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UMMS research featured as inaugural AAMC ‘Health Equity Research Virtual Site Visit’

A new AAMC resource that highlights health equity research, called the “Health Equity Research Virtual Site Visit,” features UMass Medical School in its inaugural post.

Expanded newborn screening offers early diagnosis, treatment of infants with SCID

Data from 11 newborn screening programs, including the New England Newborn Screening Program, showed that newborn screening for severe combined immunodeficiency can be successfully implemented across public health newborn screening programs, according to a new study published in the Aug. 20 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

GSBS student receives HHMI International Student Research Fellowship

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences student Tsung-Han “Stanley” Hsieh is one of 46 international pre-doctoral students selected by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to receive International Student Research Fellowships that will support them as they complete their graduate studies in U.S. universities. The highly competitive award is funded at $43,000 per year for up to three years.

Video: Scientists at UMMS working toward ALS cure

The viral video “Ice Bucket Challenge” campaign is making ALS a household word across the country and shining a light on the scientists around the world searching for a cure. At UMass Medical School, Robert H. Brown Jr., DPhil, MD, one of the world’s foremost authorities on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, heads a multi-disciplinary team of scientists researching treatments and a cure for the disease. In this video, he and colleagues discuss the groundbreaking research taking place here.

Feldman, Doerfler to Telegram: there are ways to prevent suicide

The Worcester Telegram & Gazette turned to Barry Feldman, PhD, and Leonard Doerfler, PhD, both UMass Medical School suicide experts, for answers to questions about suicide raised by the death of actor Robin Williams. 

Expert’s Corner: How zebrafish are helping to unlock melanoma genetics

In this Expert’s Corner video, Craig J. Ceol, PhD, explains how he is using the zebrafish to identify the genes that give rise to melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer.

Video: NBC Nightly News airs ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ at UMMS

The red-hot “Ice Bucket Challenge” has brought in more than 100 donations to the UMass ALS Cellucci Fund in a matter of days, as families across the state and the country take the plunge to raise awareness of ALS and open up their wallets to support ALS research. Log on to umassals.com to support the ALS research at UMass Medical School.

UMMS study on childhood obesity perception a wake-up call; covered by national media

National news media reported findings from UMass Medical School researchers that more than a quarter of obese children and their parents underestimate their weight.

Video: UMMS chancellor, ALS researcher take ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’

UMass Medical School Chancellor Michael F. Collins and Chair and Professor of Neurology Robert H. Brown Jr., DPhil, MD, took the “Ice Bucket Challenge” on Wednesday, Aug. 6, with first-year medical students and members of Dr. Brown’s lab dousing them to raise awareness of ALS.

Faculty in Focus: Teresa Mitchell studies how to help children with autism learn

As developmental psychologist Teresa Mitchell, PhD, studies how to help children with atypical development learn, she focuses “not on what they can’t do, but rather what they can do.” Mitchell is an assistant professor of psychiatry and a researcher at UMass Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center.

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