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News : 2016

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

UM and Orphazyme Announce Successful Phase II Trial of Arimoclomol in ALS Patients

Arimoclomol, a heat shock protein-based therapy, shows promise for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, based on the results of a phase II trial initiated and led by Michael Benatar, M.D., Ph.D., professor of neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The study showed the drug is safe and well tolerated, with preliminary evidence of efficacy.

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From left, Jonathan R. Wolpaw, M.D., W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D., Ozcan Ozdamar, Ph.D., and Daniel S. Rizzuto, Ph.D.

University of Miami Hosts First Neural Engineering Symposium

The University of Miami hosted its first Neural Engineering Symposium on October 13 to promote collaborations among research, educational, and industry programs for this rapidly growing discipline. Ozcan Ozdamar, Ph.D., professor and chair of the College of Engineering’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, and W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D., Scientific Director of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis were Co-Directors.

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Department of Neurology Hosts 2016 Bugher Center of Excellence in Stroke Meeting

The Miller School of Medicine Department of Neurology’s American Stroke Association-Bugher Center of Excellence in Stroke Collaborative Research hosted the 2016 Annual Bugher Center of Excellence Meeting October 20 and 21. The event celebrated the center’s third year of funding from the Henrietta B. and Frederick H. Bugher Foundation.

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

Dr. Ralph Sacco Receives 2016 World Stroke Organization Award

Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., professor and Chairman of Neurology and Olemberg Family Chair in Neurological Disorders at the Miller School of Medicine, was recently honored with the World Stroke Organization’s President’s 2016 Award for Global Stroke Leadership. The prestigious award was presented on Thursday, October 27, at the WSO’s 10th World Stroke Congress in Hyderabad, India.

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This unique CBD and NMDA antagonist compound will impact the CB2 and NMDA cell receptors (pictured), reversing the effects of concussion through a reduction of immune response, decreasing brain inflammation.

Could a Pill Treat Concussion?

The goal of finding a treatment for concussion may be one step closer due to a new study being launched by University of Miami researchers. As part of a $16 million research grant from Scythian Biosciences, researchers at the University’s Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and Miller School of Medicine will begin studying whether a simple pill could someday be a solution to the growing concussion epidemic.

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

Dr. Ralph Sacco Receives 2016 World Stroke Organization Award

Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., professor and Chairman of Neurology and Olemberg Family Chair in Neurological Disorders at the Miller School of Medicine, was recently honored with the World Stroke Organization’s President’s 2016 Award for Global Stroke Leadership. The prestigious award was presented on Thursday, October 27, at the WSO’s 10th World Stroke Congress in Hyderabad, India.

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Bernard S. Baumel, M.D.

Alzheimer’s Association Funds Innovative Stem Cell Trial Led by UHealth Neurologist

A first-of-its-kind trial using stem cells in Alzheimer’s disease patients that is led by UHealth – the University of Miami Health System and sponsored by Miami-based life sciences company Longeveron LLC, has received a $1 million award from the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Sara J. Czaja, Ph.D.

Dr. Sara J. Czaja Elected to the Executive Council of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Sara J. Czaja, Ph.D., Leonard M. Miller Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Center on Aging at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has been elected to a four-year term on the Executive Council of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

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From left, Terrence L. Cascino, M.D., President, and Catherine Rydell, CEO, both of American Academy of Neurology, and Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S.

Dr. Ralph L. Sacco Participates in White House Event on Heart Health

An internationally renowned expert in stroke prevention, Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., professor and Chairman of Neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, participated in a forum on heart health at the White House on September 9. It was part of the “Making Health Care Better” series focusing on cardiovascular health,

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Back row, from left, Cathy Rosenberg, Ricardo J. Komotar, M.D., Macarena de la Fuente, M.D., Suzy Selby and Allan D. Levi, M.D. Front row, from left, Nancy and Stanley Engle.

Pledge Will Provide Advocate for Brain Tumor Patients

Spurred on by first-hand experience, Stanley and Nancy Engle recently made a generous commitment to help ease the difficulties facing brain tumor patients. The couple announced a $400,000 gift for a joint initiative of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine known as the UM Brain Tumor Initiative.

