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  • Sharina Person honored with Chancellor’s Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion

    Sharina Person honored with Chancellor’s Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion

    Sharina Person, PhD, was honored with the Chancellors Award for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion at the annual tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote speaker Joan Reede, MD, MS, MPH MBA called on the medical community to move forward in values that promote diversity, equity and inclusion. 

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  • PODCAST: Marcus Ruscetti shares his research journey in cancer biology

    PODCAST: Marcus Ruscetti shares his research journey in cancer biology

    Marcus Ruscetti, PhD, resisted following in his parents scientist footsteps but ended up in a career dedicated to cancer research in and out of the lab.

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  • In new study, UMass Chan scientists induce toxicity to kill cancer cells

    In new study, UMass Chan scientists induce toxicity to kill cancer cells

    Dohoon Kim, PhD, and colleagues have shown that blocking a specific detoxifying enzyme in lung cancer cells leads to cell death, making it a viable target for drug development.

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  • Study co-authored by Jonathan Gerber shows COVID-19 vaccines reduce harmful inflammation

    Study co-authored by Jonathan Gerber shows COVID-19 vaccines reduce harmful inflammation

    Vaccination against COVID-19 was linked to reduced inflammation in response to SARS-CoV-2 infection, according to a paper co-authored by UMass Chan Medical School researcher Jonathan M. Gerber, MD.

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  • Marcus Ruscetti receives American Cancer Society award for prostate cancer research

    Marcus Ruscetti receives American Cancer Society award for prostate cancer research

    The Research Scholar Grant will support Dr. Ruscetti’s research on senescent cells and their role in tumor progression and immune suppression in prostate cancer.

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  • Phillip Zamore, Roger Davis elected to National Academy of Medicine

    Phillip Zamore, Roger Davis elected to National Academy of Medicine

    UMass Chan Medical School scientists Phillip D. Zamore, PhD, and Roger J. Davis, PhD, FRS, were elected to the National Academy of Medicine on Oct. 9 for their distinguished contributions to medicine and health.

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  • Scientific symposium celebrates Michael Green’s lasting legacy

    Scientific symposium celebrates Michael Green’s lasting legacy

    More than a dozen of Michael Green’s former colleagues, trainees and others are scheduled to speak at the symposium.

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  • Six new endowed chairs named at UMass Chan Medical School

    Six new endowed chairs named at UMass Chan Medical School

    These highly accomplished faculty members have been appointed to endowed chairs at UMass Chan Medical School: Dale L. Greiner, PhD; Danny G. Winder, PhD; Elinor K. Karlsson, PhD; Jeannette M. Wolfe, MD; J. Kevin Donahue, MD; and John E. Harris, MD, PhD’05.

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  • Milestone year for UMass Cancer Walk celebrated at Polar Park

    Milestone year for UMass Cancer Walk celebrated at Polar Park

    More than 2,000 people took part in the 25th annual UMass Cancer Walk presented by Harr Toyota at Polar Park on Sunday, Sept. 24. Participants raised more than $700,000 to support adult and pediatric cancer research and clinical trials at UMass Chan Medical School.

     

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  • For many participants, UMass Cancer Walk is personal

    For many participants, UMass Cancer Walk is personal

    The 2023 UMass Cancer Walk presented by Harr Toyota marks the 25th year of commitment to cancer research. Many participants and sponsors have a personal connection to cancer and have supported the event for years.

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  • Convocation 2023: Chancellor Collins celebrates symphony of collaboration at UMass Chan

    Convocation 2023: Chancellor Collins celebrates symphony of collaboration at UMass Chan

    Four faculty members were honored with chancellor’s medals and four others were invested as endowed professors at the Convocation and Investiture ceremony at UMass Chan Medical School.

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  • PhD candidate to use NIH award to study cell death in cancer patients

    PhD candidate to use NIH award to study cell death in cancer patients

    Nicholas Harper, a PhD candidate in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program, has received a prestigious award from the National Cancer Institute to study cell death as it relates to cancer therapies.

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  • UMass Chan BRIDGE Fund invests nearly $2M in 13 faculty projects

    UMass Chan BRIDGE Fund invests nearly $2M in 13 faculty projects

    The BRIDGE Fund supports critical research milestones for inventions and discoveries that have high potential to change the course of disease and continues to grow, increasing from approximately $1 million per year in 2019 to $3 million in 2024.

