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Miami sunset.

Can Cities Keep Their Cool?

Laurence S. Kalkstein, Ph.D., a bioclimatologist and voluntary faculty member with the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences, has spent the past 30 years studying the impact of weather on human health. He’s the director of the Synoptic Climatology Laboratory, whose research explores a vast array of meteorologic and environmental factors on plants, animals, people and disease.

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Researchers compared disparities in cancer risk and mortality among diverse populations in New York with those found in Florida in earlier studies.

Distinct Racial and Ethnic Differences in Cancer Mortality Revealed in Published Study

Expanding on previous work highlighting disparities in cancer risk and mortality among diverse populations in Florida, a research team from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center analyzed almost 250,000 people who died from cancer between 2008 and 2014 in another state with a diverse population: New York. Results of this new study were published on July 19 in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

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Visual impairment is associated with cognitive decline in aging adults.

Miller School Study Links Visual Impairment to Cognitive Decline in Seniors

A population-based study led by public health researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has revealed that visual impairment is associated with cognitive decline in aging adults. The collaborative study, “Longitudinal Associations Between Visual Impairment and Cognitive Functioning,” was published in JAMA Ophthalmology, a journal of the American Medical Association, on June 28.

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

Dr. Alberto Caban-Martinez Reappointed to NIOSH Construction Sector Council

Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, D.O., Ph.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of public health sciences and deputy director of the Miami Occupational Research Group, has been reappointed to the Construction Sector Council of the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety. Its goal is to stimulate innovative occupational health and safety research, and improve workplace practices and well-being.

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Bromeliad with retained water.

Miller School Study Confirms Ornamental Bromeliads Contribute to Zika Mosquito Breeding

A new study led by public health researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has shown that ornamental bromeliad plants contribute to breeding of the Aedes aegypti mosquito — a key culprit in the Zika virus outbreak that hit Miami-Dade County and other areas of Florida and the Americas in 2016. In addition to Zika, bites from the Aedes aegypti mosquito can spread dengue, yellow fever and chikungunya.

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WayWay M. Hlaing, Ph.D., M.S., M.B.B.S.

Dr. WayWay M. Hlaing Elected Fellow of American College of Epidemiology

WayWay M. Hlaing, Ph.D., M.S., M.B.B.S., associate professor of public health sciences, has been elected a fellow of the American College of Epidemiology (ACE). The college is the credential-based professional organization dedicated to continued education and advocacy for epidemiologists in their efforts to promote public health.

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Natasha Schaefer Solle, Ph.D., and Alberto Caban-Martinez, D.O., Ph.D., M.P.H., center, with marine firefighters from Jacksonville Fire and Rescue's Station 39.

Sylvester’s Firefighter Cancer Initiative Expands to Jacksonville Area

Over the Memorial Day weekend, clinician-scientists from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s expanding state-funded Firefighter Cancer Initiative met with firefighters and paramedics at fire rescue departments throughout the greater Jacksonville area, and presented an overview of their research and cancer screening projects.

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From left, keynote speaker Edward V. Nunes, M.D., with symposium co-organizer Viviana Horigian, M.D.

Medication-Assisted Treatment Can Lower Risk of Opioid Addiction Relapses

Medication-assisted treatment may be the most effective strategy for preventing potentially fatal relapses for individuals recovering from opioid addictions, according to national experts at a University of Miami Miller School of Medicine symposium held May 21. “Medication strategies work for many people with opioid abuse disorder,” said Edward V. Nunes, M.D., professor of psychiatry at the Columbia University Medical Center.

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From left, Cindy L. Munro, Ph.D., RN, Otto Yang, M.D., Michael Weinstein, Julio Frenk, Jorge Saavedra, M.D., M.P.H., M.H.P.M., José Szapocznik, Ph.D., Hansel Tookes, M.D., M.P.H., Adriane Gelpi, Ph.D., M.P.H., Sunil Rao, Ph.D., Andrea Calo and Mitzi Tanaka.

Partnership to Tackle Research and Advocacy on Global Health Issues

To pursue critically needed scientific knowledge on global health issues, the University of Miami and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) recently announced the launch of the AHF Global Public Health Institute at the University of Miami. The partnership will allow researchers to generate objective evidence that can lead to improvements in public health policy at the global, regional, national and local levels.

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With Grand Prize check, from left, Marianna Makri, Ph.D., Entrepreneurship Programs faculty director, Joseph Cioffi, Andrew Richardson, M.B.A., and Elliot Smerling, Entrepreneurship Advisory Board member.

Miller School Team Wins Big in Entrepreneurship Competition

A pair of Miller School students took home the Grand Prize in the Graduate/Alumni Track — and a check for $10,000 — in the 2018 University of Miami Business Plan Competition, sponsored by the UM Business School. They also walked away with a separate check for $1,500 for the Best Presentation in the Graduate/Alumni Track. The competition’s final presentations and award ceremony took place on April 11.

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Miller School student Xavier Scott, center, with Viviana Horigian, M.D., and Roderick King, M.D., M.P.H.

Miller School Stars Shine at International Student Research Conference

A select group of medical, graduate and M.D./Ph.D. students and resident physicians at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine had the opportunity to present their work and network with dozens of student peers and academic professionals at the 2018 Eastern-Atlantic Student Research Forum (ESRF).

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Miller School of Medicine Rises in NIH Research Grant Funding

The Miller School of Medicine received $120.7 million in research grants from the National Institutes of Health in Federal Fiscal Year 2017 — a $9.5 million increase over the school’s FFY 2016 total. According to the national rankings of medical schools based on data compiled by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, that total made the Miller School the No. 1 NIH-funded institution in Florida.

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Nearly two-thirds of stroke deaths occur in women.

Neurologists Contribute to Special Article Series on Stroke in Women

Nearly two-thirds of stroke deaths occur in women, yet women have long been underrepresented in cardiovascular disease research. Now the journal Stroke is publishing a special four-article series with an accompanying overview editorial on the latest scientific findings related to opportunities for prevention and treatment of stroke in women.

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Tatjana Rundek, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Tatjana Rundek Named Scientific Director of Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute

Tatjana Rundek, M.D., Ph.D., professor of neurology and public health sciences and executive vice chair for research and faculty affairs in the Department of Neurology, has been named scientific director of the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute and Evelyn F. McKnight Chair for Learning and Memory in Aging at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

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Erin N. Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H., Jimmy Patronis, and Stephen D. Nimer, M.D. (from left in center), with fire department representatives.

Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis Tours Sylvester, Praises Firefighters Cancer Initiative

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine welcomed the State of Florida’s Chief Financial Officer, Jimmy Patronis, on February 5, giving him a tour of its cancer-fighting technologies. Patronis also met with representatives from more than a dozen of South Florida’s fire departments whose members are collaborating with Sylvester’s Firefighters Cancer Initiative.

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Felicia Marie Knaul, Ph.D., making her grand rounds presentation.

Dr. Felicia Marie Knaul Addresses Global Women's Cancer Disparities

Felicia Marie Knaul, Ph.D., a member of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, professor of public health sciences and director of the University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas, described the challenges of global women’s cancer disparities in a grand rounds presentation Jan. 31, part of a lecture series presented by Sylvester’s Global Oncology and International Programs.

