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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.

UMMS 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.

UMMS 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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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