News : 2015

Michael Antoni, Ph.D.

Stress Management Helps Women Survive Breast Cancer Longer

Newly published research from a National Cancer Institute-funded randomized trial shows that women who were taught skills to manage stress early in their breast cancer treatment had improved survival rates and longer intervals of remission 8 to 15 years post-diagnosis.

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From left, Nagi Ayad, Ph.D., Bryce Allen, Saurabh Mehta, Ph.D., and Stephan C. Schürer, Ph.D

Sylvester Researchers Use Powerful Screening Tools to Identify New Cancer-Inhibiting Compound

Using “big data” sets and powerful computational screening tools, researchers at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have identified a compound that inhibits two different cellular targets in cancer. Their findings were recently published in Scientific Reports.

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Arunditi Xantus, M.D.

UHealth Physicians Link Cyberbullying to Inpatient Psychiatric Care Among South Florida Youth

A study conducted by child and adolescent psychiatrists with UHealth – the University of Miami Health System has shown that young people in South Florida who were admitted into inpatient psychiatric care for depression, anxiety and other mental health issues also suffered from significant rates of cyberbullying.

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From left, Dave Barry, Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Rosa de la Cruz and Carlos de la Cruz.

Inaugural ‘Shatter the Stigma’ Gala Raises Support for Treatment of Mental Health Disorders

In an effort to bring awareness to the approximately 61.5 million Americans who experience some form of mental illness each year, a first-of-its-kind gala was held recently to benefit the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. The inaugural Shatter the Stigma gala was held October 8 to support the department’s research and programs.

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

Research Team Receives NIH Grant for Study of Epigenetic Processes in Alcoholism

The National Institutes of Health has awarded the research team of Claes Wahlestedt, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Dean and Director of the Center for Therapeutic Innovation at the Miller School of Medicine, a $1.725 million, five-year grant to study epigenetic mechanisms that underlie alcoholism. The research could lead to new treatments for this prevalent and debilitating disorder.

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Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., left, and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., rallied the participants before the walk.

Out of the Darkness Walk Sheds Light on Suicide Awareness

A record number of University of Miami and Miller School of Medicine students and employees came together recently for the Out of the Darkness Walk, sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Walkers joined to remember friends, family members, and colleagues they had lost, and to help strengthen efforts to prevent suicide.

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

Dr. Charles B. Nemeroff Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine psychiatrist Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., was honored by the International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology (ISPNE) with its 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award for his research into the biological basis of depression and other neuropsychiatric disorders.

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Harvey Sterns, Ph.D., with Sara J. Czaja, Ph.D.

APA Honors Dr. Sara J. Czaja for Developing Strategies to Improve Quality of Life for the Aging

Sara J. Czaja, Ph.D., Leonard M. Miller Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Scientific Director of the Center on Aging, was honored recently by the American Psychological Association (APA) for her numerous contributions to the field of applied gerontology.

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From left, Neil Schneiderman, Ph.D., Marc D. Gellman, Ph.D., and Clinton Wright, M.D., M.S.

$5.67M Grant Helps UM Researchers Identify Early Signs of Alzheimer’s in Elderly Hispanics

A new University of Miami study, aimed at identifying early signs of Alzheimer’s disease and other neurocognitive decline among Latinos and Hispanics, could help delay or even prevent its onset thanks to a $5.67 million, five-year grant from the National Institute on Aging.

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Join Team UHealth for the Out of the Darkness Walk to Prevent Suicide

Please join Team UHealth, in partnership with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, in the annual Out of the Darkness Walk to raise money and awareness to help prevent suicide. The walk takes place on Sunday, October 11, from 10 a.m. to noon, beginning at the Stanford Rock on the Coral Gables campus.

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Philip D. Harvey, Ph.D.

Dr. Philip D. Harvey Cited Among Most Influential in Field of Psychiatry

Philip D. Harvey, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, has been included in Thomson Reuters’ Highly Cited Researchers 2014, which recognizes scientists whose published works are most cited by fellow researchers. The publication gave Harvey the “mark of exceptional impact.”

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Sara J. Czaja, Ph.D.

Dr. Sara J. Czaja Receives $7.8 Million Research Grant for Continued Study on Aging and Technology

Sara J. Czaja, Ph.D., Leonard M. Miller Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Scientific Director of the Center on Aging, has been awarded a five-year grant of $7.8 million by the National Institute on Aging to fund the fourth research phase of the Center for Research and Education on Aging and Technology Enhancement (CREATE IV), a PO1 NIH center grant.

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From left, Nagi Ayad, Ph.D., Claes Wahlestedt, M.D., Ph.D., Chiara Pastori, Ph.D., and Ricardo J. Komotar, M.D.

