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2020 RESEARCH

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Inside the new mRNA vaccines for COVID-19

Inside the new mRNA vaccines for COVID-19

The new vaccines by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna use messenger RNA to stimulate the immune system to protect against COVID-19. These vaccines are the first of their kind and researchers at UMass Medical School are among the leading RNA biologists in the world.

UMMS leads national study to enhance patient and caregiver awareness of overprescribing in dementia

UMMS leads national study to enhance patient and caregiver awareness of overprescribing in dementia

Jerry Gurwitz, MD, is leading a team that was recently awarded an $814,000 planning grant from the National Institute on Aging to enhance patient/caregiver communication with their health care provider about medications, which may help reduce inappropriate prescribing to people living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias.

UMMS study shows how novel mechanism in P. aeruginosa bacteria disables ribosome

UMMS study shows how novel mechanism in P. aeruginosa bacteria disables ribosome

A new study by Alejandro Vasquez-Rifo, PhD, and Victor Ambros, PhD, shows that certain strains of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a rod-shaped bacterial pathogen that causes disease in plants and animals, including humans, have a unique mechanism for disabling and degrading the ribosome in its host cells.

Robert Finberg details next steps for COVID vaccine

Robert Finberg details next steps for COVID vaccine

Robert W. Finberg, MD, a member of Gov. Charlie Baker’s COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Group, explains the process of getting the population vaccinated that will play out in phases over the coming year.

Protein commonly screened for in pregnancy is linked to gestational diabetes

Protein commonly screened for in pregnancy is linked to gestational diabetes

New research by Silvia Corvera, MD, and Tiffany Moore Simas, MD, MPH, MEd, show that low levels of a protein commonly seen in screening tests for chromosomal disorders is associated with adipose tissue remodeling, glucose resistance and gestational diabetes mellitus in pregnant women.

NIH research funding surges at UMass Medical School

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.

New study co-authored by MD/PhD student Benjamin Helfand shows frequent delirium in older COVID patients

New study co-authored by MD/PhD student Benjamin Helfand shows frequent delirium in older COVID patients

MD/PhD student Benjamin Helfand is co-first author on a study published in the Journal of American Medical Association Network Open that examines the frequency of COVID-19 positive older adults presenting to the emergency department with delirium.

UMass Medical School postdoctoral fellow Anna Loveland named STAT Wunderkind

UMass Medical School postdoctoral fellow Anna Loveland named STAT Wunderkind

UMass Medical School postdoctoral fellow Anna Loveland, PhD, has been named a STAT Wunderkind by the health and science media company STAT. STAT Wunderkinds honors the brightest young minds in life science for their work in academia, industry, and in the clinic.

Women in Science: Ana Maldonado-Contreras pivots gut microbiome studies to tackle COVID-19

Women in Science: Ana Maldonado-Contreras pivots gut microbiome studies to tackle COVID-19

Ana Maldonado-Contreras, PhD, studies the gut microbiome and chronic disease, in particular inflammatory bowel disease, and is now working to understand how gut microbes can predispose patients to severe COVID complications.

Pincus Medalist Marsha Moses delivers annual scientific lecture at UMass Medical School

Pincus Medalist Marsha Moses delivers annual scientific lecture at UMass Medical School

Biochemist Marsha Moses, PhD, accepted the 30th Gregory Pincus Medal of the Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research and UMass Medical School and delivered the annual Pincus Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 10.

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