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UMass Medical School, Baystate Health celebrate launch of regional campus

UMass Medical School, Baystate Health celebrate launch of regional campus

Officials from UMass Medical School, Baystate Health, UMass Amherst and the City of Springfield gathered Thursday in Springfield to celebrate the official launch of the medical school’s first regional campus in Western Massachusetts. 

Chancellor Collins, staff serve up turkeys and good cheer at Veterans Inc.

Chancellor Collins, staff serve up turkeys and good cheer at Veterans Inc.

Chancellor Michael F. Collins and UMass Medical School staffers were on hand distributing Thanksgiving turkeys with all the trimmings to veterans and their families at the Veterans Inc. annual Holiday Harvest event on Tuesday, Nov. 22.

In memoriam: H. Brownell Wheeler, MD, UMMS founding chair of surgery, 1929-2016

In memoriam: H. Brownell Wheeler, MD, UMMS founding chair of surgery, 1929-2016

The UMass Medical School community is saddened by the death of H. Brownell Wheeler, MD, founding chair of surgery and the Harry M. Haidak Distinguished Professor of Surgery Emeritus, according to an announcement from Chancellor Michael F. Collins. Dr. Wheeler died on Nov. 22, at age 87.

UMMS toxicology expert calls new landmark surgeon general’s addiction report a ‘must-read’

UMMS toxicology expert calls new landmark surgeon general’s addiction report a ‘must-read’

UMass Medial School toxicology expert Kavita Babu, MD, says a new, blockbuster U.S. surgeon general’s report calling for a shift in the way America addresses substance addiction lays out a specific roadmap for how the medical community can make further strides in its response to fighting the opioid crisis.

Fitzgerald, Brass named Thomson Reuters Report most influential scientific minds

Fitzgerald, Brass named Thomson Reuters Report most influential scientific minds

Katherine A. Fitzgerald, PhD, and Abraham L. Brass, MD, PhD, have been named 2016 Thomson Reuters Web of Science Highly Cited Researchers for being two of the world’s most influential and highly cited scientists.

ALS Association grant boosts ALS-ONE; aids gene therapy research at UMass Medical School

ALS Association grant boosts ALS-ONE; aids gene therapy research at UMass Medical School

A new, $2 million grant from the ALS Association to the ALS ONE-Massachusetts Partnership will support, in part, research at UMass Medical School run by internationally recognized amyotrophic lateral sclerosis researcher Robert H. Brown Jr., DPhil, MD.

Boys & Girls Club of Worcester making a difference, credits COMECC support

Boys & Girls Club of Worcester making a difference, credits COMECC support

Thanks to donations from initiatives such as the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Employees Charitable Campaign, the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester is able to offer membership benefits to hundreds of children for $25 a year, a fraction of the $500 to $1,000 it would cost without that support.

Should older people without cardiovascular disease take statins?

Should older people without cardiovascular disease take statins?

UMass Medical School geriatrics researcher Jerry Gurwitz, MD, co-authored a JAMA Viewpoint article addressing the need to develop a better understanding of the long-term benefits and potential risks for the millions of older Americans who are taking statins to prevent heart attacks and strokes.

GSN alum Sean Collins improving medical readiness in times of war and peace

GSN alum Sean Collins improving medical readiness in times of war and peace

Graduate School of Nursing alum and assistant professor Sean T. Collins, PhD, is deploying his education, experience and work ethic in clinical care, education, research and military service as Brigadier General in the United States Air Force National Guard.

UMMS study suggests Ebola virus mutation caused recent outbreak

UMMS study suggests Ebola virus mutation caused recent outbreak

A study led by Jeremy Luban, MD, with colleague William Diehl, PhD, demonstrates that an Ebola virus mutant dominated the 2013–16 epidemic by making the virus better able to infect human cells.

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