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Register Now for Neurology Update and Stroke Intensive 2014

ponsored by the Miller School and hosted by the Department of Neurology, the symposium “Neurology Update and Stroke Intensive 2014” will be held February 6-8 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mayfair Hotel, 3000 Florida Avenue, Miami.

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Members of the Miami Regional Coordinating Center are, from left, Italo Linfante, M.D., Baptist Health South Florida; Sayed Naqvi, M.D., Miami Children’s Hospital; Dileep R. Yavagal, M.D., Miller School; Bonnie E. Levin, Ph.D., Miller School; Miguel Perez-Pinzon, Ph.D., Miller School; Dushyantha Jayaweera, M.D., Miller School; Sebastian Koch, M.D., Miller School; Amy K. Starosciak, Ph.D., Baptist Health South Florida; Iszet Campo-Bustillo, M.P.H., CCRP, Miller School; Jose Romano, M.D., Miller School; Petra Kaufmann, M.D., MSc, National Institutes of Health; Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., Miller School; James N. Goldenberg, M.D., CPI, JFK Medical Center; Gillian Gordon-Perue, M.D., Jackson Memorial Hospital/Miller School; Ofelia A. Alvarez, M.D., Miller School; David Kushner, M.D., UM Rehabilitation Program at HealthSouth Miami; Amanda Coltes-Rojas, CIP, UM Human Subjects Research Office; and Jacob L. McCauley, Ph.D., Miller School.

Miller School Leads Miami Arm of NIH Stroke Network Set to Revolutionize Clinical Research

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has been named part of a national stroke network established by the National Institutes of Health to more quickly translate research discoveries to patients. Recognized for its excellence in the field of stroke prevention and treatment, the Miller School will lead the Miami Regional Coordinating Center (RCC).

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Ralph Sacco, M.D., M.S., and Tatjana Rundek, M.D., Ph.D.

Team Finds that Brushing Your Teeth Could Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke

Cardiovascular disease and stroke could be slowed down by taking care of your gums by brushing, flossing and regular dental visits. Miller School neurologists were co-authors of a study that shows for the first time that as gum health improves, progression of atherosclerosis slows to a clinically significant degree.

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UM President Donna E. Shalala presents Neurology Grand Rounds.

UM President Donna E. Shalala Receives Standing Ovation for Neurology Grand Rounds

UM President Donna E. Shalala presented Neurology Grand Rounds, “Views on Health Care Reform and the Impact on Academic Medical Centers,” Friday, November 8, in the Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education, Broad-Bussel Auditorium. Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., professor and Chair of Neurology and the Olemberg Family Chair in Neurological Disorders, invited President Shalala to speak to neurology residents and faculty.

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From left are Antoni Barrientos, Ph.D., Dasmanthie De Silva, Ph.D. candidate, and Flavia Fontanesi, Ph.D.

A DEAD-Box Protein Functions in the Assembly of the Mitochondrial Ribosome

Proteins in a cell are universally synthesized by ribosomes. Mitochondria, the powerhouses of the cell, contain their own ribosomes, which specialize in synthesizing a handful of proteins (8 in yeast, 13 in human cells). These proteins are required for the generation of chemical energy in the form of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) by the process of oxidative phosphorylation.

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Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., right, speaks to World Stroke Day participants, including Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, at a Miami City Commission meeting.

Neurologists Participate in World Stroke Day Events

Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado presented Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., professor and Chair of Neurology and the Olemberg Family Chair in Neurological Disorders, with a proclamation declaring October 29 as World Stroke Day in Miami at a Miami City Commission meeting.

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Mary Bartlett Bunge, Ph.D., is the sixth UM faculty member to be elected to the Institute of Medicine.

The Miami Project’s Mary Bartlett Bunge Elected to the Institute of Medicine

Mary Bartlett Bunge, Ph.D., professor of cell biology, neurological surgery and neurology at the Univerisity of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine, an extraordinary honor that reflects the height of professional achievement and commitment to service in health and medicine.

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Team UM members are, from left, back row, Flor Delgado, Freddy Trujillo, Jose Cid, George Dumenigo, LCSW, Carlos Singer, M.D., Martha Guarin, Lorena Maldonado, Anita Blenke, Rianna Blenke, and Angela Russell, ARNP, Ph.D.; and middle row, Roxana Bustamante, Lissette Perez, Rebecca Lee, Bonnie Singer, Corneliu Luca, M.D., and son Daniel; and sitting, Catherine Jaramillo and daughter Aryelle.

