2014 Press Releases

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.  

Victor Ambros awarded 2015 $3M Breakthrough Prize for co-discovery of microRNAs

Victor Ambros awarded 2015 $3M Breakthrough Prize for co-discovery of microRNAs

Victor R. Ambros, PhD, professor of molecular medicine, has been awarded a $3 million 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences for his co-discovery of a new world of genetic regulation by microRNAs.

UMMS study: Tanning beds widely available on or near college campuses, despite cancer risk

UMMS study: Tanning beds widely available on or near college campuses, despite cancer risk

Despite a high skin cancer risk, tanning beds are available on campus or in off-campus housing at nearly half of the nation’s top colleges, and access is frequently discounted or entirely free of charge, according to a new study from Sherry Pagoto at UMass Medical School.

UMMS Ebola Relief effort launched with $7.5M Paul G. Allen Family Foundation grant

UMMS Ebola Relief effort launched with $7.5M Paul G. Allen Family Foundation grant

With a $7.5 million grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, UMass Medical School will lead a team of academic partners to provide a comprehensive relief effort in Liberia, bringing doctors, nurses and training and medical supplies to the Ebola-stricken country. 

New ALS-associated gene identified using innovative strategy

New ALS-associated gene identified using innovative strategy

A team of international scientists led by John Landers, PhD, has shown that TUBA4A, the gene encoding the Tubulin Alpha 4A protein, is associated with the familial form of the neurodegenerative disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.   

NIH awards Schiffer $7.9 million to attack drug resistance

NIH awards Schiffer $7.9 million to attack drug resistance

With a new $7.9 million program project grant from the National Institutes of Health, drug resistance expert Celia Schiffer, PhD, hopes to shift the drug development paradigm by putting resistance first in drug design strategies.

Food addiction: The missing piece in the obesity epidemic

Food addiction: The missing piece in the obesity epidemic

Two UMMS events, the Be Mentally Well community lecture series on Oct. 21 and the first-of-its-kind food addiction conference on Oct. 22, will shed light on the latest science about the biology, diagnosis and treatment of food addiction.