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Department of Neurological Surgery to Hold Hubert L. Rosomoff Research Day on April 25


The Department of Neurological Surgery will hold its 15th Hubert L. Rosomoff Research Day on Saturday, April 25, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Lois Pope LIFE Center, seventh-floor auditorium. This event showcases research by department residents, fellows, and faculty. This year’s visiting professor will be Robert L. Martuza, chief of the neurosurgical service at Massachusetts General Hospital and the William and Elizabeth Sweet Professor in Neuroscience at Harvard Medical School.

All interested members of the University community are invited to attend. For more information, call 305-243-6751.

 

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CFAR’s 11th Annual Symposium ‘Confronting HIV and Its Complications’ to Be Held April 9


Registration is now open for the 11th Annual Miami Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) Symposium “Confronting HIV and Its Complications” on Thursday, April 9 at the BankUnited Center Fieldhouse on the Coral Gables campus. Please visit the symposium website for details and the Eventbrite link to register. For specific questions, contact Melanie Weiss at mweiss11@med.miami.edu or 305-243-3345.

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UM Trustee Appointed to National Panel on Airport Scanners

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UM Trustee Appointed to National Panel on Airport Scanners


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Edward Dauer

Dr. Edward A. Dauer

CORAL GABLES, FLA. (February 6, 2015)—University of Miami Trustee and triple alumnus Dr. Edward A. Dauer, a distinguished diagnostic radiologist in the community and research associate professor of biomedical engineering, radiology, and family medicine at UM, has been appointed to the National Academy of Sciences’ special advisory panel on the safety of ultrasound scanners used to screen passengers in airports across the nation.

As a member of the scientific committee on the millimeter wave machines, Dauer, the director of radiology at Florida Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, will review how the Department of Homeland Security and equipment manufacturers estimate the level of non-ionizing millimeter wave radiation exposures that air travelers are exposed to when scanned by the advanced imaging technology. These screening machines are in use at approximately 160 airports across the nation. Unlike x-ray scanners, which use ionizing radiation that can break bonds in living cells, millimeter wave machines use low-energy, non-ionizing, radio frequency waves to detect weapons, explosives, or other hidden objects.

Appointed by Ralph J. Cicerone, president of the National Academy of Sciences and chair of the National Research Council, the committee is also charged with evaluating whether traveler and operator exposures to non-ionizing radiation meet health and safety standards, and whether the design, and the operating and maintenance procedures for ultrasound machines are appropriate for preventing over exposure.

“It is encouraging that an independent panel of scientists and researchers will be able to study and evaluate objective scientific data to assess the safety of this imaging technology and to protect the traveling public,” Dauer said.

James Tien, Distinguished Professor and Dean of the College of Engineering, said he immediately thought of recommending Dauer for the expert panel when he learned about the upcoming study of millimeter wave screeners. “As both an engineer and a medical doctor, he is uniquely qualified to be a member of the study committee,” Tien said. “Obviously, NAS President Dr. Ralph Cicerone was equally impressed with Dr. Dauer’s qualifications.”

Chaired by Kathryn V. Logan, the principal research engineer emerita at Georgia Institute of Technology and an adjunct professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, the 14-member panel’s report is due next year.

Dauer, the first undergraduate at UM to study biomedical engineering, earned his Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering in 1972, his medical degree in 1975, and his master’s in biomedical engineering in 2001. His current academic work at UM includes medical physiology, unified medical sciences, radiation physics, and radiation biology. He established the new research lab in scanning electron microscopy at the College of Engineering and is working on electron microscopy analysis of biomedical devices and tissue engineering. He also served on the Florida State Board of Medicine, the state’s licensing board for physicians, for 11 years, including two terms as chairman.

Dauer has served as a member of the UM Board of Trustees since 1996 and is currently a member of the Executive Committee. He was a member of UM’s President’s Council and of the Medical Dean Leadership Cabinet, and is an active member of the Miller School of Medicine Admissions Committee.

A member of Iron Arrow since 1996, he received the School of Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2000 and the Henry King Stanford Alumnus of the Year Award in 2001 for his ongoing dedication to the University.

Over the years, he and his family have been generous donors to the University, supporting the Richter Library, the Convocation Center, Athletics, the College of Engineering, the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing and Health Studies, and student scholarships.

 

 

 

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With Increased Attention, Human Trafficking Emerges from the Shadows


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HumanTraffickingCORAL GABLES, Fla. (January 22, 2015)—In an ambitious effort to raise awareness, improve understanding, and generate solutions to the emerging epidemic  of human trafficking in Miami, the School of Education and Human Development and a number of community partners are holding three forums on the UM campus, two of them this week, to address the problem.

Hosted by UM President Donna E. Shalala and Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, the first forum, “Combating the ‘Glamour’ and Demand of Human Trafficking through Media, Education and Services,” will begin at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, January 27 at the Newman Alumni Center.

Alberto M. Carvalho, superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools; Orlando A. Prescott, administrative judge for the 11th Judicial Circuit’s Juvenile Division; and Deborah Baker-Egozi, president of the Miami chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, will join other community leaders, service providers, and local, state, and national law enforcement agencies in the effort Rundle began four years ago to find ways to more readily identify victims and prosecute perpetrators of the illicit trade in humans, often for the purpose of forced labor or commercial sex.

