News and Events : 2012 : November

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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