News : 2013

Jeffrey P. Brosco, M.D., Ph.D.

Pediatrician Teams Up with Historian to Shed Light on Enigma of PKU Screening

An article about a new book co-authored by Jeffrey P. Brosco, M.D., Ph.D., professor of clinical pediatrics and Associate Director of the Mailman Center for Child Development, was the “Monthly Feature” in the December issue of the prestigious journal Pediatrics.

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Julia Telischi introduces Debbie School students to their new instruments.

Math-Minded Student Brings “Musically Minded” Therapy to Debbie School

Thanks to one high school student’s compassion, determination and gift for math, preschool classrooms at the Debbie School, a division of the Mailman Center for Child Development, are now equipped with keyboard pianos, bongo drums, xylophones, diatonic bells, headphones and other resources teachers can use to provide music therapy to students with hearing impairments.

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More than 1,000 neonatal specialists attended the annual international conference, “Miami Neonatology 2013.”

International Neonatologists Attend “Miami Neonatology 2013”

The Division of Neonatology welcomed more than 1,000 neonatal specialists from 49 countries November 13 – 16 for its 37th annual international conference, “Miami Neonatology 2013,” a three day conference and one day workshop examined the newest developments and best practices in the field of neonatology.

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Standing, from left, are Huijun Yuan, M.D., Ph.D., Lina Shehadeh, Ph.D., Nanette Bishopric, M.D., Claudia Rodrigues, Ph.D., M.S., Jing Liu, M.D. Kneeling are Salil Sharma, Ph.D., left, and Sumit Jain, Ph.D.

Study Identifies MicroRNAs Regulating Cardiac Blood Vessel Growth During Hypertrophy

In a study published November 13 in PLOS ONE, Miller School researchers have identified a family of microRNAs that control the enlargement of blood vessels in the heart during stress.

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Dressed as Glinda the Good Witch from <em>The Wizard of Oz</em>, Judy Schaechter, M.D., M.B.A., greets a Debbie School trick-or-treater.

Debbie School Students Celebrate Halloween at the Mailman Center

Students from the Debbie School, a division of the Mailman Center for Child Development, experienced a fun-filled morning October 31 as they trick-or-treated throughout the center.

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Michael S. Kapiloff, M.D., Ph.D.

Key Link Between Heart Enzyme and Sudden Cardiac Death Uncovered in Study by Michael S. Kapiloff

A Miller School researcher has identified a key linkage between a little-known enzyme and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, an inherited heart defect that can be deadly in children and cause sudden cardiac death in seemingly healthy young athletes.

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Michael Freundlich, M.D.

Study Identifies Cardiac-Protection Mechanisms of Vitamin D in Kidney Failure

A study led by Michael Freundlich, M.D., professor of clinical pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Nephrology, identified the renin-angiotensin system, which is known to regulate blood pressure, as a key molecular target through which vitamin D treatment improves cardiac hypertrophy in chronic kidney disease.

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Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D., James Wilkinson, M.D., M.P.H., and Tracie L. Miller, M.D.

With Major Statement by the American Heart Association, Pediatric Cardio-oncology Comes of Age

Led by the Miller School’s Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D., the American Heart Association has issued a major and unprecedented scientific statement on the life-threatening or quality-of-life reducing cardiovascular problems that the growing number of childhood cancer survivors are destined to face decades after their initial treatment. It was published online in advance of print in Circulation, the official journal of the AHA.

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"Cards For Kids" Winning Creation Now Available for Purchase

During UM’s inaugural Week of Well-Being last April, more than 100 UM faculty, staff and students volunteered their time and talents to create beautiful cards for children receiving care through the Miller School’s Department of Pediatrics and Holtz Children’s Hospital. University employees voted for the best card, pictured at left, which is now available for purchase in packs of 10 cards and 10 envelopes for $10.

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The UM/Jackson team helping Peru includes, from left, Silvia Willumsen, RN, BSN, Maria Cabello, RN, Julio C. Barredo, M.D., Martin Andreansky, M.D., Krishna Komanduri, M.D., Cara Benjamin, Ph.D., and Alexandra Amador, MT, CHS.

Sylvester/Jackson Team Launches Peru’s Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Unit

Extending Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s outreach to Peru, a University of Miami and Jackson Memorial Hospital team led by Julio C. Barredo, M.D., Director of Children’s Cancer Programs at Sylvester and the Toppel Family Chair in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, recently conducted the initial training workshop for specialists who will operate Peru’s first comprehensive pediatric bone marrow transplant referral center.

