Rep. McGovern, Worcester delegation join UMMS for Cryo-EM opening

State-of-the-art biomedical research core the first in New England

Government, academic and industry leaders gathered on Tuesday, Oct. 4, for the official opening of the Massachusetts High-Resolution Cryo-Electron Microscopy Facility at UMass Medical School. The cryo-EM research core is the first in New England, and one of only a handful nationwide. The state-of-the-art technology is transforming biomedical research with unprecedented clarity of images at the cellular, molecular and atomic levels.

“This is a very important moment,” said Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito. “Today we are able to expand and strengthen the life sciences ecosystem here in Massachusetts, and in the country.”

U.S. Rep. James P. McGovern said the new technology will “usher in a new generation of scientific advances.”

“The science that will be done here is going to be life changing for so many people,” McGovern said. “Through the collaboration of UMMS, Harvard University, the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center and many others, research done in this facility has the potential to advance us toward cures for Alzheimer’s, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, Parkinson’s and other diseases that plague our families and cost us our health care system millions of dollars each year.”

Cryo-EM was dubbed the “research method of the year” by the journal Nature Methods and spotlighted in a blog by National Institutes of Health Director Frances Collins, PhD. It catapults scientists’ understanding of structural biology and advances drug development for a wide range of disease.

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By Bryan Goodchild and Sandra Gray
UMass Medical School Communications