Researchers Discover Novel Cellular Mechanism Crucial to Brain Cancer Growth

A team of researchers at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Miller School of Medicine has discovered that a previously unappreciated so-called long noncoding RNA mechanism controls tumor growth of Glioblastoma Multiforme cells.

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From left, medical students Matthew Stark, Shelly Birch, Simone Caccamo, Bryan Perez and Adam Aldahan.

Medical Education Holds 20th Annual Clinical Skills Exercises for Third-Year Students

The University of Miami Hospital and Clinics welcomed all 189 third-year Miller School students from both the Miami and regional medical campuses June 6-7 for the 20th annual Objective Structured Clinical Examinations, a medical school rite of passage that tests the clinical skills of students. More than 100 faculty members served as evaluators for the annual assessment.

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From left, United HomeCare Chairman Ricardo Garcia, Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and Carlos L. Martinez.

Dean Goldschmidt Honored at United HomeCare Annual Dinner

Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., was honored with the Education/Advocacy Award at the 2015 United HomeCare Annual Dinner on May 14. The award is one of the Claude Pepper Awards — named for the late U.S. Senator from Florida who fought for the rights and the welfare of the elderly and the poor — given out at the dinner each year to celebrate the achievements of exceptional individuals who exemplify Pepper’s spirit and ideals.

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Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D.

University of Miami Hospital Hosts Sold-Out “STOP the Stigma: A Mental Health Summit”

University of Miami Hospital and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, along with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), were host to “STOP the Stigma: A Mental Health Summit.” The event was designed to educate the public and professionals on the latest research, diagnoses, intervention and best practices to optimize recovery.

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From left, Robert Jackson, M.D., Paul Russo, Theresa Gleason, Ph.D., Philip Harvey, Ph.D., Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and Charles Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D.

Philip Harvey, Ph.D., Becomes First Psychologist to Receive John Blair Barnwell Award

Surrounded by colleagues and staff at the Miami VA, Philip D. Harvey, Ph.D., was presented the John Blair Barnwell Award on Monday by Theresa Gleason, Ph.D., the VA’s Acting Deputy Chief Research and Development Officer. Gleason, who was visiting from Washington, noted that it is the highest honor for scientific achievement presented by her department and the first time the award has gone to a psychologist.

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Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D.

Dr. Charles B. Nemeroff Receives Honorary Doctorate from University Maimonides

Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., Leonard M. Miller Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Director of the Center on Aging, has been awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Causa by the University Maimonides in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Nagi Ayad, Ph.D.

Researchers Find Link Between Protein Inhibitors and Pediatric Brain Tumors

Miller School of Medicine researchers, collaborating with investigators at three other institutions, have found a link between certain protein inhibitors and the reduction in growth of medulloblastoma, the most common malignant pediatric brain tumor. Their findings may lead to treatments for other cancers, as well as a variety of other diseases and types of neurological injuries.

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Charles Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., left, and Spencer Eth, M.D.

UM Professors Address Prosecutors Against Gun Violence

Charles Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., professor and Chairman of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and Spencer Eth, M.D., professor and Director of the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship and Chief of Mental Health, joined members of Prosecutors Against Gun Violence (PAGV) last Tuesday for a summit that focused on management of mental illness and gun violence.

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University of Miami to Host Mental Health Summit

In honor of National Mental Health Awareness Month this May, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine will host “STOP the Stigma: A Mental Health Summit” on Saturday, May 2, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at University of Miami Hospital’s Seminar Center.

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Individuals from across South Florida participate in the advocacy training seminar.

Researchers and Community Groups Train Hispanic Adults in Leadership and Advocacy

The Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL), in collaboration with the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA), trained 27 committed individuals from across South Florida on community advocacy tools during a two-day Empowerment and Civic Engagement Training (ECET) seminar held at the Miller School of Medicine on March 10-11.

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Philip D. Harvey, Ph.D., presenting his lecture

Dr. Philip D. Harvey Makes Presentation on Memory at the Vatican

Philip D. Harvey, Ph.D., Leonard M. Miller Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, made a presentation at an International Conference on Memory in the Diseased Brain held at Vatican City. The gathering of international memory experts was held under the auspices of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and was focused on examining what occurs when memory fails as part of aging and in severe psychiatric disorders.

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David Loewenstein, Ph.D.

Miller School Investigators Receive Grant Awards for Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has been awarded more than $900,000 in grant awards from the Florida Department of Health to be used for projects supporting research leading to the prevention or cure of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Jun Long

Researchers Identify Potential Molecular Solution for Brain Tumor Relapse

A team of Miller School scientists has identified a compound that, when targeted to a location on the Hedgehog molecular signaling pathway, may prevent the recurrence of medulloblastoma, a type of brain tumor prevalent in children and adults.

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