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UMMS study of congenital cytomegalovirus provides clues to how Zika virus causes birth defects

UMMS study of congenital cytomegalovirus provides clues to how Zika virus causes birth defects

Scientists at UMass Medical School are applying discoveries they’ve made in understanding how cytomegalovirus (CMV) causes microcephaly to new research into Zika virus.

Class Oath Ceremony marks pivotal transition from classroom to clinic

Class Oath Ceremony marks pivotal transition from classroom to clinic

As they prepare to enter their clinical training years, members of the School of Medicine Class of 2018 took an oath to always put patients first and treat the whole person at the Class Oath Ceremony held at UMass Medical School on May 3. 

Victor Ambros awarded 2016 March of Dimes prize for co-discovery of MicroRNAs

Victor Ambros awarded 2016 March of Dimes prize for co-discovery of MicroRNAs

Victor R. Ambros, PhD, has been awarded the 21st annual March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology, an honor presented to investigators whose research has profoundly advanced the science that underlies the understanding of birth defects.

Telegram: Worcester Pipeline makes medical careers accessible for young people

Telegram: Worcester Pipeline makes medical careers accessible for young people

Educators, community leaders, students and alums who have benefited from participating in the Worcester Pipeline Collaborative educational partnership came together on April 28 to celebrate its 20th anniversary.

Newsweek: UMass Medical School develops gene therapy for rare neurodegenerative disease

Newsweek: UMass Medical School develops gene therapy for rare neurodegenerative disease

Researchers in the lab of Guangping Gao, PhD, have developed a novel gene therapy that cures a rare, inherited neurodegenerative disorder called Canavan disease in mice and is on track to be brought to clinical trial, according to an April 28 article in Newsweek.

Educational Recognition Awards highlight excellence among UMMS faculty

Educational Recognition Awards highlight excellence among UMMS faculty

Twenty-nine people were recognized for their contributions to student education at UMass Medical School at the 18th annual Educational Recognition Awards ceremony, where Julie A. Jonassen, PhD, delivered the Last Lecture “Medical Education and the Case of the Missing Dromedary.”

Worcester Pipeline Collaborative celebrating 20 years

Worcester Pipeline Collaborative celebrating 20 years

School of Medicine student Marian Younge credits the Worcester Pipeline Collaborative for helping her pursue a career in medicine. 

UMMS scientists identify genes that control smooth muscle contraction in digestive system

UMMS scientists identify genes that control smooth muscle contraction in digestive system

Researchers at UMass Medical School have identified a new molecular pathway critical for maintaining the smooth muscle tone that allows the passage of materials through the digestive system.

Hugh Silk earns public service award for integrating oral health into primary care

Hugh Silk earns public service award for integrating oral health into primary care

Hugh Silk, MD, MPH, is the recipient of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry’s 2016 Public Service Award.

Building a CRISPR rainbow

Building a CRISPR rainbow

CRISPRainbow, a new technology using CRISPR/Cas9 developed by scientists at UMass Medical School, allows researchers to tag and track up to seven different genomic locations in live cells. This labeling system, details of which were published in Nature Biotechnology, will be an invaluable tool for studying the structure of the genome in real time.

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