News and Events : 2015

Anat Galor, M.D., M.S.P.H., left, and Roy Levitt, M.D.

‘Dry Eye’ Linked to Chronic Pain Syndromes

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researchers have found a link between “dry eye” and chronic pain syndromes and mental health — a finding that suggests that a new paradigm is needed for diagnosis and treatment to improve patient outcomes.

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Stephan Züchner, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Stephan Züchner Receives Honorary Degree from Hungarian University

Stephan Züchner, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics and Co-Director of the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, has been awarded an honorary doctorate by Semmelweis University of Budapest, the oldest medical school in Hungary.

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Stephan Züchner Receives Honorary Degree from Hungarian University

Dr. Stephan Züchner Receives Honorary Degree from Hungarian University

Semmelweis University of Budapest, the oldest medical school in Hungary, presented the title of honorary doctor upon eight distinguished scientists and professors from all over the globe.

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Lluis Morey, Ph.D.

Sylvester Researcher Identifies Protein Driving Stem Cell Differentiation into Cardiac Cells

A genetics researcher at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has identified a protein that drives the development of embryonic stem cells into functional cardiac cells — a finding that could lead to a better understanding of heart disease.

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Ramin Shiekhattar, Ph.D.

Genetics Researcher at Sylvester Identifies Cellular Process Implicated in Cancer and Other Diseases

A Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center genetics researcher has identified a basic cellular process that could lead to new treatment strategies for cancer and other diseases. “We are deepening our understanding of the complex processes that turn genes ‘on and off’ in the development of both normal and abnormal tissues,” said Ramin Shiekhattar, Ph.D., Director of the Cancer Epigenetics Research Program.

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HIHG Researcher Featured On NIH Director's Blog

Joseph Foster, research associate at the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, was featured on NIH Director’s, Dr. Francis Collins, blog: LabTV: Curious About Genetics of Deafness.

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New Faculty Member

The Department of Human Genetics recently welcomed new faculty member, Dr. Lluis Morey…

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Back row from left, intern presenter Linda Shahin, recruiter Aaron Uhlenberg, intern presenters Carlotta Verita, Luis Fornes and Jonathan Lee. Front row from left, intern presenters Mariam Farag, Bruny Garcia, Mariana Gomez and Margherita Tonini, Margaret Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., Jeffery Vance, Ph.D., intern presenters Ismael Mercier, Daniel Dager, Jordan Ledgister and Franklin Zhang.

2015 JJ Vance Memorial Summer Interns Gain Valuable Research Experience

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics hosted 14 of South Florida’s top high school seniors for the 2015 JJ Vance Memorial Summer Internship in Biological and Computational Sciences. The program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to be directly involved in scientific research.

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Stephan L. Züchner, M.D.

Researchers Identify a Novel Disease Gene Causing Neurodegenerative Disorders

Researchers at the University of Miami have discovered and characterized a previously unknown disease gene linked to the degeneration of optic and peripheral nerve fibers. The study titled “Mutations in SLC25A46, encoding a UGO1-like protein, cause an optic atrophy spectrum disorder” is published in the journal Nature Genetics.

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Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., left, and Julia E. Dallman, Ph.D.

Zebrafish Research Provides Clues on Autism

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurological condition that affects approximately 2 percent of people around the world. Although several genes have been linked to multiple concurring conditions of ASD, the process that explains how specific genetic variants lead to behaviors characteristic of the disorder remains elusive.

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Stephan Züchner, M.D., Ph.D., professor of human genetics and neurology, interim chair of the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics, and coauthor of the study

Geneticists discover new gene associated with epileptic encephalopathy

Miller School researchers were part of an international team that identified a new gene linked to epileptic encephalopathy. Published March 9, 2015, in Nature Genetics, the researchers identified four different de novo mutations in the potassium channel gene KCNA2 that caused mild to severe epileptic encephalopathy by two different mechanisms, predicting either hyperexcitability or electrical silencing of the Kv1.2 potassium channel.

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