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Janice Egeland, Ph.D., in 2006, displaying the world's largest bipolar pedigree from the Amish Study.

Janice Egeland, Ph.D., in 2006, displaying the world's largest bipolar pedigree from the Amish Study.

Decades of Research Pay Off with Promising Link to Treatments for Bipolar Disorder

In 1942, when Janice A. Egeland was only 8, she already had her sights set on a career in medical research. Inspired by Paul de Kruif’s 1926 classic book Microbe Hunters, she wrote in her diary that she hoped someday to make a medical discovery that would help sick people.

Now 80, a Ph.D. and professor emerita in the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Egeland appears to have achieved her goal. She and collaborators at three other institutions have identified what may be the molecular pathway underlying bipolar I (manic depressive) disorder (BPI), a breakthrough that could lead to better drugs for treating BPI, as well as depression and other related mood disorders. Their findings have been published online in Nature Molecular Psychiatry.

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Allan D. Levi, M.D., Ph.D.

Novel Stem Cell Trial for Cervical Spinal Cord Injury to Start with the Miller School’s Miami Project

A novel clinical trial using human neural stem cells for the treatment of cervical spinal cord injury is beginning at the Miller School of Medicine. Allan D. Levi, M.D., Ph.D., professor and Robert M. Buck Distinguished Chair in Neurological Surgery, is the principal investigator of the Pathway Study, which is the first clinical study of its kind.

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Breast Cancer Care and Substance Abuse Awareness and Education to Benefit from Posner Trust

Two generous contributions totaling $4.675 million are being made to the University of Miami from the 2008 Revocable Trust of Gail S. Posner, who was a longtime resident of Miami Beach. These contributions will go a long way in helping both breast cancer patients and those battling substance abuse.

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David J. Lee, Ph.D.

Dr. David J. Lee Appointed to NIH Advisory Council, Selected to Lead Florida Cancer Registry

David J. Lee, Ph.D., professor of public health sciences, has been appointed to the NIH National Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Advisory Council for a four-year term.

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Miller School M.D./M.P.H. students Rammy Assaf, M.A., and Jennifer auf der Springe present the study findings at the AAP National Conference.

Hidden Population: Thousands of Youths Take on Caregiver Role

While the typical preteen or adolescent can be found playing sports or video games after school, more than 1.3 million spend their free time caring for a family member. These “caregiving youth” are a hidden population who are at risk of school failure and poor health due to the chronic physical and emotional stress of their responsibilities at home, said Julia Belkowitz, M.D.

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From left are Tianli Xia, Ph.D., Jeonghyun Ahn, Ph.D., and Glen N. Barber, Ph.D.

Studies Provide Insights into STING Sensor’s Role in Inflammation-Driven Cancer

A cellular sensor that stimulates the body's immune system to fight infectious diseases can also promote chronic inflammation that results in certain forms of cancers, according to a University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researcher.

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