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Grace Zhai, Ph.D.

Grace Zhai, Ph.D.

Mechanisms of Alzheimer’s Disease Found in Fly and Mouse Studies

Working with fruit flies and mice, two studies led by a Miller School scientist have uncovered the mechanisms of neurodegeneration and neuroprotection in models for Alzheimer’s disease, findings that could be the basis for an effective therapy.

Both studies, led by Grace Zhai, Ph.D., assistant professor of molecular and cellular pharmacology, and pharmacology graduate student Yousuf Ali, Ph.D., are published back-to-back in Human Molecular Genetics, a journal normally focused on discoveries in humans. The study with fruit flies was deemed so noteworthy that it was selected as the cover story of the January 15 issue.

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Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D.

Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D.

Leading Miller School Geneticist Named AAAS Fellow

A leading geneticist at the Miller School of Medicine is being honored for her distinguished contributions to the field of genetics at the 2012 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Vancouver, Canada.

Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., associate dean for Human Genomic Programs, the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Professor of Human Genomics and director of the John P. Hussman Institute, has been elected as a fellow of the AAAS for identifying the genetic variants for common and etiologically complex diseases.

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Margaret Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., left, and Gary Small, M.D.

Margaret Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., left, and Gary Small, M.D.

Alzheimer’s Experts Present Latest in Prevention and Research

Two of the nation’s leading Alzheimer’s disease experts shared the latest in research and prevention strategies to delay onset of this disease at an event hosted by the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics. Gary Small, M.D., author of “The Alzheimer’s Prevention Program,” joined Margaret Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., director of the Hussman Institute, in a lecture and book signing held at UM’s Lois Pope LIFE Center on January 10.

Small, a psychiatrist who is also director of the University of California Los Angeles Longevity Center, explained that age is the single greatest risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. “In 1900, the life expectancy in the United States was only 47 years. Now we’re living longer. Today we have a life expectancy of 78 years,” Small told the audience. As the population continues to age, many individuals will be at a higher risk for developing Alzheimer’s by virtue of living longer.

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LiveScan Fingerprinting System Now Available for Miller School/UHealth Employees

LiveScan, a device that captures fingerprints through a scanner, is now available for UM employees who are required to be fingerprinted for background screening, licensure or Medicaid provider enrollment. The fingerprinting service is offered by the Office of Billing Compliance in the Professional Arts Center, suite 404. To make an appointment, call 305-243-9144.

The device provides faster results, better quality prints, no ink smudging, and electronic transmission of results for providers enrolling in Medicaid to the Agency for Healthcare Administration or a corresponding agency.

For Medicaid Provider Enrollment and Medical Licensure through DOH, fingerprints will be electronically submitted to Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The screening fee is $43.25 and the processing fee is $6.75. For all other reasons for electronic submission of fingerprints, please contact the Office of Billing Compliance at 305-243-9144 for pricing.

Departments are required to submit an Interdepartmental Requisition with their account number and a description of the reason for the fingerprinting.

Biostatistics Collaboration and Consulting Core Publishes Newsletter

The Biostatistics Collaboration and Consulting Core has published the first issue of their newsletter.

In the issue, you can learn how the Core can help with research, statistical support in grant development, statistical software programs and sample size determination. You can also test your statistical knowledge, and more. For more information about the Biostatistics Collaboration and Consulting Core, visit the website.

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