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  • NIH funds MD/PhD student’s research on triple-negative breast cancer

    NIH funds MD/PhD student’s research on triple-negative breast cancer

    MD/PhD student Ayush Kumar has received a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Award from the National Cancer Institute to study the most aggressive type of breast cancer.

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  • Zebrafish helpful models to study skin conditions like vitiligo and melanoma, UMass Chan scientist writes

    Zebrafish helpful models to study skin conditions like vitiligo and melanoma, UMass Chan scientist writes

    Craig Ceol, PhD, and his team recently discovered a new way in which melanocytes, a small subset of epidermal cells, regenerate. Dr. Ceol explains why zebrafish are good models to study melanocytes in this piece for The Conversation.

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  • Jessica Spinelli named 2023 Searle Scholar

    Jessica Spinelli named 2023 Searle Scholar

    Jessica Spinelli, PhD, and members of her lab are leveraging the discovery of a new mammalian metabolite and mitochondrial pathway to develop tools to reprogram the electron transport chain.

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  • Phillip Zamore elected to National Academy of Sciences

    Phillip Zamore elected to National Academy of Sciences

    Phillip D. Zamore, PhD, is one of 120 newly elected members of the National Academy of Sciences who were recognized for distinguished achievements in original research. Dr. Zamore is credited with identifying the biochemical machinery responsible for RNA silencing.

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  • Inaugural Finberg memorial award winners to present at Innate Immunity Day

    Inaugural Finberg memorial award winners to present at Innate Immunity Day

    The Program in Innate Immunity is hosting Innate Immunity Day 2023: Mechanisms and Consequences of Cell Death on May 10 in the Albert Sherman Center Auditorium in the Sherman Center from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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  • Katherine Fitzgerald, Phillip Zamore elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences

    Katherine Fitzgerald, Phillip Zamore elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences

    Katherine Fitzgerald, PhD, and Phillip D. Zamore, PhD, were elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, which honors excellence and leaders from every field of human endeavor to examine new ideas, address issues of importance to the nation and the world, and work together to cultivate every art and science.

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  • Athma Pai awarded NSF CAREER grant

    Athma Pai awarded National Science Foundation CAREER grant

    Athma A. Pai, PhD, was awarded a nearly $1 million CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation to use new high-throughput genomics approaches to study the regulation of mRNA splicing.

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  • Jonathan Gerber named director of UMass Cancer Center; Michelle Kelliher interim chair of molecular, cell & cancer biology

    Jonathan Gerber named director of UMass Cancer Center; Michelle Kelliher interim chair of molecular, cell & cancer biology

    As the UMass Chan mourns the recent death of Michael Green, MD, PhD, two faculty have been appointed to fill positions that Dr. Green nobly held. Jonathan M. Gerber, MD, has been appointed director of the UMass Cancer Center, and Michelle A. Kelliher, PhD, will serve as interim chair of the Department of Molecular, Cell & Cancer Biology.

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  • V. Craig Jordan to give inaugural lecture on cancer drug discovery at UMass Chan

    V. Craig Jordan to give inaugural lecture on cancer drug discovery at UMass Chan

    Breast cancer research pioneer V. Craig Jordan, PhD, will give the inaugural virtual lecture in a series on cancer drug discovery at UMass Chan Medical School on Thursday, Feb. 16.

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  • Science for Living: Colonoscopies remain best way to detect, prevent colorectal cancer, explains Justin Maykel

    Science for Living: Colonoscopies remain best way to detect, prevent colorectal cancer, explains Justin Maykel

    In this Science for Living feature, colorectal expert Justin Maykel, MD, explains why colonoscopy is the best way to prevent colon cancer.

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  • Jillian Richmond mentoring Morehouse med student Sachi Desse in research aimed to reduce disparities in dermatology

    Jillian Richmond mentoring Morehouse med student Sachi Desse in research aimed to reduce disparities in dermatology

    With a grant from the Dermatology Foundation, Morehouse School of Medicine student Sachi Desse is researching cutaneous T cell lymphoma, with Jillian Richmond, PhD, as her mentor.

