News : 2012

Neil Schneiderman, Ph.D.

UM Researchers Find U.S. Hispanics at High Risk for Heart Attack or Stroke in JAMA Study

multicenter study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has found important differences in risk factors for heart attack and stroke among Hispanics of different origins living in the United States.

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Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., left, and Charles Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., lead the 2012 Out of the Darkness walk on the Coral Gables campus.

Miller School's Team Iacino Leads Hundreds at Out of the Darkness Community Walk

Members of the Miller School’s Team Iacino joined nearly 1,400 other “beacons of light” for the Out of the Darkness Walk sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Sunday on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus. The Veterans Day walkers joined to remember friends, family members and colleagues they had lost, and to raise awareness of suicide and strengthen efforts to prevent it.

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Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D.

Renowned Clinician-Researcher Named Chair of the Year

Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., Leonard M. Miller Professor and Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has been named Chair of the Year by CME Outfitters for his contributions to the field of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, dedication to education and commitment to improving patient care.

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David Loewenstein, Ph.D.

David Loewenstein, Ph.D., Addresses NIH Summit on Alzheimer’s Disease

The Miller School’s David Loewenstein, Ph.D., was invited to speak at an international research summit hosted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institute on Aging on the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Claes Wahlestedt, M.D., Ph.D.

Research to Develop Cocaine Addiction Therapy Wins NIH Grant

Drug-like molecule developed to treat cocaine addiction has proven so promising that two University of Miami Miller School researchers have been awarded a NIH grant to continue their research in developing it further.

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U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, left, and the Miller School’s David Loewenstein, Ph.D., addressed the conference.

White House and Center on Aging Host First LGBT Conference on Aging

The White House and the University of Miami Center on Aging hosted the first White House LGBT Conference on Aging on the Miller School campus on April 30 to address the many issues lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults are facing as they age, a timely meeting that David Loewenstein, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, noted came just as the center begins focusing on LGBT research.

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Edwin Olsen, M.D., J.D., MBA

Physician/Lawyer Follows His Own “Go For It” Advice

One Friday last month, Edwin Olsen, M.D., J.D., MBA, professor of clinical psychiatry and behavioral sciences, spent the morning at the Medical Wellness Center learning basic Tai Chi moves he’ll teach older adults to improve their balance and avoid falls.

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Schizophrenia Researcher and Clinician Receives Society’s Highest Honor

Philip D. Harvey, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and chief of the Division of Psychology, is the first recipient of the Schizophrenia International Research Society’s Outstanding Clinical/Community Research Award, considered the society’s highest honor.

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Philip D. Harvey, Ph.D.

Schizophrenia Researcher and Clinician Receives Society’s Highest Honor

Philip D. Harvey, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and chief of the Division of Psychology, is the first recipient of the Schizophrenia International Research Society’s Outstanding Clinical/Community Research Award, considered the society’s highest honor.

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Dean’s Distinguished Lecturer Series

Charles Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., Leonard M. Miller Professor and chair of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, was invited to deliver the guest public lecture for the 2011-2012 Dean’s Distinguished Lecturer Series at Delaware State University’s College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences & Technology on the evening of February 28. His topic was “Recognition and Treatment of Depression: Reducing Suicide and Misery in Difficult Times.” He also made a second, more technical and in-depth presentation earlier in the day on the “Neurobiological Consequences of Child Abuse and Neglect.”

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Four UM Employees Are Ready to Lead

Four University of Miami employees were honored recently as the first graduating class of the UM Leadership Academy’s Emerging Leader Program, which prepares high-performing employees for the transition to leadership roles. The graduates are Bernice “Jill” Baron, senior auditor in the Department of Internal Audit; Noriece Price, human resources generalist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Audrey McKenzie, a data entry clerk in the Department of Urology; and Issa Rodriguez, senior patient account representative in the Department of Surgery.

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Study Reports Novel Drug Technology That Boosts Therapeutic Proteins

A Miller School-led research team has created a groundbreaking drug technology platform that enables the body to increase its protein levels, a novel invention that potentially could usher in treatment for a wide variety of serious diseases resulting from a lack of specific proteins.

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From left are Roya Pedram Fatemi, Marco Magistri, Ph.D., Claes Wahlestedt, MD., Ph.D., Mohammad Ali Faghihi, M.D., Ph.D., Shaun Brothers, Ph.D., and Farzaneh Modarresi, M.D.

Study Reports Novel Drug Technology That Boosts Therapeutic Proteins

A Miller School-led research team has created a groundbreaking drug technology platform that enables the body to increase its protein levels, a novel invention that potentially could usher in treatment for a wide variety of serious diseases resulting from a lack of specific proteins.

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John E. Lewis, Ph.D.

Blood Test for Food Intolerances May Be New Tool in Fighting Obesity

A simple, affordable blood test can help identify food intolerances or hidden food sensitivities that may contribute to obesity, according to a new study led by John E. Lewis, Ph.D., associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and Associate Director of the Medical Wellness Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

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Philip D. Harvey, Ph.D.

Philip D. Harvey, Ph.D., Awarded $3.2 Million to Improve Schizophrenia Treatment

Philip D. Harvey, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and chief of the Division of Psychology, has been awarded a $3.2 million grant from the NIH’s National Institute of Mental Health to study schizophrenia and improve treatment for the disorder that impairs the ability to function in everyday settings.

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Miller School Study Identifies Master Regulator for Schizophrenia

A team of researchers led by Claes Wahlestedt, M.D., Ph.D., the Miller School’s associate dean for therapeutic innovation, has pinpointed a “master” regulatory molecule in the brain that is altered in people with schizophrenia.

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Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Charles Nemeroff Addresses Florida’s First Mental Health Science Summit

Although there is much certainty in the science behind mental health and addiction disorders, many people still need to be educated or reminded that the diseases can be effectively treated. That’s part of the mission of the first Mental Health and Addiction Disorders Science Summit, which Charles Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., chair of psychiatry addressed on February 15.

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Annual Performance Evaluations Are Underway

The annual performance evaluation cycle began on February 1 and will run through April 27. All employees must be evaluated during this period and supervisors should submit the completed evaluations directly to their Human Resources representative no later than April 30.

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Medical Psychiatric Unit at UMH Brings Specialized Care to Patients

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Medicine have integrated services, opening the Medical Psychiatric Unit at University of Miami Hospital — the only medical psychiatry unit in South Florida.

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Susan Schmitz, M.A., left, and Suzanne Lechner, Ph.D., were among the researchers who exhibited posters at the fair.

Researchers Gather for Shared Resources Fair and Drug Discovery Forum

More than 200 researchers attended the Miller Office of Research’s Shared Resources Fair on February 17, which was followed by a Collaborative Research Exchange Forum (CREF) on drug discovery.

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Claes Wahlestedt, M.D., Ph.D.

Miller School Study Identifies Master Regulator for Schizophrenia

A team of researchers led by Claes Wahlestedt, M.D., Ph.D., the Miller School’s associate dean for therapeutic innovation, has pinpointed a “master” regulatory molecule in the brain that is altered in people with schizophrenia. The finding could facilitate the development of better drugs for the debilitating psychiatric disorder that affects an estimated one percent of the world’s population.

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Medical Psychiatric Unit at UMH Brings Specialized Care to Patients

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Medicine have integrated services, opening the Medical Psychiatric Unit at University of Miami Hospital — the only medical psychiatry unit in South Florida.

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