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Video: UMMS chancellor, ALS researcher take ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’

UMass Medical School Chancellor Michael F. Collins and Chair and Professor of Neurology Robert H. Brown Jr., DPhil, MD, took the “Ice Bucket Challenge” on Wednesday, Aug. 6, with first-year medical students and members of Dr. Brown’s lab dousing them to raise awareness of ALS.

Video: Inaugural Cellucci tribute race draws huge crowd, supports ALS research at UMMS

More than 1,000 runners and walkers participated in the inaugural Governor Cellucci Tribute Road Race in Hudson on Saturday, Aug. 2, in honor of the late Paul Cellucci’s commitment to fund ALS research at UMass Medical School and his lifelong dedication to public service. The race, which ran through Paul Cellucci’s historic hometown, benefited the UMass ALS Cellucci Fund, launched by the former governor to fund research into a cure after he was diagnosed with the disease.

Expert’s Corner: Infertility common but diagnosis, treatments have improved

In this Expert’s Corner video, obstetrician/gynecologist and reproductive medicine pioneer Julia Johnson, MD, gives an update on infertility incidence, causes and diagnosis, and talks about improved success rates for today’s infertility treatments.

UMass Cancer Avatar Institute, Center for Microbiome Research backed by UMass president

The UMass Cancer Avatar Institute and the Center for Microbiome Research, two promising research projects at UMass Medical School, were supported in the latest round of University of Massachusetts President Robert L. Caret’s Science and Technology Initiatives Fund.

‘Mississippi Baby’ now has detectable HIV: UMMS immunologist among researchers studying case

The child known as the “Mississippi baby”—an infant seemingly cured of HIV that was reported as a case study of a prolonged remission of HIV infection in The New England Journal of Medicine last fall—now has detectable levels of HIV after more than two years of not taking antiretroviral therapy without evidence of virus, according to the pediatric HIV specialist and researchers involved in the case, including UMass Medical School immunologist Katherine Luzuriaga, MD.

Boston Globe: Jan Cellucci continuing late husband’s ‘unfinished business’

The inaugural Paul Cellucci Tribute Road Race in Hudson on Aug. 2 will raise money for ALS research and honor the late governor’s dedication to public service and to the state’s only public medical school, according to a July 1 Boston Globe story.

Boston Globe: Work Without Limits connecting disabled with jobs

UMass Medical School’s Work Without Limits program is helping people with disabilities find jobs, according to a story in the July 1 Boston Globe.

UMass Worcester Prevention Research Center awarded $4.4 million from CDC

An innovative public health research center at UMass Medical School focused on reducing obesity and eliminating health disparities was awarded $4.4 million from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

U.S. Rep. James McGovern calls NIH funding levels ‘unacceptable,’ challenges grads to be political

Under sunny skies, 227 graduates of UMass Worcester marked a milestone in their long educational journey on Sunday, June 1, as they marched across the stage in front of faculty, family members and friends to proudly accept their degrees. U.S. Rep. James P. McGovern, who received a Chancellor’s Medal and delivered the Commencement address, used the opportunity to call for more National Institutes of Health funding to sustain the remarkable medical research advances that are saving lives and helping people live longer.

Maloney, Pagoto weigh in on new tanning bed regs in New York Times

UMass Medical School’s Mary Maloney, MD, and Sherry Pagoto, PhD, explain the impact of a new decision by the FDA to require strict warning labels on tanning beds in a May 30 New York Times article.

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