News : 2018

Caregivers will learn strategies to reduce stress, enhance caregiving skills, and improve overall well-being.

NIH-Backed Care Partners Program Supports the Caregivers of People with Alzheimer’s Disease

Historically, physicians have focused concern on people showing early signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Less appreciated, however, is the large burden placed on their caregivers. The goals of the study include reducing caregiver burden, lowering any symptoms of depression among caregivers, and helping people delay the placement of a loved one in an institutional setting.

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Amanda J. Myers, Ph.D.

Major Alzheimer’s Study Locates New Therapeutic Target

A large, multidimensional study, led by University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researcher Amanda J. Myers, Ph.D., has identified a potential therapeutic target for late-onset Alzheimer’s disease — a protein called HSPA2. The study shows how comprehensive systems approaches can help answer some of the most difficult biological questions.

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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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Brain scans showing tumor.

Sylvester Researchers Find Peripheral Biomarker for Glioblastoma Brain Tumors

Researchers at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have discovered a peripheral biomarker in human blood serum that can be used to detect the presence and progress of glioblastoma brain tumors before and after treatment.

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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.

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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.

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