Attendees may RSVP by contacting Barbara Pacheco at 305-547-0749 or BarbaraPacheco@MiamiSAO.com but are welcome to just walk in.

The second forum, held in collaboration with the Miami-Dade County Human Trafficking Coalition and the Miami-Dade County Human Trafficking Collaborative Project, will follow on Friday, January 30, between 9 a.m. and noon at the BankUnited Center Hurricane 100 Room. Titled “Human Trafficking in Miami and Our Local Response Conference,” the event will focus on innovative, emerging service and advocacy practices and feature panel presentations and discussions with survivors of sex trafficking, along with leading service providers in the region.

Faculty, staff, and students who wish to attend the Friday forum may RSVP to Ivon Mesa, of Miami-Dade’s Community Action and Human Services Department, at MESAI@miamidade.gov.

The third forum, “Human Trafficking: Interrupting the Pathway to Victimization,” is being organized by The Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment on Friday, May 1. At the all-day event at the Newman Alumni Center, leading experts will discuss the complexities of identifying, intervening with, and protecting human trafficking victims, as well as the research on therapeutic, legal, and social solutions. For more information or to register, visit http://www.melissainstitute.org/.

Miller School of Medicine student Juhi Jain addresses an audience of medical professionals and law enforcement personnel attending the "Human Trafficking: An Emerging Epidemic" symposium.

Miller School of Medicine student Juhi Jain addresses an audience of medical professionals and law enforcement personnel attending the “Human Trafficking: An Emerging Epidemic” symposium.

Students at the Miller School of Medicine are equally concerned by the illicit trade in humans and last week held a daylong symposium,  “Human Trafficking: An Emerging Epidemic,” at UM’s Student Activities Center aimed at educating physicians, nurses, social workers, and law enforcement about the growing problem.

As Juhi Jain, a fourth-year Miller School student who received a grant from the Arsht Ethics Initiatives to stage the conference explained, human trafficking does not discriminate. “It affects all ethnicities,” she said, noting that American citizens are just as likely as immigrants to be victims.

Jain first became aware of how serious the human trafficking problem is about two years ago, when some of her fellow Miller School students told her about two victims who showed up at the UM/Jackson Memorial Hospital emergency room for medical treatment. It was then that Jain consulted with two of her mentors—Panagiota “Pat” Caralis, M.D., J.D., professor of medicine, and Edwin Olsen, M.D., M.B.A., J.D., professor of clinical psychiatry—who persuaded her to do more research on the issue, specifically the medical and legal aspects of the problem and how to identify and aid victims.

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First Study on Haitian-American Glaucoma Rates Stresses Need for Awareness and Screening to Prevent Vision Loss


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Richard K. Lee and Richard K. Parrish, II

MIAMI, FLA. (January 20,2015) —Physicians at the University of Miami’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and medical students at the Miller School of Medicine are the first to publish data on the prevalence of glaucoma in the Haitian-American population. Their findings, based on data from 750 participants, show that nearly 26 percent of Haitian-Americans have signs and symptoms for various stages of glaucoma.

Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide, disproportionately affecting African Americans and Latinos living in the U.S. A disease characterized by slowly progressive optic nerve atrophy, glaucoma is typically a painless and silent blinding disease that can be easily screened for in a community setting and treated to prevent further vision loss and blindness.

Richard K. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of ophthalmology, cell biology and neuroscience,  and Richard K. Parrish, II, M.D., professor and Edward W.D. Norton Chair of Ophthalmology, led the study with medical student Christine Bokman and members of the Ophthalmology Interest Club. “Glaucoma Screening in the Haitian Afro-Caribbean Population of South Florida” is published in a recent issue of PLOS ONE.

Using data from community health screenings in Little Haiti, the team found that not only do older patients suffer from signs of the disease, but also younger patients less than 40 years old have disease warning signs such as high eye pressures and suspicious changes to the optic disc. Of the entire study population, 32 percent had eye pressures above normal (>22 mm Hg), which can ultimately cause severe damage to the eye and lead to blindness.

To improve ophthalmic care, several efforts were made during and after the study to provide counseling and follow-up for this population to help decrease disease progression. Participants were given referrals with their test results for follow-up with their primary care providers and recommended ophthalmologists within the community, regardless of insurance status.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force does not recommend for or against screening for glaucoma, but Lee says these findings should start that shift. “Overall, this study highlights the need to create awareness of differential glaucoma risk within ethnic communities of the U.S. to prevent further eye disease and blindness,” said Lee. “This study along with previously published studies on the rates of glaucoma in specific populations stresses the need for targeted screening within communities and has implications for policy changes in the approach for ocular disease screening to prevent blindness.”

Louis Pasquale, M.D., from the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary/Harvard Medical School, was a collaborator in the data analysis. Project Medishare and the Bernard Mevs Hospital Eye Clinic, where Lee is volunteer medical director, will translate these findings to be more aggressive in screening for and treating glaucoma in the Haitian population in Port-Au-Prince. Read more about Lee and the Bernard Mevs Eye Clinic in the University’s Haiti Special Report.

 

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