Christian J. Camargo, MD

Clinician and Instructor, Department of Neurology
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
1120 NW 14th Street
Miami, FL 33136

Dr. Camargo did his undergraduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT,) where he majored in Brain and Cognitive Sciences as well as in Music. He conducted research into the molecular mechanisms of learning and memory, including a year under the tutelage of Nobel Laureate Dr. Susumu Tonegawa. He graduated from medical school at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University.

He completed an internship in surgery at Washington Hospital Center where he was awarded the “Silvero Cabellon” Award for best performance by a junior resident by the Department of Vascular Surgery. He then completed his Neurology residency training at the University of Miami in 2017. He is currently a research Fellow in Cognitive Neurology at the University of Miami Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute. His research interests include epigenetic mechanisms of cognitive dysfunction, identification of biomarkers for prediction of cognitive decline and the therapeutic use of stem cells in primary neurodegenerative disease.


Antoni Barrientos, PhD

barrientos-195x260Associate Professor of Neurology
Associate Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute
Phone: 305-243-8683
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Dr. Barrientos is interested in the basic processes underlying the biogenesis of the mitochondrial respiratory chain (MRC) and how they bear on human neuromuscular and neurodegenerative disorders and during the aging process. We use yeast and mammalian cell culture models for our research
Three of the research lines in the lab involve:
1- We intend to delineate the assembly process of the enzymes composing the MRC, with special emphasis in cytochrome c oxidase (COX). COX deficiency is the most frequent cause of mitochondrial neuromyopathies in humans and has been shown to decline with age.
2- We are interested in the creation of yeast and neuronal models of age-related human neurodegenerative disorders (including Huntington’s disease and Parkinson’s disease). This will help us study the alterations in mitochondrial physiology that could be essential for the pathogenic mechanism of such disorders.
3- We have created novel yeast models of chronological aging that are being used to explore the role of mitochondrial function in the aging-disease relationship. The results obtained are being validated in mammalian neuronal aging models.


Susan Halloran Blanton, PhD

blanton-195x260Executive Director, Hussman Institute for Human Genomics
Associate Professor of Human Genetics and Neurology
Dr. John T. Macdonald Department of Human Genetics
Associate Director of Communications and Compliance
Hussman Institute for Human Genomics
PO Box 019132 (M-860)
Biomedical Research Building, Room 406
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Miami, FL 33101
Phone: 305-243-2321
Fax: 305-243-2523
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Dr. Blanton received her PhD in Human Genetics from Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia. She obtained post-doctoral training in Biostatistics (University of Pittsburgh) and Population Oncology (Fox Chase Cancer Center). Her primary research has focused on the mapping of genes for Mendelian and complex diseases; she has been instrumental in studies identifying over twenty genes/loci for Mendelian disorders. Stroke and the underlying genetics of its risk factors, deafness, retinal diseases, skeletal dysplasias, cleft lip/palate, and clubfoot are among the diseases which she currently studies. She collaborates with Drs. Sacco, Wright and Rundek to identify genetic factors influencing white matter and cognition and their relation to ageing. In addition, she has been involved in developing and implementing genetic education materials for Federal and appellate level judges and science writers in an ELSI sponsored project. Dr. Blanton is the Executive Director of the Hussman Institute for Human Genomics as well as the Associate Director of Communications and Compliance. She is an Associate Professor in the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics.


Elizabeth Crocco, MD

crocco-195x260Chief, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Miller School of Medicine/University of Miami
Geriatric Psychiatry Training Director
Jackson Memorial Hospital
1695 NW 9th Avenue
Suite 3204A
Miami, FL 33136
Phone: 305-355-9065
Fax: 305-355-9076

Dr. Elizabeth Crocco received her MD from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School/Rutgers University in Piscataway, New Jersey. She then completed her residency training in general psychiatry at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. She specializes in geriatric psychiatry, and completed her fellowship at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. Dr. Crocco is currently the Chief of Geriatric Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Miller School of Medicine. As the Medical Director of the University of Miami Memory Disorder Clinic, within the University of Miami’s Center on Aging she oversees the coordination of clinical services at the MDC. As a clinical scientist she also participates in research on caregiving and the development of measures to diagnosis MCI and PRE-MCI. She also serves as the geriatric psychiatry training director at Jackson Memorial Hospital and facilitates the primary training and supervision of all geriatric psychiatry fellows, psychiatry residents, medical students and other physicians/health care professionals.


Chuanhui Dong, PhD

Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute
Research Associate Professor
Department of Neurology
University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine
1120 NW 14th Street, Suite 1346
Miami, FL 33136
Phone: 305-243-9274

Dr. Dong is Research Associate Professor of Neurology and Biostatistician for the McKnight Brain Institute. Dr. Dong’s research focus is on the independent and interactive effects of social-demographic, environmental, behavioral, metabolic and genetic factors on the risk of complex diseases such as metabolic disorders, depression, cognition, drug response to clinical treatment, subclinical and clinical cardiovascular diseases. He is a member of the American Heart Association, the American Statistical Association, the International Genetic Epidemiology Society and the American Association of Human Genetics.


