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  • Andreas Bergmann, PhD, receives Outstanding Investigator Award from NIH

    Andreas Bergmann, PhD, receives Outstanding Investigator Award from NIH

    Andreas Bergmann, PhD, has received a five-year, $3.5 million Maximizing Investigators' Research Award from the National Institutes of Health.

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  • Cole Haynes receives investigator award from HHMI, Gates & Simons foundations

    Cole Haynes receives investigator award from HHMI, Gates & Simons foundations

    Cole Haynes, PhD, was named one of 84 faculty scholars by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), the Simons Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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  • Craig Peterson receives $4.5 million outstanding investigator award from NIH

    Craig Peterson receives $4.5 million outstanding investigator award from NIH

    UMass Medical School scientist Craig L. Peterson, PhD, has received a five-year, $4.5 million Maximizing Investigators' Research Award (MIRA) from the National Institutes of Health for research that explores the role chromosome structure plays in regulating gene expression, DNA repair and DNA fidelity during cell division.

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  • PhD candidate Yvonne Chan a ‘protein engineer’

    PhD candidate Yvonne Chan a ‘protein engineer’

    In this Women in Science video, PhD candidate Yvonne Chan talks about her exploration of how proteins fold and maintain their three-dimensional structure.

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  • Dohoon Kim receives $2 million Young Investigator Award from Suh Kyungbae Science Foundation

    Dohoon Kim receives $2 million Young Investigator Award from Suh Kyungbae Science Foundation

    Dohoon Kim, PhD, was named a 2017 Suh Kyungbae Science Foundation Young Investigator Award recipient. The accompanying $2 million, five-year grant will support research into changes in metabolic pathways that support cancer cells.

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  • Four faculty members appointed to endowed professorships

    Four faculty members appointed to endowed professorships

    Four faculty members have been appointed to endowed professorships at UMass Medical School in recognition of their contributions to biomedical research, education and patient care. Each will be formally invested Sept. 13 at the Convocation and Investiture ceremony.

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  • FDA approves first drug to use RNA interference, based on discoveries made at UMass Medical School

    FDA approves first drug to use RNA interference, based on discoveries made at UMass Medical School

    The new drug, patisiran, approved Aug. 10 by the FDA, is based on the discovery of RNAi made by Craig Mello, PhD, and Andrew Fire, PhD. It was developed by Alnylam, an RNAi-based drug development company co-founded by Phillip Zamore, PhD.

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  • New genome-editing strategy developed at UMMS may lead to therapeutics

    New genome-editing strategy developed at UMMS may lead to therapeutics

    Researchers at UMass Medical School have developed a genome-editing strategy to correct disease-causing DNA mutations in mouse models of human genetic diseases. Dan Wang, PhD, is first author and Guangping Gao, PhD, is a co-corresponding author on the paper published in the Aug. 18 edition of Nature Biotechnology.

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  • Raziel Rojas-Rodriguez studies adipose tissue function in metabolism during pregnancy

    Raziel Rojas-Rodriguez studies adipose tissue function in metabolism during pregnancy

    Raziel Rojas-Rodriguez, a PhD candidate in the Program in Molecular Medicine, is studying how adipose tissue expansion during pregnancy is related to metabolic health. Learn more about her research in this Women in Science video. 

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  • Guangping Gao named a top translational scientist by Nature Biotechnology

    Guangping Gao named a top translational scientist by Nature Biotechnology

    Guangping Gao, PhD, has been ranked one of the world’s top translational researchers, according to a new tabulation from Nature Biotechnology. The Top 20 Translational Researchers of 2017, published this month by Nature Biotechnology, places Dr. Gao fourth.

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  • Job Dekker and colleagues develop new model to examine large mutations in cells

    Job Dekker and colleagues develop new model to examine large mutations in cells

    Job Dekker, PhD, creator of high-throughput chromosome conformation capture (known as Hi-C), and a team of researchers have developed a new computational framework combining optical mapping, Hi-C, and whole genome sequencing to find what are called “structural variants” within cancer genomes and learn more about how such cancers begin.

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  • UMass Medical School magazine debuts

    UMass Medical School magazine debuts

    As part of UMass Medical School’s ongoing initiatives to share news about the research, academic and service achievements that take place every day on our campuses, a new magazine debuts this week, @umassmed.