Neurology Team Participates in National Parkinson Foundation’s “Moving Day Miami”

For the second year, a team from the Department of Neurology Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center participated in “Moving Day Miami,” the National Parkinson Foundation’s annual walk to help raise awareness and essential research funds for Parkinson’s disease.

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Zane Zeier, Ph.D, Claes Wahlestedt, M.D., Ph.D., and Michael Benatar, M.D., Ph.D.

Defense Department Awards ALS Drug Development Grant to Miller School Researchers

A new drug development grant from the U.S. Department of Defense will allow researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine to study potential treatments for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a neurological degenerative condition commonly called Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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Members of the Miller School's IChip team are, from left, Jacob McCauley, Ph.D., Ioanna Konidari, Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., Athena Hadjixenofontos, Ashley Beecham, Patrice Whitehead, Silvia Delgado, M.D., Sandra West, and Clara (Patricia) Manrique.

Researchers Uncover 48 New Genetic Variants Associated with Multiple Sclerosis

Scientists of the International Multiple Sclerosis Genetics Consortium (IMSGC) have identified an additional 48 genetic variants influencing the risk of developing multiple sclerosis. This work nearly doubles the number of known genetic risk factors and thereby provides additional key insights into the biology of this debilitating neurological condition.

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Stephan Züchner, M.D., Ph.D., welcomes firefighters from across Miami-Dade County to the Biomedical Research Building, where they kicked off their annual drive to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Firefighters Launch Annual Boot Drive for Muscular Dystrophy at the Miller School

Greater Miami’s firefighters announced their annual Labor Day weekend “Fill the Boot” Drive that benefits the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) with a kick-off event at the Biomedical Research Building last week that showcased the Miller School’s neurological research and featured a testimonial from a grateful patient.

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Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S.

Neurology Chair Joins NIH National Advisory Council

Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., professor and Chair of Neurology and the Olemberg Family Chair in Neurological Disorders, has been appointed to the NIH’s National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council, the principal advisory body to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).

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Surrounding the Retinal Functional Imager, which produced the human retinal capillary perfusion map displayed on the screen, are, from left, Delia Cabrera DeBuc, Ph.D., Hong Jiang, M.D., Ph.D., Jianhua (Jay) Wang, M.D., Ph.D., and Aizhu Tao, M.D., M.Sc.

New Approach to Mapping Retinal Blood Vessels Advances Understanding of Vascular Diseases

A breakthrough Miller School study on mapping the network of small blood vessels in the retina may lead to improved clinical management of central nervous system, systemic and ocular vascular diseases. The study was led by Hong Jiang, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of ophthalmology at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.

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Ricardo Komotar, M.D.

Miller School Offers Brain Cancer Vaccine to Recurrent Cases

A revolutionary brain cancer vaccine clinical trial once limited to patients with newly diagnosed glioblastoma multiforme is now offered to UHealth patients with a recurrent brain tumor. As in the original study, the patient’s own tumor cells are used to develop the vaccine that is designed to target the immune system, offering hope to those with the most common and aggressive form of brain tumor.

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The study authors are, from left, Milena Pinto, Ph.D., Carlos T. Moraes, Ph.D., Sandra R. Bacman, Ph.D., Siôn L. Williams, Ph.D., and Susana Peralta, Ph.D.

Breakthrough DNA Study Opens Door to New Treatments for Mitochondrial Diseases

A groundbreaking cellular genetics study led by Carlos T. Moraes, Ph.D., professor of neurology and cell biology, opens the door to potential new treatments for mitochondrial diseases that affect the nerves, muscles and vital organs.

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Alberto R. Ramos, M.D., M.S.P.H., and Natasa Strbo, M.D., Ph.D.

CTSI Awards Career Development Grants to Two Junior Investigators

The Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) has awarded grants to two Miller School researchers for its Mentored Translational Research Scholars Program (K12), which helps junior faculty become successful independent investigators

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From left, Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D., James D. Wilkinson, M.D., M.P.H., and Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S.

Miller School Experts Contribute to JAMA Study on Growing U.S. Disease Burden

From ischemic heart disease to diabetes to interpersonal violence, the United States fares worse than its economic peers around the world in nearly every major cause of premature death, according to a study published online July 10 in the Journal of the American Medical Association by a global collaborative of scientists that includes three Miller School experts.

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Investigators on the stroke study include, seated from left, Jose Romano, M.D., Ralph Sacco, M.D., M.S., Tatjana Rundek, M.D., Ph.D., and, standing from left, Edison A. Sabala, M.B.A., M.P.H., Erin Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Chuanhui Dong, Ph.D.