Hannah Gardener, ScD

gardener-195x260Assistant Scientist
Department of Neurology
University of Miami
Miller School of Medicine
1120 NW 14th St
Miami, FL 33136
Phone: 305-243-9283

Hannah Gardener, ScD, Assistant Scientist in the Department of Neurology at the University of Miami, is an epidemiologist with a particular interest in neuroepidemiology and the epidemiology of aging. She received her doctorate in Epidemiology in 2007 from the Harvard School of Public Health. She has been conducting research on risk factors for clinical and subclinical vascular outcomes in the Northern Manhattan Study for over seven years. She is particularly interested in dietary behavior and other modifiable vascular risk factors in relation to vascular events, carotid disease, and age-related changes in brain structure and cognitive decline.

Katalina Fernández McInerney, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor – Clinical
Department of Neurology, Division of Neuropsychology
University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine
1150 N.W. 14th Street
Professional Arts Center #604
Miami, FL 33136
Phone: (305) 243-7529

Dr. McInerney’s research focuses on intervention and rehabilitation strategies for neurologically compromised individuals along with the understanding and promotion of healthy aging. She is currently engaged in research examining neuropsychological and affective changes associated with frailty in older age and the effect of moderate and high intensity exercise on sedentary individuals. Additionally, she is involved in several studies examining decision making, including identifying markers of competency in healthy cognitive aging. She is working on a screening questionnaire to assess financial and medical capacity in Hispanic and non-Hispanic individuals with mild cognitive impairment and the oldest old. Her prior research focused on the neurocognitive correlates of hazard perception and probabilistic learning in healthy aging older adults.



Teshamae S Monteith, MD, FAHS

monteith-195x260Chief, Headache Division
Assistant Professor Clinical Neurology
Department of Neurology
University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine
1120 NW 14th Street, Suite 1347
Miami, FL 33136
Phone: 305-243-1029

Dr. Monteith is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology. She is Chief of the Division of Headache in the Department of Neurology. She also has clinics at the Advanced Institute for Pain Management. Dr. Monteith’s research focus is on migraine and chronic disease states including chronic migraine and concussion. Her research focuses on neurometabolite distributions of chronic migraine and associations with indicators of clinical severity, including psychosocial impact.

She was awarded a National Institutes of Health (NINDS) supplement award to promote diversity in health-related research to study migraine and vascular risk factors, and complications such as silent brain infarcts, white matter lesions, and stroke. She is also the site PI for clinical trial aimed to investigate the use of CGRP antibodies for the treatment of both episodic and chronic cluster headache. She is a member of the American Headache Society Association, the American Academy of Neurology, and the International Headache Society. She is a board member of the Florida Society of Neurology.


Carlos T. Moraes, PhD

moraes-195x260Esther Lichtenstein Professor in Neurology
University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine
Dept. of Neurology and Cell Biology
1420 NW 9th Avenue, Rm.229
Miami, FL 33136
Phone: 305-243-5858
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Carlos T. Moraes, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Neurology with a secondary appointment in Cell Biology at the University of Miami, Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. During his PhD at Columbia University he and other colleagues in the group identified large mitochondrial DNA deletions in patients with ocular myopathies. These initial observations were followed by the identification of several novel mutations in the mitochondrial genome in patients with different clinical phenotypes. Following a short postdoctoral period still at Columbia University he relocated to Miami in 1993 to start an independent research group on mitochondrial genetics. At the University of Miami he continued his work on mitochondrial diseases, developing genetic approaches to treat mitochondrial disorders and expanded to study nuclear mitochondrial interactions and the role of mitochondria in aging and neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s. Dr. Moraes has and continues to serve on several NIH panels including the Muscular Dystrophy Association grant review panels.

Milena Pinto, PhD

pinto-195x260Research Assistant Professor
Department of Neurology
University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine
1420 NW 9th Avenue, Room 231
Miami, FL 33136
Phone: 305-243-4232

Milena Pinto, PhD is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Miami, Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine.

She has more than ten years of research experience on neurodegenerative disorders, in particular on Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. She obtained her PhD in Functional genomics and Neurobiology in Italy, where she extensively worked on drug-induced and genetically modified animal models of Parkinson’s disease as well as on cellular models of dopaminergic neurons. More recently, during her postdoctoral training, she has been involved in understanding the possible neuronal-specific role of mitochondrial dysfunctions and mitochondrial DNA deletions and depletion in different mouse models of aging and neurodegenerative diseases.