Department News : 2016

Barbara Ronda, M.H.S.A.

Barbara Ronda Named to Board of Directors of Health Foundation of South Florida

Barbara Ronda, M.H.S.A., Associate Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Health Foundation of South Florida. She joins three University of Miami Miller School of Medicine faculty members already on the board.

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John C. Beier, Sc.D.

University of Miami Collaborating on $10 Million Center to Address Zika and Other Diseases

Supported by a $10 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the University of Miami (UM) and three other Florida universities will collaborate on a newly formed research center focused on stopping diseases such as Zika before they spread farther into the United States.

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From left, Dawn Comstock, Ph.D., Jordan D. Stillman, and Zachary Kerr, Ph.D., of the APHA Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section.

M.D./M.P.H. Students Earn National Public Health Research Awards

Two University of Miami Miller School of Medicine M.D./M.P.H. students received national awards at the 2016 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Exposition in Denver. Jordan D. Stillman, a second-year M.D./M.P.H. student, won the best Student Poster Presentation Award by the American Public Health Association (APHA) Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section.

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Adina Zeki Al Hazzouri, Ph.D.

Miller School Researcher Co-Authors Statement about Hypertension’s Impact on Cognitive Function

Adina Zeki Al Hazzouri, Ph.D., assistant professor of epidemiology in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, recently joined with a multidisciplinary team of researchers from 11 other institutions to produce a scientific statement for the American Heart Association about the impact of hypertension on cognitive function.

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J. Sunil Rao, Ph.D.

A Breakthrough to Move Cancer Precision Medicine Forward

The terms “personalized medicine” and “precision medicine” are often used interchangeably; however, in the world of science, they’re not quite the same. Personalized medicine means developing a unique treatment plan for each patient. Precision medicine means developing treatment plans for groups of patients with similar conditions. Oncologists aspire to personalized medicine, but cancer is like snowflakes — each is different.

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Seated from left, Julio Frenk, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., Ana Viamonte Ros, M.D., M.P.H., and Edward L. Hunter.

Film Screening, Panel Discussion Kick Off Public Health Certificate Program

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences, the School of Business Administration, and the de Beaumont Foundation recently launched the Building Expertise in Administration and Management (BEAM) Certificate Program that will train public health professionals in business fundamentals and skills.

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Seth J. Schwartz, Ph.D.

Dr. Seth J. Schwartz’s New Book Inspires Others to Face Their Fears

Seth J. Schwartz, Ph.D., professor of public health sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, wanted to help people deal with fundamental challenges, as he has dealt with a speech impediment for most of his life, so he decided to write a book. In Reaching for Resilience: Developing Empowerment through Adversity, Schwartz urges readers to “face your fear” and beat it.

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Department of Neurology Hosts 2016 Bugher Center of Excellence in Stroke Meeting

The Miller School of Medicine Department of Neurology’s American Stroke Association-Bugher Center of Excellence in Stroke Collaborative Research hosted the 2016 Annual Bugher Center of Excellence Meeting October 20 and 21. The event celebrated the center’s third year of funding from the Henrietta B. and Frederick H. Bugher Foundation.

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From left, Roderick King, M.D., M.P.H., Alberto Caban-Martinez, D.O., Ph.D., M.P.H, and Steven G. Ullmann, Ph.D.

UM and de Beaumont Foundation Launch Business Certificate Program for Public Health Workforce

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences, the University of Miami School of Business Administration, and the de Beaumont Foundation have announced the establishment of a unique certificate program aimed at training public health professionals in business fundamentals and skills.

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From left, Nadia Cheri Abouhana, Osamoje Imoohi and Marzhan Kumarovna Rakhimzhanova.

Public Health Sciences Students Broaden Their Horizons in Israel

Exposure to international field experiences is one reason why students enroll in the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences. Three of its students recently returned to Miami after spending three months in Israel as Miami Israel Science and Health (MISH) Fellows.

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Daniel J. Feaster, Ph.D., center, at the Mailman School of Public Health with his collaborators.

