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Shlomit Schaal develops methods for early detection of diabetic retinopathy

Shlomit Schaal develops methods for early detection of diabetic retinopathy

Shlomit Schaal, MD, PhD, professor and chair ophthalmology, featured in the latest Women in Science video, studies diabetic retinopathy disease. 

U.S. Rep. James McGovern, local health care leaders discuss impact of Affordable Care Act repeal

U.S. Rep. James McGovern, local health care leaders discuss impact of Affordable Care Act repeal

Speaking to a packed room of local health care leaders at UMass Medical School on Wednesday, Jan. 18, U.S. Rep. James McGovern (D-MA 2nd District) encouraged the crowd to join the Massachusetts congressional delegation in pressing Congress to maintain the Affordable Care Act. 

MassBiologics developing promising alternative treatment for diphtheria in wake of global antitoxin shortage

MassBiologics developing promising alternative treatment for diphtheria in wake of global antitoxin shortage

A worsening shortage of the antitoxin used to treat diphtheria, the deaths of two unvaccinated children to the disease in Europe and declining vaccination rates demonstrate the need for a new approach, and MassBiologics of UMass Medical School is developing one, according to a Jan. 13 story in the journal Science.

MLK Semester of Service Awards announced at annual tribute

MLK Semester of Service Awards announced at annual tribute

The four 2017 MLK Semester of Service Awards for student-led community service were announced at the 29th annual tribute to the iconic civil rights pioneer held at UMass Medical School on Thursday, Jan. 12.

Jorge Sanchez Jr. and Edith Cullen receive Chancellor’s Awards for diversity and civility

Jorge Sanchez Jr. and Edith Cullen receive Chancellor’s Awards for diversity and civility

Chancellor Michael F. Collins announced Jorge Sanchez Jr. and Edith Cullen as the recipients, respectively, of the 2017 Chancellor’s Awards for excellence in diversity and in civility at the 29th annual tribute to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. held at UMass Medical School on Thursday, Jan. 12. 

Job Dekker explains DNA organization in New York Times article

Job Dekker explains DNA organization in New York Times article

The groundbreaking technology called chromosome conformation capture, developed by Job Dekker, PhD, is being used to understand how errors in DNA organization inside cells lead to disease and illness, according to a Jan. 10 article in the New York Times.

Sonia Hall assumes newly created leadership role at Genetics Society of America

Sonia Hall assumes newly created leadership role at Genetics Society of America

GSBS Center for Biomedical Career Development postdoctoral associate Sonia Hall, PhD, has been named program director for early career scientist engagement by the Genetics Society of America to tackle career development challenges facing the next generation of scientists.

UMMS study prompts universities to end affiliations with indoor tanning salons

UMMS study prompts universities to end affiliations with indoor tanning salons

Two years after documenting the large number of colleges allowing students to pay for indoor tanning beds with campus debit cards, Sherry Pagoto, PhD, reports that more than 60 percent of the schools have ended the practice, in a letter published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Injectable cholesterol-lowering drug developed with RNAi technology shows promise

Injectable cholesterol-lowering drug developed with RNAi technology shows promise

Anastasia Khvorova, PhD, said research published in the January New England Journal of Medicine shows a new class of cholesterol-lowering drugs that target RNA directly was extremely potent and durable in a Phase I clinical trial.

Lamar Soutter Library fellow receives Gold Foundation award for graphic medicine research

Lamar Soutter Library fellow receives Gold Foundation award for graphic medicine research

Matthew N. Noe, MSLS, a fellow in the Lamar Soutter Library, has received an Arnold P. Gold Foundation Research Institute literature review grant to investigate how graphic novels can be used to improve medical literacy.

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