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Chancellor Collins: In Trump economy, federal research dollars must be protected

Chancellor Collins: In Trump economy, federal research dollars must be protected

Chancellor Michael F. Collins told the Worcester Business Journal Economic Forecast Forum on Thursday, Feb. 16, of his concern that the National Institutes of Health funding—critical to UMass Medical School as well as the local economy and the future of science and medicine nationwide—could suffer under the Trump administration.

Dean Flotte delivers 221st Annual Oration to Worcester District Medical Society

Dean Flotte delivers 221st Annual Oration to Worcester District Medical Society

Terence R. Flotte, MD, delivered the Worcester District Medical Society’s 221st Annual Oration, “A Glass (more than) Half Full: Top Ten Reasons to Be Optimistic About the Next 220 Years of Medicine in Worcester,” on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the Beechwood Hotel.

Almeida to use Alzheimer’s Association grant to study dementia at the molecular level

Almeida to use Alzheimer’s Association grant to study dementia at the molecular level

Sandra Almeida, PhD, research assistant professor of neurology, has received an Alzheimer’s Association New Investigator Research Grant to study how variations in a gene along a specific neural pathway increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and frontotemporal dementia.

UMMS epigenetics researcher Oliver Rando explores whether offspring inherit drug protection

UMMS epigenetics researcher Oliver Rando explores whether offspring inherit drug protection

In a study published in the online biomedical sciences journal eLife, Oliver J. Rando, MD, PhD, and colleagues demonstrate that mice born of fathers who are habitually exposed to nicotine inherit enhanced chemical tolerance and drug clearance abilities.

UMMS study finds majority of children with irritable bowel syndrome are low on vitamin D

UMMS study finds majority of children with irritable bowel syndrome are low on vitamin D

A study by Benjamin U. Nwosu, MD, found an unexpectedly high incidence of vitamin D deficiency in children and adolescents with irritable bowel syndrome. The new findings point to monitoring and supplementing vitamin D in children with the disorder.

Chancellor Collins in STAT: Trump’s travel ban will impede science, medicine

Chancellor Collins in STAT: Trump’s travel ban will impede science, medicine

President Trump’s executive order on immigration is hurting America’s medical and science communities, jeopardizing the ability of foreign-born scientists, physicians and students to study and work here, according to an editorial by Chancellor Michael F. Collins published in STAT.

UMMS ranks in top 25 percent of medical schools in NIH funding; departments score high against peers

UMMS ranks in top 25 percent of medical schools in NIH funding; departments score high against peers

UMass Medical School ranked 29th out of 139 U.S. medical schools in National Institutes of Health funding, according to the 2016 report from the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research. Ten academic departments at UMMS ranked in the top 50 among their peers at other U.S. medical schools.

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.

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