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  • UMass Chan researcher Anastasia Khvorova named 2022 National Academy of Inventors Fellow

    UMass Chan researcher Anastasia Khvorova named 2022 National Academy of Inventors Fellow

    Anastasia Khvorova, PhD, is one of 169 academic inventors selected as a 2022 fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

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  • UMass Chan Medical School students help screen firefighters for cancer at Polar Park

    UMass Chan Medical School students help screen firefighters for cancer at Polar Park

    UMass Chan Medical School and UMass Memorial Health partnered with DetecTogether to offer free cancer screenings for firefighters at an event at Polar Park in Worcester on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

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  • Mary Munson elected fellow of the American Society for Cell Biology

    Mary Munson elected fellow of the American Society for Cell Biology

    Mary Munson, PhD, is one of 22 scientists named a fellow of the American Society for Cell Biology for 2022.

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  • Superheroes descend on Polar Park for 24th annual UMass Cancer Walk and Run

    Superheroes descend on Polar Park for 24th annual UMass Cancer Walk and Run

    Participants in the 24th annual UMass Cancer Walk and Run presented by Harr Toyota proved that they were superheroes by raising money for cancer research and clinical trials at UMass Chan Medical School.

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  • Sharon Cantor and Andres Schanzer appointed to endowed chairs

    Sharon Cantor and Andres Schanzer appointed to endowed chairs

    The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees voted to approve one new endowed chair at UMass Chan Medical School and the appointment of two accomplished faculty members to endowed chairs.

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  • UMass Chan medical student’s research on LGBTQI+ cancer survivors selected for national conference

    UMass Chan medical student’s research on LGBTQI+ cancer survivors selected for national conference

    Third-year medical student Colin Burnett was invited to present his research on LGBTQI+ cancer survivors at a national conference. Burnett and his co-authors discovered that most LGBTQI+ cancer survivors did not have access to health education resources tailored to their gender and sexual identities.

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  • Harr Toyota announced as presenting sponsor of UMass Cancer Walk and Run

    Harr Toyota announced as presenting sponsor of UMass Cancer Walk and Run

    UMass Chan Medical School has announced Harr Toyota as the presenting sponsor of the 24th annual UMass Cancer Walk and Run to be held on Sunday, Oct. 2, at Polar Park. 

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  • Making smoking cessation a game increases abstinence among smokers not yet ready to quit

    Making smoking cessation a game increases abstinence among smokers not yet ready to quit

    A study co-authored by UMass Chan Medical School researchers showed that a technology-assisted abstinence game may help smokers kick the habit. Rajani Sadasivam was principal investigator on the study.

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  • Eric Baehrecke, Jeanne Lawrence and Alan Mullen appointed to endowed chairs

    Eric Baehrecke, Jeanne Lawrence and Alan Mullen appointed to endowed chairs

    Chancellor Michael F. Collins announced that the University’s Board of Trustees has approved the appointment of three of faculty members to endowed chairs. They join more than 60 named chairs at UMass Chan.

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  • UMass Cancer Walk and Run seeking ‘superheroes’ for Oct. 2 event at Polar Park

    UMass Cancer Walk and Run seeking ‘superheroes’ for Oct. 2 event at Polar Park

    The 24th annual UMass Cancer Walk and Run will take place on Sunday, Oct. 2, at Polar Park, with all funds raised going to pediatric and adult cancer research at UMass Chan Medical School.

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  • Job Dekker elected to National Academy of Sciences

    Job Dekker elected to National Academy of Sciences

    UMass Chan Medical School scientist Job Dekker, PhD, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences on May 3 for his contributions to the field of genomics.

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  • PhD student Megan Honeywell receives prestigious Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral award

    PhD student Megan Honeywell receives prestigious Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral award

    In her preliminary studies, PhD student Megan Honeywell has found that cells can trigger a cell death even when they do not have the p53 protein, the so-called “guardian of the genome.”

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  • Roberto Caricchio, Michelle Kelliher and Celia Schiffer appointed to endowed chairs

    Robert Caricchio, Michelle Kelliher and Celia Schiffer appointed to endowed chairs

    UMass Chan faculty in rheumatology, biochemistry & molecular biotechnology and cancer biology are being supported by endowments.