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Noriyuki Kasahara, M.D., Ph.D.

Ingenious Brain Tumor Therapy Found Safe and Effective in Early Trial

A Phase I dose-escalation trial, conducted at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and multiple sites nationwide, has shown that a new gene therapy treatment for high-grade gliomas — the most aggressive brain tumors — is safe and improves patient survival. Having passed this milestone, the treatment will move on to more advanced trials.

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Nicole Wilson

Neuroscience Ph.D. Candidate Nicole M. Wilson Wins Women in Neurotrauma Research Award

Nicole M. Wilson, a neuroscience Ph.D. candidate, won the Women in Neurotrauma Research (WiNTR) Award after competing in the trainee poster competition at the 2016 National Neurotrauma Society Symposium. The WiNTR award is given annually to recognize the top poster presentation by a woman. The trainee poster competition consisted of the top 22 (out of 377) graduate students and post-doctoral associates.

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From left, Coleen M. Atkins, Ph.D., with W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D.

Novel Drug Shows Potential for Aiding Memory and Learning after Traumatic Brain Injury

Treating rats with an experimental drug at three months following a traumatic brain injury improves their memory and learning ability, as reported in a new study published in the The Journal of Neuroscience. The drug is currently under development, and is being tested as a potential therapy for TBI by researchers at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

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Antoni Barrientos, Ph.D.

Dr. Antoni Barrientos Receives Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award from NIH

Antoni Barrientos, Ph.D., professor of neurology, has received a highly prestigious Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA), or R35 award, from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), part of the National Institutes of Health. The five-year grant, totaling more than $4.5 million, consolidates three RO1 awards and gives Barrientos the status of “NIH investigator.”

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Alzheimer's disease research team.

New Grants Expand Miller School Researchers’ Pursuit of Genetic Connections to Alzheimer’s

Researchers from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics have been awarded two new contracts from the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health. These newly awarded contracts are part of a global initiative to detect genetic factors associated with Alzheimer’s disease risk in an effort to identify new targets for drug development.

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W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D.

Miami Project Researchers Receive $1.6 Million Grant to Study Brain Temperature Effect on Concussion

W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D., Scientific Director of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and Senior Associate Dean for Discovery Science, and colleagues have received a $1.6 million National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke award to study the importance of brain temperature on mild traumatic brain injury or concussion.

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Dileep R. Yavagal, M.D.

UM Neurologists and Neurointerventionalists Revolutionize Standard of Care for Acute Ischemic Stroke

When treating a patient experiencing an acute ischemic stroke, time is the enemy. The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Neurology has one of the largest stroke centers in the country, and its physicians, part of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, were among the first to introduce a rapid new procedure known as mechanical thrombectomy in South Florida.

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Antoni Barrientos, Ph.D.

Dr. Antoni Barrientos Receives Funding to Study Neurodegenerative Diseases

Antoni Barrientos, Ph.D., professor of neurology, has received two grants that will support his study of mitochondrial and age-related neurodegenerative diseases. The first award is from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s Army Research Office for $529,575, and the second grant, of $345,000, is from the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

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Neural Engineering Research Symposium, October 13

UHealth – the University of Miami Health System and the College of Engineering will hold the first Neural Engineering Research Symposium on October 13, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., in the auditorium of the Lois Pope LIFE Center. Neural engineering facilitates the development of new clinical technologies for the assessment of neurological function and the treatment of neurological diseases.

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David S. Kushner, M.D.

Dr. David S. Kushner Contributes to Book on History of Trepanation

David S. Kushner, M.D., associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation and a neurologist with substantial experience in post-surgical care of patients who have had a trepanation, has contributed a chapter providing a modern perspective on the procedure to an upcoming book describing its history dating back more than 2,000 years.