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Maria Rodriguez, RN, left, and Elena E. Perez, M.D., Ph.D., stand outside the Jeffrey Modell Diagnostic and Research Center for Primary Immunodeficiencies at the Miller School.

Primary Immunodeficiencies Center Receives Continued Support to Advance Treatments

The Jeffrey Modell Foundation has renewed its partnership with the Miller School by continuing its support of the Jeffrey Modell Diagnostic and Research Center for Primary Immunodeficiencies.

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Kathleen Vergara

Congratulations to our own Kathy Vergara.

Kathleen Vergara, Director of the Debbie School at UM Mailman Center for Child Development, has been selected to receive the ‘Excellence in Family Advocacy Award’ from Parent to Parent of Miami. She will be honored at their annual benefit gala “Journey of Dreams” on Friday Nov. 22, 2013.

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Crucial to the study were the Pediatric Cardiomyopathy Registry team members, from left, Samuel Ross, Miriam Mestre, study co-author Juanita Hunter, M.D., Danielle Dauphin; Principal Investigator Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D.,Candace Waithe-Boodoo, co-author James D. Wilkinson, M.D., M.P.H., and Joslyn Westphal.

Lancet Study Outlines First Risk Calculator for Pediatric Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

A decade-long quest to understand why some children with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy do well under medical management while others die of heart failure or sudden cardiac death showed certain infants are at highest risk for dismal outcomes and yielded a risk calculator cardiologists can use to evaluate which of them should be considered for a heart transplant immediately after diagnosis.

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Celebrating the 2013 Batchelor Award are, from left, Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., recipient Michael S. Kapiloff, M.D., Ph.D., UM President Donna E. Shalala, and Judy Schaechter, M.D., M.B.A., Interim Chair of Pediatrics.

Michael Kapiloff Wins Batchelor Award to Pursue Drug Therapies for Heart Disorders

Michael S. Kapiloff, M.D., Ph.D., a pediatrician who for 18 years has devoted his expertise and energies to developing drug therapies for intractable heart diseases, is the recipient of the prestigious 2013 Micah Batchelor Award for Excellence in Children’s Health Research for a research proposal that could lead to new treatments for a number of cardiovascular disorders.

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Jan La Belle Scholarship Program

This scholarship provides financial assistance to Florida residents with disabilities, ages 16-24, entering as first time students at academic or vocational institutions. A total non-renewable award of up to $15,000 is available. The 2014 application period is September 15-November 15, 2013.

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FAAST, Inc. Revised Employment Resources & Self-Help Guide for Individuals with Disabilities

This user-friendly informative Employment Guide also offers a comprehensive information and assistance resource section for employers of individuals with disabilities. Thanks in advance for helping to circulate this important employment resource guide.

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Physical Therapy team members are, from left, Alexyz Milian, D.P.T., Eryn Apanovitch, D.P.T., Kevin Mills, D.P.T., and Teresa Glynn, D.P.T.

Hemophilia Patients Celebrate Fitness Day at Medical Wellness Center

Historically, hemophilia patients have rarely been able to play sports or engage in other potentially risky activities enjoyed by their unaffected peers. Teaching them how to exercise safely was the goal of “Hemophilia Fitness Day” at the Medical Wellness Center, where faculty and staff from the Department of Physical Therapy hosted an excited group of teens and young adults for a day.

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R. Rodney Howell, M.D.

FDA Honors R. Rodney Howell As Hero of Rare Diseases

R. Rodney Howell, M.D., professor and chair emeritus of pediatrics who champions disease prevention through newborn screenings, has been recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a “Rare Disease Hero.”

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Demonstrating the mobile clinic's new telemedicine capabilities, Dr. Lisa Gwynn, center, consults with Dr. Anne Burdick, on the video screen, as patient Anya Marie Williams, 15, seated, and her mom Kerrah Williams watch.

UM, Children’s Health Fund and Verizon Foundation Transform Pediatric Mobile Care

When Hurricane Andrew ravaged south Miami-Dade County in 1992, UM’s medical school and the national Children’s Health Fund teamed up to bring mobile healthcare to children living amid the ruins. Now, thanks to a new partnership with the Verizon Foundation, their “doctor’s office on wheels” is bringing the expertise of the entire UHealth system to disadvantaged children across Miami-Dade County.

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Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D., is the senior author, and Sara M. Seifert, M.D., the first author of the paper.

Study Shows Young Children Comprise Half the Cases Reported for Energy-Drink Toxicity

Children under 6 who mistakenly consumed caffeine-laced energy drinks accounted for half the cases of energy drink-related toxicity reported to the U.S. National Poison Data System during the first year the data base began tracking such cases. That’s the startling conclusion of a Miller School study in Clinical Toxicology that analyzed all energy-drink related calls to the nation’s poison centers in 2011.

