News : 2012

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Renowned Geneticist Named AAAS Fellow

Jeffery M. Vance, M.D., Ph.D., professor in the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics, has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for his scientifically and socially distinguished efforts to advance science by identifying the genetic causes of Mendelian diseases, inherited neuropathies and Parkinson’s disease using innovative and integrated molecular and analytical approaches.

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Jacob McCauley, Ph.D.

Miller School Researchers Expand Study of MS in Hispanics

Jacob McCauley, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics and Director of the Biorepository at the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, has been awarded $641,140 from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to expand studies of multiple sclerosis in the Hispanic population.

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Miller School Researchers Expand Study of MS in Hispanics

Jacob McCauley, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics and Director of the Biorepository at the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, has been awarded $641,140 from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to expand studies of multiple sclerosis in the Hispanic population.

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Susan Estabrooks Hahn, M.S., C.G.C.

Miller School Geneticist Named President-Elect of the American Board of Genetic Counseling

Susan Estabrooks Hahn, M.S., C.G.C., an instructor in the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics at the Miller School, has been named President-elect of the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC).

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Susan Halloran Blanton, Ph.D.

New Executive Director Named at John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics

Susan Halloran Blanton, Ph.D., has been named Executive Director of the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics at the Miller School.

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Miller School Geneticist Named President-Elect of the American Board of Genetic Counseling

Susan Estabrooks Hahn, M.S., C.G.C., an instructor in the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics at the Miller School, has been named President-elect of the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC).

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New Executive Director Named at John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics

Susan Halloran Blanton, Ph.D., has been named Executive Director of the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics at the Miller School.

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UM Researchers Identify Gene That Contributes to Alzheimer’s Disease

Researchers from the Miller School of Medicine have identified a gene associated with Alzheimer’s disease in Caucasians. Published online October 27 in Neurobiology of Aging, their study demonstrated that a change in the C9ORF72 gene, called a repeat expansion, could be a new cause for late-onset Alzheimer’s disease, mostly in Caucasians.

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Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., and Stephan Züchner, M.D.

UM Researchers Identify Gene That Contributes to Alzheimer's Disease

Researchers from the Miller School of Medicine have identified a gene associated with Alzheimer’s disease in Caucasians. Published online October 27 in Neurobiology of Aging, their study demonstrated that a change in the C9ORF72 gene, called a repeat expansion, could be a new cause for late-onset Alzheimer’s disease, mostly in Caucasians.

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Mustafa Tekin, M.D.

UM Researchers Identify New Gene Associated with Moderate Hearing Loss

Miller School researchers collaborated with an international team to identify a new gene associated with the most common form of inherited childhood deafness. Published November 1 in the American Journal of Human Genetics, the study led by Mustafa Tekin, M.D., associate professor of human genetics and genomics, found that mutations in the OTOGL gene are a cause of moderate autosomal recessive non-syndromic hearing loss.

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Joycelyn M. Lee, Ph.D., receives her award from Dexter A. Bridgeman, publisher of <em>Legacy</em> magazine.

Miller School Geneticist Named One of 25 Most Influential Black Women in Business

Joycelyn M. Lee, Ph.D., associate research scientist at the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, has been recognized as one of South Florida’s “25 Most Influential & Prominent Black Women in Business for 2012” by Legacy magazine. For the seventh year, Legacy has chosen an elite group of women selected by a committee of prominent South Florida business leaders, for this distinction.

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Miller School Geneticist Named One of 25 Most Influential Black Women in Business

Joycelyn M. Lee, Ph.D., associate research scientist at the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, has been recognized as one of South Florida’s “25 Most Influential & Prominent Black Women in Business for 2012” by Legacy magazine. For the seventh year, Legacy has chosen an elite group of women selected by a committee of prominent South Florida business leaders, for this distinction.

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Miller School Mourns Passing of Renowned Geneticist Louis J. “Skip” Elsas Jr., M.D.

Louis J. “Skip” Elsas Jr., M.D., a renowned geneticist and the first director of the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Center for Medical Genetics at the Miller School of Medicine, passed away peacefully in Atlanta early Sunday morning, surrounded by his family. He was 75.

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Human Genetics and Genomics Seminar Series

Save the Date September 17, 2012 – “Genetics of Familial Essential Tremor”

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Miami's Hussman Institute Lands $2.5M for Persistent Pain Biomarker Hunt GenomeWeb

Researchers at the University of Miami School of Medicine plan to use a five-year, $2.5 million grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research to discover DNA variants that may function as biomarkers for susceptibility and therapeutic response for patients who suffer from persistent pain, the university said yesterday.

