Jeffery Vance, MD, PhD

Jeffery M. Vance, MD, PhD, is a professor and founding chairman (2008-2012) in the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics, and professor of neurology, at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine.  He is boarded by both the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and the American College of Medical Genetics.  Dr. Vance is the director of the Center for Genomic Education and Outreach in the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics at the University of Miami.  Dr. Vance obtained his PhD degree in the Department of Medical Genetics at Indiana University and his MD degree at Duke University. He completed his neurology residency at Duke University and rose to the rank of professor of neurology before moving to the University of Miami in 2007, to help found the Hussman Institute.  Dr. Vance’s primary area of expertise and national recognition is neurogenetics, specifically in neurodegenerative disorders and peripheral neuropathies.  His research has focused on the application of clinical, molecular, and mathematical genetic techniques to identify genes leading to human disease. He has identified multiple gene defects for Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease and other neurologic and inherited disorders. Dr. Vance has also been a leader in applying genetics to common medical diseases. He led the NIH-funded Morris K. Udall Parkinson Disease (PD) Research Center of Excellence at Duke and Miami for 17 years. He is currently conducting research on AD as a member of the Puerto Rican Alzheimer Disease Initiative (PRADI), the Research in African-American Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative (REAAADI) and the Alzheimer Disease Sequencing Project (ADSP), all funded by the National Institute of Aging.    He has over 290 publications and his work has been cited more than 19,000 times.