exp:news_feed:department site="neurology" category_id="291" parse="inward" year="2018" month="" count=""

News : 2018

Miller School Professor Michael E. Hoffer, M.D., center, begins report by UM researchers and collaborators of their findings regarding the Havana Embassy Phenomenon.

University of Miami Medical Team Reports Acute Findings from the Havana Embassy Phenomenon

A team of University of Miami Miller School of Medicine faculty, along with collaborators from the University of Pittsburgh, today presented the first report of acute symptoms and clinical findings in 25 diplomatic personnel living in the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba, who experienced severe neurosensory symptoms after exposure to a unique sound and pressure phenomenon.

Read more »

Samuel Longworth Swift

Miller School Public Health Student Awarded AHA Predoctoral Fellowship

Samuel Longworth Swift, a Ph.D. candidate in epidemiology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Public Health Sciences, was recently awarded the American Heart Association (AHA) Predoctoral Fellowship. The fellowship will help support Swift’s research in income volatility and its risk of causing cardiovascular disease.

Read more »

L-r, back row: Michael Dockery, M.D., Madhav Thambisetty, M.D., Ph.D., Richard Isaacson, M.D., Gene Ryerson, M.D., and Amy Porter.
L-r, front row: Dean Henri R. Ford, M.D., MHA, Ralph Sacco, M.D., MS, Tatjana Rundek, M.D., Ph.D., Lee Dockery, M.D., Melanie Cianciotto, President Julio Frenk

Dr. Tatjana Rundek Awarded the Evelyn F. McKnight Endowed Chair for Learning and Memory in Aging

At a ceremony before many of the nation’s most prominent neurologists, renowned researcher, epidemiologist, mentor, and educator Tatjana Rundek, M.D., Ph.D., formally became the holder of the Evelyn F. McKnight Endowed Chair for Learning and Memory in Aging.

Read more »

Paige Kalika, D.O.

Five Questions: The Rare, Polio-like Illness Affecting Children

A rare illness that can lead to paralysis or death, acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), is making headlines across the nation, with one of the newest cases confirmed last week by a hospital in Jacksonville, Florida.

Read more »

Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., MS

Top UM Neurologist Dr. Ralph Sacco Elected to Prestigious National Academy of Medicine

A luminary stroke neurologist and researcher, Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., MS, professor and chair of neurology and the Olemberg Family Chair of Neurological Disorders at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Medicine (NAM).

Read more »

Patients will be seen by UM clinicians and genetics experts, who will perform in-depth and comprehensive clinical examinations, as well as cutting-edge genomics investigations, including whole genome sequencing.

Miller School Becomes a Site for NIH’s Undiagnosed Diseases Network

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is among five new academic medical sites across the nation that have joined the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN) and been awarded a grant by the agency to improve and accelerate the diagnosis of rare and undiagnosed conditions. The new awards, announced September 24, are part of the second phase of the agency’s expansion of the network.

Read more »

From left, Sandra Bacman, Ph.D., with Carlos T. Moraes, Ph.D.

Advances in Gene Editing and Delivery Offer Promise for People Living with Mitochondrial Diseases

There is strength in numbers — or at least the right proportion. A new study from University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researchers demonstrates an ability to target and reduce debilitating high levels of mutant mitochondrial DNA in heart and other muscle tissue to an extent — so far in mice — that could be curative. The findings offer hope to people living with relatively rare mitochondrial diseases.

Read more »

Members of the award-winning UHealth Tower Stroke Team, from left, David Lang, D.O., Christina Pacheco, Eldorana Pust, Aliercy Nunez Sanchez, Tara Michelle Cheung, RN, Sebastian Koch, M.D., Michael Greenberg, M.D., Shane Soorus, RN, Julianne Lee Burgos, Betty Hanley, Cathy Rosenberg, MSN, ARNP-BC, Amanda Demane, SLP, and Miguel Garcia.

UHealth Tower Receives Top Award for Care of Stroke Patients

UHealth Tower, a unit of University of Miami Hospital and Clinics, has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

Read more »

A phase III clinical trial is beginning for Arimoclomol, a heat shock protein-based therapy that shows promise for the treatment of ALS.