Miller School Receives $3.7 Million NIH Grant for Collaboration to Reduce Stroke Disparities

The Miller School of Medicine is launching a new Florida Puerto Rico Collaboration to Reduce Stroke Disparities funded by a $3.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). “Our mission is to improve the treatment and prevention of stroke among Hispanics,” said principal investigator Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., professor and chair of neurology, and Olemberg Family Chair of Neurological Disorders.

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Margaret Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., third from left, with members of the Hussman Institute's outreach team, from left, Larry Deon Adams, Doris Caldwell, and Krystal Murphy.

Researchers Identify New Gene Associated with Alzheimer’s Disease in African Americans

Miller School researchers collaborated with an international team to identify a new gene associated with Alzheimer’s disease in African Americans. Published April 10 in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association, their study provides new directions for biological, genetic and therapeutic studies of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Thomas Hughes, center, receives the AAN Minority Scholarship from John Mazziotta, M.D., Ph.D., Chair of the American Brain Foundation's Board of Trustees, left, and Charles Flippen, M.D., Chair of the AAN Foundation's Minority Scholars Program.

Miller School Students Shine at American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting

Three Miller School students were recognized at the American Academy of Neurology 2013 Annual Meeting in San Diego. Thomas Hughes is the first Miller School student to be awarded the AAN Minority Scholarship, while Christine Greer received the AAN SIGN (Student Interest Group in Neurology) Scholarship, and Kevin Fu was recognized for his superior work and statistical analysis on the project he shared with Hughes.

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Eight-year-old Sloan Atkins stands in front of The Miami Project Spinal Cord Injury exhibit, where she made a spinal cord out of licorice and gummy brains.

Fourth Annual Brain Fair at the Miami Science Museum Attracts More Than 3,000 Kids

Another record crowd came out for this year’s Brain Fair at the Miami Science Museum, organized by University of Miami scientists and colleagues from several other institutions. The free science event drew more than 3,000 children of all ages who learned how the brain works through an array of hands-on activities.

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Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., left, and Clinton Wright, M.D., M.S.

Study Finds Cold Sore Virus May Cause Memory Problems

Miller School researchers led by Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., professor and Chair of Neurology, collaborated on a study that found the virus that causes cold sores, along with other viral or bacterial infections, may be associated with cognitive problems.

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Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S.

Miller School Neurology Chair Coauthors AHA Guide to Combat Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke

The Miller School’s Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., the first neurologist to serve as president of the national American Heart Association, coauthored the AHA’s new recommendations for policymakers and public health providers to combat heart disease and stroke at the local level.

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Michael Benatar, M.D., Ph.D.

ALS Expert Helps Discover New Genetic Causes for Multi-System Degenerative Disorder

An international team of researchers that included the Miller School’s Michael Benatar, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of neurology, has discovered two new genetic causes of a multi-system degenerative disorder that typically affects the brain, muscle and bone, and that also may cause amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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Roy and Lynn Roden, and their dogs Oliver and Samantha, end their cross-country bike tour on the Miller School campus.

Parkinson’s Patient Credits UHealth Doctors for His Cross-Country Bike Trek

To cheers, honking horns and loud applause, Roy Roden and his wife Lynn pedaled their bikes to the Schoninger Research Quadrangle on the Miller School campus Friday, completing a 4,500-mile ride that started in Seattle last November to raise awareness and research funds for Parkinson’s disease.

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From left are the Miller School's Ralph Sacco, M.D., M.S., and McKnight Foundation trustees J. Lee Dockery, M.D., Nina Ellenbogen Raim, M.D., J.D., Robert M. Wah, M.D., and Melanie A. Cianciotto, and behind her, the Miller School’s Clinton Wright, M.D., M.S., and trustees Henry “Hank” H. Raattama, Jr., J.D., and Gene R. Ryerson, M.D.

McKnight Brain Institute Highlights Research and Education Accomplishments

The Board of Trustees of the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Research Foundation returned to the Miller School of Medicine last week for an update on the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute’s ongoing and new research into the causes and treatment of age-related cognitive disorders of the brain.

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Dileep R. Yavagal, M.D.

First Stroke Patients in Florida Treated in UM Stem Cell Trial

The first two stroke patients have been enrolled in a phase 2 clinical trial of a revolutionary new treatment for ischemic stroke being conducted at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. The trial, using a patient’s own bone marrow stem cells, is the first intra-arterial stroke stem cell trial in the U.S., and the two UM/Jackson patients are the first in Florida to participate.

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