2014 HEADLINES

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UMMS supports Veterans Inc. Holiday Harvest

UMMS supports Veterans Inc. Holiday Harvest

Chancellor Michael F. Collins, his wife, Maryellen, and a dozen UMass Medical School employees volunteered at the Veterans Inc. shelter in Worcester for the Annual Holiday Harvest, distributing Thanksgiving dinners to more than 400 veterans and their families.

UMMS scholar receives Young Investigator Award from Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

UMMS scholar receives Young Investigator Award from Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

John A. Pulikkan, PhD, a postdoctoral associate in the laboratory of Lucio H. Castilla, PhD, associate professor in the Program in Gene Function & Expression, received a Young Investigator Award from Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer.

UMMS family doctors say many take blood pressure meds not shown to help

UMMS family doctors say many take blood pressure meds not shown to help

Otherwise healthy patients who have mild hypertension are being overtreated, according to an analysis published in The BMJ by UMass Medical School family physicians Stephen Martin, MD, and Marcy Boucher, MD.

Telegram: Work Without Limits program helped Wegmans hire individuals with disabilities

Telegram: Work Without Limits program helped Wegmans hire individuals with disabilities

UMass Medical School’s Work Without Limits program helped Wegmans supermarkets find and hire individuals with disabilities for its first Massachusetts store in Northborough, and the successful model has been replicated at other stores, according to a story in the Nov. 23 Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

Rhode Island patient-centered medical home initiative growing with UMMS support

A patient-centered medical home project in the state of Rhode Island has blossomed under UMass Medical School’s management, growing from a pilot project of only 13 practice sites to a program that give more than 320,000 Rhode Island residents access to this innovative care model.

Elaine Martin and Stephen Colella receive Chancellor’s Awards

Elaine Martin and Stephen Colella receive Chancellor’s Awards

Elaine Martin received the Chancellor’s Award for Advancing the UMMS Mission, and Stephen Colella received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Community Service at the 2014 Employee Recognition Dinner.

Final push toward another successful COMECC campaign

Final push toward another successful COMECC campaign

The statewide Commonwealth of Massachusetts Employees Charitable Campaign (COMECC), which runs through Nov. 26, allows UMass Medical School employees to direct their contributions to any of more than 1,000 screened local, regional, national and international nonprofits dedicated to supporting a wide range of needs.

Meyers Primary Care Institute at UMMS part of $30 million national falls study

Meyers Primary Care Institute at UMMS part of $30 million national falls study

The Meyers Primary Care Institute at UMass Medical School is one of 10 sites taking part in a $30 million, five-year intervention study to drastically reduce the number of falls in older adults funded by National Institutes of Health and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

Expert’s Corner: Don’t worry about Ebola—but be very worried about flu

Expert’s Corner: Don’t worry about Ebola—but be very worried about flu

In this Expert’s Corner video, infectious disease specialist Robert Finberg, MD, compares the incidence and dangers of flu versus Ebola in the United States—and urges everyone to get flu vaccines. 

NIH awards Joel Richter $9.5 million for Fragile X research center

NIH awards Joel Richter $9.5 million for Fragile X research center

The Center for Collaborative Research in Fragile X at UMMS, with a $9.5 million NIH grant, will be led by Professor of Molecular Medicine Joel D. Richter, PhD. Fragile X is the most common form of inherited intellectual and developmental disability. It can affect one in about 4,000 males and one in about 6,000 females.  

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