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  • GSBS recognizes 52 graduate students as they embark on dissertation research

    GSBS recognizes 52 graduate students as they embark on dissertation research

    Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Dean Mary Ellen Lane, PhD, welcomed and congratulated 52 graduate students entering the transformative years of their doctoral research during the GSBS Qualifying Exam Recognition Ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

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  • GSBS, American Chemical Society collaborate to measure impact of individual development plans

    GSBS, American Chemical Society collaborate to measure impact of individual development plans

    With a three-year, $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in collaboration with the American Chemical Society will measure the impact of career development planning for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. 

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  • Inaugural Williams Scholars announced at UMass Chan

    Inaugural Williams Scholars announced at UMMS

    Timothy Kowalik, PhD; Stephenie Lemon, PhD; David McManus, MD; and Susan Sullivan-Bolyai, DNSc; have been named the inaugural Dr. Marcellette G. Williams distinguished Scholars at UMass Medical School.

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  • Brian Kelch lab to bring biomedical science lessons to Worcester Technical High School

    Brian Kelch lab to bring biomedical science lessons to Worcester Technical High School

    Students from the lab of Brian Kelch, PhD, will share their biomedical training and laboratory experience with students at Worcester Technical High School, thanks to a 5-year, $1 million grant to study viral motors from the National Science Foundation.

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  • UMass Chan study identifies potential on/off switch for HIV-1

    UMMS study identifies potential on/off switch for HIV-1

    Research from the lab of Jeremy Luban, MD, suggests targeting the HUSH complex to activate HIV-1 may be an avenue for making latent viral reservoirs susceptible to antiviral therapies.

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  • Rodrigo Lopez Gonzalez awarded Alzheimer’s Association Research Fellowship

    Rodrigo Lopez Gonzalez awarded Alzheimer’s Association Research Fellowship

    Rodrigo Lopez Gonzalez, PhD, has been awarded the 2019 Alzheimer’s Association Research Fellowship to Promote Diversity. 

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  • UMass Chan scientists featured in special edition of Small Methods journal

    UMMS scientists featured in special edition of Small Methods journal

    Multidisciplinary research in chemical biology, life sciences and medicine at UMass Medical School is featured in a special issue of the journal Small Methods. The collection of papers spans a wide disciplinary range that includes biomedical engineering/materials science, frontiers in optical microscopy and organic synthesis, as well as nanoparticle technology and emerging CRISPR‐based genomic sciences.

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  • Postdoc Tessa Simone explores role of immune cells in cancer

    Postdoc Tessa Simone explores role of immune cells in cancer

    Tessa Simone, PhD, a postdoc in the lab of Michael R. Green, MD, PhD, is focused on identifying ways to teach the immune system to attack cancerous tumors without harming healthy tissue. Learn about her research  in the latest Women in Science video.

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  • Silvia Corvera, Michael Czech receive $2.5M grant to advance potential therapy for type 2 diabetes

    Silvia Corvera, Michael Czech receive $2.5M grant to advance potential therapy for type 2 diabetes

    Silvia Corvera, MD, and Michael Czech, PhD, are investigating whether technologies developed in their labs will harness beige fat’s ability to burn energy and accelerate metabolism in order to improve the body’s response to sugar and lower blood glucose levels.

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  • UMass Medical School scientists safely deliver RNAi-based gene therapy for ALS in animal model

    UMass Medical School scientists safely deliver RNAi-based gene therapy for ALS in animal model

    A gene therapy delivered to motor neurons was able to silence SOD1 protein, mutations of which are linked to ALS, without causing any adverse effects, according to a new study published in Science Translational Medicine, by Christian Mueller, PhD, and Robert H. Brown Jr., DPhil, MD.

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  • Robert Brown Jr. and Jonathan Watts honored by Angel Fund for ALS

    Robert Brown Jr. and Jonathan Watts honored by Angel Fund for ALS

    Jonathan K. Watts, PhD, and Robert H. Brown Jr., DPhil, MD, were recognized at the annual Angel Fund for ALS Gala on Oct. 27. The organization is a nonprofit charity dedicated to supporting Dr. Brown’s research.

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  • Blu Genes Foundation gives UMMS $1.4M to bring Tay-Sachs gene therapy to clinical trial

    Blu Genes Foundation gives UMMS $1.4M to bring Tay-Sachs gene therapy to clinical trial

    The Toronto-based Blu Genes Foundation, which is dedicated to developing gene therapies for rare disease, has given $1.4 million to UMass Medical School to advance a Phase I/II clinical trial for Tay-Sachs. Miguel Sena-Esteves, PhD, Terence Flotte, MD, Heather Gray-Edwards, PhD, DVM, and colleagues at  Auburn University are leading the research.

