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Substantial progress being made in ALS research at UMMS

Substantial progress being made in ALS research at UMMS

A year after the popular “Ice Bucket Challenge” campaign had households across the country talking about ALS, scientists at UMass Medical School working toward a cure have made meaningful progress. World-renowned neurologist Robert H. Brown Jr. talks about the promising advances taking place in his lab.  

UMMS receives $2.5 million CDC grant to help ob/gyns treat depression during, after pregnancy

UMMS receives $2.5 million CDC grant to help ob/gyns treat depression during, after pregnancy

UMMS has developed an innovative program to reach more women with perinatal depression by empowering obstetricians to treat patients’ psychiatric needs in their own practices. Now, with a $2.5 million grant from the CDC, investigators here will test the new approach as a potential model to address the urgent public health problem of depression during and after pregnancy.

Gov. Cellucci Tribute Road Race brings hundreds out to support ALS research at UMass Medical School

Gov. Cellucci Tribute Road Race brings hundreds out to support ALS research at UMass Medical School

Hundreds of runners, walkers and volunteers contributed to the 2nd Annual Gov. Cellucci Tribute Road Race on Saturday in Hudson in memory of the late governor, Paul Cellucci, and to benefit ALS research at UMass Medical School. 

Health care immersion expands career horizons for local teens

Health care immersion expands career horizons for local teens

Eighteen local high school juniors and seniors are getting a head start on their future careers in medicine as participants in UMass Medical School’s High School Health Careers program.

UMMS pediatrician develops improved rapid screening test for autism in toddlers

UMMS pediatrician develops improved rapid screening test for autism in toddlers

UMMS pediatrician Roula N. Choueiri, MD, has developed a rapid intervention screening test for autism spectrum disorder in toddlers, designed to improve early identification and access to treatment. Her study will be published in the August issue of The Journal of Pediatrics

UMMS scientists develop new model for motor responsible for packaging viral genome

UMMS scientists develop new model for motor responsible for packaging viral genome

A new model developed by biomedical researcher Brian Kelch, PhD, and colleagues at UMMS explains how the microscopic motor responsible for packing viral DNA into its tiny protective shell generates the speed and force to overcome pressures ten times greater than that of a sealed bottle of champagne.

Targeting the ‘real bad guys’ in a particularly aggressive breast cancer

Targeting the ‘real bad guys’ in a particularly aggressive breast cancer

A team of researchers at UMass Medical School is collaborating to develop an effective treatment for triple-negative breast cancer, a particularly aggressive form of the disease.

Pederson named editor-in-chief of FASEB Journal

Pederson named editor-in-chief of FASEB Journal

Thoru Pederson, PhD, has been named the editor-in-chief of The FASEB Journal by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.

Chancellor Emeritus Aaron Lazare passes away

Chancellor Emeritus Aaron Lazare passes away

Aaron Lazare, MD, who served as chancellor and dean at UMMS from 1991 to 2007, died on July 14, 2015 at the age of 79.

Kirsch expanding, enhancing college mental health services for young adults

Kirsch expanding, enhancing college mental health services for young adults

UMass Medical School psychiatrist Daniel Kirsch, MD, is focused on improving mental health services for young adults aged 18 to 26 with a new initiative supported by a Vitality Award from the Office of Faculty Affairs. 

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