2014 IN FOCUS

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‘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.

Single episode of binge drinking adversely affects health

A new study on binge drinking by Gyongyi Szabo, MD, PhD, found that a single episode of binge drinking can have significant negative health effects resulting in bacteria leaking from the gut, leading to increased levels of toxins in the blood.

UMass Medical School students enjoy their new Best Buddies

Medical student Justin Pespisa launched a Best Buddies chapter at UMMS this year to promote friendships between adults with intellectual disabilities and aspiring doctors and advanced practice nurses and to reinforce the importance of compassion in health care.

UMMS scientist aiding a mother’s quest for rare disease cure

UMass Medical School scientist Michael R. Green, MD, PhD, keeps the image of Chelsea Coenraads and that of other girls who suffer from Rett syndrome in mind as he works toward finding a drug that would reverse the disease. Dr. Green was awarded a $750,000 grant from the Rett Syndrome Research Trust for research aimed at reversing the underlying cause of the disorder.

Michael Green elected to National Academy of Sciences

The National Academy of Sciences has announced the election of Michael R. Green, MD, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, the Lambi and Sarah Adams Chair in Genetic Research, professor of molecular medicine and biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, and director of the Program in Gene Function and Expression, for his distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

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