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  • RNAi therapy mitigates preeclampsia symptoms in UMass Medical School study

    RNAi therapy mitigates preeclampsia symptoms in UMass Medical School study

    A new study by Anastasia Khvorova, PhD, and Melissa Moore, PhD, at UMass Medical School and colleagues at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Western Sydney University, suggests that RNA interference therapy could be a potential strategy for the treatment of preeclampsia.

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  • Victor Ambros named fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

    Victor Ambros named fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

    Victor Ambros, PhD, has been elected by his peers as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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  • NIH grant supports UMMS research on ‘off switch’ for extra chromosome in Down syndrome

    NIH grant supports UMMS research on ‘off switch’ for extra chromosome in Down syndrome

    Jeanne Lawrence, PhD, and Jaime Rivera, PhD, received a five-year, $2.8 million grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development at the National Institutes of Health to test a strategy in a mouse model for silencing the extra chromosome that causes Down Syndrome.

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  • UMass Chan scientists receive $1.6M in NIH funding to improve genome editing techniques

    UMMS scientists receive $1.6M in NIH funding to improve genome editing techniques

    Led by Guangping Gao, PhD, and Erik Sontheimer, PhD, scientists at UMass Medical School will work to develop technology to enable safe genome editing in patients, thanks to new grant funding from the National Institutes of Health.

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  • UMass Chan researchers receive funding from Gilbert Family Foundation to develop NF1 therapeutic

    UMMS researchers receive funding from Gilbert Family Foundation to develop NF1 therapeutic

    The Gilbert Family Foundation has announced that UMass Medical School will receive funding from a $12 million gene therapy initiative to address the underlying cause of neurofibromatosis type 1.

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  • UMass Chan licenses clinical-stage gene therapies for Tay-Sachs, similar diseases to Axovant

    UMMS licenses clinical-stage gene therapies for Tay-Sachs, similar diseases to Axovant

    Axovant Sciences, a Swiss company developing gene therapies for neurological diseases, has licensed exclusive worldwide rights for the development and commercialization of two novel gene therapy programs for Tay-Sachs and Sandhoff diseases from UMass Medical School. 

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  • Physician-scientist Jane Freedman focuses on improving cardiovascular health

    Physician-scientist Jane Freedman focuses on improving cardiovascular health

    The single-minded goal of cardiologist and scientist Jane Freedman, MD, is to seek insights that will help heal patients with heart disease. Learn about her research and career in the latest Women in Science video.

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  • Jennifer Tjia elected fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

    Jennifer Tjia elected fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

    UMass Medical School geriatrics expert Jennifer Tjia, MD, MSCE, has been named a fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine in recognition of her dedication to and scholarship in the field.

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  • Research suggests how gonorrhea ‘tricks’ immune system

    Research suggests how gonorrhea ‘tricks’ immune system

    Sanjay Ram, MD, co-authored a new study that reveals insights into how gonococcus, the bacteria that causes gonorrhea, latches onto and enters human cells. The findings may help provide an avenue to develop therapeutics that defend against bacterial infection.

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  • New study shows homeless women more likely to face pregnancy complications

    New study shows homeless women more likely to face pregnancy complications

    A new study in the January issue of Health Affairs by Robin Clark, PhD, shows women who were homeless during their pregnancies had significantly higher rates of health complications, such as hypertension, anemia, hemorrhage and early labor, compared with those who were not homeless.

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  • UMass Chan study finds some women may be missing out on benefits of menopausal hormone therapy

    UMMS study fins some women may be missing out on benefits of menopausal hormone therapy

    A new study by Sybil Crawford, PhD, finds that younger women with menopausal symptoms may have foregone hormone therapy for relief as a result of the 2002 Women’s Health Initiative recommendations, despite new research showing favorable benefits versus risks for their age group.

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  • New podcast: Allan Jacobson helps make sense out of nonsense mutations in genes

    New podcast: Allan Jacobson helps make sense out of nonsense mutations in genes

    Allan Jacobson, PhD, studies the post-transcriptional control of gene expression, focusing on the consequences and corrections of “nonsense mutations”—errors in the genetic code that serve as periods in a genetic sentence. He explains his research in a new Voices of UMassMed podcast.

