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News : 2017

The percentage of people with stroke who have risk factors for stroke has increased significantly over the past 10 years.

Miller School Study Shows Risk Factors on the Rise Among People with Stroke

Despite prevention efforts, researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have found a significant increase over a 10-year period in the percentage of people with stroke who have high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking and other risk factors for stroke. The study is published in the October 11 online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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The Alzheimer’s disease Follow-Up Study research team during a study meeting. From left, Brian Kunkle, Ph.D., Jeffery Vance, M.D., Ph.D., Katrina Celis Delgado, M.D., Margaret Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., Larry Deon Adams, and Michael Cuccaro, Ph.D. Delgado and Adams are clinical coordinators for the HIHG diversity studies.

Miller School and Collaborators to Receive up to $30.2 Million for Alzheimer’s Research

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and collaborators have been selected to receive awards totaling up to $30.2 million in grant funding for Alzheimer’s disease research. The awards include a grant expected to total $22.7 million over five years and a second grant for $7.5 million. Both awards were given by the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health.

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Medical campus update: Hurricane Irma

The latest on Hurricane Irma and how it is affecting the medical campus.

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From left, Sean Penn with Enrique Ginzburg, M.D.

Lights! Camera! Scalpel!

For a brief moment in Sean Penn’s new film, The Last Face, Enrique Ginzburg, M.D., is doing what the Miller School of Medicine trauma surgeon knows all too well: triaging bloodied and moaning patients in a makeshift hospital in one of the world’s most impoverished and unstable countries.

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From left, Massimo D’Amico, Laura Bianchi, Ph.D., and Rachele Sangaletti, Ph.D.

Research Sheds New Light on Mechanisms of Protection in Ischemic Stroke

Researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have discovered that a gene belonging to a gene family known to be involved in cell death in ischemic stroke will, when knocked out (genetically modified), confer protection on neurons, keeping them alive despite the presence of an ischemic insult. This opens the door to possible new treatments for stroke.

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Dileep Yavagal, M.D., has found stem cells can speed recovery of stroke patients.

Stem Cells: A Breakthrough in Stroke Treatment?

Millions of brain neurons die within minutes following a stroke, and the dead cells can’t be restored. Nonetheless, the brain tissue surrounding the dead area, although non-functioning, remains alive for a short time. Research has found that stem cells target the area and secrete chemicals that save the tissue and, essentially, rejuvenate it.

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Physician treats child for possible concussion.

New Clinic Will Treat Children’s Concussions

To serve children under 16 who have suffered concussion from a non-sports- related injury, the University of Miami Sports Medicine Institute’s concussion program has launched its Pediatric Concussion Clinic, led by concussion expert Gillian Hotz, Ph.D. “Too often, younger children fall through the cracks and are not correctly diagnosed with concussion,” said Hotz.

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Seemant Chaturvedi, M.D.

Dr. Seemant Chaturvedi Named President of Association of Indian Neurologists in America

Seemant Chaturvedi, M.D., professor of clinical neurology and vice chair for VA Programs in the Department of Neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, was elected psresident of the Association of Indian Neurologists in America. “I look forward to continuing the work of the AINA and identifying new initiatives, so that we may advance our mission of improved neurologic care and education,” said Chaturvedi.

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Researchers Recruiting People with Cluster Headaches for Antibody Clinical Trial

Monoclonal antibodies could be a whole new class of therapies to treat debilitating episodic or chronic cluster headaches. For this reason, researchers are actively recruiting patients for an international, multicenter and randomized trial to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of one of these agents, galcanezumab, through the Department of Neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

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Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., receives the American Academy of Neurology's presidential gavel from Terrence L. Cascino, M.D.

Dr. Ralph L. Sacco Elected President of American Academy of Neurology

Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., professor and chairman of neurology and Olemberg Family Chair in Neurological Disorders at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, was elected president of the American Academy of Neurology, the world’s largest professional association of neurologists.

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Editorial Highlights Study Associating Diet Drinks with Stroke and Dementia

Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., professor and chairman of Neurology and Olemberg Family Chair in Neurological Disorders at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, served as senior author of a companion editorial to a study that associates artificially sweetened beverages with stroke and dementia. The study findings and Sacco’s editorial were published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

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From left, Donna E. Shalala, president emerita, and Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S.

Department of Neurology Celebrates Milestones

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Neurology’s leadership, faculty, and supporters recently celebrated 55 years of excellence during an anniversary celebration at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. Since its founding in 1962, the Department of Neurology has become a national and international powerhouse providing world-class care in the prevention and treatment of neurological disorders.

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William Sheremata, M.D.

Renowned Neurology Researcher Dr. William Sheremata Passes Away

William A. Sheremata, M.D., emeritus professor of neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, passed away on March 29 – but not before learning that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a ground-breaking drug for multiple sclerosis.

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From left, William F. Pirl, M.D., M.P.H., with Kelly Irwin, M.D., and Donna Greenberg, M.D., of Massachusetts General Hospital.

Sylvester’s Dr. William F. Pirl Recognized with APOS Education and Training Award

The American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) selected William F. Pirl, M.D., M.P.H., associate director for Cancer Support Services at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, for the Outstanding Education and Training Award at its national conference on February 16. APOS grants the annual award to an individual who makes substantial contributions to educating or training others in the field.

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Neurons.

Biomarker for ALS Disease Progression Identified

The absence of suitable biomarkers for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) poses a major obstacle to therapy development. For this reason, the discovery and validation of potential disease progression and pharmacodynamic biomarkers has been one of the top priorities in ALS research.

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Jonathan R. Jagid, M.D.

Laser Therapy Shows Promise for Patients with Refractory Epilepsy

Hope for some people with epileptic seizures not controlled by medication comes in the form of a new minimally invasive technique called laser interstitial thermal therapy. And the University of Miami Health System’s Epilepsy Center is the only facility offering this treatment option in South Florida.

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From left, Hilit F. Mechaber, M.D., Nanette Vega, M.A., Ivette Motola, M.D., M.P.H., and Stephen Symes, M.D.

Honoring Women in Academic Medicine and Their Achievements

Women in Academic Medicine, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Committee of Interns and Residents at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine hosted the annual Evening of Fellowship on January 23, honoring recent successes and achievements of the Miller School’s women faculty. The event began with networking among attendees from various departments, including many chairs and center directors.

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Dileep R. Yavagal, M.D.

Stroke Stent-Retriever Device Saves Patient with Blocked Coronary Artery

When a heart attack patient with a clot blocking his left main artery arrived at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Cesar E. Mendoza, M.D., attempted unsuccessfully to restore blood flow using conventional balloon angioplasty. He remembered colleague Dileep R. Yavagal, M.D., reporting success capturing and removing the clots of stroke patients using a stent-retriever device and asked him to attempt the same technique on his patient.

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A Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center scientist searches for a cure.

Sylvester and Miller School Awarded $5.7 Million for Cancer and Tobacco-Related Disease Research

The Florida Department of Health has announced the award of 16 grants totaling more than $16 million from the Bankhead-Coley Cancer Research Program and the James and Esther King Biomedical Research Program. Six investigators at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine were recipients of Bankhead-Coley and King grants totaling $5,728,856.

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