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Roy C. Levitt, M.D., and Eden R. Martin, Ph.D.

Department of Anesthesiology and Hussman Institute Team Up to Fight Pain

Roy C. Levitt, M.D., and statistical geneticist Eden R. Martin, Ph.D., have been awarded a five-year $2.5 million NIH grant to study genetic susceptibility to certain persistent pain syndromes.

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Marjana Tomic-Canic, Ph.D.

UM Researchers Pinpoint Mechanism that Halts Healing of Venous Ulcers

A team of researchers led by the Miller School’s Marjana Tomic-Canic, Ph.D., professor of dermatology and cutaneous surgery, has discovered that aberrantly expressed microRNAs inhibit the healing of chronic venous ulcers.

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Department of Anesthesiology and Hussman Institute for Human Genomics Pair Up to Fight Pain

August 28, 2012 – Roy C. Levitt, M.D., professor of anesthesiology and director of translational research and academic affairs, and statistical geneticist Eden R. Martin, Ph.D., professor of human genetics and director of the Center for Genetic Epidemiology and Statistical Genetics at the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, have been awarded a five-year $2.5 million NIH grant to study genetic susceptibility to certain persistent pain syndromes.

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Research associate Angela Dajnoki checks a tandem mass spectrometer at the Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, where students can now pursue a master's in genomic medicine.

Miller School Launches First-of-Its Kind Genomic Medicine Master’s Program

First-year medical students at the Miller School now have the opportunity to earn a Master of Science in Genomic Medicine along with their medical degree, a program unique to the University of Miami.

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From left, William K. Scott, Ph.D., Stephan Züchner, M.D., and Gaofeng Wang, Ph.D., received more than $2 million in research grants.

Genomics and Genetics Researchers Awarded More than $2M in Grants

Three researchers at the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, who are also faculty members at the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics have been awarded more than $2 million in grants to advance genetic research on Staphylococcus aureus infections, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease and age-related macular degeneration.

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Stephan L. Züchner, M.D.

UM Researchers Identify Gene That May Help Protect Human Nerve Cells After Injury

Researchers from the Miller School of Medicine collaborated with an international team to identify a gene that could be suppressed to protect a person’s nerve cells after injury. Published online on June 7 in Science, their study, “dSarm/Sarm1 Is Required for Activation of an Injury-Induced Axon Death Pathway,” presents the first gene required for the active self-destruction of nerves following injury.

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Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and UM President Donna E. Shalala address the University's first conference on ending disparities in genomic medicine.

Hussman Institute's Historic Genomics Conference Focuses on Ending Disparities

The John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics hosted a groundbreaking two-day conference, “Why We Can’t Wait: Conference to Eliminate Health Disparities in Genomic Medicine,” to ensure that all populations benefit from the revolutionary promise of genomic medicine.

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Dale Hedges, Ph.D., left, and Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D.

New Study Supports Importance of Structural Variation in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Research from the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine again supports the importance of structural variation in autism spectrum disorders.

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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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Stephan Züchner, M.D.

Miller School Researchers Identify a Genetic Variant Linked to Rare Form of Paraplegia

University of Miami researchers have identified a genetic variant linked to a rare form of paraplegia in a paper titled “Mutations in the ER-shaping protein reticulon 2 cause the axon-degenerative disorder hereditary spastic paraplegia type 2,” published online January 10 in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

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Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D.

Leading Miller School Geneticist Named AAAS Fellow

Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., associate dean for Human Genomic Programs, Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Professor of Human Genomics and director of the John P. Hussman Institute, has been elected as a fellow of the AAAS for identifying the genetic variants for common and etiologically complex diseases.

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Margaret Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., left, and Gary Small, M.D.

Alzheimer’s Experts Present Latest in Prevention and Research

Two of the nation’s leading Alzheimer’s disease experts shared the latest in research and prevention strategies to delay onset of this disease at an event hosted by the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics

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The GEAR Games Challenge winners and GEAR staff, from left, are Richard Belton, Marvin Katz, Jonathan Weislow, Luis Espinoza, M.D., Amanda Mageean, Walter Lambert, M.D., and Orontes Talavera.

GEARed Up Participants Exceed Expectations at GEAR Games Challenge

Ten participants enrolled in GEARFit, an extension of the original Genetics, Exercise and Research (GEAR) program, have been recognized for their exercise achievements in the GEAR Games Challenge.

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