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

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

Dr. Charles Nemeroff Named Director of the Center on Aging

Charles Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., Leonard M. Miller Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Miller School and UHealth and an internationally renowned expert in his field, has been named director of the University of Miami’s Center on Aging.

In announcing the appointment, Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., noted that since Nemeroff joined UM in December 2009, his strong leadership and brilliant scholarship have raised the national profile of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and strengthened its ties to the community.

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Recipient of a Provost Award, Margaret Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., center, was congratulated by UM Provost Thomas J. LeBlanc, Ph.D., left, and Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., right.

Recipient of a Provost Award, Margaret Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., center, was congratulated by UM Provost Thomas J. LeBlanc, Ph.D., left, and Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., right.

Dr. Pericak-Vance Receives Provost’s Award for Her Groundbreaking Discoveries

Deciphering the genetics behind some of our most debilitating diseases requires researchers to work at what sometimes seems a nonstop pace. But on some occasions there are moments, even if it’s just an hour or two, when an investigator can pause from the rigorous work of genotyping and other high-tech lab procedures to reflect on achievements.

Margaret Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Professor of Human Genomics and director of the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, experienced just such a moment last Friday, pausing from “a life’s work” of identifying the genetic risk factors for such conditions as Alzheimer’s and autism to accept what is considered the highest honor bestowed by the University of Miami for esteemed research activity: the Provost’s Award for Scholarly Activity.

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Gillian Hotz, Ph.D., and James Caulkins, BikeSafe coordinator, teach bike safety to Karis Knoll, who shows off her new bike helmet.

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Gillian Hotz, Ph.D., and James Caulkins, BikeSafe coordinator, teach bike safety to Karis Knoll, who shows off her new bike helmet.

Second Annual University of Miami Brain Fair a Resounding Success

Researchers at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis helped educate children and families about the brain and spinal cord at the second annual University of Miami Brain Fair on March 19 at the Miami Science Museum.

The free community event, organized by Coleen Atkins, Ph.D., assistant professor of neurological surgery, was attended by more than 1,000 people. With the help of more than 150 UM students, faculty members and staff, children of all ages learned about sports injury concussion prevention, built neurons, played with brain puzzles, and enjoyed face painting. For the adults, lectures were presented by UM neuroscientists and clinicians specializing in autism, sleep disorders, brain injury and Alzheimer’s disease.

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Dorée Leslie, the mother of the Miller School's Michael Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., was a dancer, singer, Broadway star, movie actress and, after she married Dr. Gordon's father, a successful business executive and civic leader.

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Dorée Leslie, the mother of the Miller School's Michael Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., was a dancer, singer, Broadway star, movie actress and, after she married Dr. Gordon's father, a successful business executive and civic leader.

Dr. Michael Gordon’s Mother on Stage Again at Richter Library

A child dancing sensation and theatrical ingénue in her teens, Dorée Leslie opted out of an MGM “talking pictures” contract in 1929 to marry a broker who successfully courted the Broadway star.

“Dorée Leslie Marries New York Broker Here,’’ one Detroit newspaper headline shouted next to a photograph of the smitten couple.

For Michael Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Miller School’s Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education, the article about his parents’ wedding stands out as his favorite among all the spectacular items from his late mother’s life now on exhibit at UM’s Otto G. Richter Library. And that’s no doubt because the exhibition, which opened March 20 with an elegant champagne reception, is, at its core, his parents’ love story.

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From left, Gennaro D'Urso, Ph.D., Julia Dallman, Ph.D., Grace Zhai, Ph.D., and Eli Gilboa, Ph.D., discussed their yeast, zebrafish, drosophila and mouse models during a panel discussion.

From left, Gennaro D'Urso, Ph.D., Julia Dallman, Ph.D., Grace Zhai, Ph.D., and Eli Gilboa, Ph.D., discussed their yeast, zebrafish, drosophila and mouse models during a panel discussion.

Faculty Present Models of Human Disease at Collaborative Research Exchange Forum

For the University’s sixth Collaborative Research Exchange Forum (CREF), an array of researchers from across the campuses gathered on the Miller School campus to focus on models of human disease.

José Szapocznik, Ph.D, executive dean for research and research training and Norma Kenyon, Ph.D., senior associate dean for translational science, welcomed participants to the March 23 event where, through panels and presentations, faculty from the Miller School, the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, and the Coral Gables campus shared models with their colleagues and discussed using various species to study human disease.

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From left, Irene Hung, Andrew Vinard, and Nancy Levros, exhibit a poster about the UResearch website.

From left, Irene Hung, Andrew Vinard, and Nancy Levros, exhibit a poster about the UResearch website.

Researchers Gather for UM Shared Resources Fair

On March 23, more than 200 researchers attended the second Shared Resources Fair, sponsored by the Office of Scientific Advancement and Research Training, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the Wallace H. Coulter Center for Translational Research.

José Szapocznik, Ph.D., executive dean for research and research training, was delighted with the turnout and emphasized the importance of the annual event.

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