Researchers Receive $8.3 Million NIH Grant to Study HIV Testing Linkage to Care

Daniel J. Feaster, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences’ Division of Biostatistics, along with colleagues from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and Johns Hopkins University, has been awarded an $8.3 million National Institutes of Health grant to test implementation strategies to improve the rates of HIV testing and linkage to care in 51 opioid treatment programs.

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José Szapocznik, Ph.D.

Marrying Health Care with Public Health Interventions

One of the University of Miami’s top public health researchers, José Szapocznik, Ph.D., recently spoke before more than 100 physicians and health care executives at the Sixth Annual Broad and Cassel Public Health Forum at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood.

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Sara J. Czaja, Ph.D.

Researcher Receives Two NIH Grants to Study Tablet-Based Intervention Programs for Older Adults

Sara J. Czaja, Ph.D., Leonard M. Miller Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Director of the Center on Aging at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has been awarded two five-year grants totaling $6.5 million by the National Institutes of Health to study tablet-based intervention programs for seniors.

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From left, Adina Zeki Al Hazzouri, Ph.D., with Tali Elfassy, M.S.P.H.

Researchers' Innovative Study Links Sustained Poverty to Worse Cognitive Function in Midlife

Sustained exposure to economic hardship over two decades was strongly associated with worse cognitive function in relatively young individuals, according to a recent study led by Adina Zeki Al Hazzouri, Ph.D., assistant professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

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Michael Weinstein, left, and Steven M. Altschuler, M.D.

UM Public Health Sciences and AIDS Healthcare Foundation to Launch Policy Research Initiative

To fulfill a critical need in global health policy research and advocacy, the University of Miami and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation have signed a memorandum of understanding to take the first steps toward establishing a policy research initiative.

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From left, Ana M. Palacio, M.D., M.P., and Leonardo J. Tamariz, M.D., M.P.H.

Study: Physician-Led Point of Care Medication Delivery Significantly Improves Medication Adherence

Medication adherence is a significant barrier to the delivery of quality health services, particularly among minority populations and the elderly. But a new study led by clinical researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine found that adherence increased 17 to 29 percent when physicians delivered glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol-lowering medications to diabetic patients at the point of care.

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Christine L. Curry, M.D., Ph.D., speaking to Miami Beach City Commissioners about the Zika virus threat.

Miller School Clinicians and Researchers Urge Proactive Approach to Controlling Zika Virus

Controlling the mosquito-borne Zika virus must continue to be a public health priority for South Florida, according to several University of Miami Miller School of Medicine clinicians and researchers who spoke on September 14 at a public hearing held by the Miami Beach City Commission.

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From left, John C. Beier, Sc.D., David Watkins, Ph.D., Mario Stevenson, Ph.D., President Julio Frenk, Christine L. Curry, M.D., Ph.D., Ivan A. Gonzalez, M.D., and Paola N. Lichtenberger, M.D.

Expert Panel Discusses Variety of Responses by UM to Zika Virus Challenge

At a Zika symposium hosted by the University of Miami, the Miller School of Medicine, and UHealth – the University of Miami Health System today, UM President Julio Frenk called on Congress to approve emergency federal funding for Zika research, treatment and monitoring.

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Roderick K. King, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Roderick K. King Named M.D./M.P.H. Director and Assistant Dean for Public Health Education

An experienced physician and public health leader, Roderick K. King, M.D., M.P.H., has been appointed Director of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s M.D./M.P.H. Program and Assistant Dean for Public Health Education.

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From left, Alexandre Chieppe, M.D., Director, State of Rio de Janeiro Health Surveillance, Aileen Marty, M.D., Florida International University, Ximena Marincic Sanchez, M.P.H., and Silvia Carvalho, Coordinator, State of Rio de Janeiro Health Surveillance.

Miller School Researcher Helped Monitor for Zika During Rio Olympic Games

Public health officials reported no cases of Zika virus infection in Rio de Janeiro during the 2016 Summer Olympics, according to a University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researcher who participated in the on-site observation and analysis process.

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Roderick K. King, M.D., M.P.H., far right, with other committee members.

Dr. Roderick K. King Chairs Health and Human Services Committee Meeting

Roderick K. King, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of public health sciences, Director of the M.D./M.P.H. Program and Assistant Dean of Public Health Education, chaired a recent meeting of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Minority Health.

