News : 2016

From left, Stephen M. Weiss, Ph.D., M.P.H., with Marc D. Gellman, Ph.D.

Behavioral Medicine Pioneers Honored

Stephen M. Weiss, Ph.D., M.P.H., professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Miller School of Medicine, and Marc D. Gellman, Ph.D., research associate professor of psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences, were honored this month by the International Congress of Behavioral Medicine for their contributions to the interdisciplinary field that combines medicine and psychology.

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

Dr. Charles B. Nemeroff Receives Julius Axelrod Mentorship Award

Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., Leonard M. Miller Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has received the 2016 Julius Axelrod Mentorship Award from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. The award was presented on December 5 during the President’s Plenary Session at the organization’s annual meeting in Hollywood, Florida.

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From left, Elizabeth Crocco, M.D., with Joe Natoli, UM's Senior Vice President for Business and Finance and Chief Financial Officer, who introduced her.

A Memorable Program for Alzheimer's Awareness Month

As part of the UHealth Lecture Series, Elizabeth Crocco, M.D., associate clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Memory Disorders Clinic, gave a presentation on memory, cognition, and new activities and studies taking place at the Center on Aging. Her presentation was part of the Memory Disorder Clinic’s effort to service the community during Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.

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The pilot needle exchange program, the IDEA Exchange named after the Infectious Disease Elimination Act, is just one area where University of Miami health officials have been working to find a cure and stop the spread of HIV/AIDS.

New Needle Exchange Program Launches on World AIDS Day

For years, while a student at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Hansel Tookes fought the Florida legislature to pass the first law in the state that would allow drug users to exchange used needles for clean ones in an effort to combat HIV transmission among at-risk groups.

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Sara J. Czaja, Ph.D.

CREATE Receives National Prize for Interdisciplinary Team Research

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Center for Research and Education on Aging and Technology Enhancement (CREATE), directed by Sara J. Czaja, Ph.D., Leonard M. Miller Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Center on Aging, was recently selected as the inaugural recipient of the American Psychological Association’s Prize for Interdisciplinary Team Research.

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Dr. Sara J. Czaja to Serve as Reviewer for VA Research Award

Sara J. Czaja, Ph.D., Leonard M. Miller Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Center on Aging, has been invited to serve on the review panel for the Under Secretary’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Health Services Research, from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

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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, Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., and Spencer Eth, M.D.

Hundreds Walk Out of the Darkness for Suicide Prevention

Under cloudy skies and a steady drizzle, hundreds of people — men, women and children, young and old — participated in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Miami-Dade County “Out of the Darkness Walk” on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus.

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

Researchers Develop Highly Accurate Technique for Predicting Effect of Antidepressants

Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., Leonard M. Miller Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and researchers from four other institutions in the U.S. and Australia have developed a technique that will predict with 80 percent accuracy whether antidepressants will help patients recover from depression.

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Sara J. Czaja, Ph.D.

Dr. Sara J. Czaja Elected to the Executive Council of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

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 elected to a four-year term on the Executive Council of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

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On October 16, Walk with Team UHealth and Support Suicide Prevention

For the seventh consecutive year, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences will support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention at their annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk. The event is an effort to reach people with mental illnesses and those impacted by suicide.

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Miller School Scientists Publish Organic Chemistry Textbook

Bohdan Khomtchouk, a third-year genetics and genomics Ph.D. candidate working in the Center for Therapeutic Innovation and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has spearheaded the publication of an organic chemistry textbook, Survival Guide to Organic Chemistry: Bridging the Gap from General Chemistry, with CRC Press

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From left, Nora Volkow, M.D., Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., and Natalie Rasgon, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Charles B. Nemeroff Headlines Capitol Hill Hearings on Depression, Suicide and Opioid Addiction

The American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) Liaison Committee, co-chaired by Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., Leonard M. Miller Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, presented a briefing on depression and suicide titled “A Precision Medicine Approach to Mental Illness,” at the Congressional Neuroscience Caucus on June 29.

