner accepted the award at the society’s annual meeting May 24-27 in Boca Raton.
The Miller School and the Miami VA Healthcare System have been selected as a clinical study site for the NIH-funded project Glycemia Reduction Approaches in Diabetes (GRADE): A Comparative Effectiveness Study.
Michael S. Gordon Receives Lifetime Achievement Award; Hare and Kobetz Also Named Health Care Heroes
Three Miller School faculty were recognized among South Florida’s health care heroes this week, with Michael S. Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., the founder and director emeritus of the Michael S. Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education, receiving the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s most prestigious health care honor, the AXA Advisors Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Department of Public Health Sciences has awarded almost $40,000 in Global Health Scholar Awards to 20 M.D./M.P.H. students in the Class of 2016 who will explore a variety of public health issues in 13 different countries on four continents this summer.
At a time when public health is at the forefront of our evolving healthcare system, the Department of Public Health Sciences, formerly the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, is transforming its role in healthcare delivery, education and translational research at the Miller School. Winning unanimous faculty approval, the new name reflects the diverse interests of the faculty in the department.
Miller School researchers from the Department of Public Health Sciences were recognized by the National Institute of Psychiatry in Mexico for successfully completing the first phase of a groundbreaking collaboration to transfer the technology needed to establish a substance abuse clinical trials network in Mexico.
Meeting for the second time, members of the Community Advisory Board for the University of Miami’s new Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) began the formidable task of helping UM strengthen the community/academic partnerships needed to address the two health disparities – HIV/AIDS and obesity – that the panel previously identified as top priorities for improving the health of Miami-Dade’s diverse population.
An international team of researchers, including three from the Miller School, has discovered new regions of the human genome that influence obesity in people of African ancestry, as well as others. Contributing to the study from the Miller School were Jennifer J. Hu, Ph.D., Evadnie Rampersaud, Ph.D., and Jorge L. Rodriguez Gil, B.S.
The Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT) program, which was developed at the Miller School to help troubled youth and their families by strengthening parent-child relationships, was awarded contracts with four child welfare programs in New York City this month.
On April 10, UM’s Faculty Senate recognized Margaret Fischl, M.D., for her lifelong pursuit in understanding, treating and searching for a cure to AIDS, bestowing upon her the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award. Richard S. Myers, Ph.D., lecturer in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, received the Outstanding Teaching Award.
The Miller School’s Clyde B. McCoy, Ph.D., felt right at home surrounded by sports legends at the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame 45th Annual Induction Banquet, where he received the Distinguished Service Award for his tireless support of the UM Athletics Department.
Two Miller School researchers are part of an international consortium that identified four genetic “spelling mistakes” that can increase the risk of one of the most aggressive forms of breast cancer all too common in South Florida. The findings are reported in one of five studies produced by the Collaborative Oncological Gene-environment Study and published in a special issue of Nature Genetics.
Four Miller School students have launched a grassroots campaign aimed at convincing state lawmakers to allow the transfer of clean needles and syringes to people who inject illegal drugs, an infection-control practice authorized in 35 other states but illegal in Florida.
In celebration of the third annual Women’s Health Awareness Week at the Miller School, the Women’s Health Interest Group, in partnership with the Preventive Medicine Club, OB-GYN Interest Group, and American Medical Women’s Association, hosted a series of events supporting the cause, which concluded with a Health Education and Resource Fair in Alamo Park.
The Clinical and Translational Science Institutes (CTSIs) at the University of Miami and the University of Florida are joining forces to improve health outcomes for the state’s residents, a collaboration highlighted at a recent program focusing on the Miami CTSI’s clinical research.
Showcasing its leading-edge research on obesity and collaborative approach to improving patient outcomes, the University of Miami celebrated the launch of the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) with its inaugural “CaneSearch,” a daylong research forum dedicated to one of South Florida’s most pressing health challenges.
Guillermo “Willy” Prado, Ph.D., associate professor of epidemiology and public health and Director of the Division of Prevention Science and Community Health, has accepted an invitation from the NIH-funded National Hispanic Science Network (NHSN) to serve on its National Steering Committee.
Hermes Florez, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., associate professor of medicine and epidemiology and public health, has been named Interim Chief of the Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine at the Miller School and Interim Director of the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) at the Miami VA Healthcare System. Florez replaces Bruce Troen, M.D., as division chief and Bernard Roos, M.D., as GRECC director.
In a match “truly made in heaven,” the Jay Weiss Center for Social Medicine and Health Equity is now affiliated with Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, a merger celebrated January 31 at an informal ceremony attended by family members and admirers of two humanitarian giants who championed quality health care for the underserved.
The Division of Biostatistics at the Miller School and more than 1,400 organizations in 111 countries are combining energies in 2013 to promote the International Year of Statistics (Statistics2013), a worldwide initiative that will highlight the contributions of the statistics field to finding solutions to global challenges.
Brief Strategic Family Therapy, the UM-developed family intervention designed to help prevent serious behavior problems and drug use in children, is one of five treatment models that have been designated for funding by the New York City Administration for Children’s Services.