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A Step Closer to Realizing the Promise of Precision Medicine in Cancer

New findings by researchers at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center may prove to be an important solution to one of the more difficult problems faced in the field of precision medicine when it comes to treating cancer. An article reporting their findings, “Discordancy Partitioning for Validating Potentially Inconsistent Pharmacogenomic Studies,” was published online November 9 by Scientific Reports.

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From left, Kerry L. Burnstein, Ph.D., Mai Huynh, Govindi Samaranayake, Rolando Lyles, Clara Troccoli, and Priyamvada Rai, Ph.D.

Sylvester Researchers and Colleagues Identify Novel Therapeutic Target for Incurable Prostate Cancer

A collaborative study by researchers at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and colleagues has identified a novel therapeutic target for incurable prostate cancer. The research found a critical role for thioredoxin-1, a protein that protects cells from oxidative stress, in the progression of prostate cancer to the incurable castration-resistant stage.

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From left, Michael A. Kolber, M.D., Ph.D., Hansel Tookes, M.D., M.P.H., and Daniel J. Feaster, Ph.D.

NIDA Grant Awarded to Researchers to Identify Best Practices to Boost PrEP Adherence

An international collaboration among researchers in Miami, New York, and Montreal aims to determine the best strategies for effectively providing people who inject drugs with pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to protect them from HIV infection. Their efforts will be backed by an $8 million grant just awarded from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

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The many elements behind effective big data analysis.

NIH Award Will Help Expand Big Data

More and more often in this era of big data, it’s not a lack of information that’s the issue. Instead, it can be sorting through a tsunami of data to find what’s most relevant and meaningful to drive medical research forward. Now a $1.4 million grant from the National Institute of Health will boost efforts of a team of researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

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Medical campus update: Hurricane Irma

The latest on Hurricane Irma and how it is affecting the medical campus.

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Dr. Guillermo Prado Named ‘Research Exemplar’

Graduate School Dean Guillermo “Willy” Prado, Ph.D., an internationally known expert in effective intervention strategies for at-risk youth, has been named a “research exemplar” by The Research Exemplar Project at Washington University School of Medicine. Prado is the Leonard M. Miller Professor of Public Health Sciences and director of the Division of Prevention Science and Community Health.

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The invasive shrub Prosopis juliflora.

Study Shows Removal of Invasive Shrub Can Help Reduce Malaria Transmission

Removing the flowers of the invasive shrub Prosopis juliflora from mosquito-prone areas might be a simple way to help reduce malaria transmission, according to a new study co-authored by John Beier, Sc.D., a world-renowned University of Miami Miller School of Medicine entomologist, professor of public health sciences and director of the Division of Environmental and Public Health.

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Dr. Guillermo Prado Receives Prestigious Award for Mentoring

Guillermo “Willy” Prado, Ph.D., Dean of the Graduate School and professor of public health sciences, received the Friend of ECPN (Early Career Preventionist Network) award at the 27th Annual Convention of the Society for Prevention Research for his dedication to transforming the lives of young professionals in his field.

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Adina Zeki Al Hazzouri, Ph.D.

Grants Will Fund Studies of Dementia Risk

Adina Zeki Al Hazzouri, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences’ Division of Epidemiology, is one of the recipients of two multi-institution RO1 grants from the National Institute on Aging funding studies of different aspects of the risk of dementia.

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Students Create App to Lead Patients and Families to Healthy Food on Campus

Motivated by the knowledge that “nutrition is preventive medicine,” three members of the Miller School’s 2019 M.D./M.P.H. class have created a free iPhone app to show patients and families, faculty, staff and trainees the healthy, reasonably priced food options on the medical campus.

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From left, Carl H. June, M.D., Pasquale Benedetto, M.D., Mark L. Gonzalgo, M.D., Ph.D., Nipun Merchant, M.D., Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, D.O., Ph.D., M.P.H., Breelyn A. Wilky, M.D., and Stephen D. Nimer, M.D.

Zubrod Memorial Lecture Program Spotlights Faculty and Young Investigators

Six physician-scientists were recognized for their contributions to cancer research and treatment as part of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s 18th Annual Zubrod Memorial Lecture and Sylvester Cancer Research Poster Session on May 19. Sylvester Director Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., hosted the event.

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Miller School physicians helped displaced families in Ecuador.

Miller School Team Finds Sharp Rise in Zika Cases in Ecuador After 2016 Earthquake

A University of Miami Miller School of Medicine team has found a sharp rise in Zika virus cases in northeast Ecuador after a devastating earthquake on April 16, 2016. “We saw many pregnant women with typical signs of Zika on multiple UM medical missions to the affected region,” said Leonardo Tamariz, M.D., MPH, associate professor of medicine in the Division of Population Health and Computational Medicine.

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Winston Health Policy Scholarship recipient Nawara Alawa.

Public Health Sciences Student Receives Winston Health Policy Scholarship

Nawara Alawa, a third-year student in the M.D./M.P.H. program at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has won a $10,000 Winston Health Policy Scholarship. Only 10 students nationwide receive the prestigious award each year. A Miami native, Alawa studied microbiology as a UM undergraduate, then spent a year at the Brookings Institution before entering medical school with the goal of becoming a pediatrician.

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Motorcycle fatalities account for 14 percent of all U.S. traffic deaths.

Medical Students Publish Perspective on Motorcycle Helmet Laws in New England Journal of Medicine

Two students at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have published a perspective on the relationship between motorcycle helmet laws and public health. The article, which appeared recently in The New England Journal of Medicine, takes both a statistical and a cultural look at the lives saved by helmet laws and the staggering rise in death, serious injury and public expense that occurs when those laws are repealed.

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At center, Department of Public Health Sciences Interim Chair J. Sunil Rao, Ph.D., and Miller School of Medicine Interim Dean Laurence B. Gardner, M.D., MACP, with awardees at the 2017 Annual Public Health Graduate Student Showcase.

Public Health Graduate Students Showcase their Work through Poster Exhibits

A select group of graduate students at the Miller School of Medicine had the opportunity on March 2 to highlight their efforts to tackle some of the world’s most pressing and complex public health problems. The 46 students took part in the 2017 Annual Public Health Graduate Student Showcase and Reception, held at the Don Soffer Clinical Research Center. It was the fifth year for the event.

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From left, Hilit F. Mechaber, M.D., Nanette Vega, M.A., Ivette Motola, M.D., M.P.H., and Stephen Symes, M.D.

Honoring Women in Academic Medicine and Their Achievements

Women in Academic Medicine, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Committee of Interns and Residents at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine hosted the annual Evening of Fellowship on January 23, honoring recent successes and achievements of the Miller School’s women faculty. The event began with networking among attendees from various departments, including many chairs and center directors.

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Amar R. Deshpande, M.D.

Next-Generation Medical Education Task Force to Design the Ideal Training for Doctors of the Future

As medicine and the delivery of health care continue to be transformed, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine — already a national leader in innovative education — is taking a global look at transforming the entire medical curriculum. And Amar R. Deshpande, M.D., who is leading the charge as chair of the Next Generation Medical Education Task Force, says the timing couldn’t be better.

