Universtiy of Miami Miller School of Medicine Graduate and Postdoctoral Programs

Denise C. Vidot, Ph.D.

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

December 22, 2015

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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Camillo Ricordi, M.D.

Italian Surgical Team Transplants Islet Cells Using Diabetes Research Institute Technique

December 15, 2015

A surgical team in Milan, Italy, has transplanted insulin-producing islet cells in a patient with diabetes, using an innovative technique developed at the Miller School of Medicine’s Diabetes Research Institute. On November 17, Dr. Federico Bertuzzi, who heads the Islet Transplant Program at Ospedale Niguarda Ca’ Granda, a public hospital in Milan, successfully completed the first such transplant in the world outside Miami.

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José Szapocznik, Ph.D.

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

December 08, 2015

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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Camillo Ricordi, M.D.

Dr. Camillo Ricordi Delivers Inaugural Lecture Named in His Honor

December 08, 2015

Camillo Ricordi, M.D., Director of the Miller School of Medicine’s Diabetes Research Institute, was chosen to deliver the keynote address at the Cell Transplant Society’s recent international congress in Melbourne, Australia. He delivered the inaugural Camillo Ricordi Lecture, named in his honor, on “Translational challenges and opportunities in cellular therapies and regenerative medicine.”

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

Celebration of Life Honoring Dr. Eckhard Podack Draws Hundreds of Colleagues, Family and Friends

December 01, 2015

“The greatest happiness for the thinking man is to have fathomed the fathomable; and to quietly revere the unfathomable.” These words, written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, opened the program for the recent celebration of life for Eckhard R. Podack, M.D., Ph.D., a world-class medical researcher who devoted his life to making groundbreaking scientific discoveries that will ultimately extend or save the lives of many others.

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From left, Zory Diaz-Perez, Chong Li, R. Grace Zhai, Ph.D., Yi Zhu, Jennifer M. Brazil, Kai Ruan and Chris Bello.

Miller School Scientist Identifies Neuroprotective ‘Switch’ in Fruit Flies

December 01, 2015

A University of Miami Miller School of Medicine scientist has identified a neuroprotective “switch” in a protein found in both fruit flies and humans. That finding, which was published recently in the journal Nature Communications, could potentially lead to new clinical strategies for treating patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative conditions.

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

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

November 17, 2015

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

November 10, 2015

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

November 03, 2015

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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Dorraya El-Ashry, Ph.D.

Novel Biomarkers Could Help Detect Metastatic Breast Cancer

November 03, 2015

Dorraya El-Ashry, Ph.D., breast cancer researcher at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and collaborators studied cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) in the tumor microenvironment. Fibroblasts are cells in the connective tissue that produce collagen and other fibers. Previous studies have found that CAFs facilitate cancer metastasis, even though the exact mechanisms have yet to be elucidated.

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

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

November 03, 2015

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

Colleagues Remember Distinguished Researcher and Educator Eckhard Podack

October 13, 2015

During a long and distinguished career as a cancer researcher at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Eckhard Podack, M.D., Ph.D., made discoveries pointing toward more effective treatments for lung cancer, infectious diseases and immune system disorders. The renowned professor and Chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology passed away on Thursday, October 8.

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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

October 13, 2015

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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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

October 13, 2015

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

October 06, 2015

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

September 22, 2015

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

September 15, 2015

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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Ramin Shiekhattar, Ph.D.

Genetics Researcher at Sylvester Identifies Cellular Process Implicated in Cancer and Other Diseases

September 01, 2015

A Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center genetics researcher has identified a basic cellular process that could lead to new treatment strategies for cancer and other diseases. “We are deepening our understanding of the complex processes that turn genes ‘on and off’ in the development of both normal and abnormal tissues,” said Ramin Shiekhattar, Ph.D., Director of the Cancer Epigenetics Research Program.

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Omaida C. Velazquez, M.D.

Dr. Omaida C. Velazquez Named Chair of Department of Surgery

August 25, 2015

Omaida C. Velazquez, M.D., professor of surgery, radiology, and biochemistry and molecular biology, and David Kimmelman Endowed Chair in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, has been named Chair of the DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, after a thorough search that reviewed the most talented leaders in the surgical field in the U.S.

