2016 UMMS NEWS AND NOTES

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UMMS survey finds community health center physicians mission-driven

A UMass Medical School survey of primary care physicians at Massachusetts community health centers finds a workforce more prepared to practice in a health center through training while also citing concerns of an aging workforce, according to an article in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.

UMMS scientists write Oligonucleotide Therapeutic Society Paper of the Year

Research by scientists at UMMS that shows how argonaute proteins rewrite the rules to make oligonucleotides behave like RNA-binding proteins is the topic of a paper selected by the Oligonucleotide Therapeutics Society as the most impactful paper in the field of oligonucleotide therapeutics for 2015-16.

History of UMass Medical School published online

The Lamar Soutter Library has announced the online publication of The University of Massachusetts Medical School, A History: Integrating Primary Care and Biomedical Research, written by UMMS historian Ellen More, PhD.

Biogen, Ionis report spinal muscular atrophy treatment demonstrated improvement

Biogen and Ionis Pharmaceuticals said their investigational treatment for infantile-onset spinal muscular atrophy demonstrated statistically significant improvement in certain motor functions for infants in a clinical trial. The treatment is based on discoveries made at UMass Medical School that used “antisense” technology to increase the availability of a protein crucial for normal neuron function.

MedPage Today: Nwosu explains link between type 2 diabetes in children and liver disease

A new study showing nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in children is associated with abnormal glucose metabolism is more evidence that a large percentage of patients with type 2 diabetes also have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, Benjamin Nwosu, MD, told MedPage Today in an Aug. 2 story.

UMMS LEND program receives $3 million grant from U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration

The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau has re-funded UMass Medical School’s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities  program with a $3.08 million, five-year grant.

Joyce Murphy clerk of Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare board

Joyce A. Murphy, MPA, executive vice chancellor of UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division, has been elected clerk of the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare Board of Directors.

UMMS researcher receives $300,000 grant from Avon 39 to further breast cancer research

Leslie Shaw, PhD, associate professor of molecular, cell & cancer biology, received a $300,000 grant to examine a mutation in gene IRS-2 to determine impacts on patient outcomes.

Picking up the pace: Open houses offer guidance and support for UMass Medicine Cancer Walk

UMass Medicine Cancer Walk staff members are hosting a series of open houses at several UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Medical Center locations to support team leaders and walkers who are raising money for care and research at the UMass Medicine Cancer Center of Excellence.  

Sokoloff to speak at summit on prostate cancer Sept. 16-18

Mitchell Sokoloff, MD, chair and professor of urology, will serve as a featured speaker at the First Global Summit on Diagnostic Precision for Prostate Cancer, taking place Sept. 16-18 at the Westin Copley Hotel in Boston. 

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