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The Miller School’s Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D., left, led the study and Vivian I. Franco, M.P.H., contributed to it.

Cancer Study Pinpoints Children at Greater Risk for Heart Damage from Leukemia Treatments

Children with high-risk leukemia who are successfully treated with doxorubicin suffer significantly more heart damage associated with the chemotherapy if they carry a specific genetic mutation for the most common iron disorder, according to a national Miller School study destined to guide individualized treatments for newly diagnosed cancer patients.

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From left, Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D., James D. Wilkinson, M.D., M.P.H., and Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S.

Miller School Experts Contribute to JAMA Study on Growing U.S. Disease Burden

From ischemic heart disease to diabetes to interpersonal violence, the United States fares worse than its economic peers around the world in nearly every major cause of premature death, according to a study published online July 10 in the Journal of the American Medical Association by a global collaborative of scientists that includes three Miller School experts.

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Zoila Garcia lets out a cheer after learning that Hi Voltage, the ad agency for South Florida Hyundai Dealers, will present her with a computer. Zoila, who is entering 11th grade, wants to become a graphic designer.

Sylvester Physician Awarded Hyundai Hope On Wheels Grant for Pediatric Cancer Research

Representatives from Hyundai Motor America and South Florida Hyundai dealers gathered at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center on Tuesday morning to award Yolanda Cosme, M.D., hematology/oncology fellow, a $75,000 Hyundai Scholar Grant for her work in pediatric cancer research.

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From left, Florida Surgeon General John Armstrong, M.D., thanks Richard Bookman, Ph.D., for his service as Chair of the Biomedical Research Advisory Council, as Daniel Armstrong, Ph.D., the newly-elected Chair, looks on.

Daniel Armstrong Succeeds Richard Bookman as Chair of Florida Biomedical Research Advisory Council

Daniel Armstrong, Ph.D., professor and Executive Vice Chair of Pediatrics, has been elected Chair of the Florida Biomedical Research Advisory Council (BRAC). Armstrong, who represents the American Cancer Society on the BRAC, succeeds Richard Bookman, Ph.D., Senior Advisor for Program Development and Science Policy at the Miller School, who served as BRAC Chair since 2006.

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Jay S. Skyler, M.D., and Jay M. Sosenko, M.D.

Miller School Experts Suggest Broader Definition for Type 1 Diabetes in JAMA Editorial

In a June 19 editorial in The Journal of the American Medical Association, two of the Miller School’s top diabetes researchers suggest that it may be time to broaden the definition of type 1 diabetes “to include a pre-diabetic state.” Co-authored by Jay S. Skyler, M.D., and Jay M. Sosenko, M.D., the editorial accompanies a study that shows children with two autoantibodies to type 1 diabetes are likely to develop the disease.

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Holtz Children’s Hospital is one of the best in America.

University of Miami/Jackson’s Holtz Children’s Hospital Ranks Among the Nation’s Best

Holtz Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center is among the nation’s top children’s hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2013-14 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings, published online June 11. The rankings feature 50 hospitals in each of the 10 pediatric specialties. Holtz was ranked in six specialties this year.

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Lisa Plano, M.D., Ph.D.

Collaborative Studies Show Clear Link Between Human Bacteria and Ocean Environments

Two Miller School collaborative studies led by Lisa Plano, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of pediatrics and microbiology and immunology, have shown a clear link between a common human bacterium and ocean environments. For the first time, UM researchers showed that levels of Staphylococcus aureus, commonly known as “staph,” vary in tidal waters and beach sand, based on the number of bathers.

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There are 13 cards to choose from. Vote for your favorite now.

Vote for Your Favorite "Cards for Kids" Creation by May 31

During UM’s inaugural Week of Well-Being last month, more than 100 UM faculty, staff and students volunteered their time and talents to create beautiful cards for children receiving care through the Miller School’s Department of Pediatrics and Holtz Children’s Hospital. Help the Department select one winning card to print and sell for donations to enhance pediatric facilities on the medical campus.

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Cleide Suguihara, M.D., Ph.D.

Neonatologist Cleide Suguihara, M.D., Ph.D., Leaves Lasting Mark on Miller School

Cleide Suguihara, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pediatrics, who dedicated her life to saving the tiniest newborns, mentoring trainees around the world and sharing her wealth of research expertise in neonatology with colleagues and students, passed away May 9 after a brief battle against the cancer she had conquered nearly a decade ago. She was 67.

