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New Study Advances Development of Gene Therapy for X-Linked Retinitis Pigmentosa

A new study marks a significant advance in developing a gene therapy for X-linked retinitis pigmentosa, a hereditary disease that leads to severe sight loss in young males.

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Jayne S. Malfitano, vice chair of the Sylvester Board of Overseers, center, with Dr. Stephen D. Nimer at left, Dr. Amit Rastogi at right, and other physicians and leaders.

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Enters Affiliation with Jupiter Medical Center

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has entered an affiliation with Jupiter Medical Center, providing access to groundbreaking cancer treatments to residents in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. Part of the University of Miami Health System, Sylvester is South Florida’s only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer center.

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Dr. Gil Yosipovitch and team.

UM Dermatologist Co-Authors Groundbreaking Study of Nemolizumab for Itch Relief in NEJM

A new medication offers hope to patients with prurigo nodularis, a rare nodular skin disease that causes intense itching. “Clinicians need an effective treatment for prurigo nodularis, and a monoclonal antibody called nemolizumab has shown promising results in its initial trials,” said Gil Yosipovitch, M.D., director of the Miami Itch Center and professor in the Dr. Phillip Frost Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery

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From left, Dr. J. William Harbour, Michael A. Durante, and Dr. Stefan Kurtenbach.

In Breakthrough Study, Researchers Find Stem Cells in the Nose That Give Rise to Olfactory Neurons

By carefully harvesting tiny samples of olfactory cleft mucosal tissue and conducting single-cell analysis, a collaborative team led by University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researchers has found compelling evidence to support olfactory neurogenesis, the ability to regrow olfactory neurons to the brain.

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Toxin exposure causes protein inclusions and motor neurons of vervets similar to ALS patients. Changes were not seen in rice flour controls.

Supplementing Diet with Amino Acid Successfully Staves off Signs of ALS in Pre-Clinical Study

The addition of dietary L-serine, a naturally occurring amino acid necessary for formation of proteins and nerve cells, delayed signs of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in an animal study.

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