News and Events : 2018

From left, Farid Rajabli, Ph.D., Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., and Gary W. Beecham, Ph.D.

Researchers Explain Differences in Alzheimer’s Disease Risk

When it comes to the chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease, what is it that makes the same DNA change or allele (a specific version of a gene) very risky for some people, but less so for others? That’s the question scientists at the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics in the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine were determined to answer.

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Patients will be seen by UM clinicians and genetics experts, who will perform in-depth and comprehensive clinical examinations, as well as cutting-edge genomics investigations, including whole genome sequencing.

Miller School Becomes a Site for NIH’s Undiagnosed Diseases Network

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is among five new academic medical sites across the nation that have joined the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN) and been awarded a grant by the agency to improve and accelerate the diagnosis of rare and undiagnosed conditions. The new awards, announced September 24, are part of the second phase of the agency’s expansion of the network.

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From left, Edward Abraham, M.D., Alan Zhou, M.D., Wendy Liu, M.D. ’14, Xue Zhong Liu, M.D., seated, Henri R. Ford, M.D., MHA, Li Lin Du, Fred F. Telischi, M.D., MEE.

Dr. Xue Zhong Liu Honored with Marian and Walter Hotchkiss Chair in Otolaryngology

In honor of his landmark research identifying the genes that cause deafness and its translation to patient care, Xue Zhong Liu, M.D., Ph.D., was recently honored with the Marian and Walter Hotchkiss Chair in Otolaryngology. Dr. Liu — an internationally renowned researcher, author, educator, and otolaryngologist — received the chair August 30 during a ceremony at the Lois Pope LIFE Center.

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The All of Us Journey bus will visit UM campuses.

National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Journey Bus Bringing Exhibit to Miller School and Lennar

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and The Lennar Foundation Medical Center will host the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Journey bus — a traveling, hands-on exhibit that raises awareness about the All of Us Research Program — on the medical campus in front of the Lois Pope LIFE Center on September 13, and at the Lennar Foundation Medical Center on UM’s Coral Gables campus on September 14.

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Gianluca Iacobellis, M.D., Ph.D., speaking at the ESC Conference in Vienna.

Researcher Reports Diagnostic, Prognostic and Therapeutic Promise of Epicardial Fat at Conference

When it comes to screening and modifying risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease, research on epicardial fat is getting to the heart of the matter. This organ-specific fat has a unique genetic profile and dictates important local and systemic effects throughout the body.

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Dr. Alta Charo: Human Genetics Grand Rounds

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Master of Science in Genomic Medicine Capstone Poster Symposium 2018

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Miller School of Medicine Rises in NIH Research Grant Funding

The Miller School of Medicine received $120.7 million in research grants from the National Institutes of Health in Federal Fiscal Year 2017 — a $9.5 million increase over the school’s FFY 2016 total. According to the national rankings of medical schools based on data compiled by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, that total made the Miller School the No. 1 NIH-funded institution in Florida.

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Sylvester Researchers Discover New Pathway Linking Inflammation and Cancer

A team of researchers at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, collaborating with outside investigators, has discovered a new pathway of inflammation-driven cancer development. Their findings, “Initiation of Inflammatory Tumorigenesis by CTLA4 Insufficiency Due to Type 2 Cytokines,” were published online on January 26 by the Journal of Experimental Medicine.

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Researchers discovered a direct link between G protein-coupled receptors and DNA demethylation.

Link between Environment and DNA May Have Implications for Human Health and Diseases

Researchers from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics and The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, in collaboration with colleagues from other institutions, have discovered a direct link between G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) and DNA demethylation — an important finding that could be implicated in human health and diseases.

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