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Sara J. Czaja, Ph.D.

Dr. Sara J. Czaja Named Director of Center on Aging

Sara J. Czaja, Ph.D., Leonard M. Miller Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and currently Scientific Director of the Center on Aging, has been appointed the Center’s Director. Czaja has extensive experience in aging research and a long commitment to developing strategies to improve the quality of life for older adults.

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Shaun Brothers, Ph.D.

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Launches Drug Discovery Core

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has launched the Sylvester Drug Discovery Core (SDDC) — the next link in the chain of turning scientific discoveries into cancer drugs. The mandate of the new facility will be to bring this capability to Sylvester researchers.

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Miller School Class of 2017 participants Linsey E. Lindley, Ph.D., left, with Seth Sankary.

Medical Education Conducts Skills Exercises for Third-Year Students

The University of Miami Hospital and Clinics welcomed 198 third-year Miller School of Medicine students from both the Miami and regional medical campuses for the 21st 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 in the annual assessment.

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Ardash M. Kumar, Ph.D.

Dr. Adarsh M. Kumar, Research Scholar, Passes Away

Adarsh M. Kumar, Ph.D., a long-time member of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, passed away unexpectedly on April 11.

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From left, Sara J. Czaja, Ph.D., Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., and David Loewenstein, Ph.D.

Center on Aging Hosts Its First UM-Wide Poster Session

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences’ Center on Aging hosted its first University-wide poster session on April 11. More than 50 faculty, post docs and fellows shared important research on cognition, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, novel technologies for assessing everyday functional performance, mental health access and related topics.

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David Loewenstein, Ph.D.

New Cognitive Stress Test Can Detect Early Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

A cognitive stress test co-developed by a Miller School researcher is highly effective in detecting early signs of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study published recently in a national journal. “We could see a clear difference between people who had normal cognition and those with preclinical stages of cognitive impairment,” said David Loewenstein, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences.

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Walkers stretch before beginning their trek.

Miami Walk Raises Funds for National Eating Disorders Association

More than 250 participants helped raise funds for research and treatment of a challenging psychiatric condition at the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) Miami Walk on March 13 at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

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Sara J. Czaja, Ph.D., second row, far right, with workshop faculty and attendees.

Center on Aging Hosts Workshop on Health Care Technologies

The Center for Research on Aging and Technology Enhancement (CREATE) hosted an extremely successful workshop – “Health Care Technologies for Older Adults: Design, Adoption, Implementation & Training Issues” – February 25-26 at the Center on Aging.

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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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From left, Rhea Choi, Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and Nawara Alawa.

Students, Families and Alumni Celebrate Class of 2019 at Freshman Pinning Ceremony

When Ryan Patrick Nolan stepped onto the stage Friday at the 16th annual John. G. Clarkson Freshman Pinning Ceremony, it was a proud moment for three generations of the Nolan family with close ties to the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

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

Dr. Charles B. Nemeroff Publishes Comprehensive Review of Consequences of Child Abuse and Neglect

Early life stress in the form of child abuse or neglect is associated with long-term emotional, cognitive and physical problems in adults, according to Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., Leonard M. Miller Professor and Chairman of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, whose comprehensive review, “Paradise Lost: The Neurobiological and Clinical Consequences of Child Abuse and Neglect,” was published March 2 in the journal Neuron.

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From left, Joan J. Guinovart, Ph.D., Peter Libby, M.D., and Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

Renowned Scientists Present Latest Findings on Inflammation at 49th Miami Winter Symposium

The 49th Miami Winter Symposium, organized in part by Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Miller School of Medicine, attracted 330 researchers, clinicians and students from 32 countries to address one of the world’s most challenging medical issues, “Inflammation — Causes, Prevention and Cures.”

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Dr. Sara J. Czaja Publishes Book on Behavioral Intervention Research

Sara J. Czaja, Ph.D., Leonard M. Miller Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Scientific Director of the Center on Aging, has just published “Behavioral Intervention Research: Designing, Evaluating, and Implementing.”

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