Jeremy Luban, MD, and Scot Wolfe, PhD, have received a grant from amfAR to explore using a powerful gene editing tool, CRISPR/Cpf1, to eradicate the HIV genome in its host. The researchers are hoping that Cpf1’s unique capacity to employ multiple RNA “guides” will outmaneuver the retrovirus.Read more
The use of antipsychotic medication in nearly 100 Massachusetts nursing homes was significantly reduced when staff members were trained to recognize challenging behaviors of cognitively impaired residents as communication of their unmet needs, according to a new study led by Jennifer Tjia, MD, MSCE.Read more
David Hatem, MD, recipient of the 2016 Chancellor’s Medal for Distinguished Teaching, will deliver the Last Lecture on Tuesday, April 25, following the presentation of the 2017 Educational Recognition Awards. New this year, the event will include the Second Year Oath Ceremony for the School of Medicine Class of 2019.Read more
C. Leon Pierce has been appointed the new director of public safety and deputy chief of police at UMass Medical School, where he was sworn in by Chief of Police John Luippold at a ceremony held on Wednesday, Nov. 9.Read more
The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences honored 37 newly qualified PhD candidates with a formal ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 15, marking the milestone achievement as they transition from classroom-based learning to candidacy for a doctoral degree.Read more
Springfield native and UMass Amherst graduate Andrew Dowd took a very different path to UMMS, working as a professional photographer before beginning medical training. He melded photography with his medical school experience by taking pictures of his classmates throughout the four years, culminating in publication of his hardcover book MED SCHOOL: Photographs and Stories from Inside.
The Massachusetts Facility for High-Resolution Cryo-Electron Microscopy at UMass Medical School is the first-of-its-kind facility in New England. The facility will open new windows into the world of biology with the ability to see single molecules and their dynamics and macromolecular assemblies inside cells.