The UHealth Sleep Center will move this January from the National Parkinson Foundation to a newly renovated facility at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.
News : 2012
In a study published in the December issue of Cell Metabolism, Miller School scientists have uncovered a system that regulates the formation of the terminal oxidase protein complex required for cellular respiration. The system involves a heme-mediated oxygen sensing mechanism that also was found to regulate the mitochondrial respiratory chain’s function as the powerhouse of the cell.
Just days before Thanksgiving, a Broward County couple proclaimed their heartfelt gratitude for the “dream team” of Miller School doctors who saved the lives of their newborn triplets, as well as their mother, at the University of Miami at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Andrea and Anthony Temperino’s three sons were born after not one, but two health scares that could have claimed the lives of Andrea and her unborn children.
Dileep Yavagal, M.D., assistant professor of clinical neurology and neurosurgery and Director of Interventional Neurology, is conducting a phase 2 clinical trial of a revolutionary new treatment for ischemic stroke derived from a patient’s own bone marrow stem cells.
Recognizing the contributions of UM’s concussion experts and a high school soccer player lucky enough to be one of their patients, Governor Rick Scott visited The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis last week to officially sign into law a bill designed to safeguard Florida’s youth athletes from the potentially devastating consequences of brain injuries suffered on the playing field.
Joined by family, colleagues and supporters, Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., Miller Professor and Chair of Neurology, was presented the Olemberg Family Chair in Neurological Disorders at a ceremony on Thursday, September 13.
As UHealth continues to build and expand its clinical practice, UHealth experts are now available at the newly opened UHealth Plantation. Located in central Broward County in the Crossroads Office Park, UHealth Plantation is just minutes from I-595 and University Drive, providing easy access to high-quality care and services in one central location.
The Department of Neurology has received a $400,000 boost for Alzheimer’s research, thanks to the Barbara M. diTullio and Martin A. Fleischman Alzheimer’s Research Endowed Fund.
Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., and a multidisciplinary team of Miller School investigators have received a $2.8 million grant from the NIH’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to search for genetic determinants of subclinical carotid disease, cardiac hypertrophy, and left atrial enlargement
With the ultimate goal of accelerating the discovery of drugs to regenerate or protect nerves after spinal cord injury, Miller School researchers have received a $2.5 million grant to develop a novel database to enable neuroscientists to search the voluminous and growing number of studies related to nervous system repair, and link relevant data from those studies to other resources.
Miller School researchers led by Antoni Barrientos, Ph.D., associate professor of neurology and biochemistry and molecular biology, discovered that cellular respiration controls chronological life span and its extension by caloric restriction in yeast models of aging of non-dividing cells.
In recognition of his outstanding efforts supporting heart disease and stroke awareness and education, Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., Olemberg Professor and Chairman of Neurology, has been named one of 20 “Champions of Heart & Stroke” by the American Heart Association New York City chapter.
Underscoring the body’s remarkable ability to protect itself, Miller School researchers have published two studies that indicate the brain and heart each create a localized state of hypothyroidism to decrease energy metabolism during a stroke or heart attack.
In honor of National Bike Month this May, UM’s BikeSafe team joined hundreds of students, parents, teachers, local police and Miami Dolphins mascot T.D. at Hialeah Gardens Middle School for the first National Bike to School Day on May 9.
The first physician in South Florida to use the newly FDA-approved Solitaire FR revascularization device, Dileep R. Yavagal, M.D., successfully removed blood clots from the brain of a stroke patient, restoring blood flow and mobility.
Tatjana Rundek, M.D., Ph.D., professor of neurology, has been elected to the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission’s Vascular Testing Board of Directors. Her tenure will last at least four years.
When Francisca Diaz, Ph.D., research assistant professor of neurology, and Carlos T. Moraes, Ph.D., professor of neurology and cell biology, developed a genetically modified mouse with a defective enzyme (cytochrome oxidase) responsible for energy production inside cells, their main interest was to study human diseases in which this enzyme is defective.
Clinton B. Wright, M.D., M.S., associate professor of neurology and scientific director of the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute, has been awarded a four-year $1.3 million grant from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health to examine mineral metabolism as a risk factor for stroke, subclinical small and large vessel injury, and cognitive decline.
Building on an already nationally recognized body of work, Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., Olemberg Family Chair in Neurological Disorders and Leonard M. Miller Professor of Neurology, Epidemiology and Human Genetics, is the recipient of the 2012 Robert Wartenberg Lecture Award presented by the American Academy of Neurology.
On April 27, Miami Marlins President David Samson will host a “Run to Honor the Workers,” a 50-mile run from Pompano Beach to Miami to commemorate the 5,000 construction workers who labored for three years to build the new Marlins Park and raise $500,000 for 10 organizations, including the UM Multiple Sclerosis Center of Excellence.
A record number of school children celebrated Brain Awareness Week with University of Miami scientists at the Brain Fair 2012 on Saturday, March 17, at the Miami Science Museum.
Corneliu Luca, M.D., Ph.D., the Miller School’s movement disorder fellow and neurology instructor, has been awarded a 2012 American Academy of Neurology Clinical Research Training Fellowship to test a possible medication for patients with Parkinson’s disease who have impaired gait.
Some 380 guests from South Florida and beyond attended the 50th Anniversary Gala of the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Neurology on Saturday, February 25, at The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach. Amid socializing, dining, dancing, and entertainment by comedian and television personality Jay Leno, attendees learned about the Miller School’s long legacy of neurological excellence.
Consumption of a Mediterranean-style diet is associated with a reduced white matter hyperintesity volume, a marker of small vessel damage in the brain, according to a study led by Miller School researchers, which was published in the February issue of Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
People who drink diet soft drinks on a daily basis may be at increased risk of suffering vascular events such as stroke, heart attack, and vascular death, according to a new study led by Hannah Gardener, Sc.D., epidemiologist in the Miller School’s Department of Neurology.