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Welcome our President Julio Frenk

August 11, 2015

When the University of Miami’s newest ’Canes begin arriving on the Coral Gables campus in just a few days, it will mark the first time in 14 years that an incoming freshman class will be welcomed by a new president.
Julio Frenk, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., the Harvard dean and physician introduced in April as the successor to Donna E. Shalala, takes the reins as the University’s sixth president on August 16, inaugurating an era that undoubtedly has the entire UM community buzzing.

Helen M. Bramlett, Ph.D., with W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D.

Drs. Helen M. Bramlett and W. Dalton Dietrich Receive $2 million NIH Research Grant

August 04, 2015

Helen M. Bramlett, Ph.D., professor of neurosurgery and psychology, and W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D., Scientific Director of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, Senior Associate Dean for Discovery Science, and professor of neurological surgery, neurology and cell biology, have been awarded a five-year $2 million grant by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

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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

August 04, 2015

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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National Youth Leadership Forum participants.

Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs Hosts 2015 National Youth Leadership Forum: Medicine

July 07, 2015

The Miller School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs hosted the 2015 National Youth Leadership Forum: Medicine on June 29 at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute’s Berrocal Auditorium. Founded in 1992, the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF) helps high-achieving high school students gain real-world career experience and explore professional career opportunities in the fields of medicine and health care.

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

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

June 17, 2015

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

June 02, 2015

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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Neurons image

Brain Gain

May 13, 2015

The field of neuroscience explores the fundamental questions related to brain, behavior, and neurological disorders.

Matthias A. Salathe, M.D., stands behind a smoking robot that will be used for his e-cigarette research.

Leading UM Pulmonologist Awarded $1.95 Million Grant to Study Impact of E-Cigarettes

May 01, 2015

Matthias A. Salathe, M.D., professor of medicine and molecular and cellular pharmacology, and Chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, was recently awarded a competitive $1.95 million grant from the Florida Department of Health to conduct an unprecedented study on whether e-cigarette vapors have toxic effects on human airways.

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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

April 28, 2015

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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Fourth-year medical student Michael Maguire.

Miller Medical Student Presents at Investing in Young Children Globally Forum

March 24, 2015

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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David J. Robbins, Ph.D., left, and Jun Long

Scientists Identify Novel Link Between Cellular Growth and Metabolism

March 03, 2015

A team of Miller School of Medicine researchers, working with investigators from three other institutions, has identified a relationship between a family of lipid modifications of a growth factor, and how that growth factor may regulate cellular fate and growth. This discovery may begin to show how the function of these proteins is modified by metabolic activity in both developmental and disease settings.

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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

March 03, 2015

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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Michael D. Norenberg, M.D.

Journal Honors Pathologist Dr. Michael D. Norenberg with Dedicated Issue

February 03, 2015

The academic journal Neurochemical Research has bestowed a rare honor upon Miller School of Medicine physician-scientist Michael D. Norenberg, M.D., professor of pathology, biochemistry and molecular biology, neurology and neurological surgery, and a member of the staff of the Miami VA Medical Center, by dedicating its February issue to his contributions to the fields of neuroscience and neuropathology.

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Nirupa Chaudhari, Ph.D., left, and Stephen D. Roper, Ph.D.

Faculty and Staff Support the U: For This Couple, Giving Back Passes the Taste Test

January 27, 2015

Two leading-edge researchers at the Miller School of Medicine have been contributing to the University of Miami since joining the faculty in 1995. “As teachers and researchers, our careers are all about giving back to our students, our University, and to society,” said Nirupa Chaudhari, Ph.D., professor of physiology and biophysics and director of the University-wide Neuroscience Graduate Training Program.

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Richard Myers, Ph.D., left, and Leila Abdelrahman.

Summer Scholars Program Turns Students into Scientists

January 13, 2015

Leila Abdelrahman, a high school senior, was teamed with Richard Myers, Ph.D., lecturer in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute High School Scholars Research Program. Since then, she has presented her research findings at an international biotechnology conference and been accepted by two of the nation’s top technology-based universities.

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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

January 06, 2015

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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