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Robert Layne named assistant dean for outreach programs

Robert Layne named assistant dean for outreach programs

Longtime educator, mentor and role model Robert Layne, MEd, has been promoted to the newly created role of assistant dean for outreach programs and instructor in radiology at UMass Medical School. 

Nancy Byatt recognized with prestigious award from Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine

Nancy Byatt recognized with prestigious award from Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine

Nancy Byatt, DO, MBA, has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Don R. Lipsitt Award for Achievement in Integrative and Collaborative Care from the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine.

Study examines use of bitter substances to halt preterm labor

Study examines use of bitter substances to halt preterm labor

New research by Ronghua ZhuGe, PhD, and colleagues offers insight into the mechanisms of uterine contractions during labor and may lead to new treatments to reduce instances of preterm birth, a leading cause of neonatal mortality and morbidity.

Craig Peterson receives $4.5 million outstanding investigator award from NIH

Craig Peterson receives $4.5 million outstanding investigator award from NIH

UMass Medical School scientist Craig L. Peterson, PhD, has received a five-year, $4.5 million Maximizing Investigators' Research Award (MIRA) from the National Institutes of Health for research that explores the role chromosome structure plays in regulating gene expression, DNA repair and DNA fidelity during cell division.

UMMS infectious disease expert presents promising Lyme disease prevention research at State House

UMMS infectious disease expert presents promising Lyme disease prevention research at State House

Development of a new medicine to protect the public against Lyme disease is ready for a phase 1 clinical trial, according to a State House briefing by MassBiologics Executive Vice Chancellor Mark S. Klempner, MD.

UMMS postdocs named American Cancer Society Fellows

UMMS postdocs named American Cancer Society Fellows

Caitlin Brown, PhD; Amanda Monahan, PhD; and Gregoriy Dokshin, PhD, postdocs at UMass Medical School, have been named 2017 American Cancer Society Fellows.

Ellen Gravallese honored by American Society of Bone and Mineral Research

Ellen Gravallese honored by American Society of Bone and Mineral Research

Ellen M. Gravallese, MD, is the recipient of the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research’s 2017 Stephen M. Krane Award.

Study finds obese patients don’t need to lose weight before total joint replacement

Study finds obese patients don’t need to lose weight before total joint replacement

A new UMass Medical School study finds that obese patients who underwent knee or hip replacement surgery reported virtually the same pain relief and improved function as normal-weight joint replacement patients six months after surgery. 

Promising therapy for fatal genetic diseases in children nears human trials

Promising therapy for fatal genetic diseases in children nears human trials

UMass Medical School scientist Miguel Sena-Esteves, PhD, and colleagues at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine are nearing human clinical trials on a gene therapy for Tay-Sachs and Sandhoff diseases.

Youth cadets get authentic police academy training at UMass Medical School

Youth cadets get authentic police academy training at UMass Medical School

Fourteen Worcester teens participated in the Summer Youth Police Academy at UMass Medical School, whose Department of Public Safety launched the first-of-its-kind youth career program. 

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