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News : 2012

A worker helps ready the sleep center’s new home at Bascom Palmer.

UHealth Sleep Center Is Moving to Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

The UHealth Sleep Center will move this January from the National Parkinson Foundation to a newly renovated facility at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.

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Antoni Barrientos, Ph.D.

Researchers Discover Mechanism Linked to Cellular Respiration

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.

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Andrea Temperino holds Austyn while husband Anthony holds Alexander and Ashton.

Parents of Triplets Thank Physician “Dream Team”

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.

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Dileep Yavagal, M.D., is conducting the first intra-arterial stroke stem cell trial in the U.S. at the Miller School.

Interventional Neurologist Dileep Yavagal, M.D., Tests Potential New Stem Cell Stroke Therapy

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.

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Surrounding Miami Project President Marc Buoniconti, seated, are, from left, Barth A. Green, M.D., Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Gillian Hotz, Ph.D., Governor Rick Scott, UM President Donna E. Shalala, student David Goldstein, and state Senator Anitere Flores.

Governor Scott Celebrates State’s New Concussion Protections at Miami Project

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.

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Accepting the Olemberg Family Chair in Neurological Disorders, Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., left, sits next to Nieves Olemberg. Standing, from left, are President Donna E. Shalala, Norman Braman, Isaac Olemberg, Walter G. Bradley, M.D., professor and chair emeritus of neurology, and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

Olemberg Chair Presented to Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S.

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.

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UHealth Expands in Plantation

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.

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Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., left, and Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., right, hold the oversized check presented by Lewis Ress, center.

Alzheimer’s Research at the Miller School Gets $400,000 Boost

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.

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The members of the team are, from left, Eugene Roberts, Ph.D., Ashley Beecham, M.S., Susan Blanton, Ph.D., Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., Tatjana Rundek, M.D., Ph.D., Liyong Wang, Ph.D., and Chuanhui Dong, Ph.D.

Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., and Multidisciplinary Team Awarded $2.8 Million to Study Cardiovascular Risks

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

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From left, Stephan Schürer, Ph.D., Vance Lemmon, Ph.D., Ubbo Visser, Ph.D., and John L. Bixby, Ph.D.

Miller School Researchers to Create World Database for Nervous System Repair

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.

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Antoni Barrientos, Ph.D.

Role of Mitochondrial Function in Aging Process Discovered

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.

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Ralph L. Sacco, M.D.

New York City American Heart Association Names Dr. Ralph L. Sacco a “Champion of Heart and Stroke"

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.

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Antonio C. Bianco, M.D., Ph.D.

Studies Show Brain and Heart Cells Control Thyroid Hormone for Self-Protection

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.

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Maria Sanchez, a teacher at Hialeah Gardens Middle School, leads a group of students on National Bike to School Day.

Miller School’s BikeSafe Program Promotes National Bike to School Day

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.

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Dileep R. Yavagal, M.D.

Dr. Dileep R. Yavagal First in South Florida to Use FDA-Approved Stroke Device

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.

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Tatjana Rundek, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Tatjana Rundek Elected to Intersocietal Accreditation Commission Board

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.

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Carlos T. Moraes, Ph.D., left and Francisca Diaz, Ph.D.

Miller School Mouse Models Used in Glial Cell Study

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.

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Clinton B. Wright, M.D., M.S.

UM Neurologist Awarded $1.3 Million NIH Grant to Study Stroke Risk Factor

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.

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Lisa De Angelis, M.D., chairman of the AAN’s Science Committee, presents Ralph Sacco, M.D., with the Robert Wartenberg Lecture Award.

Miller School Neurology Chair Honored by National Academy for Stroke Research

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.

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Miami Marlins Run Honors Workers and Benefits UM’s Multiple Sclerosis Center

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.

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FIU student Chrissy Wong explains the differences between human and animal brains to attendees at the 2012 Brain Fair.

More than 2,000 Kids Attend 3rd Annual Brain Fair at the Miami Science Museum

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.

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Corneliu Luca, M.D., Ph.D.

Parkinson’s Researcher Wins Grant to Identify New Therapy for Gait Impairment

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.

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Celebrating 50 years of excellence are, from left, Ralph Sacco, M.D., M.S., UM President Donna E. Shalala, Mark and Janet Levy, Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and Cindy and Tom Feltenstein.

Hundreds Celebrate Department of Neurology’s 50th Anniversary

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.

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Clinton Wright, M.D., M.S.

Mediterranean Diet Linked to Reduced Small Vessel Damage in the Brain

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.

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Hannah Gardener, Sc.D.

UM Study Finds Possible Link Between Diet Soda and Vascular Risks

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.

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