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Dalia Kaakour.

M.D./M.P.H. Student Dalia Kaakour Awarded 2017 Duke Global Health Fellowship

Globalization has shaped global public health issues, including human rights, health equity, food access and housing. This summer rising first-year M.D./M.P.H. student Dalia Kaakour will experience those globalization forces firsthand. Kaakour was awarded the Duke University Global Health Fellowship, and she will spend eight weeks in Geneva learning about and addressing vexing global health policy issues.

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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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Denise C. Vidot, Ph.D.

Miller School Study Finds Marijuana Users Have Lower Rate of Metabolic Syndrome

Marijuana users have a significantly lower rate of metabolic syndrome than non-users, according to a recent study by researchers at the Miller School of Medicine. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of risk factors, including high blood pressure, high blood sugar, unhealthy cholesterol levels, and abdominal fat, linked to increased risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, as well as other health problems.

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From left, José Szapocznik, Ph.D., Katherine Chon and Julie Cummings.

Forum Focuses on Making Human Trafficking a Public Health Priority

Human trafficking for sex and labor is a serious, chronic problem in South Florida and throughout the U.S. But rather than treat victims and punish the criminals, a comprehensive preventative strategy is needed to address the root causes of modern-day slavery, according to José Szapocznik, Ph.D., professor and Chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences.

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Anat Galor, M.D., M.S.P.H., left, and Roy Levitt, M.D.

‘Dry Eye’ Linked to Chronic Pain Syndromes

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researchers have found a link between “dry eye” and chronic pain syndromes and mental health — a finding that suggests that a new paradigm is needed for diagnosis and treatment to improve patient outcomes.

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José Szapocznik, Ph.D.

Dr. José Szapocznik Briefs Congressional Staffers on HIV/AIDS Prevention

José Szapocznik, Ph.D., professor and Chair of the Miller School’s Department of Public Health Sciences and Director of the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute, briefed congressional staffers on the challenge of addressing opioid addiction, HIV and viral hepatitis during a lunch meeting at the Rayburn Building in Washington, D.C., on December 1, World AIDS Day.

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From left, Hannah Kling, Kevin Moore and Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, D.O., Ph.D., M.P.H., C.P.H.

Public Health Sciences Faculty, Staff and Students Play Prominent Role at National Conference

A sizeable showing of faculty, staff and students from the Miller School’s Department of Public Health Sciences made presentations and participated in multiple sessions at the 143rd American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, held from October 31 to November 4 in Chicago.

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Julie Kornfeld, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Julie Kornfeld Leaves Legacy of Leadership in Master of Public Health Programs

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. In that role, she will have oversight for all of the school’s doctoral and master’s programs.

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

Dr. Eckhard Podack and Research Team Find Perforin-2 to be Potent Weapon against Bacterial Infection

The late eminent Miller School of Medicine researcher Eckhard Podack, M.D., Ph.D., and a multi-disciplinary team of investigators have discovered that the protein Perforin-2 is a highly potent mechanism of the immune system for fighting bacterial infection. Their findings may provide an answer to the looming medical threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S.

Neurology Study Receives $8.5 Million to Increase Focus on Dementia and Cognitive Impairment

The Northern Manhattan Study, a collaboration between the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Neurology and the Neurological Institute at Columbia University that started in 1990 and is believed to be the longest-running cohort study with a Hispanic majority, has received an $8.5 million, five-year NIH grant to begin a directional shift that puts new emphasis on dementia and cognitive impairment.

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Tanya Zakrison, M.D., M.P.H.

Researchers Study Perceived Health Consequences of Gold Mining in Postwar El Salvador

The mining of heavy metals, such as gold, has long been known to have the potential for negative health impacts on local populations through chemical pollution of aquifers. Now a group of researchers from the Miller School of Medicine, collaborating with researchers in El Salvador and Canada, has conducted research indicating that related political and socioeconomic factors also have serious health consequences.

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More than 50 students turned out to meet with the 12 employers and community partners that took part in the networking event.

Department of Public Health Sciences Hosts Networking Event for Students

The Department of Public Health Sciences Graduate Programs hosted a networking event for students to meet with local employers and community partners on Wednesday, October 7. Twelve organizations, some with multiple representatives, and more than 50 students attended this event.

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David J. Lee, Ph.D.

Researcher Awarded Fulbright Scholarship for Comparative Study of Mindfulness Practices

David J. Lee, Ph.D., professor of public health sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Australia to conduct a cross-cultural study of meditation, yoga and other mindfulness practices.

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Scientists and providers at the annual meeting of the Florida Node Alliance.

Renewed NIH Grant Supports ‘Real-World’ Drug Treatment Clinical Trials

A new grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will support innovative clinical trials involving drug treatment by the Florida Node Alliance, based at the Miller School of Medicine. Over the past 15 years, the University team has received more than $73 million in funding from NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse, including a new five-year grant, which will provide more than $3 million in the coming year.

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

Public Health Professor Leading Collaborative Initiative to Address Violence in Liberty City

Supported by a BUILD Health Challenge grant, a team of health professionals and community leaders is launching a collaborative initiative to address the longstanding problem of violence and its impact on the overall health of Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood.

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From left, public health student Laurent Saint-Louis, Jose Szapocznik, Ph.D., professor and Chair of Public Health Sciences and Director of the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Deborah Franqui, Ph.D., and Scott Brown, Ph.D., research assistant professor of public health sciences.

UM Architecture Students Showcase Healthy Community Designs at Pop-Up Demonstration

The Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences and the University of Miami School of Architecture hosted an interactive street fair and pop-up demonstration project on the medical campus on Friday, October 2. The event showcased dozens of design concepts on ways to improve connectivity on the medical campus and to highlight the importance and potential of the campus as a model of a healthy community.

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From left, Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Felicia Knaul, Ph.D., Sebastian the Ibis, Ana Langer, M.D., Roderick K. King, M.D., M.P.H., and Erin N. Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Lancet Report on Women and Health Presented at the Miller School

On October 1, Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and Felicia Knaul, Ph.D., professor of public health sciences, hosted an event at the Lois Pope LIFE Center to discuss the findings of a new report on women and health, which was recently published in The Lancet. The report found that women’s contribution to health care constitutes nearly 5 percent of global GDP, $3 trillion, but nearly half is unpaid and unrecognized.

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Mindful Tuesdays

Mindful Tuesdays is a weekly program sponsored by the University of Miami Mind Body Medical Group, in partnership with the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center, the Department of Public Health Sciences and Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Integrative Medicine Program.

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Felicia Knaul, Ph.D.

Researchers Suggest New Approach to Caring for Patients with Chronic Illnesses

Researchers from the University of Miami and Harvard University are addressing the challenges of effective universal health coverage in low- and middle-income countries, focusing on solving one of the most pressing issues — the care of chronic illnesses. Their suggestions, aimed at strengthening health care systems, include recommendations based on a “diagonal approach” for managing health care.