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  • New UMass Chan study finds smoking rates increased in pandemic, looks at related stresses

    New UMass Chan study finds smoking rates increased in pandemic, looks at related stresses

    The early months of the COVID-19 pandemic saw a net increase in smoking rates among a group of people who had previously participated in a study to quit smoking, according to a new study led Rajani S. Sadasivam, PhD.

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  • New research shows effectiveness of COVID-19 convalescent plasma in reducing hospitalization

    New research shows effectiveness of COVID-19 convalescent plasma in reducing hospitalization

    A large, double-blind, randomized controlled trial found that outpatients who received convalescent plasma within nine days of onset of COVID-19 symptoms were significantly less likely to be hospitalized than those who received placebo control plasma.

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  • Gang Han elected to 2022 Class of the AIMBE College of Fellows

    Gang Han elected to American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering College of Fellows

    In recognition of creative advances in the development of nanomaterials for biophotonic application, Gang Han, PhD, has been elected by the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering to its College of Fellows.

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  • UMass Chan researcher explains convalescent plasma’s potential as COVID-19 treatment

    UMass Chan researcher explains convalescent plasma’s potential as COVID-19 treatment

    Jonathan Gerber, MD, discusses a therapy that has been around for at least a century and how it has helped in the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • Katherine Fitzgerald to receive American Association of Immunologists award

    Katherine Fitzgerald to receive American Association of Immunologists award

    Katherine A. Fitzgerald, PhD, has been named the 2022 recipient of the American Association of Immunologists - Thermo Fisher Meritorious Career Award.

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  • Phase I clinical trial of Moderna mRNA vaccine for Epstein-Barr virus starting at UMass Chan

    Phase I clinical trial of Moderna mRNA vaccine for Epstein-Barr virus starting at UMass Chan

    UMass Chan Medical School researchers are embarking on a clinical trial of an mRNA vaccine by Moderna against the Epstein-Barr virus, a common cause of infectious mononucleosis. Katherine Luzuriaga, MD, is principal investigator for the study at UMass Chan.

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  • UMass Cancer Walk and Run chosen as best local fundraiser event by WBJ readers

    UMass Cancer Walk and Run chosen as best local fundraiser event by WBJ readers

    Worcester Business Journal readers have chosen the UMass Cancer Walk and Run as the best nonprofit fundraiser event in Central Massachusetts.

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  • Jason Shohet receives second Hyundai Hope on Wheels grant

    Jason Shohet receives second Hyundai Hope on Wheels grant

    Hyundai Hope on Wheels has awarded Jason Shohet, MD, PhD, a second $300,000 Scholar Hope Grant to continue his research on neuroblastoma, a deadly cancer in children that affects the peripheral nervous system.

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  • Ann Moormann elected a fellow of the African Academy of Sciences

    Ann Moormann elected a fellow of the African Academy of Sciences

    Ann Moormann, PhD, MPH, is recognized for outstanding contributions to the development of science and career advancement of scientists in Africa.

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  • Communicating science: Brian Lewis discusses overcoming therapeutic resistance in pancreatic cancer

    Communicating science: Brian Lewis discusses overcoming therapeutic resistance in pancreatic cancer

    Brian Lewis, PhD, is studying therapeutic resistance in pancreatic cancer cells, hoping to change the grim statistics for patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

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  • William Flavahan receives Distinguished Scientist Award for groundbreaking brain cancer research

    William Flavahan receives Distinguished Scientist Award for groundbreaking brain cancer research

    William Flavahan, PhD, has received a four-year, $600,000 award from the Sontag Foundation to advance his studies of the genetic processes leading to brain tumors.

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  • Han lab developing light-activated immune cell therapy for cancers

    Han lab developing light-activated immune cell therapy for cancers

    Gang Han, PhD, said newly developed nano-optogenetic immunotherapy represents a new generation of personalized cancer treatment, in which precise control of the timing, location and dosage of T cell activation could be tailored to an individual patient.

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  • UMass Cancer Center funds five UMass Chan research projects

    UMass Cancer Center funds five UMass Chan research projects

    The UMass Cancer Center Pilot Project Program has awarded seed grants to five UMass Chan Medical School research projects to enable investigators to gather pilot data for external cancer-focused funding.