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  • Lori Pbert appointed to United States Preventive Services Task Force

    Lori Pbert appointed to United States Preventive Services Task Force

    Lori Pbert, PhD, has been appointed a member of the United States Preventive Services Task Force, an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine that works to improve the health of all Americans.

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  • WJAR-TV/NBC 10 goes inside Silvia Corvera’s ‘fat lab’

    WJAR-TV/NBC 10 goes inside Silvia Corvera’s ‘fat lab’

    In a health report from WJAR-TV/NBC 10 of Providence, reporter Barbara Morse Silva explains research by Silvia Corvera, MD, into transforming white fat into beige to harness its ability to burn energy, accelerate metabolism and fight disease.

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  • The Conversation: Hemant Khanna on potential treatment for eye cancer using tumor-killing virus

    Hemant Khanna on potential treatment for eye cancer using tumor-killing virus

    Hemant Khanna, PhD, an ophthalmology and visual sciences researcher, writes for The Conversation about a recent report in which scientists have found a new approach to target retinoblastoma using cancer-killing viruses. 

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  • Guangping Gao elected to American Academy of Microbiology

    Guangping Gao elected to American Academy of Microbiology

    Guangping Gao, PhD, has been elected to the American Academy of Microbiology, the honorific leadership group of the American Society of Microbiology.

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  • Paulo Martins receives second award for accomplishments in liver transplant research

    Paulo Martins receives second award for accomplishments in liver transplant research

    The American Society of Transplant Surgeons has recognized Paulo N. Martins, MD, PhD, with the 2019 Veloxis Rising Stars in Transplantation Surgery Award for his research of transplant immunobiology.

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  • Medical student John-Marc Austin awarded grant to improve LGBTQ+ health care curriculum

    Medical student John-Marc Austin awarded grant to improve LGBTQ+ health care curriculum

    School of Medicine student John-Marc Austin has been awarded a LGBTQ+ health disparities grant from the Massachusetts Medical Society to develop curriculum materials supporting comprehensive, accurate, nonbiased information about LGBTQ+ health and health care.

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  • Michael Green named vice provost for strategic research initiatives

    Michael Green named vice provost for strategic research initiatives

    UMass Medical School has created the role of vice provost for strategic research initiatives and named Michael R. Green, MD, PhD, to the post.

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  • MD/PhD candidate Rachel Stamateris focused on novel diabetes approach

    MD/PhD candidate Rachel Stamateris focused on novel diabetes approach

    As the diabetes epidemic continues to grow, researchers are redoubling their efforts to understand the mechanisms that cause the disease. Learn about how MD/PhD candidate Rachel Stamateris is studying the disease in this Women in Science video.

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  • UMass Medical School hosts 13th annual Central Massachusetts Brain Bee

    UMass Medical School hosts 13th annual Central Massachusetts Brain Bee

    Arlington Catholic High School junior Petra Dujmic won the 13th annual Central Massachusetts Brain Bee, hosted by the Department of Psychiatry at UMass Medical School on Feb. 9.

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  • Roger Davis to chair Program in Molecular Medicine

    Roger Davis to chair Program in Molecular Medicine

    Roger J. Davis, PhD, FRS, has accepted the position of chair of the Program in Molecular Medicine, succeeding Michael P. Czech, PhD, the founding chair.

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  • LISTEN: New developments in depression research with Anthony Rothschild

    LISTEN: New developments in depression research with Anthony Rothschild

    Anthony Rothschild, MD, explains the latest developments into the use of Esketamine for treatment-resistant depression in a new episode of the podcast Voices of UMassMed.

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  • UMass ALS Cellucci Fund team running for a cure at Boston Marathon

    UMass ALS Cellucci Fund team running for a cure at Boston Marathon

    Five people will represent the UMass ALS Cellucci Fund in the 2019 Boston Marathon on April 15 to support amyotrophic lateral sclerosis research (ALS) underway at UMass Medical School.

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  • UMass Chan scientists develop technology to give night vision to mammals

    UMMS scientists develop technology to give night vision to mammals

    A new study in the journal Cell describes how Gang Han, PhD, and colleagues developed technology to give night vision to mammals with a simple injection that contains nanoantennae, allowing the animals to see light beyond the visible spectrum, into the range of infrared light.

