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  • Chancellor Collins to Class of 2021: ‘You are scientists, nurses and doctors at their best’

    The 48th annual UMass Medical School Commencement was held on Sunday, June 6, at Worcester State University following lifting of COVID-19 restrictions in recent weeks. Many graduates reflected on the unusual year in which they completed their studies.

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  • USA Today reports on first baby in gene therapy clinical trial for Sandhoff, Tay-Sachs diseases

    Thomas Feldborg and Daria Rokina, of Denmark, chose to enroll their baby daughter, Alissa, in an investigational gene therapy for the treatment of GM2 gangliosidosis, which causes Tay-Sachs and Sandhoff diseases, to “let hope conquer the fears,” according to a report in USA Today chronicling their journey.

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  • U.S. News & World Report ranks UMass Medical School 10th in the nation in primary care education

    UMass Medical School ranks 10th nationwide in primary care by U.S. News & World Report in its annual rankings of the best graduate schools. The 2022 report also marks a rise for UMMS in research, this year ranking 45th, up two spots from the previous ranking.

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  • NIH research funding surges at UMass Medical School

    National Institutes of Health research funding to UMass Medical School grew by 78 percent for the first quarter of fiscal 2021, which began July 1. Grants and contracts from all funding sources increased by nearly 50 percent.

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  • Drive-in Match Day a unique occasion for soon-to-be UMass Medical School grads

    The School of Medicine hosted its annual Match Day celebration with a socially distanced drive-in event at the South Street campus on Friday, March 19. This year’s class is the largest ever, with 168 graduating students.

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UMass Medical School to participate in trial of Pfizer COVID-19 booster vaccine

UMass Medical School to participate in trial of Pfizer COVID-19 booster vaccine

UMass Medical School intends to start enrolling by the end of June approximately 100 participants from its initial Pfizer trial in a study of a vaccine booster. The booster would be given roughly six months after participants received their second shot of the original vaccine.

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Research

Research

UMMS research identifies potential antiviral compound for COVID-19, flu, other viral infection

UMMS research identifies potential antiviral compound for COVID-19, flu, other viral infection

Katherine A. Fitzgerald, PhD; Fiachra Humphries, PhD; and Liraz Galia, PhD, working with the British-based pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline, have identified a novel molecule capable of stimulating the innate immune system against SARS-CoV-2 virus.

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Education

Education

Two medical students receive Dorothy Wolff Fellowships for projects focusing on otolaryngology

Two medical students receive Dorothy Wolff Fellowships for projects focusing on otolaryngology

School of Medicine students Maimuna Ahmad and Sara Holmes have each been awarded Dorothy Wolff Fellowships from UMass Medical School. Ahmad will focus on cognitive function in patients living with vestibular disorders and Holmes will study changes to bones in the middle ear in relation to hearing loss.

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Community

Community

David McManus and Brian Lewis named to endowed chairs

David McManus and Brian Lewis named to endowed chairs

The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees approved two “accomplished and visionary” University of Massachusetts faculty as endowed chairs at its April meeting.

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Students

Students

LISTEN: Medical students share their stories through ‘Murmurs’ podcast

LISTEN: Medical students share their stories through ‘Murmurs’ podcast

A new episode Voices of UMassMed highlights a podcast created by two School of Medicine students to promote reflective medicine.

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