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Symposium on Service Disparities for Latinas in Recovery on September 14

Gender has been identified as a determinant of health. For Latinas, minority status may further contribute to experiences regarding diagnosis, access, and use of behavioral health services. Understanding the evidence on these disparities is an important step in improving access and care for this population.

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Women’s Cancers in the Americas: Strategies for Synergy, October 5-6

On October 5 (full day) and October 6 (half day), Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Miami Institute for the Americas will hold a conference, “Women’s Cancers in the Americas: Strategies for Synergy,” at the University of Miami’s Braman Miller Center for Jewish Student Life.

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José Szapocznik, Ph.D.

Dr. José Szapocznik to Join Panel Discussion on Human Trafficking

José Szapocznik, Ph.D., professor and Chair emeritus of public health sciences, will join Katherine Fernandez Rundle, Miami-Dade County’s State Attorney, along with a human trafficking survivor/leader and other participants on September 6 at a panel discussion on human trafficking organized by Hadassah Greater Miami and the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

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Steven Chen, Ph.D.

Sylvester’s Dr. Xi “Steven” Chen Receives NCI Funding to Study Breast Cancer

Xi “Steven” Chen, Ph.D., a member of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and associate professor of biostatistics in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the Miller School of Medicine, has received a $1.8 million R01 grant from the National Cancer Institute. The funding will be used to conduct research in precision medicine for triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), using statistical genomics approaches.

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From left, Maria-Rosa Velazquez, M.P.A., Yannine Estrada, Ph.D., Lourdes Forster, M.D., Guillermo J.

Researchers Awarded $3.8 Million for Online Hispanic Family Intervention in Primary Care Settings

A multidisciplinary team of Miller School of Medicine researchers has received a $3.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for a study of Familias Unidas, a well-established, family-based intervention program for Hispanic families with children aged 12 to 17, in primary care settings. To date, the program has been tested for effectiveness only in schools.

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Miller School of Medicine, Schoninger Research Quadrangle

Miller School of Medicine Has Record-Breaking Fundraising Year

Continuing an upward trend, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine reached a record-breaking fundraising total for the fiscal year 2016. According to standards set by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the Miller School raised an unprecedented $159.8 million for the fiscal year, which ended May 31.

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Hansel Tookes, M.D., M.P.H.

Grant from M·A·C AIDS Fund Will Help Launch Needle Exchange Program

To help slow the spread of infectious diseases among intravenous drug users, the M·A·C AIDS Fund has awarded the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine a $100,000 grant to operate a needle exchange program that will be the first of its kind in Florida.

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Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., and Erin Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Innovative Community-Based Health Screening Initiative Prepared for Launch

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and other units of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine are collaborating in the launch of an innovative health initiative to screen hard-to-reach populations in Miami-Dade County for multiple conditions and help them connect with appropriate care.

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Daniel J. Feaster, Ph.D.

UM Study in JAMA: Patient Navigation, Even with Financial Incentives, Does Not Improve HIV Outcomes

A large study by researchers from 14 institutions, including the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has found that a short-term structured patient-navigation intervention, even with financial incentives, shows no long-term improvement in HIV viral suppression when compared with conventional treatment for substance-abusing HIV patients who require hospitalization.

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Roderick K. King, M.D., M.P.H.

Group Led by Dr. Roderick K. King Releases Study Findings of Sea Level Rise and Public Health Risks

Communities from Palm Beach to Key West with the greatest risk for adverse health effects of sea level rise have been reported in a study by the Florida Institute for Health Innovation. Roderick K. King, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, is also the CEO of the Institute.

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J. Sunil Rao, Ph.D.

Dr. J. Sunil Rao Named Interim Chair of Public Health Sciences

J. Sunil Rao, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the Division of Biostatistics, has been named Interim Chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences. He is a member of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and his primary disease area of focus has been colorectal cancer — screening for early detection, unraveling the genomic determinants of progression and projected patient response to given treatments.