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  • Two UMass Medical School research teams named STAT Madness 2019 contenders

    Two UMass Medical School research teams named STAT Madness 2019 contenders

    UMass Medical School has two research teams competing in the 2019 STAT Madness contest, in which readers are encouraged to vote online for the best pioneering biomedical research of 2018.

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  • Caterina Strambio De Castillia named Imaging Scientist by Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

    Caterina Strambio De Castillia named Imaging Scientist by Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

    The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) has named Caterina Strambio De Castillia, PhD, a CZI Imaging Scientist and awarded more than $1 million in grant funding for her research into microscopic imaging.

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  • UMass Medical School, Dana Farber/Boston Children’s researchers optimize gene editing for sickle cell disease

    UMass Medical School, Dana Farber/Boston Children’s researchers optimize gene editing for sickle cell disease and beta thalassemia

    Researchers at UMass Medical School and Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center have developed a strategy to treat two of the most common inherited blood diseases—sickle cell disease and beta thalassemia—applying CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing to a patient's own blood stem cells.

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  • Novel strategy hits ‘reset button’ for disease-causing genetic duplications

    Novel strategy hits ‘reset button’ for disease-causing genetic duplications

    Scot A. Wolfe, PhD, and Charles P. Emerson Jr., PhD, discovered a “reset button” for disease-causing genetic microduplications using CRISPR gene editing and a rare, innate DNA repair mechanism.

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  • Paul Greer named 2019 Searle Scholar

    Paul Greer named 2019 Searle Scholar

    Paul L. Greer, PhD, is one of 15 young scientists in the chemical and biological sciences who have been named 2019 Searle Scholars.

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  • Raúl Padrón elected to National Academy of Sciences

    Raúl Padrón elected to National Academy of Sciences

    Raúl Padrón, PhD, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences as a foreign associate and will be honored at the 156th Annual Meeting, April 27-30, in Washington, D.C.

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  • Cynthia Fuhrmann dedicated to helping other scientists chart their own careers

    Cynthia Fuhrmann dedicated to helping other scientists chart their own careers

    Biomedical sciences career development expert Cynthia Fuhrmann, PhD, discusses her own pioneering career in this latest Women in Science video.

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  • John Landers receives $300K from Muscular Dystrophy Association to identify therapeutic targets for ALS

    John Landers receives $300K from Muscular Dystrophy Association to identify therapeutic targets for ALS

    John Landers, PhD, will use a $300,000 grant to identify new therapeutic targets for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The grant is one of eight totaling more than $2 million awarded by the Muscular Dystrophy Association for ALS research this month.

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  • Riccio Fund for Neuroscience announces four research awards at UMass Chan

    Riccio Fund for Neuroscience announces four research awards at UMMS

    The Dan and Diane Riccio Fund for Neuroscience will support four $50,000 seed grants in 2019 to fuel innovative discoveries through interdisciplinary collaborations that deepen the understanding of brain function and the processes that go awry in neurological diseases.

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  • Expert’s Corner: Michael Brehm on precision medicine in type 1 diabetes

    Expert’s Corner: Michael Brehm on precision medicine in type 1 diabetes

    Michael Brehm, PhD, and colleagues at UMass Medical School are working to bring precision medicine to patients with type 1 diabetes, developing a model system that allows scientists to better understand the autoimmune disease. Learn more in this Expert’s Corner video.

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  • Jeroan Allison named chair of population & quantitative health sciences

    Jeroan Allison named chair of population & quantitative health sciences

    Jeroan Allison, MD, will succeed Catarina Kiefe, MD, PhD, on June 1, becoming the second chair of the Department of Population & Quantitative Health Sciences at UMass Medical School.

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  • Ashley Matthew receives HOPE scholarship from Biomedical Science Careers Program

    Ashley Matthew receives HOPE scholarship from Biomedical Science Careers Program

    MD/PhD candidate Ashley Matthew was awarded a HOPE Scholarship from the Biomedical Science Careers Program. She accepted the two-year, $7,500 award at the “Evening of Hope” celebration held at Harvard Medical School on April 25.

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  • Researchers gain insights into cellular processes associated with diabetes

    Researchers gain insights into cellular processes associated with diabetes

    Two new studies from the Diabetes Center of Excellence at UMass Medical School investigate functions of the insulin-producing beta cells that are destroyed in patients with type 1 diabetes, and a reliable method to measure beta cell replication in individuals.