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

Exercise Shown to Reduce Falls and Injury Among Middle-Aged Adults

Falls are the number one cause of non-fatal injuries treated at emergency rooms in the U.S. A recently released study led by a University of Miami public health physician-scientist has revealed that engaging in regular physical activity and exercise can prevent slips, trips and falls for middle-aged adults, just as it does for seniors.

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Guillermo “Willy” Prado, Ph.D., M.S.

‘The right guidance can help change communities and people’s choices’

Guillermo “Willy” Prado, Ph.D., M.S., chats with Medical Communications to discuss his vision for preventive health mechanisms, his goal to train future preventive health scientists in the Miller School of Medicine’s new public health doctoral degree program, and his recent work to expand Familias Unidas in Ecuador, Chile and Colombia.

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Felicia Knaul, Ph.D.

Dr. Felicia Knaul Receives Interdisciplinary Appointment to UM Faculty

The University of Miami welcomes international health economist and expert in Latin American health systems and social sectors Felicia Knaul, Ph.D., to the Miller School of Medicine and the College of Arts and Sciences beginning August 16.

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From left, back row: Joaquin Jimenez, Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, D.O., Ph.D., M.P.H., and Kyle Klingbeil. From left, front row: Fanny De La Cruz, Director of the San Cristobal clinic Unidades de Atención Primaria, Manuel Hilario, M.D., and Sarah King.

Miller School Medical Students Collaborate with Provincial Minister of Health in Dominican Republic

Through the support of the non-profit organization Medical Students in Action (MSA), University of Miami Miller School of Medicine M.D. and M.D./M.P.H. students met with the Dominican Republic’s Provincial Director of Health, Manuel Antonio Hilario Acevedo, M.D., in San Cristobal on July 10 to collaborate on the development of a community health worker program.

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

UM Doctors Contribute to National Effort to Improve Health and Lifestyles for the Aging

A multidisciplinary team of doctors and researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has played an integral role in a White House-led initiative to improve the quality of life and health for aging populations throughout the U.S.

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José Szapocznik, Ph.D., at the White House Summit on Climate Change.

UM Public Health Chair Attends White House Summit on Climate Change

José Szapocznik, Ph.D., professor and Chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences and Director of the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute, attended the recent White House Public Health and Climate Change Summit in Washington, D.C.

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

UM Researcher Awarded Early Career Fellowship by Gulf Research Program

Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, D.O., Ph.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of public health sciences and Director of the Musculoskeletal Disorders and Occupational Health Lab, was recently awarded a highly competitive two-year early career fellowship by the Gulf Research Program of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Viviana E. Horigian, M.D., left, with Steven W. Gust, Ph.D., Director of the NIDA International Program.

Dr. Viviana E. Horigian Receives 2015 NIDA Award of Excellence

Viviana E. Horigian, M.D., associate professor of public health sciences, was honored with a 2015 National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) International Program Award of Excellence. The prestigious awards were announced on June 13 at the 20th annual NIDA International Forum in Phoenix, which focused on “Building International Collaborative Research on Drug Abuse.”

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

Researchers’ Findings Support Syringe Exchange Programs for Injection Drug Users

A team of researchers from the Miller School of Medicine and Jackson Memorial Hospital has published an eye-opening study of the financial cost to the public and the level of mortality for injection drug users admitted to Jackson for treatment of infections.

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First-year M.D./M.P.H. student Samuel R. Huntley, left, with Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, D.O., Ph.D., M.P.H., C.P.H.

M.D./M.P.H. Student Awarded NIOSH Grant to Study Osteoarthritis in Hispanic Construction Workers

Samuel R. Huntley, a first-year M.D./M.P.H. student at the Miller School of Medicine, was awarded a Pilot/Small Project Grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) for his proposal titled, “DOLORES – Determinants of Osteoarthritis Linked to Occupational Radiography: Epidemiologic Surveillance.”

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

Dr. Erin N. Kobetz Named Senior Associate Dean for Health Disparity

Erin N. Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H., has been named Senior Associate Dean for Health Disparity at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. In this role Kobetz will be responsible for elevating the awareness of current regional health disparities while developing a culture in which UHealth – University of Miami Health System and the Miller School can achieve health equity for patients.

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Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., left, and Julia E. Dallman, Ph.D.

Zebrafish Research Provides Clues on Autism

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurological condition that affects approximately 2 percent of people around the world. Although several genes have been linked to multiple concurring conditions of ASD, the process that explains how specific genetic variants lead to behaviors characteristic of the disorder remains elusive.

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From left, Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Alan Pollack, M.D., Ph.D., Erin Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H., Arul M. Chinnaiyan, M.D., Ph.D., Ronald C. Desrosiers, Ph.D., Diana Lopez, Ph.D., Jonathan C. Trent, M.D., Ph.D., Vinata B. Lokeshwar, Ph.D., and Stephen D. Nimer, M.D.

Zubrod Memorial Lecture Program Spotlights Faculty and Young Investigators

Six Miller School of Medicine physician-scientists were recognized for their contributions to cancer research and treatment as part of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s 16th Annual Zubrod Memorial Lecture and Cancer Research Poster Session on May 15. It was the first time multiple faculty awards have been part of the program.

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From left, Guillermo

New Public Health Doctorate Program Centers on Preventive Health

Given that the leading causes of death in the U.S. are preventable, the University of Miami’s Department of Public Health Sciences’ Division of Prevention Science and Community Health has recently launched a unique doctoral degree program in Prevention Science and Community Health.

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From left, Julie Kornfeld, Ph.D., M.P.H., Daphney Dorcius, M.P.H., Begoña Rovira, M.B.A., M.A., and Guillermo

Public Health Graduate Honored with Celebration of Involvement Award

Undergraduate and graduate students who display passion for service and leadership are recognized each year at the University of Miami’s Celebration of Involvement award ceremony.

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From left, Sonjia Kenya, Ed.D., M.S., M.A., Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., M.P.H., and Guillermo “Willy” Prado, Ph.D., M.S.

Community-Based Rapid HIV Testing is an Effective Strategy for High-Risk African Americans

A team of University of Miami champions for health equity recently published study findings showing that the use of community-based health workers along with rapid, home-based HIV testing is an effective strategy for getting more high-risk African American residents tested and connected to health services and treatment.

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From left, medical students Alexandra Cocores and Houda Boucekkine with Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

Medical Students Honor Outstanding Teachers at 2015 Paff Awards Ceremony

For Miller School medical students and teachers, the 2015 George Paff Teaching Awards Ceremony was a warm and memorable experience, punctuated by tears of joy, plenty of hugs and a baby’s cry.

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Julie Kornfeld, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Steven Ullmann, Ph.D., fourth and fifth from right in first row, with conference attendees.

Conference Focuses on Public Health Workforce Strategies

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Public Health Sciences and the School of Business Administration joined the de Beaumont Foundation to host a group of renowned public health leaders from around the country this month. The purpose of the two-day meeting was to examine innovative and effective training opportunities to provide needed business skills to the public health workforce.

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M.D./Ph.D. Student Research Symposium Takes Place April 9

The Miller School of Medicine’s 7th Annual M.D./Ph.D. Student Research Symposium will be held from noon to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 9.

