News and Events : 2014 : October

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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