News : 2015

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International study reveals new genetic clues to age-related macular degeneration

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Anat Galor, M.D., M.S.P.H., left, and Roy Levitt, M.D.

‘Dry Eye’ Linked to Chronic Pain Syndromes

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researchers have found a link between “dry eye” and chronic pain syndromes and mental health — a finding that suggests that a new paradigm is needed for diagnosis and treatment to improve patient outcomes.

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Stephan Züchner, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Stephan Züchner Receives Honorary Degree from Hungarian University

Stephan Züchner, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics and Co-Director of the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, has been awarded an honorary doctorate by Semmelweis University of Budapest, the oldest medical school in Hungary.

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HIHG members attend 29th Annual Broward Alzheimer’s Coordinating Council Conference

November, 2015

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Congratulations to Brooke DeRosa for successfully defending her thesis today

Friday, November 6

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IMSGC: International Multiple Sclerosis Genetics Consortium

HIHG members attend the 2015 International Multiple Sclerosis Genetics Consortium

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HIHG members attend 2015 American Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting (ASHG)

Holly Cukier, Ph.D., presents new discoveries in the ABCA7 gene by the HIHG Alzheimer team at the 2015 American Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting (ASHG) in Baltimore, MD.

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New John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics Video

Check out the new HIHG video which will be featured at this year’s ASHG meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.

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HIHG's "Meet a Scientist" night a success

Despite the inclement weather, nine Boy Scouts (ages 10 and 11), their Boy Scout leader, and four parents were able to attend the HIHG’s “Meet a Scientist” night, hosted and presented by Drs. Derek Dykxhoorn and Joycelyn Lee, at the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics.

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HIHG Researcher Featured On NIH Director's Blog

Joseph Foster, research associate at the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, was featured on NIH Director’s, Dr. Francis Collins, blog: LabTV: Curious About Genetics of Deafness.

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2015 JJ Vance Memorial Summer Interns Gain Valuable Research Experience

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics hosted 14 of South Florida’s top high school seniors for the 2015 JJ Vance Memorial Summer Internship in Biological and Computational Sciences. The program, which received a $500,000 five-year summer training grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, provides high school students with the unique opportunity to be directly involved in scientific research.

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Back row from left, intern presenter Linda Shahin, recruiter Aaron Uhlenberg, intern presenters Carlotta Verita, Luis Fornes and Jonathan Lee. Front row from left, intern presenters Mariam Farag, Bruny Garcia, Mariana Gomez and Margherita Tonini, Margaret Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., Jeffery Vance, Ph.D., intern presenters Ismael Mercier, Daniel Dager, Jordan Ledgister and Franklin Zhang.

2015 JJ Vance Memorial Summer Interns Gain Valuable Research Experience

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics hosted 14 of South Florida’s top high school seniors for the 2015 JJ Vance Memorial Summer Internship in Biological and Computational Sciences. The program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to be directly involved in scientific research.

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HIHG Researcher Featured On NIH Director's Blog - LabTV: Curious About Parkinson’s Disease

Kinsley Belle, graduate student at the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics was recently featured on NIH Director’s, Dr. Francis Collins, blog: LabTV: Curious About Parkinson’s Disease…

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Margaret Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., and Derek Dykxhoorn, Ph.D.

Researchers Win Contract to Study Stem Cells from Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease Patients

Miller School researchers Margaret Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., and Derek Dykxhoorn, Ph.D., have won a three-year, $721,423 U.S. Department of Defense contract to ascertain and analyze induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) from early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease patients with specific Alzheimer’s-linked genetic mutations.

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Stephan L. Züchner, M.D.

Researchers Identify a Novel Disease Gene Causing Neurodegenerative Disorders

Researchers at the University of Miami have discovered and characterized a previously unknown disease gene linked to the degeneration of optic and peripheral nerve fibers. The study titled “Mutations in SLC25A46, encoding a UGO1-like protein, cause an optic atrophy spectrum disorder” is published in the journal Nature Genetics.

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Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., left, and Julia E. Dallman, Ph.D.

Zebrafish Research Provides Clues on Autism

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurological condition that affects approximately 2 percent of people around the world. Although several genes have been linked to multiple concurring conditions of ASD, the process that explains how specific genetic variants lead to behaviors characteristic of the disorder remains elusive.

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