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

Neurologists Publish Editorial on Stroke Study in New England Journal of Medicine

Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., professor and Chairman of Neurology, and Olemberg Family Chair in Neurological Disorders, and Tatjana Rundek, M.D., Ph.D., professor of neurology and Vice Chair for Clinical Translational Research, have published an editorial, “The Value of Urgent Specialized Care for TIA and Minor Stroke,” in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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From left, Jose Szapocznik, Ph.D., Thomas M. Hooton, M.D., Kenneth W. Goodman, Ph.D., Lillian Rivera, Ph.D., M.S.N., Administrator, Florida Department of Health, Miami-Dade County, John Beier, Sc.D., Micheline McCarthy, M.D., Ph.D., Esper G. Kallas, M.D., Ph.D., Mario Stevenson, Ph.D., Raymond F. Schinazi, Ph.D., Ronald Desrosiers, M.D., Ph.D., Christine L. Curry, M.D., Ph.D., Glen N. Barber, Ph.D., David I. Watkins, Ph.D., Rafael E. Campo, M.D., and Anna Marie Likos, M.D., M.P.H., Director, Division of Disease Control and Health Protection, Florida Department of Health.

Miller School Researchers Making Major Strides Against Zika Virus

Speaking at the Miller School’s “Zika Forum: State of the Science, Public Health Safety and Ethics,” Mario Stevenson, Ph.D., professor of medicine and Chief of Infectious Diseases, said, “We have a formidable team of virologists here who are up to the task of taking appropriate action against the virus.”

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

Exercise May Slow Brain Aging by 10 Years for Older People

A study led by neurologists at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine found that exercise in older people is associated with a slower rate of decline in thinking skills that occurs with aging. People who reported light to no exercise experienced a decline equal to 10 more years of aging compared with people who reported moderate to intense exercise.

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Brain Bank Awareness Clinic, March 18

Brain Awareness Week, March 14-20, is being celebrated across the medical campus with a Brain Fair and other events. The Department of Neurology will highlight the need for brain donation with a special clinic on Friday, March 18. Patients and staff are invited to visit the ALS Multidisciplinary Clinic, located in Room 609 of the Professional Arts Center, to learn more about donation and the work of the Brain Bank.

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From left, Rhea Choi, Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and Nawara Alawa.

Students, Families and Alumni Celebrate Class of 2019 at Freshman Pinning Ceremony

When Ryan Patrick Nolan stepped onto the stage Friday at the 16th annual John. G. Clarkson Freshman Pinning Ceremony, it was a proud moment for three generations of the Nolan family with close ties to the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

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Brian Deegan, Ph.D., left, with Sylvia Daunert, PharmD, M.S., Ph.D., in Daunert's lab.

Miller School of Medicine Achieves Significant Gains in NIH Research Grant Rankings

The Miller School of Medicine rose one position in the national rankings of medical schools based on research grants received from the National Institutes of Health during the 2015 federal fiscal year. That gain is significant, considering the ongoing reductions in NIH grants that have caused many medical schools to fall in the rankings.

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Seemant Chaturvedi, M.D.

Two National Stroke Studies Shed Light on Treatment Options for Carotid-Artery Stenosis

Two national studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine have found little long-term difference between leading treatment options for reducing the risk of stroke from carotid-artery stenosis, a narrowing of the main blood vessel to the brain. A researcher at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine participated in the two clinical trials.

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The INC conference attracted more than 40 scientists and physicians from North America, Europe and Australia.

Miller School Investigators Host Inherited Neuropathies Consortium in Miami

More than 40 scientists and physicians from North America, Europe and Australia gathered in Miami January 28-30 for the Inherited Neuropathies Consortium (INC) meeting. INC is dedicated to conducting clinical, genetic and basic research in different forms of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a disorder that affects the peripheral nerves. The meeting was hosted by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

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

Miller School Study Findings Dispute Revised Blood Pressure Guidelines

New research finds that a recent revision in national guidelines for treating high blood pressure in people 60 and older could put this population at greater stroke risk. The increased stroke risk is even more pronounced among Hispanics and blacks, the research showed. Those are the findings of a new study in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension, led by Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S.

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Neurology Update & Stroke Intensive 2016, January 28-30

The University of Miami Division of Continuing Medical Education and the Miller School of Medicine Department of Neurology will host the Neurology Update & Stroke Intensive 2016 conference, January 28-30 at the Alexander Hotel on Miami Beach.

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