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Eduardo Bancalari, M.D.

Eduardo Bancalari, M.D., Weighs in on Oxygen Therapy for Preemies in JAMA Editorial

Faced with conflicting studies about the optimal level of supplemental oxygen that premature infants need to overcome respiratory failure but avoid other complications, Eduardo Bancalari, M.D., Director of the Division of Neonatology, suggests in an editorial that clinicians use higher, rather than lower, oxygenation targets within recommended ranges to assure the greatest chance of survival for the tiniest patients.

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Jeffrey P. Brosco, M.D., Ph.D.

UM Study in JAMA Pediatrics Promotes Public Health Solutions for Intellectual Disabilities

In 2002, the Miller School’s Jeffrey P. Brosco, M.D., Ph.D., was intrigued by a question Sargent Shriver posed during a board meeting at the Mailman Center for Child Development. The statesman wondered whether the programs and policies he and his wife Eunice Kennedy Shriver had championed for decades to reduce the burden of intellectual and other developmental disabilities were actually working.

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Ofelia Alvarez, M.D., examines patient Nikenson Alexandre.

New National Lecture Honors Late Director of UM’s Sickle Cell Center

The state’s Foundation for Sickle Cell Disease Research has honored the late Charles H. Pegelow, M.D., who directed the University of Miami Sickle Cell Center for more than two decades, by establishing an annual lecture at the 36th National Sickle Cell Disease Scientific Meeting. The lecture is named for the internationally recognized leader in the research and treatment of sickle cell disease.

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Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D., and Judy Schaechter, M.D., M.B.A.

UM Pediatricians Enlist Colleagues, Teachers and Parents in Ending the “Cinnamon Challenge"

Hoping to halt the Internet-fueled fad that dares kids to swallow a tablespoon of powdered cinnamon, two of the Miller School’s top pediatric experts are urging fellow physicians, parents and teachers to discuss the potential harm of the “Cinnamon Challenge” with adolescents and teens.

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Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D.

Researchers Find that Combined Anti-HIV Therapies May Protect Children’s Hearts

In addition to preventing the spread and transmission of HIV, the combination drug therapies now used to treat the once-fatal virus that causes AIDS appear to protect the hearts of children born with HIV, according to a multicenter NIH-funded study led by the Miller School’s Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D.

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R. Rodney Howell, M.D.

R. Rodney Howell, M.D., Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Newborn screening pioneer R. Rodney Howell, M.D., professor of pediatrics and chair emeritus of pediatrics at the Miller School, received the March of Dimes/Colonel Harland Sanders Lifetime Achievement Award in Genetics at the American College of Medical Genetics annual meeting.

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At center, Mercedes Carlson, co-chair of the Commission for Women Committee, is surrounded by awardees, from left,  Shelley Niceley Groff, Judy Schaechter, M.D., M.B.A., Commissioner Deede Weithorn, and Gabrielle Redfern.

Miller School Pediatrics Chair Named “Woman Worth Knowing”

Judy Schaechter, M.D., M.B.A., associate professor and Interim Chair of Pediatrics, has been recognized by the City of Miami Beach Commission for Women as a “Woman Worth Knowing” for her contributions to the community where she lives.

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Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D.

ECG Screening Can Help Identify Cardiovascular Risks in Adolescents

A combination of screening methods, including electrocardiography (ECG), blood pressure and body mass index (BMI), can identify adolescents at risk for heart disease, according to a groundbreaking Miller School study led by Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D., professor of pediatrics, the George Batchelor Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cardiology, and Director of the Batchelor Children’s Research Institute.

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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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Tracie L. Miller, M.D.

Prenatal Antiretroviral Therapy Does Not Affect Growth, UM Researchers Find

Miller School pediatrics researchers have found that exposure to antiretroviral therapy in the womb does not adversely impact growth, a finding that supports the use of the potent drugs to block the transmission of HIV/AIDS from pregnant women to their newborn children.

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Judy Schaechter, M.D., M.B.A.

Interim Chair of Pediatrics Elected President of National Organization

Judy Schaechter, M.D., M.B.A., associate professor and Interim Chair of Pediatrics, has long been troubled by the fact that injury is the leading cause of death for children older than 1 year.

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Tracie Miller, M.D., and Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D.

Landmark Study Finds Pediatric Cancer Survivors Have Reduced Exercise Capacity

Pediatric cancer survivors have significantly lower exercise capacity than their siblings, according to a groundbreaking Miller School study led by Tracie L. Miller, M.D., professor of pediatrics and associate chair of pediatrics for clinical research.

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