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Hemant Ishwaran, Ph.D.

Radiation Plus Immunotherapy Combination Improves Immune System Response to Metastatic Melanoma

A triple attack of radiation plus two immunotherapies appears to improve the immune system response in patients with metastatic melanoma, according to a recent study from a multidisciplinary team of researchers, including the Miller School’s Hemant Ishwaran, Ph.D., professor of public health sciences.

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Nelson Arboleda, M.D., M.P.H.

UM Graduate, CDC Country Director Launches Guatemala’s Public Health Institute

A high-profile physician who received a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine continues to blaze trails as Director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Central American Regional Office.

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Fourth-year medical student Michael Maguire.

Miller Medical Student Presents at Investing in Young Children Globally Forum

Fourth-year M.D./M.P.H. student Michael Maguire just returned from Hong Kong, where he represented the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine at the Institute of Medicine’s Investing in Young Children Globally Forum. Maguire has been working as an intern with the Board of Children, Youth and Families at the Institute of Medicine in Washington. Due to his success with his research, IOM asked him to present in China.

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Clockwise from left, Erryn Tappy, third-year student; Robert W. Irwin, M.D.; Nikhill Bhardwaj, second-year student.

Miller School’s SafeSpace Program Responds to LGBTQ Students’ Issues

“It’s not easy feeling you have to pretend you’re something you’re not. It’s a continual challenge, and it wears on you.”Erryn Tappy, a third-year M.D./M.P.H. student, is talking about her sexual orientation. It is not uncommon, she says, for other students, or even faculty members, to simply assume everyone in hearing range is heterosexual .

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From left, Sophie Shrestha, her mother Sapna Deo, Ph.D., Sophie Bachas-Daunert, her mother Sylvia Daunert, Ph.D., Pharm. D., M.S., Rose Kobetz and her mother Erin Kobetz-Kerman, Ph.D, M.P.H.

Faculty Honored with Women’s Cancer Association Researcher of the Year Award

Three Miller School of Medicine faculty women, who collaborated to develop a rapid human papillomavirus (HPV) test to prevent cervical cancer among minority and underserved women, were recently honored with the Researcher of the Year award by the Women’s Cancer Association of UM.

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From left, Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Jennifer Auf der Springer, M.D./M.P.H. Class of 2015 - Quantum Springboard Award; Lamia Hossain, M.P.H. Class of 2015 - Springboard Award; Taghrid Asfar, M.S.P.H. Class of 2014 - DPHS Recognition Award; Julie Kornfeld, Ph.D., M.P.H.; Michelle Chong, M.D./M.P.H. Class of 2017 - Global Health Award; José Szapocznik, Ph.D.

Future Public Health Leaders Showcase Projects at Poster Exhibit

A select group of graduate students at the Miller School of Medicine recently had the opportunity to highlight their work tackling some of the world’s most pressing and complex public health problems.The 46 students took part in the Department of Public Health Sciences’ 2015 Annual Public Health Graduate Student showcase and reception February 12. It was the third year for the

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Denise C. Vidot, Ph.D.

Student's Article on Marijuana Risks is Among Most Downloaded

A University of Miami Miller School of Medicine epidemiology Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Public Health Sciences was recently recognized by academic publisher Routledge for having one of the top three most downloaded articles published in their Health & Social Care journals in 2014.

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Sandy Jiang

Medical Student Wins United Health Foundation Diversity Scholarship

First-year University of Miami medical student Sandy Jiang recently was awarded a 2015 United Health Foundation diversity scholarship as part of the National Medical Fellowships Diverse Medical Scholars Program.

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Julie Kornfeld, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Faculty and Staff Support the U: Julie Kornfeld Fuels Passion for Public Health by Removing Barriers

Julie Kornfeld, Ph.D., M.P.H., is so inspired by the graduate students she guides in the master’s in public health (M.P.H.) and the combined M.D./M.P.H programs at the Miller School of Medicine that she is compelled to help them succeed. “They are passionate about transforming the health of our communities,” said the Assistant Dean for Public Health in the Department of Public Health Sciences.

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

Department of Public Health Sciences and School of Architecture Named to Research Consortium

The Department of Public Health Sciences at the Miller School of Medicine and the University of Miami School of Architecture have been named charter members of the American Institute of Architects Design & Health Research Consortium, which will help fund basic research on how design affects public health.

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

UM Researcher is Awarded GE Foundation Grant

Erin Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H., Associate Director for Disparities and Community Outreach for the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has been awarded a grant from the GE Foundation to help improve the prevention of cervical cancer in women living in medically underserved areas.

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BCCC Director Shari Messinger Cayetano, Ph.D., M.E., welcomes participants at a REDCap training session.

Biostatistics Core Offers Researchers Training and Support for REDCap Database Software

Research teams interested in learning how to use the University’s Research Electronic Data Capture system (REDCap) to collect and store data for study projects can take advantage of free support through the Biostatistics Collaboration and Consulting Core (BCCC).Software

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Iron Arrow members help David Birnbach, M.D., M.P.H., into his new jacket.

New Iron Arrow Tappees Humbled and Honored

Thirty-one students, faculty, staff, and alumni, including nine from the Miller School, were tapped last Wednesday and Thursday into the University of Miami Iron Arrow Honor Society.

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Fourth-year medical student Jason Heffley presents his second-place poster at the Future of Medicine Symposium.

Future of Medicine Poster Symposium Highlights Student Ambition

The work of several University of Miami Miller School of Medicine students and residents was highlighted at the Palm Beach County Medical Society’s James J. Byrnes Future of Medicine Poster Symposium October 9 and 10 at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach.

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From left, Chuanhui Dong, Ph.D., Tatjana Rundek, M.D., Ph.D., Scott Brown, Ph.D., and Kefeng Wang, M.S.

Study Suggests Vascular Testing Labs Lack Accreditation in Regions of U.S.

An interdisciplinary group of researchers from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine recently published a study that found a lack of accredited outpatient vascular testing facilities in some regions throughout the U.S., including the southern stroke belt.

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David J. Lee, Ph.D.

Dr. David J. Lee Appointed to NIH Advisory Council, Selected to Lead Florida Cancer Registry

David J. Lee, Ph.D., professor of public health sciences, has been appointed to the NIH National Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Advisory Council for a four-year term.

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Daniel J. Feaster, Ph.D.

Public Health Researcher Awarded $1 Million for Improved Patient-Centered Outcomes Research

Daniel J. Feaster, Ph.D., associate professor of public health sciences, has been awarded $1 million for a three-year project to improve methods for patient-centered outcomes research. Funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, Feaster’s project, “Methods for Heterogeneity of Treatment Effects: Random Forest Counterfactual Machines,” was one of 46 new awards selected from 490 submissions.

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

Sylvester Wins Supplemental NCI Award for Regional Cancer Disparities Research

A National Cancer Institute supplemental award will make the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center the coordinating center for the NCI’s Geographic Management of Cancer Health Disparities Program–Region 3 (GMaP3) — a research consortium of 11 institutions in seven southeastern states and Puerto Rico. The project is part of the NCI Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities’ Community Networks Program Centers.