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  • Beth McCormick, John Haran explore link between microbiome and Alzheimer’s disease

    Beth McCormick, John Haran explore link between microbiome and Alzheimer’s disease

    In a new study, Beth A. McCormick, PhD, and John P. Haran, MD, PhD, show that patients with Alzheimer’s disease have distinctly different microbiomes than patients with other forms of dementia, establishing a critical bridge connecting specific bacteria species and different types of dementia prevalent in the elderly.

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  • The Angel Fund contributes $1.1 million for ALS research at UMass Medical School

    The Angel Fund contributes $1.1 million for ALS research at UMass Medical School

    The Angel Fund for ALS Research has delivered on its pledge to donate an additional $1 million in support of ALS research underway at UMass Medical School.

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  • UMass Medical School launches ophthalmology residency program

    UMass Medical School launches ophthalmology residency program

    The Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at UMass Medical School has announced the launch of an ophthalmology residency program, recently approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

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  • Amir Mitchell lab engages high school classes in superbug research via online portal

    Amir Mitchell lab engages high school classes in superbug research via online portal

    Under the guidance of Amir Mitchell, PhD, 250 high school students from Massachusetts, California and Israel have had the opportunity to research one of medicine’s biggest challenges today—the emergence of superbugs.

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  • Potential drug targets for ALS and FTD identified in two Fen-Biao Gao studies

    Potential drug targets for ALS and FTD identified in two Fen-Biao Gao studies

    A pair of collaborative studies led by Fen-Biao Gao, PhD, have identified two potential drug targets for the diseases amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal dementia. The studies provide a new layer of detail about how the most common genetic mutation responsible for both ALS and FTD causes neuron cell death.

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  • Ellen Gravallese awarded Nachman Prize for research in rheumatology

    Ellen Gravallese awarded Nachman Prize for research in rheumatology

    UMass Medical School physician-scientist Ellen M. Gravallese, MD, received the Carol Nachman Prize for Rheumatology, an international honor for research in rheumatology, from city dignitaries at a ceremony in Wiesbaden, Germany.

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  • UMass Medical School awards grants to advance commercialization of research discoveries

    UMass Medical School awards grants to advance commercialization of research discoveries

    UMass Medical School has awarded the first BRIDGE Fund grants to support innovative translational research. The first recipients of funding are Jie Song, PhD, and Timothy Kowalik, PhD.

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  • David McManus developing mobile health component for RURAL health study of disease risk factors

    David McManus developing mobile health component for RURAL health study of disease risk factors

    UMass Medical School physician-scientist David McManus is the primary investigator of the mobile health core of the RURAL study, which seeks to understand why people born in rural communities in the South live shorter and less healthy lives than their counterparts elsewhere in the country.

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  • NIH administers first clinical trial treatment for GM1 gangliosidosis, a lysosomal storage disorder

    NIH administers first clinical trial treatment for GM1 gangliosidosis, a lysosomal storage disorder

    The first clinical trial of a gene therapy treatment based on discoveries made by UMass Medical School and Auburn University researchers has been administered in a child at the National Institutes of Health. UMMS researchers Heather Gray-Edwards, PhD, DVM, and Miguel Sena-Esteves, PhD, collaborated with colleagues at Auburn University on the research.

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  • Link between bench to bedside is personal for GSBS class speaker Jose Mercado-Matos

    Link between bench to bedside is personal for GSBS class speaker Jose Mercado-Matos

    When Jose Mercado-Matos graduates with an MD/PhD degree at the 46th Commencement of UMass Medical School on Sunday, June 2, it will be the culmination of a long journey inspired by his older brother, Raul, who died of synovial sarcoma at age 25.

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  • Campus prepares for 46th Commencement with a week of celebrations

    Campus prepares for 46th Commencement with a week of celebrations

    In the days leading up to the 46th Commencement Exercises at UMass Medical School on Sunday, June 2, students from all three schools will be recognized, friends and family will be celebrated, and distinguished guests will be honored at events across campus.

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  • GSBS awards ceremony recognizes student achievements

    GSBS awards ceremony recognizes student achievements

    At the annual student achievement awards ceremony for the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Dean Mary Ellen Lane encouraged students to seek happiness through love, meaningful work and hope for the future, following in the steps of Joseph Addison, an English playwright and politician.