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  • Communicating science: Sharon Cantor discusses drug resistance in breast, ovarian cancer

    Communicating science: Sharon Cantor discusses drug resistance in breast, ovarian cancer

    Research by Sharon Cantor, PhD, into how chemotherapy works in inherited breast and ovarian cancer overturned a long-held model in the field and will play a key role in developing successful therapies.

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  • Annual UMass Cancer Walk and Run surpasses fundraising goal

    Annual UMass Cancer Walk and Run surpasses fundraising goal

    The 23rd annual UMass Cancer Walk and Run, held on Sunday, Oct. 17, at Polar Park in Worcester, is expected to bring in more than $700,000, exceeding fundraising goals.

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  • Job Dekker and Katherine Fitzgerald elected to National Academy of Medicine

    Job Dekker and Katherine Fitzgerald elected to National Academy of Medicine

    In its most diverse class to date, the National Academy of Medicine has elected Job Dekker, PhD, and Katherine Fitzgerald, PhD, for their distinguished contributions to medicine and health.

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  • UMass Cancer Walk and Run returns Sunday, Oct. 17, at Polar Park

    UMass Cancer Walk and Run returns Sunday, Oct. 17, at Polar Park

    The 23rd annual UMass Cancer Walk and Run will be held Sunday, Oct. 17, at Polar Park in Worcester. More than 2,300 participants have registered for the event. Gates open at 9:30 a.m.

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  • Cantor lab rethinks how common chemotherapy drug used in breast and ovarian cancer works

    Cantor lab rethinks how common chemotherapy drug used in breast and ovarian cancer works

    Research from the lab of Sharon Cantor, PhD, provides a new understanding of a PARP inhibitor, a chemotherapy drug commonly used against breast and ovarian cancer.

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  • Katherine Fitzgerald and Nikolaus Grigorieff elected to National Academy of Sciences

    Katherine Fitzgerald and Nikolaus Grigorieff elected to National Academy of Sciences

    Two UMass Medical School professors have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

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  • Roger Davis elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences

    Roger Davis elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences

    Roger J. Davis, PhD, FRS, has been elected a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in recognition of his research on stress signaling pathways that are connected to a range of diseases, such as arthritis, cancer, stroke, heart disease and diabetes.

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  • Jillian Richmond receives diversity award to mentor med student on lymphoma research

    Jillian Richmond receives diversity award to mentor med student on lymphoma research

    The Diversity Research Supplement Award Jillian M. Richmond, PhD, has received from the Dermatology Foundation covers the stipend for medical student researcher Jadé Olayinka.

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  • 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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  • UMass Chan establishes gene therapy collaborative research agreement with Pfizer

    UMMS establishes gene therapy collaborative research agreement with Pfizer

    UMass Medical School has entered into a three-year, collaborative research agreement with Pfizer to evaluate determinants that influence the manufacturing quality and yield of viral vectors used in gene therapy. The research at UMMS is being performed under the direction of Guangping Gao, PhD, and Dan Wang, PhD.

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  • Erik Sontheimer co-leading efforts to develop gene editing toolkit by NIH Somatic Cell Genome Editing Consortium

    Erik Sontheimer co-leading efforts to develop gene editing toolkit by NIH Somatic Cell Genome Editing Consortium

    Six UMass Medical School scientists are among the members of the National Institutes of Health’s Somatic Cell Genome Editing Consortium to publish a paper in Nature outlining the program’s goals.

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  • PhD student Catherine Nagawa examining link between social networks, smoking cessation with new NIH award

    PhD student Catherine Nagawa examining link between social networks, smoking cessation with new NIH award

    PhD student Catherine Nagawa received a National Institutes of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research.

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  • Breast and prostate cancer screenings dropped during COVID-19 pandemic, UMMS study finds

    Breast and prostate cancer screenings dropped during COVID-19 pandemic, UMMS study finds

    Breast and prostate cancer screenings declined rapidly in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic compared with the same period a year earlier, according to a new study by UMass Medical School researchers working with Reliant Medical Group.

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  • Mammography expert finds deep-learning artificial intelligence may improve cancer detection

    Mammography expert finds deep-learning artificial intelligence may improve cancer detection

    The journal Nature Medicine has published a study co-authored by Gopal Vijayaraghavan, MD, finding that an artificial intelligence model for computer-aided reading of mammograms may improve the detection of breast cancer.