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José Szapocznik, Ph.D., delivers keynote presentation at 20th International Congress of Biometeorology.

Miller School Scientist Delivers Keynote Address on Link between Built Environment and Health

The physical environment built for human use, such as a neighborhood, city or suburb, has been found to have an impact on human health. Specifically, the “walkability” of an environment influences the weight, body mass index and chronic disease incidence of those who live there. By rethinking our built environments, we can have a positive impact on human health.

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Seth J. Schwartz, Ph.D.

Dr. Seth J. Schwartz Honored as an FSU Distinguished Alum

Seth J. Schwartz, Ph.D., associate professor of public health sciences, was honored with a 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award from Florida State University’s College of Human Sciences.

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Erin Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H., discusses working with the academic community and the broader metropolitan Miami area to facilitate opportunities for translational science.

Researchers Can Tap Into Resources That Engage Local Communities

In working with communities as culturally and ethnically diverse as those found in Miami-Dade County, investigators at the University of Miami have a wealth of resources available to help with their research.

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Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., M.P.H.

Leader in Eliminating Health Disparities Named on Top 100 Under 50 List

Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., M.P.H., professor of medicine and public health sciences, Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Director of Community Engagement at the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), has been named one of Diversity MBA Magazine’s Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Leaders.

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Diana Naranjo

Public Health Researchers Compare Mosquito Control Strategies in Florida and Ecuador

An international team of researchers, including three investigators from the Miller School’s Department of Public Health Sciences, has compared differing mosquito control programs in St. Johns County, Florida, and Guayas, Ecuador. Their findings demonstrate how two countries can develop effective vector control practices, despite their cultural and economic differences.

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Jose Szapocznik, Ph.D., professor and Chair of Public Health Sciences and Director of the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute, introduces James Pann, Ph.D.

Grand Rounds Shows Visual Evaluation Reporting Can Help Reach a Wider Audience

The power of a non-traditional approach to research and evaluation reporting was the focus of a recent Grand Rounds co-hosted by the Department of Public Health Sciences and the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). University of Miami alumnus James Pann, Ph.D., highlighted the value of the visual evaluation report as an alternative method for communicating findings and engaging stakeholders.

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Clockwise from top left, John C. Beier, Sc.D.; Karina M. Lizzi, M.P.H.; Scott C. Brown, Ph.D.; and Whitney A. Qualls, Ph.D., M.S.

Researchers Urge Expanded Vector Management Strategies to Protect Public Health

Public Health researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine published an article that was featured in the August issue of Cell Press’s Trends in Parasitology. The article, “Expanding Integrated Vector Management to Promote Healthy Environments,” outlines the importance of integrated vector management strategies to protect communities from pathogen transmission by arthropods — and their limitations.

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From left are Sarah Messiah, Ph.D., M.P.H., Denise C. Vidot, M.A., and Guillermo “Willy” Prado, Ph.D.

Review Finds Gap in Family-Based Approaches for Improved Bariatric Surgery Outcomes

An article published August 18 in the journal Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases identifies a research gap in family-based approaches to improve post-operative outcomes in bariatric surgery patients.

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From left, Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., M.P.H., Stuti Dang, M.D., M.P.H., and Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S.

Physician-Researchers Awarded $1.9 Million to Reduce Hispanic Stroke Disparities

According to the American Heart Association, stroke is the fourth leading cause of death for Americans, and Hispanics face even higher risks, particularly for recurring stroke. To improve stroke prevention methods, a team of multidisciplinary physician-researchers at the Miller School of Medicine and UHealth will team up for a new five-year $1.9 million NIH grant.

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From left, Diana Kachan, Ph.D. and David Lee, Ph.D.

New Study Grades Senior Quality of Life and Health by State

A recent study led by a group of University of Miami Miller School of Medicine public health researchers shows that Florida, Delaware and states in the Northeast and Midwest have thriving senior populations that are healthier than those in other areas.

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Guillermo “Willy” Prado, Ph.D., M.S.

Faculty and Staff Support the U: Community Health Expert Strengthens Hispanic Families, and the Univ

Professor Guillermo “Willy” Prado is committed to making South Florida a better place to live. As director of the Division of Prevention Science and Community Health at the Miller School of Medicine, Prado has pioneered programs that reduce drug abuse and other health problems among Hispanic youths by strengthening their families.

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Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., M.P.H.

Miller Professor Contributes to Review of VA Patient-Centered Medical Homes

Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., M.P.H., professor of medicine and public health sciences, Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Director of Community Engagement at the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), was one of five editors for a supplement on the VA Healthcare System’s patient-centered medical homes published in the July issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

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From left, José Szapocznik, Ph.D., signs the partnership with Alexa Zambrano, M.D., Ms.C., Director of the National Public Health Research Institute; Mauro Toscanini Segale, President of the Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil; María Cecilia Loor de Tamariz, Provost of the Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil; Mario Jiménez, signing on behalf of Ecuador’s Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation; and Gustavo Ramírez, M.D., Dean of Medicine at the Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil.

Researchers Bring Public Health Initiatives to Ecuador

The Miller School’s Department of Public Health Sciences, led by José Szapocznik, Ph.D., and Ana Palacio, M.D., M.P.H., has partnered with the Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil and Ecuador’s National Public Health Research Institute to bring the latest evidence-based methods for dengue controls and adolescent drug abuse and sexual risk behavior prevention to the country.

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Scott C. Brown, Ph.D., left, and José Szapocznik, Ph.D.

New Study Reveals Health Hazards of Building Farther West in Miami-Dade County

A newly released study led by an interdisciplinary team of University of Miami researchers at the Miller School of Medicine and the School of Architecture shows that urban sprawl may be bad for the health of thousands of residents.

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Miami CTSI K12 awardees are Ronan Swords, M.D., Ph.D., left, and Mark Stoutenberg, Ph.D., M.S.P.H.

Two Junior Investigators Awarded CTSI Career Development Grants

The Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) has awarded grants to two Miller School researchers through its Mentored Translational Research Scholars Program (K12), which helps junior faculty develop successful careers as independent investigators.

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From left, Michael Dodard, M.D., associate professor of family medicine and community health and Director of Community Health Affairs; Erin Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H.; and Executive Director Laurinus Pierre, M.D., M.P.H., at the Center for Haitian Studies, Health and Human Services, the only community clinic where women living in Little Haiti can receive free cervical cancer screenings. <em>Photo courtesy of Moris Moreno</em>

Public Health Advocate Receives $2 Million NIH Grant to Address Cervical Cancer Disparities

To further combat cervical cancer in South Florida and beyond, the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health has awarded Erin Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H., associate professor of public health sciences and Director of the Community Engagement Program at the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), a $2 million, four-year grant.

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

Familias Unidas Intervention Added to Respected CDC Compendium, Receives $1M Grant

Familias Unidas, the successful intervention developed by Miller School public health researchers to prevent risky behavior among Hispanic youth, has been added to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Compendium of Evidence-Based HIV Behavioral Interventions. The interventions listed in the highly regarded compendium represent the strongest in scientific literature.

