News : 2013

From left, Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and Norm Parsons, Director of the UM Wellness Centers, lead the 2013 Out of the Darkness walk on the Coral Gables campus.

Out of the Darkness Walk Sheds Light on Suicide Prevention

Hundreds of people who had lost a friend, a relative or a colleague to suicide joined on the Coral Gables campus Sunday morning for the Out of the Darkness walk sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

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The Miller School’s IGAP team includes, from left, John R. Gilbert, Ph.D., Gary Beecham, Ph.D., Eden R. Martin, Ph.D., Brian Kunkle, Ph.D., Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., and Kara Hamilton-Nelson. Not pictured is  Amanda Meyers, Ph.D.

International Collaboration Finds 11 New Alzheimer’s Genes to Target for Drug Discovery

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researchers played a key role in the largest international Alzheimer’s disease genetics collaboration to date, which identified 11 new regions of the genome that contribute to late-onset Alzheimer’s disease, doubling the number of potential genetics-based therapeutic targets to investigate.

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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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Sara J. Czaja, Ph.D.

CREATE Team Becomes First Group to Receive Jack A. Kraft Award for Innovation

Sara J. Czaja, Ph.D., Leonard M. Miller Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and the investigators of the NIH-funded Center for Research and Education on Aging and Technology Enhancement (CREATE), are the first group to receive the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society’s Jack A. Kraft Award for Innovation since its inception more than four decades ago.

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Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., accepts his award from the North Carolina Psychiatric Association.

Psychiatry Chair Receives Mental Health Research Award

Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., the Leonard M. Miller Professor and Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Center on Aging, who has deep ties to the state of North Carolina, is the recipient of one of the Psychiatric Foundation of North Carolina’s top honors for his many years of cutting-edge psychiatry research.

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Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., left, and Charles Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., lead the 2012 Out of the Darkness walk on the Coral Gables campus.

Join “Team Iacino” in Promoting Suicide Prevention and Research at Community Walk

The Miller School of Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences are committed to raising awareness about and preventing suicide and, for the fourth year, will support the Out of the Darkness community walk sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

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From left are Shaun Brothers, Ph.D., Claes Wahlestedt, M.D., Ph.D., and Hasib Salah-Uddin, Ph.D.

Collaboration Results in Discovery of Possible Treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

In a collaborative study, researchers at the Miller School led by Claes Wahlestedt, M.D., Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and Associate Dean for Therapeutic Innovation, and Shaun Brothers, Ph.D., research assistant professor, have discovered a genetic link and therapeutic strategy related to fear expression. The findings are published in the June 5 issue of Science Translational Medicine.

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Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D.

Changes in Brain Structure Found After Childhood Abuse

Different forms of childhood abuse increase the risk for mental illness as well as sexual dysfunction in adulthood, but little has been known about how that happens. An international team of researchers, including the Miller School’s Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., Leonard M. Miller Professor and Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has discovered a neural basis for this association.

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Philip Harvey, Ph.D., answers questions from audience members after his lecture at the International Congress.

Dr. Philip Harvey Invited to Review Cognitive Enhancement Therapy for Schizophrenia

Philip Harvey, Ph.D., the Leonard M. Miller Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Chief of the Division of Psychology, told a world gathering of schizophrenia researchers recently that combining vocational rehabilitation and other psychosocial interventions with cognitive remediation therapy (CRT) holds promise for patients with schizophrenia.

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Five of the study co-authors are, from left, Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Sylvia Daunert, Ph.D., Victor Andreev, Ph.D., Trajen Head, and Sapna Deo, Ph.D.

UM Researchers Develop Model to Predict and Reduce Sudden Cardiac Deaths

A multidisciplinary team of University of Miami researchers has developed a novel prediction model for sudden cardiac death that has the potential to substantially reduce the number of people who abruptly lose consciousness and die shortly after experiencing acute symptoms of cardiovascular disease.

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Sara J. Czaja, Ph.D., receives the award from Loren Terveen, Ph.D., Distinguished Scientist of the association and the special interest group’s adjunct chair for awards.

Miller School Aging Expert Receives Social Impact Award

Sara J. Czaja, Ph.D., Leonard M. Miller Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, traveled to Paris this April, where she was honored with an international Social Impact Award for her positive application of human-computer interaction research to pressing social needs.

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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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Mohammad A. Faghihi, M.D., Ph.D.

Miller School Faculty Awarded $1.7 Million to Study Non-Coding RNA Mediated Epigenetic Regulation

Mohammad A. Faghihi, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Center for Therapeutic Innovation, has been awarded a $1.7 million five-year grant by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to study epigenetic regulation of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), an important nerve growth factor found in the brain and periphery.

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Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Charles B. Nemeroff to Deliver Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Lecture to YPO/WPO Community

The Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) Miami and the World Presidents’ Organization (WPO) Miami/Fort Lauderdale will host a special presentation by Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., the Leonard M. Miller Professor and Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Center on Aging, on Thursday, March 21, from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the sixth floor of the Clinical Research Building.

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John E. Lewis, Ph.D.

Miller School Receives “Connections for Cardiovascular Health” Grant for HIV/AIDS Patients

The Miller School’s “Healthy Living for Better Days” initiative has received a $223,738 grant from the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s “Connections for Cardiovascular Health” program.

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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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Gift Expands Mind-Body Wellness Program to All Patients at Sylvester at Deerfield Beach

Michigan entrepreneur Wayne Lobdell is convinced that the mind-and-body wellness techniques his UHealth doctors introduced him to in South Florida are key to his recovered good health – so convinced that he and his wife Terry are ensuring all patients who visit UHealth’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at Deerfield Beach can access a broad range of holistic mind-body preventive and therapeutic interventions to enhance their own health and quality of life.

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