News : 2016

From left, Daniel Ferraresi, Eliana C. Martinez, M.D., Ph.D., Judy Schaechter, M.D., MBA, Emmalee S. Bandstra, M.D., Laurence B. Gardner, M.D., Jon Batchelor, Sandy Batchelor, Julio Frenk, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.

Dr. Emmalee S. Bandstra Honored with 2016 Micah Batchelor Award

Renowned for her expertise in perinatal substance abuse, Emmalee S. Bandstra, M.D., recently received the prestigious 2016 Micah Batchelor Award for Excellence in Children’s Health Research. The award was presented November 8 during a ceremony at the Batchelor Children’s Research Institute before Batchelor family members and trustees of the Batchelor Family Foundation, UM and Miller School of Medicine leadership.

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From left, Rene Barro-Soria, Ph.D., Catherine Garcia Serje, M.S., Derek Dykxhoorn, Ph.D., H. Peter Larsson, Ph.D., Marta Perez-Rodriguez, M.S., and Michael Paonessa.

$2.2 Million Grant to Fund Drug Development for Cardiac Arrhythmia and Sudden Cardiac Death

H. Peter Larsson, Ph.D., professor of physiology and biophysics, and Derek Dykxhoorn, Ph.D., associate professor in the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, have been awarded a $2.2 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health to develop drugs to prevent cardiac arrhythmia and sudden cardiac death.

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From left, Maria Alejandra Quintero, M.P.H., Jacob McCauley, Ph.D., Oriana M. Damas, M.D., and Maria T. Abreu, M.D.

Miller School Researchers to Collaborate in Study of Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Hispanics

A team of Miller School of Medicine researchers has been awarded a $1.26 million grant to explore genetic variation in U.S.-born and foreign-born Hispanic patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The project will build upon the existing interdisciplinary IBD clinical and genomics research collaborative at the Miller School.

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Jacob McCauley, Ph.D.

Miller School Researchers Receive NIH Grant to Study Multiple Sclerosis in Hispanics

Jacob McCauley, Ph.D., associate professor in the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics and Associate Director of the Center for Genome Technology, has been awarded a $3.1 million grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, to expand genetic studies of multiple sclerosis within the Hispanic population.

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R. Rodney Howell, M.D.

Dr. R. Rodney Howell Elected President of International Society for Neonatal Screening

R. Rodney Howell, M.D., professor and Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Pediatrics, and a member of the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has been elected President of the International Society for Neonatal Screening (ISNS). His three-year term will begin on September 11 at the 2016 ISNS International Symposium in The Hague, the Netherlands.

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Alzheimer's disease research team.

New Grants Expand Miller School Researchers’ Pursuit of Genetic Connections to Alzheimer’s

Researchers from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics have been awarded two new contracts from the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health. These newly awarded contracts are part of a global initiative to detect genetic factors associated with Alzheimer’s disease risk in an effort to identify new targets for drug development.

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Mustafa Tekin, M.D.

Miller School Researchers Identify Gene Essential to Normal Inner Ear Development

A Miller School of Medicine research team led by Mustafa Tekin, M.D., a professor in the Dr. John T. MacDonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics who has been exploring the genetics of deafness for more than a decade, has discovered a previously unrecognized gene, ROR1 (receptor tyrosine kinase-like orphan receptor 1), that is essential for the development of the inner ear and hearing in humans and mice.

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Study identifies deletion that may contribute to Alzheimer’s disease in African Americans

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Women #ENDALZ: Margaret Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine

“Women #ENDALZ is a series that profiles the amazing brains fighting to create a world without Alzheimer’s disease. In this video, meet Alzheimer’s researcher Margaret Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., who is also a member of the Alzheimer’s Association Medical and Scientific Advisory Council.”

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Former JJ Vance intern wins competition

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More than 130 local researchers and outside experts who apply or develop computational systems biology resources gathered for two days of presentations.

Sylvester Director Delivers Keynote Address at First Annual Systems Biology Data Science Symposium

Doctors and scientists from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center recently participated in the first annual Systems Biology Data Science Symposium, January 19 and 20 in Miami. More than 130 local researchers and outside experts who apply or develop computational systems biology resources gathered at the Lois Pope LIFE Center on the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine campus for two days of presentations.

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The INC conference attracted more than 40 scientists and physicians from North America, Europe and Australia.

Miller School Investigators Host Inherited Neuropathies Consortium in Miami

More than 40 scientists and physicians from North America, Europe and Australia gathered in Miami January 28-30 for the Inherited Neuropathies Consortium (INC) meeting. INC is dedicated to conducting clinical, genetic and basic research in different forms of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a disorder that affects the peripheral nerves. The meeting was hosted by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

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HIHG Announces New Members

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Rosario Isasi, J.D., M.P.H.

Faculty Author Says Human Genome Editing Policy Requires Setting Thresholds of Acceptability

Human genome editing for research has made great strides, yet a new Miller School of Medicine faculty member says modification of the human germline raises socio-ethical and policy questions. Rosario Isasi, J.D., M.P.H., associate professor, suggests that policy makers could be guided by the model that has served to develop policies regulating pre-implantation genetic diagnosis after in vitro fertilization.

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Human genome editing Framing genome editing policy requires setting thresholds of acceptability

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New study on the genetics of familial Alzheimer's disease in African Americans

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Human Genetics Project Collaborators Wanted

Stephan Züchner, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics, and Margaret Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., Director of the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, are seeking faculty members who wish to find a collaborator or explore new projects with the genetics faculty.

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Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., left, with William K. Scott, Ph.D.

International Study Reveals New Genetic Clues to Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Researchers from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute are part of a consortium that has significantly expanded the number of genetic factors known to play a role in age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of vision loss among people age 50 and older.

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