News and Events : 2013 : April

Jennifer J. Hu, Ph.D., left, and Evadnie Rampersaud, Ph.D.

Researchers Identify “Obesity Genes” Among People of African Ancestry

An international team of researchers, including three from the Miller School, has discovered new regions of the human genome that influence obesity in people of African ancestry, as well as others. Contributing to the study from the Miller School were Jennifer J. Hu, Ph.D., Evadnie Rampersaud, Ph.D., and Jorge L. Rodriguez Gil, B.S.

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Margaret Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., third from left, with members of the Hussman Institute's outreach team, from left, Larry Deon Adams, Doris Caldwell, and Krystal Murphy.

Researchers Identify New Gene Associated with Alzheimer’s Disease in African Americans

Miller School researchers collaborated with an international team to identify a new gene associated with Alzheimer’s disease in African Americans. Published April 10 in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association, their study provides new directions for biological, genetic and therapeutic studies of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Mustafa Tekin, M.D.

Researchers Identify Gene that Causes Deafness and Myopia

Miller School researchers co-led an international study to identify a new genetic syndrome characterized by deafness, the most common human sensory disorder, and myopia (nearsightedness), the most common human eye disorder. Published online April 1 in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, the study demonstrates that the SLITRK6 protein plays a critical role in the development of normal hearing and vision in humans and mice.

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