News and Events : 2012

Jeffery M. Vance, M.D., Ph.D.

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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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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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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What's in Your Genes?

Wednesday, October 31, 2012, University of Miami Biomedical Research Buidling, Third Floor, Room 381

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Juan Young, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, The Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics

Human Genetics and Genomics Seminar Series

Monday, October 15, 4:00p – 5:00p, TOPIC: “DNA Methylation Plasticity in the Mouse Brain”

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Want more information about the MS in Genomic Medicine?

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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Register now for a free genomics webinar

Register now for a FREE webinar at 11:00 am EST, Wednesday, October 10: “Rapid, High-Resolution Microfluidic Separations for Nucleic Acid Analysis”. DHG Research Assistant Professor, Toumy Guettouche, Ph.D., will serve as a panelist.

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Olaf A. Bodamer, M.D., Ph.D., FAAP, FACMG

Clinical News

Olaf A. Bodamer, M.D., Ph.D., FAAP, FACMG, an internationally recognized biochemical and medical geneticist at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has been appointed to be a clinical genomics section editor for Clinical and Translational Medicine (CTM).

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Louis J. “Skip” Elsas Jr., M.D.

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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William Scott, Ph.D.
Professor, Vice Chair for Education & Training

Human Genetics and Genomics Seminar Series

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

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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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The members of the team are, from left, Eugene Roberts, Ph.D., Ashley Beecham, M.S., Susan Blanton, Ph.D., Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., Tatjana Rundek, M.D., Ph.D., Liyong Wang, Ph.D., and Chuanhui Dong, Ph.D.

Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., and Multidisciplinary Team Awarded $2.8 Million to Study Cardiovascular Risks

Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., and a multidisciplinary team of Miller School investigators have received a $2.8 million grant from the NIH’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to search for genetic determinants of subclinical carotid disease, cardiac hypertrophy, and left atrial enlargement

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

June 7, 2012 – 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 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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Hussman Institute’s Historic Genomics Conference Focuses on Ending Disparities

June 4, 2012 – UM President Donna E. Shalala, who oversaw the Human Genome Project as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, opened the Miller School’s first conference aimed at ensuring that all populations benefit from the revolutionary promise of genomic medicine by embracing the summit’s theme of urgency.

“I agree that we can’t wait,” the President said, referring to the title of the May 31-June 1 gathering, “Why We Can’t Wait: Conference to Eliminate Health Disparities in Genomic Medicine,” presented by the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics. “We can’t wait because we’re about to get a different platform, because the health care system is going to change under our feet, and because it is the right thing to do and it’s going to transform medicine around the world.”

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Dementia: Making a Difference

May 23 – 2012: ‘Dementia: Making a Difference’ video report goes out this Thursday May 24, at 10pm on BBC2 Wales.

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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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