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From left, Lourdes Molleda, M.P.H., Daniela Castillo Onetto, San Carlos de Maipo Foundation in Chile, Danielle Sutton, Monica Bahamon, M.P.H., Marcelo Sanchez Ahumada, M.S., San Carlos de Maipo Foundation, Hilda Pantin, Ph.D., Maria Tapia, M.S.W., Yannine Estrada, Ph.D., Richard Catalano, Ph.D., President, Society for Prevention Research, Maria Rosa Velázquez, M.P.A., Krystal Sardinas, M.P.H., and Willy Prado, Ph.D.

Research Team Led by Dr. Willy Prado Receives Award for Hemispheric Public Health Work

A Miller School research team led by Guillermo “Willy” Prado, Ph.D., Miller Professor of Public Health Sciences, Director of the Division of Prevention Science and Community Health, and Dean of the Graduate School, has received the 2016 International Collaborative Preventive Research Award. The award was presented in San Francisco on June 2 at the annual meeting of the Society for Prevention Research.

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Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, D.O., Ph.D., M.P.H.

Walking Meetings Could Give Office Workers Longer, Healthier Lives, Study Shows

Changing just one seated meeting per week at work into a walking meeting increased the work-related physical activity levels of white-collar workers by 10 minutes, according to a new study published by public health researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

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Roy E. Weiss, M.D., Ph.D.

NIH Awards $11.6 Million Grant for New Center to Study Precision Medicine and Health Disparities

Researchers at the University of Miami, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Meharry Medical College have been awarded a five-year, $11.6 million grant to launch a new center that will enable research using approaches to precision medicine to eradicate health disparities, specifically those among African Americans and Latinos.

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From left, Michael King, Business Development Consultant, BSFT Institute, Joan Muir, Ph.D., Mikael Jepsson, Director of the Outreach Unit at Framtid Stockholm, Goran Hagglund and Alexandra Goransson, Director of Social Services for the City of Stockholm

UM Public Health Experts Are Key in a Swedish Effort to Integrate Refugee Youth

A unique partnership between University of Miami public health experts and the city of Stockholm plays a key role in supporting the health and emotional well-being of at-risk Afghan and Syrian refugee youth who have found their way from their troubled homelands to the Swedish capital. The transatlantic connection stems from the city of Stockholm’s many years of use of Brief Strategic Family Therapy.

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From left, front row, Diane Zheng, M.S., Jordan Baeker Bispo, M.P.H., Tali Elfassy, M.S.P.H., Lin Zhu, M.S., and WayWay M. Hlaing, Ph.D., M.B.B.S., M.S. From left, back row, Yue Pan, M.S., Manuel Ocasio, M.S.P.H., Wendy Stephan, M.P.H., Diana Naranjo, M.A., Sharleen Traynor, M.P.H., and Carrigan Parish, D.M.D.

Miller School Students Play Major Role in Epidemiology Congress Held in Miami

When the 2016 Epidemiology Congress of the Americas opened on June 21 in Miami, a large number of Miller School of Medicine students in the Department of Public Health Sciences had a rare opportunity to play a major role in the proceedings. Among them were 13 students in the Ph.D. in Epidemiology program. “All 13 who submitted abstracts had them accepted,” said Program Director WayWay M. Hlaing, Ph.D.

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Jean Marie Malecki, M.D., M.P.H.

‘Public Health Legend’ Dr. Jean Marie Malecki Honored With Distinguished Alumna Award

One of the first American public health officials to deal with a bioterrorism attack in the United States recently received the Distinguished Alumna Award from the Department of Public Health Sciences. Since 1991, she has spent her career championing advanced public health care initiatives as Director of the Palm Beach County Health Department.

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From left, Steven D. Nimer, M.D., Director, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Silvana Luciani, M.H.Sc., Advisor, Pan American Health Organization, Felicia Knaul, Ph.D., Director, Miami Institute for the Americas and Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, Julio Frenk, President, University of Miami, and Erin N. Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H., Director, Jay Weiss Institute for Health Equity at Sylvester.

Conference Forges Alliances to Fight Women’s Cancers in English-Speaking Caribbean Countries

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and the Miami Institute for the Americas at the University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences joined with the Pan American Health Organization to hold a two-day “Forum on Women’s Cancer in the English Caribbean” on UM’s Coral Gables campus May 11-12.