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Michael Maguire consults with C.B. Wohl, M.P.H., assistant clinic director at Caridad Center.

M.D./M.P.H. Student Michael Maguire Wins National Leadership Award

Third-year M.D./M.P.H. student Michael Maguire, M.S., is a 2014 recipient of the American Medical Association Foundation’s esteemed Leadership Award. The national award recognizes Maguire for his excellence in community service, advocacy and education, and includes special training to develop his skills as a future leader.

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Jose Szapocznik, Ph.D., professor and Chair of Public Health Sciences, spoke at the 2014 Fundacion Euroamerica meeting, held May 15-16 in Miami.

Dr. Jose Szapocznik Speaks at Prestigious Fundacion Euroamerica Meeting

Jose Szapocznik, Ph.D., professor and Chair of Public Health Sciences and Director of the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute, delivered a presentation on health and research innovation at the prestigious, second annual Fundacion Euroamerica meeting in Miami.

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M.D./M.P.H. students and staff complete one minute of chest compressions during a hands-only CPR information session during National Public Health Week at the University of Miami.

Public Health Student Association Promotes Public Health Awareness at the U

The Public Health Student Association (PHSA), in partnership with the American Public Health Association, celebrated National Public Health Week April 7-13, as part of the University of Miami’s Week of Well-Being.

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National Public Health Week at UM

In conjunction with the Week of Well-Being, the Public Health Student Association has partnered with the American Public Health Association to celebrate National Public Health Week and will host a panel discussion on Tuesday, April 8, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education, Broad-Bussel Auditorium, located on the first floor of the Clinical Research Building.

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From left are Arash Sayari, Christine Bokman, Julie Kornfeld, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Alex J. Mechaber, M.D.

Miami Students Without Borders Leadership Program Gets Funding to Expand Global Reach

A project led by third-year medical students Christine Bokman and Arash Sayari has received the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Student Service Leadership Project award to help promote physician leaders in local and global communities most in need.

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José Szapocznik, Ph.D., welcomes graduate students and faculty, including Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., right.

Public Health Sciences Annual Poster Session Gains Momentum

The Department of Public Health Sciences hosted its second annual Springboard and Global Health Scholar Awards Poster Session, showcasing innovative public health projects by 34 M.P.H. and M.D./M.P.H. students who tackled critical public health issues around the world.

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Miller School of Medicine, Schoninger Research Quadrangle

Departments Post Gains in NIH Research Grants

Reflecting the growing recognition of the University of Miami as one of the nation’s preeminent research institutions, six of the Miller School of Medicine’s departments rose in national rankings based on the size of the research grants they received from the National Institutes of Health during the 2013 federal fiscal year. The gains were especially significant in a year that saw across-the-board reductions in NIH grants.

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José Szapocznik, Ph.D.

Chair of Public Health Sciences Elected Member of New National Research Council Forum

José Szapocznik, Ph.D., professor and Chair of Public Health Sciences, has been appointed by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies to the National Research Council Forum on Promoting Children’s Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Health.

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Dressed as the “Public Health” Justice League of America are, from left, M.P.H. students Charles Chen and Henry Olano, David J. Lee, Ph.D., Director of Graduate Programs in Public Health Sciences, and Julie Kornfeld, Ph.D., M.P.H., Assistant Dean for Public Health, who competed in Push-Ups for PHSA.

Public Health Student Association Hosts Fourth Annual Push-Ups for PHSA

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.

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Carl Schulman, M.D., Ph.D., seated, is surrounded by, from left, Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Alan Livingstone, M.D., and UM President Donna E. Shalala, as he receives the Eunice Bernhard Endowed Chair.

Burn Specialist Carl I. Schulman Honored with the Eunice Bernhard Endowed Chair

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.

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Daniel J. Feaster, Ph.D.

To Halt AIDS, Stop Brief Risk Counseling and Concentrate on Testing, National Study Finds

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.

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Erin Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H., second from left, is surrounded by Col. Brodes H. Hartley Jr., President and CEO of Community Health Centers of South Florida, Jessie Trice’s daughter Valencia Batiste, Shelia McCann, Grants and Program Manager for Health Choice Network, and Kevin Kearns, President and CEO of Health Choice Network.

Community Health Leader Receives Prestigious Jessie Trice Hero Award

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.

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José Szapocznik, Ph.D.

Public Health Pioneer Among Top NIH-Funded Investigators

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.

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Working with the Juanfe Foundation’s Teenage Mothers Program, M.P.H. student Daniella Orihuela holds 6-month-old Camila.

Inspired Student’s M.P.H. Project Takes Her to Colombia to Address Infant

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.

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Julie Kornfeld, Ph.D,. M.P.H., addresses the Miller School's newest - and largest - class of M.P.H. students.

Public Health Sciences’ Graduate Programs Welcome Largest Class

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.

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Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S.

Neurology Chair Joins NIH National Advisory Council

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).

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Panel and Brainstorming Session Aim to Make Miami a Healthier Place to Live

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.

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Sarah Messiah, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Guillermo "Willy" Prado, Ph.D.

Researchers Awarded $2M Grant to Test Obesity Intervention for Hispanic Youths and Their Families

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.

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Doug Borst listens to AAFP board member Wanda Filer, M.D., M.B.A., at a Family Medicine Interest Group workshop. <em>Photo courtesy of the AAFP</em>

Medical Student Lobbies for Improved Primary Care Access at National Conference

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.

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Howard A. Liddle, Ed.D.

Substance Abuse Expert Receives National Distinguished Contribution to Family Psychology Award

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.

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In one of the Miller School's public health initiatives, second-year M.D./M.P.H. student Adam Crosland poses with children in Haiti's Central Plateau, where he assessed the use of mobile clinics to address public health concerns in rural areas.

UM is Founding Member of Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health

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).

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Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Olveen Carrasquillo Named Director of Division of Health Services Research and Policy

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.

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From left are Hilda Pantin, Ph.D., Lino Mauro Toscanini Segale, rector of Universidad Católica, Ana M. Palacio, M.D., M.P.H., and José Szapocznik, Ph.D.

Miller School Partners with Ecuadorian University to Advance Research and Education

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.

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Scott C. Brown, Ph.D., left, and José Szapocznik, Ph.D.

Study Finds Neighborhood Walkability Encourages Recent Immigrants to Walk

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.

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From left are Hermes Florez, M.D., Ph.D.; Ailton Alves, M.D. (Brazil); Maria Cristina Escobar, M.D. (Chile); Alberto Barceló, M.D. (PAHO); Naydene Williams, M.D. (Jamaica); José Szapocznik, Ph.D.; Elisa Prieto, M.D. (PAHO); and Sandra Delon, Ph.D. (Canada).

Miller School Partners with Pan American Health Organization to Improve Chronic Health Care

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..

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Seth J. Schwartz, Ph.D.

Researcher Receives $2.5 Million Grant to Conduct First-of-Its-Kind Screening for Underage Drinking

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.

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Robert S. Kirsner, M.D., Ph.D., accepts the Practitioner of the Year Award.

Vice Chair of Dermatology Named Practitioner of the Year by Prestigious Florida Society

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.

