News : 2014

JJ Vance Memorial Summer Internship in the news! New article from the Miami Herald

Many 17-year-olds in South Florida spend their summers at the beach, but students at the J.J. Vance summer internship program swap their swimsuits for lab coats as they work alongside two leading genetics researchers and their team at the University of Miami Miller School of

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Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D.

Miller School Human Geneticist’s Study Named One of Journal’s Classics

A publication by Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., Director of the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics and the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Professor of Human Genomics, was selected as one of the top ten classic studies ever published in the American Journal of Human Genetics (AJHG).

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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 and the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Professor of Human Genomics, on October 14 at the society’s World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics in Copenhagen, Denmark. The award honors a scientist who has made a major contribution to the advancement of the field of psychiatric genetics.

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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 in Biological and Computational Sciences, a program that provides high school students with the unique opportunity to be directly involved in scientific research

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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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Hussman Institute Co-Hosts Disparities Conference

More than 160 physicians and researchers representing a wide variety of disciplines and nationalities gathered in Washington, D.C., on September 4-5 for the third annual “Why We Can’t Wait: Conference to Eliminate Health Disparities in Genomic Medicine.”

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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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From left, Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., Carlos D. Bustamante, Ph.D., Kathleen Sebelius, Susan Hahn, M.S., C.G.C., and Joycelyn Lee, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Hussman Institute Co-Hosts Disparities Conference

More than 160 physicians and researchers representing a wide variety of disciplines and nationalities gathered in Washington, D.C., on September 4-5 for the third annual “Why We Can’t Wait: Conference to Eliminate Health Disparities in Genomic Medicine.” The conference, co-hosted by the Miller School and Stanford University School of Medicine, formally acknowledged the growing impact of health disparities on genomic medicine.

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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 and be directly involved in scientific research.

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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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Genetic Testing For Alzheimer's Disease: Is It Worth It?

Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, is a growing global health problem. It is seen in all populations and its prevalence is rising. About five million Americans currently have this devastating disease, and the number is expected to increase to more than 13 million by 2050. It’s also a terrifying prospect for any person who has ever watched a loved one suffer from the disease, or who fears that every lapse in memory is sign of Alzheimer’s.

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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.” A group of diverse stakeholders — clinicians, researchers, advocates, public health specialists, ethicists, community members, industry leaders, foundations and legislators — will gather September 4-5 at W Hotel in Washington, D.C., to focus on policy issues related to genomics and health disparities.

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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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From left, Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., Gary Beecham, Ph.D., and Eden Martin, Ph.D.

University of Miami Researchers Receive $12.6 Million NIH Grant to Study Geneticsof Alzheimer’s Di

Researchers from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics are part of a five-university collaboration receiving a $12.6 million, four-year grant from the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to identify rare genetic variants that may either protect against, or contribute to Alzheimer’s disease risk.

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University of Miami Researchers Receive $12.6 Million NIH Grant to Study Genetics of AD

Researchers from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics are part of a five-university collaboration receiving a $12.6 million, four-year grant from the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to identify rare genetic variants that may either protect against, or contribute to Alzheimer’s disease risk.

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UM-Based Latin American and Caribbean Neural Tube Defects Consortium Conducts Outreach

Researchers from the University of Miami Center for Latin American Studies and Hussman Institute for Human Genomics Aim to Develop Culturally Relevant Educational Programs on Genetic Medicine and Neural Tube Disorders

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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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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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