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NIH Award Will Help Expand Big Data

October 20, 2017

More and more often in this era of big data, it’s not a lack of information that’s the issue. Instead, it can be sorting through a tsunami of data to find what’s most relevant and meaningful to drive medical research forward. Now a $1.4 million grant from the National Institute of Health will boost efforts of a team of researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

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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

October 05, 2017

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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Taste buds on tongue.

Researchers Begin to Solve Mystery of Taste’s Journey to the Brain

October 02, 2017

We are all able to distinguish among different taste characteristics, but how that information is encoded and transmitted from our taste buds to our brain is still an open question. This is because the molecular “fingerprints” of gustatory neurons have remained a mystery. Now, researchers at the Miller School of Medicine have uncovered the molecular identities of the sensory neurons in taste’s gateway to the brain.

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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

August 29, 2017

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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Miller School Researchers Pursue Answers to the Mysteries of Taste

August 11, 2017

Why do we eat what we eat? As obvious as it may sound, the strongest determinant, other than availability, is taste. Our reaction to taste — a range of responses from yum to yuck — is often instantaneous yet highly personalized. So we eat what we like, but why do we like what we like? And personal preferences aside, does taste really matter? For two researchers at the Miller School of Medicine, the answer is yes.

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From left, Diego Venegas, M.D., advisor, Julio Barredo, M.D., international advisor, Patricia Garcia, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., Minister of Health, Franklin Aldecoa, M.D., advisor, and Gino Venegas, M.D., senior advisor.

Sylvester Oncologist Dr. Julio Barredo Helps Peru Improve Outcomes of Kids with Leukemia

August 07, 2017

For Peruvian native Julio Barredo, M.D., director of children’s cancer programs at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, visits to his home country were often painful. He saw a cure rate of only 40 percent for the 700 children diagnosed annually with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common childhood cancer. He knew that many of them were dying unnecessarily.

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Dr. Guillermo Prado Named ‘Research Exemplar’

August 03, 2017

Graduate School Dean Guillermo “Willy” Prado, Ph.D., an internationally known expert in effective intervention strategies for at-risk youth, has been named a “research exemplar” by The Research Exemplar Project at Washington University School of Medicine. Prado is the Leonard M. Miller Professor of Public Health Sciences and director of the Division of Prevention Science and Community Health.

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The invasive shrub Prosopis juliflora.

Study Shows Removal of Invasive Shrub Can Help Reduce Malaria Transmission

July 24, 2017

Removing the flowers of the invasive shrub Prosopis juliflora from mosquito-prone areas might be a simple way to help reduce malaria transmission, according to a new study co-authored by John Beier, Sc.D., a world-renowned University of Miami Miller School of Medicine entomologist, professor of public health sciences and director of the Division of Environmental and Public Health.

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