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Tae Kyoung Lee, Ph.D.

New Book Aids Public Health Researchers with Statistical Analysis of Longitudinal Studies

Tae Kyoung Lee, Ph.D., a senior research associate in the Department of Public Health Sciences, working with three co-authors from other institutions, has published an advanced mathematics book – Higher-Order Growth Curves and Mixture Modeling with Mplus: A Practical Guide – that will assist researchers with statistical analysis of longitudinal studies.

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WayWay M. Hlaing, Ph.D., left, with Guillermo J. Prado, Ph.D.

Graduate School Recognizes Faculty, Staff and Students

The Graduate School recognized its top graduate students and faculty at the 2015-2016 Graduate Awards Ceremony on April 15. Three of those taking top honors were from the Miller School of Medicine. The awards were presented by Guillermo J. Prado, Ph.D., Leonard M. Miller Professor of Public Health Sciences, who became Dean of the Graduate School on February 1.

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Chanelle Diaz and Hansel Tookes, M.D., M.P.H.

Years of Effort by Miller School Students Pay Off as Florida Governor Signs Needle-Exchange Law

More than five years of research, letter-writing, meetings, lobbying and other activities finally paid off this spring, when Florida Governor Rick Scott signed the Miami-Dade Infectious Disease Elimination Act (IDEA), the fourth version of a bill authorizing a pilot needle-exchange program for Miami-Dade County, into law.

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Members of the Public Health Student Association gather for the inaugural Public Health Awareness Night at Marlins Park.

Public Health Student Association Holds Inaugural Awareness Night at Marlins Park

Protecting the health of a community is no small task, but it is the primary mission of the University of Miami’s Public Health Student Association. As the flagship student group dedicated to developing the future cadre of public health professionals, PHSA members partnered with the Miami Marlins on April 20 to host the inaugural Public Health Awareness Night at Marlins Park, raising more than $3,000.

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Scott C. Brown, Ph.D., left, with Joanna Lombard, M.Arch.

UM Study Links Neighborhood Greenness to Reduction in Chronic Diseases among Miami-Dade Seniors

A new study of a quarter-million Miami-Dade County Medicare beneficiaries, led in part by researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences, showed that higher levels of neighborhood greenness, including trees, grass and other vegetation, were linked to a significant reduction in the rate of chronic illnesses, particularly in low- to middle-income neighborhoods.

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Kenneth W. Goodman, Ph.D.

Florida Health Care Professionals Explore Ethical Issues from AIDS to Zika

A distinguished group of national clinicians, researchers and policymakers took a close look at ethrics-related issues at “Florida Ethics: Debates, Decisions, Solutions,” an April 8 conference sponsored by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy and the Florida Bioethics Network.

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From left, Jose Szapocznik, Ph.D., Thomas M. Hooton, M.D., Kenneth W. Goodman, Ph.D., Lillian Rivera, Ph.D., M.S.N., Administrator, Florida Department of Health, Miami-Dade County, John Beier, Sc.D., Micheline McCarthy, M.D., Ph.D., Esper G. Kallas, M.D., Ph.D., Mario Stevenson, Ph.D., Raymond F. Schinazi, Ph.D., Ronald Desrosiers, M.D., Ph.D., Christine L. Curry, M.D., Ph.D., Glen N. Barber, Ph.D., David I. Watkins, Ph.D., Rafael E. Campo, M.D., and Anna Marie Likos, M.D., M.P.H., Director, Division of Disease Control and Health Protection, Florida Department of Health.

Miller School Researchers Making Major Strides Against Zika Virus

Speaking at the Miller School’s “Zika Forum: State of the Science, Public Health Safety and Ethics,” Mario Stevenson, Ph.D., professor of medicine and Chief of Infectious Diseases, said, “We have a formidable team of virologists here who are up to the task of taking appropriate action against the virus.”

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From left, John Beier, Sc.D., Eduardo Gomez, M.D., Ph.D., Wilson Bermeo Fuentes, M.D., and Whitney A. Qualls, Ph.D.

