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  • The Best Doctors in America work at USF Health
    Jul 10, 2014, 3:08 PM
    HeadlineImageUSF Health continues to have a strong presence on the annual Best Doctors in America® survey. This year, the local list included 118 physicians who currently work at […]

  • Funding continues for comprehensive ALS care across Florida
    Jun 02, 2014, 3:30 PM
    ALS_Clinic 264 400x600The Florida Legislature has renewed funding for the Bitner/Plante Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Initiative of Florida, once again providing $1 million to ALS clinics around the state that provide […]

  • Universities should factor faculty patent, commercialization activities into tenure career advancement
    Apr 28, 2014, 3:23 PM
    _HCM4932-webNew demands on universities go beyond research and teaching to basic research and technology transfer, NAI paper says Tampa, FL  (April 28, 2014) –  Should universities change their […]

  • New intraoperative MRI lets TGH-USF Health neurosurgeons see brain as surgery performed
    Apr 05, 2014, 12:19 PM
    van Loveren_TGH iMRI_April 2014_RSSTampa General is the first hospital in the Tampa Bay area to acquire the advanced imaging technology Neurosurgeons at Tampa General Hospital, including doctors from USF Health, will […]

  • Repeat injections of umbilical cord blood cells may improve prognoses of children with deadly inherited metabolic disorder
    Apr 01, 2014, 5:47 PM
    Alison Willing_RSSUniversity of South Florida researchers led the preclinical study exploring a human cell therapy for Sanfilippo syndrome Tampa, FL (April 1, 2014) —  A University of South Florida-led […]