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  • Robert Finberg named distinguished professor of medicine

    Robert Finberg named distinguished professor of medicine

    In recognition of his unique contributions to UMass Medical School, Robert W. Finberg, MD, has been named a distinguished professor of medicine.

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  • Scientists sequence genomes of 240 animals to understand evolution at DNA level

    Scientists sequence genomes of 240 animals to understand evolution at DNA level

    A multidisciplinary team of scientists led by Elinor Karlsson, PhD, has captured biodiversity at a genetic level, according to a new study published in Nature.

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  • John Harris appointed chair of dermatology

    John Harris appointed chair of dermatology

    John Harris, MD, PhD, one of the nation’s foremost authorities on the treatment and study of vitiligo, has been appointed chair of the Department of Dermatology beginning Jan. 1.

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  • UMass Chan scientists to expand 4D nucleome research with $13 million NIH grants

    UMMS scientists to expand 4D nucleome research with $13 million NIH grants

    Investigators at UMass Medical School have received two, five-year grants totaling $13 million to explore how the 4D genome structure influences gene expression, cellular function, development and disease as it reshapes itself. Job Dekker, PhD, and Paul Kaufman, PhD, to investigate architecture of genome as it changes over time.

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  • PhD candidate receives NIH fellowship award for study on diagnosis of multiple myeloma precursor condition

    PhD candidate receives NIH fellowship award for study on diagnosis of multiple myeloma precursor condition

    Maira Castañeda Avila, PhD candidate in the Clinical & Population Health Research Program, received a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research, funded by the National Cancer Institute.

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  • UMass Cancer Walk and Run supporters continue tradition of generosity

    UMass Cancer Walk and Run supporters continue tradition of generosity

    Gratitude, solidarity and hope were the themes of the day on Sunday, Sept. 13, at the 22nd annual—and first-ever virtual—UMass Cancer Walk and Run. Donors, fundraisers and sponsors maintained their steadfast support for cancer research and clinical trials at UMass Medical School.

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  • Anne Carlisle researches cancer cell metabolism at GSBS

    Anne Carlisle researches cancer cell metabolism at GSBS

    Anne Carlisle, PhD candidate in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, came to Massachusetts from Nebraska in 2015. She is studying in the Dohoon Kim lab, investigating the role of selenium in cancer cells.

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  • GSBS PhD candidate balances school and motherhood during pandemic

    GSBS PhD candidate balances school and motherhood during pandemic

    Oluwabunmi Emidio, MD, MPH, is a PhD candidate in the Clinical and Population Health Research Program, and a postdoctoral fellow in a National Cancer Institute-funded training program Prevention and Control Cancer: Postdoctoral Training in Implementation Science.

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  • Virtual UMass Cancer Walk and Run to take place Sept. 13

    Virtual UMass Cancer Walk and Run to take place Sept. 13

    On Sunday, Sept. 13, the quad on the UMass Medical School campus will be unusually quiet. Instead of thousands gathering in person to walk or run in support of cancer research, care and clinical trials at UMMS, supporters will be participating virtually in the 22nd annual UMass Cancer Walk and Run.

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  • New awards from Massachusetts Life Sciences Center support women’s health research

    New awards from Massachusetts Life Sciences Center support women’s health research

    Medical device research projects by Gopal Vijayaraghavan, MD, MPH, and Mary Rusckowski, PhD, are among 11 projects that have received a total of $8.3 million in capital funding awards from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center.

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  • U.S. Army grant advances UMMS studies targeting key melanoma protein

    U.S. Army grant advances UMMS studies targeting key melanoma protein

    The U.S. Department of Defense awarded a team of researchers led by Craig J. Ceol, PhD, a $963,903 three-year grant to test potential approaches to killing metastatic melanoma tumors.

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  • UMass Chan researchers forging new understanding of BRCA cancer gene function with NCI grant

    UMMS researchers forging new understanding of BRCA cancer gene function with NCI grant

    A UMass Medical School research team has been awarded a National Cancer Institute grant to advance understanding of how hereditary breast and ovarian cancer genes work, and why tumors lacking these genes are sensitive to chemotherapy.