Miller School Public Health Experts Conduct Zika Virus Seminar in Ecuador

Two faculty members from the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences — John Beier, Sc.D., professor of public health sciences and Director of the Division of Environment and Public Health, and Whitney A. Qualls, Ph.D., senior research associate — conducted a Zika virus seminar and training workshop on February 17 at Catolica University in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

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From left, Stuart Sacks, Simran Shah, Emily Grass, UM President Julio Frenk, Sam Cass, Amar Arunachalam and Karam Alawa.

Liberty City Health Fair Brings Free Screening Services to Miami Community

More than 200 Liberty City residents took advantage of the sixth annual health fair held on Saturday by the student-run Mitchell Wolfson Sr. Department of Community Service at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. They received screenings for hypertension, diabetes, vision loss, and colon, breast, cervical and skin cancers.

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Felicia Knaul, Ph.D., with Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

American Medical Women’s Association Honors Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, Dr. Felicia Knaul

Two University of Miami leaders — Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Dean of the Miller School, and Felicia Knaul, Ph.D., professor of public health sciences and Director of the Miami Institute for the Americas — were honored with “Local Hero” awards from the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) on Friday, March 11.

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Denise C. Vidot, Ph.D.

University of Miami Study Finds Young Hispanic Marijuana Users Have Lower Odds of Metabolic Syndrome

Hispanic/Latino marijuana users between the ages of 20 and 30 have significantly lower odds of metabolic syndrome than Hispanic/Latino non-users, according to a recent study by researchers with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Public Health Sciences and Department of Psychology.

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Taghrid Asfar, M.D., M.S.P.H., and David J. Lee, Ph.D.

Researchers to Launch Innovative Smoking Cessation Program for Hispanic Construction Workers

A team of researchers at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is preparing to launch an innovative smoking cessation intervention program for Hispanic construction workers.

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Denise C. Vidot, Ph.D.

University of Miami Study Finds Young Hispanic Marijuana Users Have Lower Odds of Metabolic Syndrome

Hispanic/Latino marijuana users between the ages of 20 and 30 have significantly lower odds of metabolic syndrome than Hispanic/Latino non-users, according to a recent study by researchers with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Public Health Sciences and Department of Psychology.

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WIAM 2015-16 Advisory Board members: Back row, from left, Wen-Hsiang Lee, M.D., Ph.D., Ivette Motola, M.D., M.P.H., Lilian M. Abbo, M.D., Maria L. Alcaide, M.D., and Yvonne M. Diaz, M.D. Front row, from left, Anne E. Burdick, M.D., Ph.D., Rose Maria Van Zuilen, Ph.D., Michele I. Morris, M.D., Judi M. Woolger, M.D., and JoNell E. Potter, Ph.D.

Women in Academic Medicine Organization Supports Faculty Development

“This is a great time for women and minorities at the Miller School of Medicine,” said Lilian Abbo, M.D., President of Women in Academic Medicine (WIAM), an organization formed in 2008 with the mission of transforming the development, recruitment and retention of women faculty at the Miller School through education, networking and mentoring.

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Brian Deegan, Ph.D., left, with Sylvia Daunert, PharmD, M.S., Ph.D., in Daunert's lab.

Miller School of Medicine Achieves Significant Gains in NIH Research Grant Rankings

The Miller School of Medicine rose one position in the national rankings of medical schools based on research grants received from the National Institutes of Health during the 2015 federal fiscal year. That gain is significant, considering the ongoing reductions in NIH grants that have caused many medical schools to fall in the rankings.

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Register for Zika Forum: State of the Science, Public Health Safety and Ethics, March 23

The Miller School of Medicine, the Division of Infectious Diseases, the Department of Public Health Sciences and UHealth – the University of Miami Health System will present Zika Forum: State of the Science, Public Health Safety and Ethics, on Wednesday, March 23, from 1 to 5 p.m., at the Donna E. Shalala Student Center, 1330 Miller Drive, on the University of Miami Coral Gables campus.