  • USF Huntington’s Disease Center of Excellence Given Award
    Mar 05, 2012, 12:00 PM
    The USF Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) Center of Excellence was honored on Feb. 11 in Orlando as “awesome warriors in the fight against Huntington’s Disease” by the Central Florida Affiliate of the HDSA. Plaques commemorating the honor were given to each of the members of the HDSA CoE at USF, including Dr. Juan Sanchez-Ramos, director of the Center; Dr. Cynthia Cimino, neuropsychologist; Kelly Elliott, Nurse Coordinator; Nancy Braswell, social worker; and Dr. Tom Mueller, Medical Geneticist. From left, Kelly Elliott, J. Sanchez-Ramos, Cynthia Cimino, Nancy Braswell (not pictured [...]
  • USF study: Smoking cessation drug improves walking function in patients with spinocerebellar ataxia
    Feb 21, 2012, 10:13 AM
    A nicotinic drug approved for smoking cessation significantly improved the walking ability of patients suffering from an inherited form of ataxia, reports a new clinical study led by University of South Florida researchers. The randomized controlled clinical trial investigated the effectiveness of varenicline (Chantix®) in treating spinocerebellar ataxia type 3, or SCA3. The findings were published online earlier this month in Neurology, the journal of the American Academy of Neuroscience. Lead author Dr. Theresa Zesiewicz and colleagues at the USF Ataxia Research Center collaborated with researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess [...]
  • USF and Saneron find additional benefits of cord blood cells in mice modeling ALS
    Feb 06, 2012, 9:26 AM
    Repeated injections of human umbilical cord blood cells improved motor neuron survival, delayed disease progression, and increased lifespan Tampa, FL (Feb. 3 , 2012) – Repeated, low-dose injections of mononuclear cells derived from human umbilical cord blood (MNC hUCB, tradename: U-CORD-CELL™) have been found effective in protecting motor neuron cells, delaying disease progression and increasing lifespan for mice modeling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, also referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, report University of South Florida researchers and colleagues from Saneron CCEL Therapeutics, Inc., and the Ribeirao Preto School of [...]
  • USF awarded $1.57 M to study TBI, other battlefield-related conditions
    Jan 31, 2012, 9:19 AM
    The Department of Defense grant may lead to better treatments, readjustment skills for veterans Tampa, FL (Jan. 31, 2012) – The University of South Florida has received a $1.57 million U.S. Department of Defense grant to conduct translational research on traumatic brain injury and other battlefield related injuries and diseases. The studies, many in collaboration with James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, are intended to improve the quality of life for military personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is known as the signature injury of soldiers [...]
  • Therapy offers hope for patients with treatment-resistant depression
    Jan 27, 2012, 5:11 PM
    For years, Sarah Maloney’s definition of “planning ahead” meant figuring out how to get through another day. From the time she was 13, Maloney, now 22, struggled with depression – cycling in and out of therapy and trying just about every anti-depressant on the market. Unable to cope or hold a job, she made several attempts on her life. In March 2011, suicidal and desperate for help, Maloney voluntarily checked herself into Tampa General Hospital’s emergency room. This time, things would be different. As a patient in the psychiatric services [...]
  • USF study links autism to abnormal immune system characteristics, novel protein fragment
    Jan 03, 2012, 1:24 PM
    Tampa, FL (Jan 3, 2012) – Immune system abnormalities that mimic those seen with autism spectrum disorders have been linked to the amyloid precursor protein (APP), reports a research team from the University of South Florida’s Department of Psychiatry and the Silver Child Development Center. The study, conducted with mouse models of autism, suggests that elevated levels of an APP fragment circulating in the blood could explain the aberrations in immune cell populations and function – both observed in some autism patients. The findings were recently published online in the [...]
  • USF neurologist reviews future treatments for Parkinson’s disease
    Dec 02, 2011, 9:40 AM
    A review of emerging treatments for Parkinson’s disease by a University of South Florida neurologist highlights advances that may lead to more effective drugs and other therapies for the movement disorder marked by tremor, rigidity, slowness of movement, and impaired balance. Dr. Robert Hauser, professor of neurology, molecular pharmacology and physiology, and director of the USF Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center, recently published the article “Future Treatments for Parkinson’s Disease: Surfing the PD Pipeline” in the International Journal of Neuroscience. Robert Hauser, MD Dr. Hauser reviews antiparkinsonian treatments in [...]
  • Beaming purple, USF Health Byrd Institute celebrates new memory care center
    Nov 18, 2011, 5:10 PM
    The USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute was illuminated Thursday evening in shades of purple – the signature color of Alzheimer’s disease — as faculty, staff, caregivers and university, community and governmental leaders gathered to celebrate the opening of its one-stop memory care center. The new Center for Memory C.A.R.E. reaches a whole new level in applying the latest technology and research to the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, while helping ease the anxiety and difficulties of patients and their caregivers. Guests had a chance to tour the distinctive $3.5-million [...]
  • USF opens one-stop memory care center designed for comfort of patients and caregivers
    Nov 17, 2011, 12:30 PM
    Mini-apartment to test ability of patients to live on their own helps set new center apart Tampa, FL (Nov. 17, 2011) – The  University of South Florida today opens a distinctive center offering people with memory disorders and their families a full range of individualized, multispecialty services in one welcoming place. The Center for Memory C.A.R.E. (Clinical Assessment, Research and Education), on the second floor of the six-story USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute, is designed to support patients and their caregivers while providing convenient access to the latest research, technology [...]
  • USF neurologist lead author on updated AAN guideline for treating essential tremor
    Oct 19, 2011, 4:35 PM
    ST. PAUL, Minn. – The American Academy of Neurology has released an updated guideline on how to best treat essential tremor, which is the most common type of tremor disorder and is often confused with other movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. The guideline is published in the October 19, 2011, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Essential tremor affects the hands, head and voice and can be disabling for the estimated 10 million people in the United States living with the disorder. [...]
  • Lack of protein FKBP51 improves resilience to depressive behavior
    Sep 15, 2011, 6:45 PM
    Mouse-model study led by University of South Florida suggests potential new treatment target Tampa, FL (Sept. 15, 2011) – Decreasing expression of a protein associated with susceptibility to depression made old mice resistant to depressive-like behavior while improving their hormonal response to stress, a study led by researchers at the University of South Florida found. The lack of this protein, FKBP51, did not adversely affect their memory, learning, or basic motor functions. The study suggests that drug discovery efforts aimed at reducing levels of the protein FKBP51 may yield new [...]
  • In Memoriam: Dr. Michael Sloan
    Sep 14, 2011, 5:45 PM
    Michael Sloan, MD, professor of neurology at USF Health who directed the Comprehensive Stroke Center at Tampa General Hospital, died Sept. 9, 2011. He was 57. Dr. Sloan was a major authority in stroke who made substantial contributions to the advances in the field over the past 20 years. The stroke program he led as a USF Health faculty member at TGH since 2007 consistently earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ for health care quality – a disease-specific certification bestowed by the Joint Commission, the nation’s largest health care accreditation [...]
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