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Former FDA commissioner Robert Califf presents Melvin S. Cutler lecture

Former FDA commissioner Robert Califf presents Melvin S. Cutler lecture

Robert M. Califf, MD, MACC, former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, presented the Melvin S. Cutler Lecture at UMass Medical School, entitled, “An American Approach to Medical Evidence Generation,” on Thursday, April 27.

Annual education ceremony unites cherished UMMS traditions

Annual education ceremony unites cherished UMMS traditions

The Educational Recognition Awards, The Last Lecture and the Second Year Oath took place at UMass Medical School on April 25. Michael Ennis, MD, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring and David Hatem, MD, delivered the lecture.

UMMS researchers receive amfAR grant to eliminate HIV reservoirs using gene editing

UMMS researchers receive amfAR grant to eliminate HIV reservoirs using gene editing

Jeremy Luban, MD, and Scot Wolfe, PhD, have received a grant from amfAR to explore using a powerful gene editing tool, CRISPR/Cpf1, to eradicate the HIV genome in its host. The researchers are hoping that Cpf1’s unique capacity to employ multiple RNA “guides” will outmaneuver the retrovirus.

Educational Recognition Awards, Last Lecture and Second Year Oath Ceremony will take place April 25

Educational Recognition Awards, Last Lecture and Second Year Oath Ceremony will take place April 25

David Hatem, MD, recipient of the 2016 Chancellor’s Medal for Distinguished Teaching, will deliver the Last Lecture on Tuesday, April 25, following the presentation of the 2017 Educational Recognition Awards. New this year, the event will include the Second Year Oath Ceremony for the School of Medicine Class of 2019.

Flotte, colleagues call March for Science ‘first step’ in rebuilding public trust in research in Boston Globe editorial

Flotte, colleagues call March for Science ‘first step’ in rebuilding public trust in research in Boston Globe editorial

Tens of thousands of people are expected to flock to Washington, D.C., Boston and 400 other cities around the world for the April 22 March for Science, but UMass Medical School Dean Terence R. Flotte and his colleagues at Harvard Medical School, Tufts University School of Medicine and Boston University School of Medicine don’t want the fight for National Institutes of Health funding to stop there.

Ami Ashar-Patel named Keck Graduate Institute fellow

Ami Ashar-Patel named Keck Graduate Institute fellow

PhD candidate Ami Ashar-Patel has been selected to participate in the Keck Graduate Institute Certificate in Bioscience Management Program.

Examining the role of the microbiome in the effectiveness of colorectal cancer treatment

Examining the role of the microbiome in the effectiveness of colorectal cancer treatment

A study by Marian Walhout, PhD, and colleagues, shows that C. elegans, fed a diet of E.coli bacteria, are 100 times more sensitive to the chemotherapy drug floxuridine, commonly used to treat colon cancer, than worms fed different bacteria. These findings suggest that the bacteria residing in your digestive tract may play an important role in your ability to respond to chemotherapy. Results of the study were published in Cell

UMass Medical School announces 2017 Commencement speaker, honorary degree recipients

UMass Medical School announces 2017 Commencement speaker, honorary degree recipients

At the 44th annual Commencement Exercises on Sunday, June 4, UMass Medical School will award honorary degrees to ground-breaking physician, scientist and academic health leader Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD; humanitarian and businessman Víctor Grífols, president of Grifols; and Patricia Donahoe, MD, a renowned pediatric surgeon and cancer researcher.

Creative classes build bridges between cultures, help refugee youth from Burma adjust to new lives

Creative classes build bridges between cultures, help refugee youth from Burma adjust to new lives

As featured in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, a team of UMass Medical School students has partnered with Tower Hill Botanic Garden and the Worcester Refugee Assistance Project to offer arts classes as social and cultural bridges for refugee youth from Burma now living in Worcester.

New study shows that antipsychotic medications can be reduced in dementia patients

New study shows that antipsychotic medications can be reduced in dementia patients

The use of antipsychotic medication in nearly 100 Massachusetts nursing homes was significantly reduced when staff members were trained to recognize challenging behaviors of cognitively impaired residents as communication of their unmet needs, according to a new study led by Jennifer Tjia, MD, MSCE.

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