Brain scans were one method used to identify study subjects.

Novel Strategy Shows Promise for Earlier Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease

Finding an effective way to identify people with mild cognitive impairment who are most likely to go on to develop Alzheimer’s disease has eluded researchers for years. But now, a team of researchers led by David Loewenstein, Ph.D., director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and Aging and professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, has devised a novel strategy that could do just that.

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MRI of brain of MS patient. Courtesy of Robert J. Fox, M.D., Cleveland Clinic.

Study Finds Multiple Sclerosis Drug Slows Brain Shrinkage

Results from a multi-center clinical trial of more than 250 participants with progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) revealed that the drug ibudilast was better than a placebo at slowing down brain shrinkage. The study, led in Miami by University of Miami neurologist Sylvia Delgado, M.D., also showed that the main side effects of ibudilast were gastrointestinal discomfort and headaches.

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Sara J. Czaja, Ph.D.

Dr. Sara J. Czaja Steps Down to Direct New Aging Center at Weill Cornell Medicine

After nearly 30 years at the University of Miami, Sara J. Czaja, Ph.D., professor and director of the Center on Aging in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Miller School of Medicine, has accepted a position as professor of medicine in the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine and director of the new Center on Aging and Behavioral Research at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York.

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From left: SNIP President Johnny He, Ph.D., Mahendra Kumar, Ph.D., and ISNV President Igor Koralnik, M.D.

Lifetime Achievement Award Goes to Dr. Mahendra Kumar for Innovative Research in HIV/AIDS

The Society of Neuroimmune Pharmacology has granted its Lifetime Achievement Award to Mahendra Kumar, M.Sc., Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, in recognition of the advances he has made in the understanding of HIV and AIDS. His research sheds light on the important role hormones, neurotransmitters and cytokines play in disorders of the immune axis.

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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).

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