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.
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.
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.
PhD candidate Ami Ashar-Patel has been selected to participate in the Keck Graduate Institute Certificate in Bioscience Management Program.
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.
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.
UMass Medical School will invest three faculty members into newly endowed chairs and three more to existing endowed chairs, as approved by a vote of the UMass Board of Trustees at its April 12 meeting. Two of the newly funded chairs, to be held by Mark Johnson, MD, and Marian Walhout, PhD, were made possible through the generosity of Maroun Semaan, co-founder, director and president of Petrofac Group.
Job Dekker, PhD, has been recognized by the Biochemical Society, based in London, as the inaugural recipient of the International Award.
The Massachusetts Facility for High-Resolution Cryo-Electron Microscopy at UMass Medical School is giving scientists a front row seat to the “ballet of the cell,” according to Brian Kelch, PhD, assistant professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, in an article published in the April 9 Worcester Telegram & Gazette.
UMass Medical School scientist John Landers, PhD, told WCVB-TV’s Chronicle host Erika Tarantal how his discovery of an ALS gene—research funded in part by the Ice Bucket Challenge—is making a difference in the quest for a cure.