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  • Novel therapeutic, based on UMMS microbiome discoveries and licensed by Bacainn Therapeutics, targets ulcerative colitis

    Novel therapeutic, based on UMMS microbiome discoveries and licensed by Bacainn Therapeutics, targets ulcerative colitis

    Discoveries made by Beth McCormick, PhD, and licensed by Bacainn Therapeutics, Inc. are heading to Phase I clinical trials for ulcerative colitis and other diseases associated with uncontrolled inflammation in the gut.

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  • MD/PhD-student-led research finds potential new gene target for pediatric liver cancer

    MD/PhD-student-led research finds potential new gene target for pediatric liver cancer

    A new study by a team of UMass Medical School researchers, led by Jordan Smith, MD/PhD candidate, has identified a new therapeutic target in hepatoblastoma, a rare, primarily pediatric liver cancer.

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  • UMass Chan immunologist Katherine Fitzgerald admitted to Royal Irish Academy

    UMMS immunologist Katherine Fitzgerald admitted to Royal Irish Academy

    UMass Medical School researcher and world-renowned immunologist Katherine A. Fitzgerald, PhD, has been named an honorary member of the Royal Irish Academy.

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  • Jennifer Benanti receives MIRA grant to advance understanding of how cells proliferate

    Jennifer Benanti receives MIRA grant to advance understanding of how cells proliferate

    Jennifer A. Benanti, PhD, was recently awarded a federal Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award, or MIRA grant, to advance her lab’s study of molecular mechanisms of cell cycle control, a key factor in understanding cancer development. 

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  • Anastasia Khvorova elected director of the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy

    Anastasia Khvorova elected director of the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy

    UMass Medical School RNA therapeutics expert Anastasia Khvorova, PhD, has been elected by the membership of the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy to a three-year term as director-at-large/scientific & research council chair, which will begin at the 2020 ASGCT virtual annual meeting.

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  • Study: E-cigarettes not associated with greater quitting success among traditional smokers

    Study: E-cigarettes not associated with greater quitting success among traditional smokers

    A study by UMass Medical School researchers found that cigarette smokers who used both e-cigarettes and combustible cigarettes smoked more combustible cigarettes daily and had less success at abstaining than smokers who only used combustible cigarettes.

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  • Jill Zitzewitz applies cancer lessons in classroom and pandemic

    Jill Zitzewitz applies cancer lessons in classroom and pandemic

    As an educator, a scientist and a patient undergoing treatment for multiple myeloma, Jill A. Zitzewitz, PhD, has a unique perspective on dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • Cole Haynes receives prestigious NIH MERIT award for research on mitochondria repair

    Cole Haynes receives prestigious NIH MERIT award for research on mitochondria repair

    Cole M. Haynes, PhD, professor of molecular, cell & cancer biology, has received a Method to Extend Research in Time award from the National Institute on Aging for his research on repair and regeneration of mitochondria dysfunction, a mechanism associated with age-related diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

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  • Physician-scientist retreat highlights MD/PhD student achievement at UMass Medical School

    Physician-scientist retreat highlights MD/PhD student achievement at UMass Medical School

    The 15th annual Physician-Scientist Retreat at UMass Medical School shined a light on students working to complete both medical and biomedical sciences doctoral degrees through the Medical Scientist Training Program.

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  • Minjin Kim focused on health disparities among Asian American women

    Minjin Kim focused on health disparities among Asian American women

    Minjin Kim is dedicating her career to addressing cross-cultural differences among Asian American women that may account for health disparities, such as low rates of vaccination against human papilloma virus.

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  • A simple way to promote HPV vaccination among Asian American women: Storytelling

    A simple way to promote HPV vaccination among Asian American women: Storytelling

    In a piece originally published on The Conversation, Minjin Kim, PhD, a postdoctoral research associate, discusses the need to raise awareness among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders about HPV, the HPV vaccine and cervical cancer.

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  • Katherine Fitzgerald and Sanjay Ram elected to American Academy of Microbiology

    Katherine Fitzgerald and Sanjay Ram elected to American Academy of Microbiology

    Katherine Fitzgerald, PhD, and Sanjay Ram, MD, were elected to the American Academy of Microbiology. Fellows are elected annually through a highly selective, peer-review process, based on their records of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology.