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  • ‘Great joy’ as UMass Medical School recognizes medical, biomedical sciences and nursing graduates

    ‘Great joy’ as UMass Medical School recognizes medical, biomedical sciences and nursing graduates

    UMass Medical School awarded 214 degrees at its 46th Commencement exercises on Sunday, June 2, including honorary degrees to keynote speaker Darrell G. Kirch, MD; Susan Coghlin Mailman; and Richard P. Kennedy.

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  • Highlights of the 46th Commencement Ceremony in pictures

    Highlights of the 46th Commencement Ceremony in pictures

    See highlights of the UMass Medical School 46th Commencement in Worcester on Sunday, June 2, in a slideshow featuring graduates, family and friends, faculty, and honorees.

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  • Jeremy Luban explains need for more diverse genetic databases in new journal article

    Jeremy Luban explains need for more diverse genetic databases in new journal article

    An article in Nature Medicine by Jeremy Luban, MD, highlights the benefits of more diverse and higher resolution genetic databases. As tools for genetic analysis become more powerful, it is critical for translational scientists to be better equipped to predict the full spectrum of consequences of given mutations, Dr. Luban said.

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  • Anthony Rothschild, colleagues warn of dangers of marijuana use among public

    Anthony Rothschild, colleagues warn of dangers of marijuana use among public

    Anthony Rothschild, MD, is among six UMass Medical School physicians who joined more than 40 Massachusetts doctors, scientists and researchers expressing concern over the potential dangers of marijuana use among the general public in a letter to Massachusetts lawmakers in early June.

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  • Jane Freedman named editor-in-chief of Circulation Research

    Jane Freedman named editor-in-chief of Circulation Research

    Jane E. Freedman, MD, is the new editor-in-chief of Circulation Research, one of 12 scientific journals of the American Heart Association. The first issue of the journal under her editorship was published online in June.

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  • Junior Faculty Development Program honors 28 graduates

    Junior Faculty Development Program honors 28 graduates

    The 28 members of the Junior Faculty Development Program Class of 2019, along with their senior faculty mentors, were honored at a graduation ceremony at UMass Medical School.

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  • Planting celebration launches UMMS student-run community garden

    Planting celebration launches UMMS student-run community garden

    UMass Medical School students planted four raised beds with a variety of vegetables, herbs and flowers. The launch heralds new growth for nutrition-focused, wellness-oriented initiatives that will be cultivated through the student-run community garden.

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  • Clinical trial examines IBD diet in third trimester of pregnancy

    Clinical trial examines IBD diet in third trimester of pregnancy

    Ana Maldonado-Contreras, PhD, and Barbara Olendzki, RD, MPH, at UMass Medical School and colleagues at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai are conducting a clinical trial to determine if an anti-inflammatory diet may reduce the risk of pregnant women with Crohn’s disease relapsing after child birth and of disease transmission to the baby.

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  • The Duchenne Program at UMass Medical School offers integrative approach to care

    The Duchenne Program at UMass Medical School offers integrative approach to care

    The Duchenne Program at UMass Medical School is providing an integrative approach to treating young patients living with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the most common and aggressive form of muscular dystrophy. Launched a year ago, the program provides comprehensive clinical care by a multidisciplinary of medical professionals.

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  • John Harris receives Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists

    John Harris receives Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists

    John E. Harris, MD, PhD, has been named a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers.

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  • Robert Finberg to step down as chair of medicine

    Robert Finberg to step down as chair of medicine

    Robert W. Finberg, MD, the Richard M. Haidack Professor of Medicine and chair and professor of medicine, has shared his intention to step down as chair to return to the faculty to pursue his academic and research roles on a full-time basis.

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  • John Landers, ALS Association celebrate fifth anniversary of Ice Bucket Challenge

    John Landers, ALS Association celebrate fifth anniversary of Ice Bucket Challenge

    John Landers, PhD, spoke with NBC 10 Boston reporter Abbey Niezgoda at a fifth anniversary celebration of the Ice Bucket Challenge, telling her "We know so much more now than we did five and 10 years ago."

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  • UMass Chan scientists mark progress on Huntington’s disease research

    UMMS scientists mark progress on Huntington’s disease research

    Neil Aronin, MD, led an afternoon of presentations detailing advances made by scientists at UMass Medical School in the quest to find a treatment for Huntington’s disease. CHDI Foundation President Robi Blumenstein accepted a plaque in recognition of the foundation’s $13 million in support of Huntington’s research at the medical school.