Phase III Trial of Arimoclomol for ALS Starts at the University of Miami Health System

Physician-researchers with the University of Miami Health System and the Miller School Medicine recently enrolled the first patient in a phase III trial of the drug Arimoclomol for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The randomized patient received the drug on August 10. ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a rapidly progressive, fatal disease that attacks the nerve cells that control voluntary muscles.

Read more »

CTSI Leadership and Central Operations Team: from left, top row, Patricia Avissar, Caprice Battle, Marisabel Davalos, Jonelle Wright, Ph.D., Sheela Dominguez and Stella Covelli; from left, bottom row, Rosalina Das, Raquel Perez, Dushyantha Jayaweera, M.D., Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., Daru Lane Ransford and Chin Chin Lee.

Major NIH Award Makes Miami CTSI a Hub for Biomedical Discovery and Innovation

The Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute has received a five-year $21.5 million National Institutes of Health grant, which will be supplemented by the Miller School of Medicine and the University of Miami Office of the Provost, to fund collaborative research to speed the discovery of new medical treatments and cures.

Read more »

Doyoung Chang, Ph.D., in his laboratory.

Robotics Lab Opens for Business

Not long ago, Doyoung Chang, Ph.D., was designing robots that may be climbing — and cleaning — the walls of skyscrapers one day. Now the biomechanical engineer is intent on perfecting a robotic arm that helps cancer fighters at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and across the University of Miami Health System obliterate small tumors with a heat-delivering needle inserted through the skin.

Read more »

From left, Pamela Knous, Ralph Sacco, M.D., Danuta Szczesna-Cordary, Ph.D., Sunil Yadav, graduate student Yoel H. Sitbon, and Arnold Schmidt.

Doctoral Student Receives Grant through the American Heart Association

Third-year graduate student Sunil Yadav had never met Pamela Knous before their first handshake at the Rosenstiel Medical Science Building, but thanks to a shared medical interest, the Naples woman will play a significant role in the advancement of the doctoral student’s career. Knous and American Heart Association represemtatives presented Yadav with a check to fund his research to develop a treatment for heart disease.

Read more »

In an upcoming phase two human study, researchers will use nine outcome fields — cognitive, behavioral, psychosocial, sleep, pain, sensorimotor, cardiovascular, inflammatory biomarkers, and neuroimaging studies — to evaluate the drug’s efficacy.

‘Concussion Pill’ Shows Promise in Pre-Clinical Pilot Study

Researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, along with their partners at Scythian Biosciences, are one step closer to finding a new treatment for concussion. In 2016, the multidisciplinary Miller School team embarked on a five-year study to examine the effects of combining CBD with an NMDA antagonist for the treatment of traumatic brain injury and concussion.

Read more »

From left, Senator Lauren Book, Tatjana Rundek, M.D., Ph.D., and Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S.

State Awards $500,000 to UM-led Florida Stroke Registry

The Florida Stroke Registry, a statewide initiative led by stroke experts at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, recently received $500,000 in state funds to further expand the registry’s mission to identify, monitor and reduce stroke disparities, and improve stroke care for hospitals and stroke centers throughout Florida. “With the funding, we’re now able to do more,” said Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S.

Read more »

Seniors who exercised regularly performed better on thinking skills tests than those who did not.

How Much Exercise is Needed to Help Improve Thinking Skills?

We know that exercise may help improve thinking skills. But how much exercise? And for how long? To find out, researchers led by Joyce Gomes-Osman, Ph.D., PT, assistant professor of clinical physical therapy and neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, reviewed all of the studies in which older adults were asked to exercise for at least four weeks and then take tests of thinking and memory skills.

Read more »

From left, Luis Chiappy, AXA Advisors, Mary Bartlett Bunge, Ph.D., and Chris Dudley, Advancement Associates, Inc.

UM Researcher, Transplant Surgeon and Sylvester Trustee among 2018 Health Care Heroes

For nearly 30 years, Mary Bartlett Bunge, Ph.D., worked tirelessly as a neuroscientist with The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Her pioneering work in the area of nervous system regeneration and her decades-long dedication to finding ways to repair spinal cord damage earned Bunge the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.

Read more »

Miller School student Xavier Scott, center, with Viviana Horigian, M.D., and Roderick King, M.D., M.P.H.