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  • Cancer deaths decline in United States, with advances in prevention, detection and treatment

    Cancer deaths decline in US, with advances in prevention, detection and treatment

    In an essay originally published by The Conversation, Cancer Center Director Jonathan Gerber, MD, discusses the specifics of recently reported declines in cancer deaths and provides perspective for future continued progress.

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  • UMass Medical School, UMass Memorial Medical Center 11th annual Winter Ball raises more than $1.3 million

    UMass Medical School, UMass Memorial Medical Center 11th annual Winter Ball raises more than $1.3 million

    The 11th annual Winter Ball raised more than $1.3 million to help support the clinical care, education and biomedical research missions of UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Medical Center.

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  • LISTEN: Innovations in pediatric cancer research at UMass Medical School

    LISTEN: Innovations in pediatric cancer research at UMass Medical School

    In a new Voices of UMassMed podcast, Jason Shohet, MD, PhD, highlights new advances in pediatric cancer research at UMass Medical School, and Luis Portillo Reyes, a young cancer patient, opens up about going through treatment for leukemia.

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  • Gregory Pazour elected fellow of the American Society for Cell Biology

    Gregory Pazour elected fellow of the American Society for Cell Biology

    Gregory J. Pazour, PhD, is one of 16 scientists named a 2019 fellow of the American Society for Cell Biology. An expert in cilia function and assembly, he was the first to draw an unexpected link between cilia dysfunction and polycystic kidney disease.

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  • Amir Mitchell to study cellular decoding of extracellular information with new NIH grant

    Amir Mitchell to study cellular decoding of extracellular information with new grant from National Institute of General Medical Sciences

    Amir Mitchell, PhD, has received the Maximizing Investigators' Research Award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences to support research into cellular decoding of signaling dynamics.

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  • Hyundai Hope on Wheels award supports Jason Shohet’s research in childhood cancer

    Hyundai Hope on Wheels award supports Jason Shohet’s research in childhood cancer

    UMass Medical School clinician-scientist Jason Shohet, MD, PhD, accepted a $300,000 grant on Monday, Sept. 23, from the Hyundai Motor America Hope on Wheels campaign to continue his work toward developing more effective and less toxic therapies for childhood cancers with a special focus on neuroblastoma.

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  • Community delivers as UMass Cancer Walk hits $750,000 goal

    Community delivers as UMass Cancer Walk hits $750,000 goal

    Thousands of people flocked to the UMass Cancer Walk and Run on Sunday, Sept. 22, helping organizers meet their $750,000 fundraising goal.

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  • LISTEN: Jonathan Gerber on next-generation therapies to fight cancer

    LISTEN: Jonathan Gerber on next-generation therapies to fight cancer

    Learn about the UMass Cancer Walk and Run and the latest advancements in cancer research in this Voices of UMassMed podcast with Jonathan Gerber, MD.

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  • Food trucks, live music set for UMass Cancer Walk and Run finish

    Food trucks, live music set for UMass Cancer Walk and Run finish

    When participants of the 21st Annual UMass Cancer Walk and Run on Sunday, Sept. 22, cross the finish line, they will find the campus green at UMass Medical School transformed into a festival of food, fun and hope.

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  • Medical student Helen Tian receives physician-scientist career development award

    Medical student Helen Tian receives physician-scientist career development award

    Helen Tian, a member of the School of Medicine Class of 2021, has been selected by the American Society of Hematology to receive one of five 2019-2020 Physician-Scientist Career Development Awards.

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  • Mark Johnson named vice president of American Academy of Neurological Surgery

    Mark Johnson named vice president of American Academy of Neurological Surgery

    Mark Johnson, MD, PhD, the Maroun Semaan Chair in Neurosurgery, and chair and professor of neurological surgery, has been named the vice president of the American Academy of Neurological Surgery.

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  • Catherine Forconi receives Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation Young Investigator Grant

    Catherine Forconi receives Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation Young Investigator Grant

    Catherine Forconi, PhD, has received a 2019 Young Investigator Grant from Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to support research into endemic Burkitt lymphoma, an aggressive pediatric cancer and the most common childhood cancer in Africa.

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