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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. 

Joseph J. Byrne Chair in Biomedical Research, Herman G. Berkman Chair in Diabetes Care Innovation established at UMMS

Joseph J. Byrne Chair in Biomedical Research, Herman G. Berkman Chair in Diabetes Care Innovation established at UMMS

Two newly established endowed chairs at UMMS—the Joseph J. Byrne Chair in Biomedical Research and the Herman G. Berkman Chair in Diabetes Care Innovation—were approved by the UMass Board. Job Dekker, PhD, and Michael J. Thompson, MD, were appointed to the positions, respectively.

Rachel Gershon in STAT: Senate health care bill will make insurance exchanges unaffordable

Rachel Gershon in STAT: Senate health care bill will make insurance exchanges unaffordable

UMMS health care law and policy expert Rachel Gershon writes that fewer people will be able to afford health insurance purchased through state and federal exchanges under provisions in the Senate health care bill.

New Remillard Family Fund at UMMS supports community service

New Remillard Family Fund at UMMS supports community service

With a $3 million donation from the Remillard Family Foundation, UMass Medical School is funding community service programs that will improve the lives and health of residents of Worcester and Central Massachusetts and positively impact individuals, groups and communities.

Gang Han, colleagues develop tumor-targeting MRI contrast based on human protein

Gang Han, colleagues develop tumor-targeting MRI contrast based on human protein

A team led by Gang Han, PhD, has designed a human protein-based tumor-targeting MRI contrast that can be easily cleared by the body. The discovery has great promise for clinical applications.

Communication between neighboring cells triggers autophagy

Communication between neighboring cells triggers autophagy

Eric H. Baehrecke, PhD, has identified an immune-related protein deployed between neighboring cells in Drosophila that plays an essential role in the cell-degradation process known as autophagy.

Jason Lau named Medical Research Scholar by the National Institutes of Health

Jason Lau named Medical Research Scholar by the National Institutes of Health

Jason Lau, a third-year School of Medicine student, has been named an NIH 2017 Medical Research Scholar.

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