Miller School Stars Shine at International Student Research Conference

A select group of medical, graduate and M.D./Ph.D. students and resident physicians at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine had the opportunity to present their work and network with dozens of student peers and academic professionals at the 2018 Eastern-Atlantic Student Research Forum (ESRF).

Read more »

From left, Edward Abraham, M.D., Judith Cornfeld, Robert M. Cornfeld, D.M.D., and Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S.

$4 Million Gift Helps Miller School Create New Neuro-Imaging Research Center

Longtime philanthropists Robert M. Cornfeld, D.M.D., and his wife, Judith, recently made a $4 million donation to the Department of Neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine to create the Judy and Robert Cornfeld Neuro-Imaging Research Center. The center will be a multidisciplinary research environment, using advanced imaging to understand brain function and memory.

Read more »

From left, Antonio Barrientos, Ph.D., with Rui Zeng, Ph.D.

Researchers Use Yeast to Discover New Links between Cellular Energy Production and Human Diseases

Researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have used yeast to gain new understanding of the molecular pathways that allow the cells to build the machinery they need to undergo respiration and aerobic energy production. This knowledge will contribute to a better understanding of the development of mitochondrial diseases and cancer in humans.

Read more »

From left, Ivonne Schulman, M.D., with Lina Shehadeh, Ph.D.

Miller School Researcher Receives $1.5 Million Grant to Study Role of Osteopontin in Heart Failure

A Miller School of Medicine researcher has received a $1.5 million grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to study a potential new strategy for treating an intractable form of heart failure. “Prior studies have shown that lowering the level of a protein called osteopontin can ameliorate heart failure with reduced ejection fraction,” said Lina Shehadeh, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine.

Read more »

From left, Jonathan R. Jagid, M.D., Kenneth Girlardo, and Corneliu Luca, M.D., Ph.D.

UHealth Uses New Deep Brain Stimulation Device to Successfully Treat Parkinson's Patient

A team of neurosurgeons and neurologists at UHealth – the University of Miami Health System has successfully treated a Central Florida man with Parkinson’s disease using a new implantable deep brain stimulation device. The team was the first in South Florida and among the first in the country to implant the Vercise DBS technology.

Read more »

Systems Biology and Data Science Symposium attendees. Photo credit: Carlos Enchenique.

Systems Biology and Data Science Symposium Presents Cutting-Edge Advances

Prominent speakers from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and other departments and centers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine came together with invited experts from the National Institutes of Health and other leading national scientific organizations for an interactive two-day symposium on systems biology and data science preceded by a Data Science Hackathon.

Read more »

Miller School of Medicine Rises in NIH Research Grant Funding

The Miller School of Medicine received $120.7 million in research grants from the National Institutes of Health in Federal Fiscal Year 2017 — a $9.5 million increase over the school’s FFY 2016 total. According to the national rankings of medical schools based on data compiled by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, that total made the Miller School the No. 1 NIH-funded institution in Florida.

Read more »

Nearly two-thirds of stroke deaths occur in women.

Neurologists Contribute to Special Article Series on Stroke in Women

Nearly two-thirds of stroke deaths occur in women, yet women have long been underrepresented in cardiovascular disease research. Now the journal Stroke is publishing a special four-article series with an accompanying overview editorial on the latest scientific findings related to opportunities for prevention and treatment of stroke in women.

Read more »

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

Dr. Tatjana Rundek Named Scientific Director of Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute

Tatjana Rundek, M.D., Ph.D., professor of neurology and public health sciences and executive vice chair for research and faculty affairs in the Department of Neurology, has been named scientific director of the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute and Evelyn F. McKnight Chair for Learning and Memory in Aging at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Read more »

Erin N. Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H., Jimmy Patronis, and Stephen D. Nimer, M.D. (from left in center), with fire department representatives.

Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis Tours Sylvester, Praises Firefighters Cancer Initiative

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine welcomed the State of Florida’s Chief Financial Officer, Jimmy Patronis, on February 5, giving him a tour of its cancer-fighting technologies. Patronis also met with representatives from more than a dozen of South Florida’s fire departments whose members are collaborating with Sylvester’s Firefighters Cancer Initiative.

Read more »