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Jennifer B. Marks, M.D., and Hermes Florez, M.D., Ph.D.

Miller School/VA Selected as Site for Study of Diabetes Drug Effectiveness

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.

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From left are Health Care Heroes Erin Kobetz, Ph.D., Michael S. Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., and Joshua Hare, M.D.

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.

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Among the M.D./M.P.H. students who received Global Health Scholar Awards are, from left, Rachita Sood, Chase Socha, Priyanka Mehrotra, Michelle Picon, and Stephanie Blankenship.

Twenty M.D./M.P.H. Students Receive Global Health Scholar Awards

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.

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José Szapocznik, Ph.D.

Renamed Department of Public Health Sciences Takes Another Step Toward Establishing New School

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.

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In recognition of their partnership, Viviana Horigian, M.D., left, presents a commemorative plaque to María Elena Medina-Mora, Ph.D.

UM Researchers Recognized by Mexico’s National Institute of Psychiatry

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.

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Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., makes a point as fellow advisory board members at the table, from left, Armando Ferrer and Lillian Rivera, and the CTSI's Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., and Jose Szapocznik, Ph.D., standing, listen.

CTSI Community Advisory Board Looks at Building Community/Academic Partnerships

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.

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Jennifer J. Hu, Ph.D., left, and Evadnie Rampersaud, Ph.D.

Researchers Identify “Obesity Genes” Among People of African Ancestry

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.

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 BSFT Institute members are, front row, from left, Jackie Lopez, administrative assistant; Monica Zarate, M.S.Ed. L.M.H.C., model manager; José Szapocznik, Ph.D.; Joan A. Muir, Ph.D.; and Diane K. Finek, M.S., M.A., research analyst; and, back row, from left, Seth J. Schwartz, Ph.D., associate professor of public health sciences; Keith Moak, M.B.A., marketing consultant; Stephen Denny, RMHCI, model manager; and Ruban Roberts, M.S.W., M.B.A., model manager.

Brief Strategic Family Therapy Model Awarded Contracts for Child Advocacy Programs in New York City

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.

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From left are Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.; Margaret Fischl, M.D.; UM President Donna E. Shalala; Rhonwyn Ullmann, wife of Steven G. Ullmann, Ph.D.; Richard S. Myers, Ph.D.; Richard L. Williamson, Chair of the Faculty Senate; and Eugene W. Anderson, Dean of the School of Business Administration.

Drs. Margaret Fischl and Richard Myers Receive Faculty Senate Awards

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.

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Clyde B. McCoy, Ph.D., accepts the Distinguished Service Award at the UM Sports Hall of Fame banquet.

Dr. Clyde B. McCoy Honored at UM Sports Hall of Fame Banquet

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.

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Jennifer J. Hu, Ph.D.

UM Researchers Help Pinpoint Genetic Variants that Increase Risk for ER-Negative Breast Cancer

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.

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The initiative founders are, from left, Chanelle Diaz, Hansel Tookes, Dyani Loo and Marek Hirsch.

Students Launch Campaign to Allow Needle and Syringe Exchange Programs in Florida

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.

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Event co-chairs Rujuta Pandya, left, and Lydia Fein present President Shalala with a Women’s Health Awareness Week t-shirt.

Miller School Student Groups Promote Women’s Health During Women’s Health Awareness Week

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.

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From left are UF's David Nelson, M.D.,  the NIH's John Ruffin, Ph.D., director of the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, and UM's José Szapocznik, Ph.D.

CTSI Researchers at UM and UF Join Forces to Improve Health Outcomes in Florida

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.

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The CTSI's inaugural "CaneSearch" featured more than 100 research posters on obesity.

CTSI's 'CaneSearch' Focuses on Obesity and Collaboration

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.

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Guillermo "Willy" Prado, Ph.D.

Miller School Public Health Leader Tapped for NIH Steering Committee

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.

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

Dr. Hermes Florez Named Interim Chief of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine

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.

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From left, Laurie Weiss Nuell, Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., Erin Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Jennie Weiss Block celebrate the merger.

Jay Weiss Center and Sylvester Merge to Tackle Health Disparities

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.

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UM Biostatisticians Promote International Year of Statistics

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.

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José Szapocznik, Ph.D., and Joan Muir, Ph.D.

Unique UM Family Intervention Gets $6 Million for New York City Outreach

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.

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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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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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Basic Science Chairs Launch Discovery Science Grand Rounds

The basic science department chairs at the Miller School will host the Discovery Science Grand Rounds the second Thursday of each month starting January 13 from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Lois Pope LIFE Center, seventh-floor auditorium.

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From left, faculty members Hilda Pantin, Ph.D., and Guillermo Prado, Ph.D., celebrate the Familias Unidas program with Deborah Montilla, of Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

Familias Unidas Intervention Launched in 24 Middle Schools

Although they have been involved with and seen the positive results from Familias Unidas for many years, Guillermo Prado, Ph.D., and Hilda Pantin, Ph.D., are still pleased every time partners in the intervention program describe how much it has stabilized the lives of youngsters who were making poor decisions.

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Frank Bandiera, M.P.H.

Ph.D. Student's Drug Abuse Research Earns National Notice

Like most Ph.D. students, Frank Bandiera has been working at his overall education for many years. He’s getting closer to the end, however, and hopes to be able to use the “doctor of epidemiology and public health” honorific by latest 2012.

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Rafael Campo, M.D.

Clinician and Educator Rafael Campo, M.D., Takes on New Role

Rafael Campo, M.D., professor of clinical medicine and currently director of employee health and infection control, has been named Chief Patient Safety and Quality Officer for the University of Miami Health System (UHealth) at the Miller School. In his new position, Campo will head up the newly created UHealth Patient Safety and Quality Office.

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Hilda Pantin, Ph.D., and Guillermo Prado, Ph.D., were honored by the Society for Prevention Research.

Two Epidemiology and Public Health Faculty Win International Award

Two Miller School faculty members have been recognized by the Society for Prevention Research (SPR) for their outstanding contributions to advancing the science of preventing social, physical and mental health problems. Hilda Pantin, Ph.D., and Guillermo Prado, Ph.D., both associate professors of epidemiology and public health, were awarded the SPR’s 2010 Community, Culture and Prevention Science Award…

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Ralph Sacco, M.D., (right) receives his AHA presidential pin from AHA past president Clyde W. Yancy, M.D., during an induction ceremony in Dallas.

Miller School Neurology Chairman Inducted as President of the AHA

Miller School neurology chairman Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., is the new president of the American Heart Association for its 2010-11 fiscal year, beginning July 1. He became the first neurologist to hold the position when he was inducted into office during a ceremony in Dallas on June 22.

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James and Esther King and Bankhead-Coley grants help advance cancer research

Miller School Scientists Awarded Millions in State Research Grants

The battle against cancer being waged in numerous Miller School labs is getting a $12 million boost from the Florida Department of Health’s Biomedical Research Program grants supporting research in cancer and tobacco-related diseases. Twenty-three UM researchers collectively won about 27.5 percent – the largest share – of the $45.5 million in grants awarded…

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