News and Events : 2011

Eckhard Podack, M.D., Ph.D.

Rising NIH Ranking Reflects the Miller School’s Growing Research Prowess

Enhancing the University’s growing reputation as a research institution, the Miller School of Medicine climbed two spots to No. 39 in the amount of highly coveted research funding awarded by the National Institutes of Health during the 2010-11 federal fiscal year.

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Human Genetics and Genomics Distinguished Speaker Series

Save the date: January 19, 2012

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Spinocerebellar Ataxia: Working towards a cure

Monday, December 19, 2011 at 2:00 PM: “Spinocerebellar Ataxia: Working towards a cure”

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Human Genetics and Genomics Seminar Series

Save The Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 4 p.m. “Human Genomics: From Carcinogenesis To Targeted Therapy”

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Book Signing

Save The Date: January 10, 2011 – Book Signing Featuring: Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D.

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Deborah Barbouth, M.D.

Testing for Jewish Genetic Diseases

December 7, 2011 -The Sun Sentinel included a story about the summit which quotes Deborah Barbouth, M.D., and Deborah Wasserman, M.S., of UM’s Victor Center for the Prevention of Jewish Genetic Diseases.

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Susan Blanton, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics

Human Genetics and Genomics Seminar Series

December 6, 2011 – “Genomic Medicine in the Sequencing Age”

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Doctors and researchers Pascal Goldschmidt, left, dean of UM School of Medicine, Margaret Pericak-Vance, and Evadnie Rampersaud examine a gene expression chip. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

GEAR in the news

November 24, 2011 – Can your genes help dictate a diet that lets you lose weight without cutting calories, and know in advance whether you’d get more benefit from bike riding than from long-distance running? UM researchers are looking into it

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Save The Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2012: “Human Genomics: From Carcinogenesis To Targeted Therapy”

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DHG to host seminar

November 15, 2011 – The Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics and John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics will host a seminar by Dana C. Crawford, Ph.D.

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Chairman, Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics
Professor of Neurology, Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics
Director of the Center for Genomic Medicine, John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics

Jeffery M. Vance, M.D., Ph.D., to give talk at the Covance satellite symposium

Sunday, November 13, 2011

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Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D.

UM Researchers Contribute to Landmark MS Study

Scientists have identified 29 new genetic variants linked to multiple sclerosis, providing key insights into the biology of an important and very debilitating neurological disease. Many of the genes implicated in the study are relevant to the immune system, shedding light onto the immunological pathways that underlie the development of multiple sclerosis.

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Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., received the 2011 Alzheimer’s Association Bengt Winblad Lifetime Achievement Award at a July 17 ceremony.

Miller School Geneticist Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award

The 2011 Alzheimer’s Association Bengt Winblad Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., director of the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics and the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Professor of Human Genomics, during a ceremony at the opening of the Alzheimer’s Association’s annual meeting on July 17.

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From the left are Stephan Zuchner, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of genetics; Julia Dallman, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology; Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., director, John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics; Byron Lam, M.D., professor of ophthalmology; and Rong Wen, Ph.D., research associate professor of ophthalmology.

UM Researchers Identify New Gene Causing Blindness

Researchers led by geneticists at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have identified a new gene that causes retinitis pigmentosa, a form of blindness, ending one South Florida family’s nearly 20-year search for what caused three of their four children to lose their sight.

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From left, Ren-Hua Chung, Ph.D.; John P. Hussman, Ph.D.; Anthony J. Griswold, Ph.D.; and Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D.

Economist Revolutionizes Mapping of Genetic Pathway for Autism

A son of physicians and an economist by trade, John P. Hussman, Ph.D., may seem like an unlikely lead author on a paper identifying a new genetic pathway in autism research. But Hussman, father to a 16-year-old boy with autism, applied the same statistical tools he uses to map out complex economic relationships to produce new research findings.

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From left, Deborah Barbouth, M.D., receives

Dr. Deborah Barbouth Receives “See the Light” Award

Deborah Barbouth, M.D., assistant professor in the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics and director of the University of Miami’s Victor Center for the Prevention of Jewish Genetic Diseases, was presented with the annual “See the Light” award from the Mathew Forbes Romer Foundation on January 9.

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