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Mass. DPH Commissioner calls UMMS opioid safe-prescriber training a ‘national model’

Mass. DPH Commissioner calls UMMS opioid safe-prescriber training a ‘national model’

Massachusetts Department of Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH, praised UMass Medical School for leading the charge to better train medical and advanced practice nursing students in prevention and management of opioid abuse.

UMMS-led discovery of ALS gene funded by Ice Bucket Challenge; nets global attention

UMMS-led discovery of ALS gene funded by Ice Bucket Challenge; nets global attention

The discovery of a new gene implicated in ALS, led by UMMS scientist Jon Landers, PhD, and funded by The ALS Association with donations from the 2014 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, has garnered extensive media coverage and validated the success of the social media phenomenon.

Graduate School of Nursing ranked among top nursing schools nationwide

Graduate School of Nursing ranked among top nursing schools nationwide

The Graduate School of Nursing at UMass Medical School is named first overall in New England, 18th in the United States andeighth among public nursing schools in a new analysis by Nursing Schools Almanac.

UMMS researcher finds microglia contribute to end stages of Rett Syndrome

UMMS researcher finds microglia contribute to end stages of Rett Syndrome

Dorothy P. Schafer, PhD, assistant professor of neurobiology, and colleagues have discovered a possible link between microglia function and the end stages of Rett Syndrome in animal models. This finding could be therapeutically relevant in that targeting microglia in the late stages of Rett could potentially improve function and later life outcomes.

New gene variants present in 3 percent of all ALS patients

New gene variants present in 3 percent of all ALS patients

John Landers, PhD, led a team of more than 80 scientists who found that variations in a gene with multiple functions in neurons are present in approximately 3 percent of all cases of ALS in North American and European populations, both sporadic and familial.

UMMS researchers make ‘startling’ discovery that a Salmonella protein reduces drug resistance in tumors

UMMS researchers make ‘startling’ discovery that a Salmonella protein reduces drug resistance in tumors

Scientists at UMass Medical School have found that the Salmonella protein SipA naturally reduces a well-known drug-resistant molecule found in many different types of cancer cells. They collaborated to deploy a SipA ‘nanobug’ that rendered tumors ‘almost undetectable.’

NIH study builds on previous UMMS research into chemoresistance in breast, ovarian cancer

NIH study builds on previous UMMS research into chemoresistance in breast, ovarian cancer

A new NIH study published in Nature, based on research by Sharon Cantor, PhD, helps scientists better understand how hereditary breast and ovarian cancer genes function in the repair of broken DNA. Members of Dr. Cantor’s lab contributed to the study.

Dekker, colleagues at Curie Institute untangle Barr body of inactive X chromosome

Dekker, colleagues at Curie Institute untangle Barr body of inactive X chromosome

Job Dekker, PhD, and scientists at Institut Curie in Paris and Stanford University have taken a detailed look inside the small, densely packed structure of the inactive X chromosome found in female mammals called the Barr body.

New report finds that male, single, young and low-income residents more likely to be uninsured

New report finds that male, single, young and low-income residents more likely to be uninsured

Although Massachusetts has the lowest rate of uninsured residents nationally, those who are male, single, young, and low-income are more likely than others to be persistently uninsured, according to a new report co-authored by Michael Chin, MD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health and a health policy associate with Commonwealth Medicine.

Students in High School Health Careers Program driven by dedication, determination

Students in High School Health Careers Program driven by dedication, determination

Eighteen local teenagers who are determined to do what it takes to succeed in careers in health care are members of UMass Medical School’s High School Health Careers Program Class of 2016.

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