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Telegram story raises awareness of vitiligo, an autoimmune disease afflicting 70 million people

Telegram story raises awareness of vitiligo, an autoimmune disease afflicting 70 million people

John Harris MD, PhD, has dedicated his research to better understanding what causes vitiligo, an autoimmune disease that results in the appearance of white spots on the skin, according to an article in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

Ann Marshak-Rothstein awarded Lupus Insight Prize

Ann Marshak-Rothstein awarded Lupus Insight Prize

Ann Marshak-Rothstein, PhD, will use the Lupus Insight Prize award to explore the regulatory role of toll-like receptors in an animal model of cutaneous lupus that has strong similarities to the human disease.

UMMS receives $17.3 million to oversee manufacturing of HIV vaccine

UMMS receives $17.3 million to oversee manufacturing of HIV vaccine

Shan Lu, MD, PhD, has received $17.3 million from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to develop and produce an optimized HIV vaccine to be used in Phase II human clinical trials.

UMMS scientists use CRISPR to discover Zika and dengue weaknesses

UMMS scientists use CRISPR to discover Zika and dengue weaknesses

UMMS scientists have performed the first CRISPR/Cas9 screen to discover human proteins that Zika virus needs for replication. This work, led by Abraham Brass, MD, PhD, reveals new leads that may be useful for halting Zika, dengue and other emerging viral infections.

MD/PhD student Miriam Madsen strives to improve communication for those in need

MD/PhD student Miriam Madsen strives to improve communication for those in need

In this Women In Science video, MD/PhD student Miriam Madsen talks about her PhD project  to develop technologies that improve quality of life and bolster independence for people with temporary or chronic physical and neurodevelopmental disabilities.

UMMS student testing smartphone app to detect childhood cancer in Guatemala

UMMS student testing smartphone app to detect childhood cancer in Guatemala

School of Medicine student Nitin Shrivastava belongs to an international consortium of researchers and clinicians working in Guatemala to test and disseminate use of a free smartphone app that detects leukocoria and increases early diagnosis of retinoblastoma.

UMMS study suggests hepatitis C patients face barriers to new drug treatments

UMMS study suggests hepatitis C patients face barriers to new drug treatments

A UMMS study suggests some patients with hepatitis C face barriers to receiving the newest medications to treat the virus. The paper examined the use of sofosbuvir and simeprevir, medications that have been very effective treating HCV, among members of MassHealth.

Patrick Emery receives $4.1M outstanding investigator award

Patrick Emery receives $4.1M outstanding investigator award

Patrick Emery, PhD, received a $4.1 million MIRA award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences to study the molecular, genetic and neural mechanisms underlying circadian rhythms and their synchronization by environmental clues such as light and temperature cycles. 

NPR: UMMS study shows more patients removed from liver transplant list after change in federal policy

NPR: UMMS study shows more patients removed from liver transplant list after change in federal policy

Liver transplant centers are removing more patients from the waiting list, deeming them “too sick to transplant,” in the wake of federal performance standards that have only minimally improved one-year survival rates, according to an NPR report on MD/PhD student Natasha Dolgin’s research.

Jun Huh named Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences

Jun Huh named Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences

Named a 2016 Pew Biomedical Scholar, UMMS early-career scientist Jun Huh, PhD, joins an elite nationwide cadre of biomedical scientists including seven fellow UMMS faculty.

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