2014 Press Releases

Chancellor Collins releases statement on UMass President Robert Caret's departure

Chancellor Collins releases statement on UMass President Robert Caret's departure

Chancellor Michael F. Collins issued the following statement on the announced departure of University of Massachusetts President Robert Caret.

Phillip D. Zamore, PhD, named 2014 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

Phillip D. Zamore, PhD, named 2014 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

Phillip D. Zamore, PhD, a pioneer in the study of RNA silencing, was named a 2014 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, a high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation.

MassBiologics, Voyager Therapeutics announce collaboration for viral vector manufacturing

MassBiologics, Voyager Therapeutics announce collaboration for viral vector manufacturing

MassBiologics of UMass Medical School and Voyager Therapeutics will collaborate on viral vector manufacturing at the new MassBiologics SouthCoast facility in Fall River.

Luzuriaga, Szabo appointed to newly endowed chairs at UMMS

Luzuriaga, Szabo appointed to newly endowed chairs at UMMS

Two newly endowed chairs were approved by the university’s Board of Trustees, according to Chancellor Michael F. Collins. Katherine F. Ruiz de Luzuriaga, MD, was named the inaugural recipient of the UMass Memorial Health Care Chair in Biomedical Research. Gyongyi Szabo, MD, PhD, was named the inaugural recipient of the second Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research Chair.

UMMS leading drive to reopen Liberian hospitals in wake of Ebola

UMMS leading drive to reopen Liberian hospitals in wake of Ebola

UMass Medical School is leading an initiative to restore critically needed basic health care in Liberia by re-opening hospitals overwhelmed by Ebola outbreaks, thanks to funding from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. 

New executive vice chancellor hired to lead business development initiatives

Brendan O’Leary, PhD, an accomplished scientist and venture capitalist specializing in the pharmaceutical, medical device and diagnostic sectors, will join UMass Medical School as an executive vice chancellor responsible for promoting innovation and business development, according to Chancellor Michael F. Collins.

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.

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.

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.  

Gov. Patrick, Chancellor Collins announce collaboration to improve outpatient VA services

Gov. Patrick, Chancellor Collins announce collaboration to improve outpatient VA services

UMass Medical School, the Patrick administration and the Veterans Administration announced plans for a new outpatient clinic for veterans care on the UMMS campus in Worcester.