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Substantial progress being made in ALS research at UMMS

Substantial progress being made in ALS research at UMMS

A year after the popular “Ice Bucket Challenge” campaign had households across the country talking about ALS, scientists at UMass Medical School working toward a cure have made meaningful progress. World-renowned neurologist Robert H. Brown Jr. talks about the promising advances taking place in his lab.  

UMMS develops customizable neurobehavioral tests for children, adults with disabilities

UMMS develops customizable neurobehavioral tests for children, adults with disabilities

UMMS researcher William McIlvane, PhD, and colleagues have developed a computer-based battery of neurobehavioral tests designed to evaluate the cognitive capabilities of both children and adults, including those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

UMMS receives $2.5 million CDC grant to help ob/gyns treat depression during, after pregnancy

UMMS receives $2.5 million CDC grant to help ob/gyns treat depression during, after pregnancy

UMMS has developed an innovative program to reach more women with perinatal depression by empowering obstetricians to treat patients’ psychiatric needs in their own practices. Now, with a $2.5 million grant from the CDC, investigators here will test the new approach as a potential model to address the urgent public health problem of depression during and after pregnancy.

Gov. Cellucci Tribute Road Race brings hundreds out to support ALS research at UMass Medical School

Gov. Cellucci Tribute Road Race brings hundreds out to support ALS research at UMass Medical School

Hundreds of runners, walkers and volunteers contributed to the 2nd Annual Gov. Cellucci Tribute Road Race on Saturday in Hudson in memory of the late governor, Paul Cellucci, and to benefit ALS research at UMass Medical School. 

UMMS ‘at the forefront’ in ALS research, reports Telegram, NECN

UMMS ‘at the forefront’ in ALS research, reports Telegram, NECN

ALS researchers at UMass Medical School are conducting ground-breaking work on gene discovery, gene therapy and gene silencing, and on biological research using motor neurons created from adult stem cells, thanks in part to money raised by the “Ice Bucket Challenge” campaign.

New ASD test can lead to earlier treatment, better outcome, UMMS pediatrician tells WCVB-TV

New ASD test can lead to earlier treatment, better outcome, UMMS pediatrician tells WCVB-TV

Roula N. Choueiri, MD, spoke to WCVB-TV about Rapid Intervention Screening Test for Autism in Toddlers, an interactive screening tool that identifies ASD in toddlers as young as 18 to 36 months old.

Health care immersion expands career horizons for local teens

Health care immersion expands career horizons for local teens

Eighteen local high school juniors and seniors are getting a head start on their future careers in medicine as participants in UMass Medical School’s High School Health Careers program.

UMMS and state partner to increase employment of people with disabilities

UMMS and state partner to increase employment of people with disabilities

Educating employers about hiring people with disabilities and training staff at state career centers to better serve this population are the goals of a partnership between UMass Medical School’s Work Without Limits program and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

UMMS pediatrician develops improved rapid screening test for autism in toddlers

UMMS pediatrician develops improved rapid screening test for autism in toddlers

UMMS pediatrician Roula N. Choueiri, MD, has developed a rapid intervention screening test for autism spectrum disorder in toddlers, designed to improve early identification and access to treatment. Her study will be published in the August issue of The Journal of Pediatrics

WCVB-TV: Family of fighter pilot with ALS fights for a cure

WCVB-TV: Family of fighter pilot with ALS fights for a cure

Their son’s 2014 diagnosis with ALS came as a surprise, but now the Bellina family has rallied their community to support research at UMass Medical School to find a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, according to a story on WCVB-TV. 

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