News : 2012 : January

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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UM researchers have identified a genetic variant linked to a rare form of paraplegia

January 13, 2012 – UM 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, 2012 in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

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Alzheimer’s Experts Present Latest in Prevention and Research

January 17, 2012 – 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. Gary Small, M.D., author of “The Alzheimer’s Prevention Program,” joined Margaret Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., director of the Hussman Institute, in a lecture and book signing held at UM’s Lois Pope LIFE Center on January 10.

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GEARed Up Participants Exceed Expectations at GEAR Games Challenge

January 10, 2012 – 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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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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Rampersaud receives 2011 Faculty Citizenship Award

January 5, 2012 – Evadnie Rampersaud, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., Research Assistant Professor at the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics, has been selected as one of the six 2011 winners of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine Faculty Citizenship Award.

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