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Robert S. Kirsner, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Robert S. Kirsner Named Chair of Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery

Robert S. Kirsner, M.D., Ph.D., has been named Chair of the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery. Kirsner, who holds the Harvey Blank Professorship, has been Interim Chair since his predecessor, Lawrence A. Schachner, M.D., stepped down in December 2014.

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From left, students Devin Driscoll, Miguel Escanelle, Victoria Silverman and Ilana Mayer-Hirshfeld, Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, D.O., Ph.D., M.P.H., and students Carlos Miguel Barrera and Daniel O'Shea.

Three Miller School Students Elected to National Office in Latino Medical Student Association

A contingent of M.D./M.P.H. and traditional M.D. students from the Miller School of Medicine attended the recent Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) Southeast Region Conference in Richmond, Va. The Miller School students had a significant presence at the conference, with three being elected to national office, one of whom also received a scholarship.

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From left, students Andrew Fisher and Amanda Randall, Hilda Pantin, Ph.D., José Szapocznik, Ph.D., Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., student Kelsey Pan, Viviana Horigian, M.D., and student Marie Douglass.

Public Health Graduate Students Showcase their Work through Poster Exhibit

A select group of 44 students from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Public Health Sciences took part in the 2016 Annual Public Health Graduate Student Showcase February 4 in the Don Soffer Clinical Research Center. The students displayed posters that presented their achievements in bringing public health knowledge and practice to some of the world’s neediest populations.

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Hermes J. Florez, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

UHealth Faculty Member Promotes New Care Guidelines for Diabetes in Long-Term Care Facilities

A UHealth senior faculty member and diabetes researcher, collaborating with colleagues from several other institutions, all of whom are affiliated with the American Diabetes Association (ADA), recently developed guidelines to improve the management of diabetes in patients living in long-term care facilities. The ADA statement seeks to help diabetes clinicians reduce hypoglycemia in older adults,.

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UM President Julio Frenk.

UM President Julio Frenk Speaks on Medical Campus February 11

UM President Julio Frenk will speak on the medical campus on Thursday, February 11, as part of the Department of Public Health Sciences’ Distinguished Lecture Series. The title of his lecture will be “Health Professionals for the 21st Century: Leading the Education Revolution.” Frenk will speak at 5 p.m. in the seventh floor auditorium at the Lois Pope LIFE Center.

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Joseph Panoff, M.D.

Study Shows Inferior Outcomes for African-American Pediatric Lymphoma Patients

Researchers from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center have published a study showing that African-American pediatric Hodgkin lymphoma patients have inferior overall survival to their white and Hispanic peers. The findings, published in the journal Pediatric Blood & Cancer, are the largest study yet on racial and ethnic disparity in the pediatric Hodgkin lymphoma population.

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Viviana Horigian, M.D., left, and Tatiana Perrino, Psy.D.

Leadership Transition in Educational Leadership for the Master of Public Health

Julie Kornfeld, Ph.D., M.P.H., Director of Public Health Programs in the Department of Public Health Sciences, and Assistant Dean for Public Health at the Miller School of Medicine, has been named Vice Dean for Education at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. A national search will be conducted for a Director of the Master in Public Health Programs. Several interim appointments were made as of January 1.

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David J. Lee, Ph.D., left, with Diane Zheng, M.S.

Doctoral Student Receives Rare Perfect Score in NIH Training Grant Application

Diane (Dandan) Zheng, M.S., a second-year Ph.D. student pursuing epidemiology in the Department of Public Health Sciences, has received an extremely rare perfect score in a National Institutes of Health F-31 training grant application.

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Yue Pan, M.S.

Public Health Sciences Doctoral Student Receives Sponsorship Award at National HIV Conference

Yue Pan, M.S., a doctoral student in epidemiology in the Department of Public Health Sciences, received the Sponsorship Award at the 2015 National HIV Prevention Conference held recently in Atlanta by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This preeminent conference brings together scientists, public health officials, community workers, clinicians and people living with HIV from a wide variety of organizations.

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Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., left, with William K. Scott, Ph.D.

International Study Reveals New Genetic Clues to Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Researchers from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute are part of a consortium that has significantly expanded the number of genetic factors known to play a role in age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of vision loss among people age 50 and older.

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