2014 HEADLINES

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London to Globe: Single-payer transformation would be complex in Mass.

UMass Medical School health policy expert Katharine London, part of the team developing the Vermont single-payer financing model, talked to the Boston Globe about the complexities of bringing that reform to Massachusetts.

Convocation Week marks start of academic year

Continuing an annual tradition, UMass Medical School will officially mark the start of the 2014 academic year with Convocation Week activities, starting on Monday, Sept. 15, with the Graduate School of Nursing’s Pinning Ceremony and ending on Friday, Sept. 19, with the School of Medicine’s White Coat Ceremony. All events are open to the UMMS community.

Keaney named Mary C. DeFeudis Chair in Biomedical Research

John F. Keaney Jr., MD, professor of medicine and chief of the division of cardiovascular medicine, has been named the Mary C. DeFeudis Chair in Biomedical Research. Dr. Keaney will be honored at Investiture on Thursday, Sept. 18.

‘I wear my head shaved pretty proudly,’ UMass Medicine Cancer Walk participant tells NECN

Charity Grzelecki, call center manager at UMass Medical School affiliate UHeathSolutions, shaved her head after surpassing her UMass Medicine Cancer Walk fundraising goal of $1,000, according to a report on Charter TV3 Worcester News Tonight and New England Cable News.

Conversation about unconscious bias launches UMMS Diversity Campus Read

In a thought-provoking conversation centered on the uncomfortable fact that everyone, regardless of their best intentions, harbors biases that they are largely unaware of, UMass Medical School launched the annual Diversity Campus Read. 

Having access to treatment is life-changing, UMMS autism experts tell WCVB-TV’s Chronicle

Maura Buckley, MPA, a product manager for UHealthSolutions, and Amy Weinstock, director of the Autism Insurance Resource Center at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, talked about their experiences related to accessing health care and behavioral services for children with autism spectrum disorder, in a segment that aired on WCVB-TV’s Chronicle.

UMMS expert explains FSHD progression and researches the genetic basis

Charles P. Emerson Jr., PhD, director of the UMMS Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative Research Center, talks to WCVB about facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD), one of the nine primary types of muscular dystrophy.

New UMMS Gold Humanism Honor Society chapter to honor the ‘art of medicine’

In a move to formally recognize the foundational value of humanism to the School of Medicine curriculum, UMass Medical School has successfully applied for approval to start a chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Inaugural members of the society, which is sponsored by the Arnold P Gold Foundation, will be elected this fall from the SOM class of 2015.

UMMS research featured as inaugural AAMC ‘Health Equity Research Virtual Site Visit’

A new AAMC resource that highlights health equity research, called the “Health Equity Research Virtual Site Visit,” features UMass Medical School in its inaugural post.

Expanded newborn screening offers early diagnosis, treatment of infants with SCID

Data from 11 newborn screening programs, including the New England Newborn Screening Program, showed that newborn screening for severe combined immunodeficiency can be successfully implemented across public health newborn screening programs, according to a new study published in the Aug. 20 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

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