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  • UMass Chan receives funding from DARPA to develop influenza prevention

    UMMS receives funding from DARPA to develop influenza prevention

    A team of researchers led by Robert W. Finberg, MD, has received funding from a newly established Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program focused on delivering powerful defenses against public health and national security threats including influenza.

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  • UMass Medical School collaborating on first trials of metformin for tuberculosis

    UMass Medical School collaborating on first trials of metformin for tuberculosis

    Pulmonologist Hardy Kornfeld, MD, is co-principal investigator of a clinical trial that will help determine whether adding the drug metformin to standard antibiotic treatment can yield better outcomes for tuberculosis patients. Wenjun Li, PhD, is chief statistician for the trial.

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  • Celia Schiffer honored with William C. Rose Award

    Celia Schiffer honored with William C. Rose Award from American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    Celia A. Schiffer, PhD, has been named the 2020 recipient of the prestigious William C. Rose Award from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

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  • Michael Hirsh appointed assistant vice provost for wellness and health promotion

    Michael Hirsh appointed assistant vice provost for wellness and health promotion

    Michael P. Hirsh, MD, professor of surgery, chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery and surgeon-in-chief for the UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center, has been appointed to a newly created position of assistant vice provost for wellness and health promotion.

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  • Kellianne Alexander named HHMI Gilliam Graduate Fellow

    Kellianne Alexander named HHMI Gilliam Graduate Fellow

    Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences student Kellianne Alexander has been awarded a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Gilliam Graduate Fellowship. Learn more about her research in this Women in Science video.

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  • Summer research program exposes students to a new realm of lab experience

    Summer research program exposes students to a new realm of lab experience

    The UMass Medical School Summer Undergraduate Research Program hosted 29 students for 10 weeks, among them Sang Vo and Amina Bradley. The undergraduates from across the country conducted biomedical research under the direction of faculty, students and postdoctoral fellows.

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  • Boston Globe columnist describes PhD candidate Zachary Kennedy’s personal connection to ALS research

    Boston Globe columnist describes PhD candidate Zachary Kennedy’s personal connection to ALS research

    Zachary Kennedy, PhD candidate in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, is committed to advancing research toward a cure for ALS, after losing his grandfather and an uncle to the disease. Kennedy’s work is highlighted in the Boston Globe.

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  • Tiffany Moore Simas named fellow of premier leadership program for women in medicine

    Tiffany Moore Simas named fellow of premier leadership program for women in medicine

    Tiffany A. Moore Simas, MD, MPH, MEd, has been named a fellow of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia.

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  • Continuation of combination drug therapy for psychotic depression reduces relapse risk, JAMA study shows

    Continuation of combination drug therapy for psychotic depression reduces relapse risk, JAMA study shows

    Anthony Rothschild, MD, is the lead researcher at UMass Medical School on a new JAMA study that analyzes how continuation of a combination drug therapy could help patients who have major depressive disorder with psychotic features, a disabling condition with a high-risk of suicide.

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  • Xiaoduo Fan appointed to PCORI advisory panel on health care delivery and disparities research

    Xiaoduo Fan appointed to PCORI advisory panel on health care delivery and disparities research

    Xiaoduo Fan, MD, MPH, will compare two psychosocial interventions that can result in meaningful improvement for persons with schizophrenia and related illnesses as a member of a PCORI Advisory Panel for Healthcare Delivery and Disparities Research.

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  • LISTEN: Duchenne Program at UMass Medical School provides care, advances research

    LISTEN: Duchenne Program at UMass Medical School provides care, advances research

    Learn about the Duchenne Program at UMass Medical School in this Voices of UMassMed podcast with Brenda Wong, MD, founding director of the program, and Tracy Seckler, co-founder and CEO of Charley’s Fund.

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  • ‘The Art of RNA’ is latest installment of Artist in Residence series

    ‘The Art of RNA’ is latest installment of Artist in Residence series

    The latest installment of the Artist in Residence series features images that illuminate research taking place in UMass Medical School’s RNA Therapeutics Institute. The exhibit will be on display in the Lamar Soutter Library from Tuesday, Sept. 3, through Wednesday, Oct. 30. 

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  • GSBS receives Innovations in Research and Research Education Award

    GSBS receives Innovations in Research and Research Education Award

    The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences has received a 2019 Innovations in Research and Research Education Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges.

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