News and Events : 2014

Mustafa Tekin, M.D.

Dr. Mustafa Tekin to Lead Division of Clinical and Translational Genetics

Mustafa Tekin, M.D., professor of human genetics, has been named Chief of the Division of Clinical and Translational Genetics in the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics. Tekin assumed his new role November 17.

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Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from James Potash, M.D., International Society of Psychiatric Genetics Awards Committee Chair.

Miller School Human Geneticist Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

A leading human geneticist at the Miller School has been honored for her lifelong contribution to psychiatric disease research. The 2014 Snow and Ming Tsuang Lifetime Achievement Award, bestowed by the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics (ISPG), was presented to Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., Director of the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics.

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JJ Vance internship team members are, from left, Aaron Uhlenberg, Larry Adams, Andrea Pace-Gonzalez, Derek Dykxhoorn, Ph.D., Jeffery M. Vance, M.D., Ph.D., Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., and Anthony Griswold, Ph.D.

JJ Vance Memorial Summer Internship Becomes NIH-Funded Program

Jeffery M. Vance, M.D., Ph.D., professor of human genetics and neurology and Director of the Center for Genomic Education and Outreach at the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, received a $500,000 five-year summer training grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to expand the annual JJ Vance Memorial Summer Internship

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Gaofeng Wang, Ph.D.

Miller School Geneticist Wins NIH “EUREKA” Award for Innovative Diabetic Neuropathy Research

Gaofeng Wang, Ph.D., associate professor of human genetics and Director of the Division for Functional Genomics at the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, has been awarded $800,000 for a four-year grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for an innovative research project on diabetic neuropathy.

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From left are Claes Wahlestedt, M.D., Ph.D., Jacob McCauley, Ph.D., Michael Benatar, M.D., Ph.D., Rebecca Schüle, M.D., Zane Zeier, Ph.D., Stephan Züchner, M.D., Ph.D., and Evadnie Rampersaud, Ph.D.

NIH Funds ALS Research Consortium Headed by UM Neurologist

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health, have awarded University of Miami Miller School of Medicine neurologist Michael Benatar, M.D., Ph.D., a $6.24 million cooperative agreement award to establish a Rare Diseases Clinical Research Consortium that will study amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

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Michael Gonzalez, left, and Stephan Züchner, M.D., Ph.D.

Miller School Researchers Discover New Rare Neuromuscular Disease

An international team of researchers led by geneticists at the Miller School of Medicine has discovered a completely new inherited neuromuscular disorder caused by a genetic mutation that interferes with the communication between nerves and muscles, and results in impaired muscle control.

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2014 JJ Vance Memorial Summer Interns are, from left, Diana Milton, Alina Andrews, Jeffery Ferguson, Antonio Menarde, Julia Keyes, Blake Thomas, Camille Dulin, Giovanni Chiarella, Janel Weatherly, Dorothy Alexis, and Jewly Fleuristil.

JJ Vance Internship Program Immerses High Schoolers in Biological and Computational Sciences

Eleven of South Florida’s brightest high school seniors successfully completed a challenging eight-week summer internship program at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics. The 2014 JJ Vance Memorial Summer Internship in Biological and Computational Sciences provided the students a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience.

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Conference Seeks Ways to Eliminate Health Disparities in Genomic Medicine

To formally acknowledge the growing impact of health disparities on genomic medicine translation and to find solutions, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Stanford University School of Medicine will host the third annual “Why We Can’t Wait: Conference to Eliminate Health Disparities in Genomic Medicine.”

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Mustafa Tekin, M.D.

Newly Discovered Gene Mutation is Linked to Hereditary Deafness

Researchers led by geneticists at the Miller School have discovered a new gene mutation that causes hearing loss. Their study, which focused on a large Turkish family in which six individuals have been affected by hereditary deafness, identified a mutated form of the gene FAM65B as a cause of sensorineural hearing loss.

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Vence L. Bonham, J.D.

Distinguished NIH Officer to Present First Human Genetics Grand Rounds

The Miller School is proud to welcome Vence L. Bonham, J.D., Senior Advisor to the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) Director on Genomics and Health Disparities and Chief of the Education and Community Involvement Branch, for its inaugural Human Genetics Grand Rounds on Thursday, April 17, at noon at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Jose Berrocal Auditorium.

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Xue Zhong Liu, M.D., Ph.D.

Physician-Scientist Wins NIH Grant to Find Susceptibility Genes for Age-Related Hearing Loss

The Miller School’s Xue Zhong Liu, M.D., Ph.D., professor of otolaryngology, human genetics, pediatrics and biochemistry, has received a five-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to identify specific genetic variants that infer susceptibility to age-related hearing loss, or Presbycusis.

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Yosef Itzhak, Ph.D.

Research Finds Long-Term Methamphetamine Exposure in Mice Affects Offspring

A study by three Miller School researchers has found that long-term methamphetamine exposure in mice affects the cognitive development, behavioral characteristics and epigenetics in the hippocampus of their offspring — possibly for generations.

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Gaofeng Wang, Ph.D.

Journal Names Miller Researchers’ Paper on Vitamin C One of Year’s Best

A publication by researchers at the Miller School was named one of the best papers published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry (JBC) in 2013. The JBC’s editorial board selected the paper, “Ascorbate induces Ten-eleven translocation (Tet) methylcytosine dioxygenase-mediated generation of 5-hydroxymethylcytosine,” as one of the top 22 papers from more than 4,000 that the journal had published last year.

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Pictured from Left: Mathew Chereckal, John Carr, Gabrielle Fisher, Madhuri Nagaraj, Bryce McClure, Laura Bloom, Ruslan Garcia, Samuel Cohen, Clark Murray, Samantha Abel, Erin Ong, Marie Sharpe

In its 2nd year, the M.D./M.S. program welcomes 12 medical students

The Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics welcomed 12 medical students to the second year of its Master of Science in Genomic Medicine program, more than doubling the class size from its inaugural year. The Master of Science in Genomic Medicine is a program unique to the University of Miami that gives medical students the opportunity to obtain a Master of Science in Genomic Medicine during the same four years they earn their medical degree.

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