2014 RESEARCH

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NIH awards Schiffer $7.9 million to attack drug resistance

NIH awards Schiffer $7.9 million to attack drug resistance

With a new $7.9 million program project grant from the National Institutes of Health, drug resistance expert Celia Schiffer, PhD, hopes to shift the drug development paradigm by putting resistance first in drug design strategies.

Boston Globe: UMMS researcher finds that rare genetic disorder protects against bipolar

Boston Globe: UMMS researcher finds that rare genetic disorder protects against bipolar

Edward Ginns, MD, PhD, has discovered that a rare genetic dwarfism called Ellis van-Creveld (EvC) syndrome protects against bipolar affective disorder, according to a story in the Boston Globe.

Food addiction: The missing piece in the obesity epidemic

Food addiction: The missing piece in the obesity epidemic

Two UMMS events, the Be Mentally Well community lecture series on Oct. 21 and the first-of-its-kind food addiction conference on Oct. 22, will shed light on the latest science about the biology, diagnosis and treatment of food addiction. 

Tuning light to kill deep cancer tumors

Tuning light to kill deep cancer tumors

An international group of scientists led by Gang Han, PhD, has combined a new type of nanoparticle with an FDA-approved photodynamic therapy to effectively kill deep-set cancer cells in vivo with minimal damage to surrounding tissue and fewer side effects than chemotherapy. This promising new treatment strategy could expand the current use of photodynamic therapies to access deep-set cancer tumors.

Szabo inducted into Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Szabo inducted into Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Gyongyi Szabo, MD, PhD, professor of medicine and vice chair for research in the Department of Medicine, was inducted into the Hungarian Academy of Sciences on Wednesday, Oct. 15. 

Rare genetic disease protects against bipolar disorder

Rare genetic disease protects against bipolar disorder

A team of scientists led by researchers at the UMass Medical School and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have identified what is likely a key genetic pathway underlying bipolar disorder, a breakthrough that could lead to better drugs for treating bipolar affective disorder, as well as depression and other related mood disorders. UMMS neurologist and geneticist Edward Ginns, MD, PhD, is lead author on the study. 

Even motivated dieters need close access to healthy food

Even motivated dieters need close access to healthy food

A new study from the UMass Medical School and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health finds that not having close access to healthy foods can discourage even the most motivated dieters. The study by Wenjun Li, PhD, et. al. was published online Oct. 7 by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Rando receives NIH Director’s Pioneer Award for epigenetic inheritance research

Rando receives NIH Director’s Pioneer Award for epigenetic inheritance research

Oliver Rando, MD, PhD, has received one of 10 highly competitive NIH Director’s Pioneer Awards, which challenge investigators to develop groundbreaking approaches in biomedical or behavioral science. Dr. Rando’s project, Role for small RNAs in sperm in control of offspring metabolism, will focus on how a father’s diet can influence the metabolism of his children. 

Genetic secrets of the monarch butterfly revealed

Genetic secrets of the monarch butterfly revealed

Researchers studying the genome of the monarch butterfly have identified a single gene that appears central to its migratory behavior. The findings were published in the October 1, 2014, issue of Nature

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