News and Events : 2012 : June

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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