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  • Sharon Cantor and Andres Schanzer appointed to endowed chairs
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    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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  • Communicating science: Elizabeth Shank works to identify new antibiotics by getting bacteria ‘talking’
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    Communicating science: Elizabeth Shank works to identify new antibiotics by getting bacteria ‘talking’

    In her lab, Elizabeth Shank, PhD, interprets the chemical language of bacteria with the goal of harnessing its power to potentially developing new antibiotics.

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  • PhD student Megan Honeywell receives prestigious Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral award
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    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
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    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 research shows effectiveness of COVID-19 convalescent plasma in reducing hospitalization
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    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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  • Communicating science: Read Pukkila-Worley studies antibiotic resistance in bacterial infection
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    Communicating science: Read Pukkila-Worley studies antibiotic resistance in bacterial infection

    Read Pukkila-Worley, MD, is a physician-scientist researching how bacteria cause disease and how the immune system detects infection.

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  • Communicating science: Raffi Van Aroian studies parasites in humans
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    Communicating science: Raffi Van Aroian studies parasites in humans

    Raffi Van Aroian, PhD, studies intestinal parasitic nematodes, or worms, which can seriously impact children. To combat drug resistance, he and colleague Gary R. Ostroff, PhD, are working on a new type of treatment.

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  • UMass Chan researcher explains convalescent plasma’s potential as COVID-19 treatment
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    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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  • Communicating science: Yang Wang discusses drug resistance in COVID-19
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    Communicating science: Yang Wang discusses drug resistance in COVID-19

    Yang Wang, MD, PhD, leads a team of scientists working to discover and develop antibody-based medicines for infectious diseases and understand drug resistance in those medicines.

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  • UMass Cancer Walk and Run chosen as best local fundraiser event by WBJ readers
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    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
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    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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  • Early use of convalescent plasma treatment for COVID-19 helps avoid hospitalization
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    Early use of convalescent plasma treatment for COVID-19 helps avoid hospitalization

    Results of a clinical trial led by Jonathan M. Gerber, MD, suggest that early use of convalescent plasma treatment for COVID-19 helps avoid hospitalization.

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  • Communicating science: Brian Lewis discusses overcoming therapeutic resistance in pancreatic cancer
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    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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  • Communicating science: Sharon Cantor discusses drug resistance in breast, ovarian cancer
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    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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  • Communicating science: Daniel Bolon explains drug resistance in cancer cells
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    Communicating science: Daniel Bolon explains drug resistance in cancer cells

    Daniel Bolon, PhD, said he lost his grandfather to cancer as a child, and the loss inspired him to pursue research into the disease. He studies drug resistance in cancer.

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  • Celia Schiffer named chair of Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biotechnology
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    Celia Schiffer named chair of Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biotechnology

    Celia A. Schiffer, PhD, has been named chair of the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biotechnology, newly renamed to reflect the expanded role of cutting-edge technologies as well as the science of pharmacology in bringing a molecular perspective to problems in biology and medicine.

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  • Dean Lane to 57 new doctoral candidates: Collaboration key to science
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    Dean Lane to 57 new doctoral candidates: Collaboration key to science

    The Morningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at UMass Chan Medical School honored 57 new doctoral candidates during the Qualifying Exam Recognition Ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 14.

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  • Communicating science: Institute for Drug Resistance video series elevates awareness, understanding
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    Communicating science: Institute for Drug Resistance video series elevates awareness, understanding

    In a new video series, UMass Medical School scientists explain their research to address the global health challenge of drug resistance. In the first video of the series, Medicines Designed to Last, Celia Schiffer, PhD, sets the stage with a straightforward overview of drug resistance.

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  • UMass Medical School receives $2.8 million grant for advanced cryo-EM microscope
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    UMass Medical School receives $2.8 million grant for advanced cryo-EM microscope

    Roger Davis, PhD, FRS, and the Cryo-EM Core facility at UMass Medical School have received $2.8 million from The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center to purchase an advanced Glacios cryo-electron microscope from Thermo Fisher Scientific.

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  • Immunology and microbiology PhD candidate aims to use her voice in science policy career
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    Immunology and microbiology PhD candidate aims to use her voice in science policy career

    PhD candidate Sarah Cleveland’s mission is to ensure that diverse voices are represented and heard. Cleveland, who studies mechanisms of T cell tolerance, wants to pursue a career in science policy after earning her degree.

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  • Cantor lab rethinks how common chemotherapy drug used in breast and ovarian cancer works
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    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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  • For GSBS class speaker Sumeet Nayak science brings hope
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    For GSBS class speaker Sumeet Nayak science brings hope

    Sumeet Nayak’s research in the lab of Sharon B. Cantor, PhD, has led to a renewed understanding of how cancer develops and has opened up avenues to effectively advance anti-cancer therapies.

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  • Roger Davis elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences
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    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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  • David McManus and Brian Lewis named to endowed chairs
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    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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  • New study of oral therapy candidate indicates positive results for patients with mild-to-moderate COVID-19
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    New study of oral therapy candidate indicates positive results for patients with mild-to-moderate COVID-19

    New research by Kaleido Biosciences, Inc., and UMass Medical School’s John P. Haran, MD, PhD, and Beth McCormick, PhD, shows that the company’s microbiome metabolic therapy candidate produced positive results in patients with mild-to-moderate COVID-19.

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  • Brian Lewis recognized at Biomedical Science Careers Program Evening of Hope 2020
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    Brian Lewis recognized at Biomedical Science Careers Program Evening of Hope 2020

    Brian Lewis, PhD, was recognized in the Evening of Hope 2020 Honor Roll during the Biomedical Science Careers Program’s annual fundraising ceremony. He was honored for his commitment to the organization’s mission of closing the equity gap and increasing diversity in science professions.

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  • New study: MassBiologics discovers antibodies that may protect against COVID-19
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    New study: MassBiologics discovers antibodies that may protect against COVID-19

    A new study by researchers at MassBiologics of UMass Medical School published in Nature Communications suggests that COVID specific IgA monoclonal antibodies may provide effective immunity in the respiratory system against the novel coronavirus—a potentially critical feature of an effective vaccine.

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  • UMMS researchers forging new understanding of BRCA cancer gene function with NCI grant
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    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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  • Celia Schiffer named 2020 ELAM Leadership for Women in Medicine fellow
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    Celia Schiffer named 2020 ELAM Leadership for Women in Medicine fellow

    Celia Schiffer, PhD, has been selected as a fellow of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program at Drexel University College of Medicine.

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  • Novel therapeutic, based on UMMS microbiome discoveries and licensed by Bacainn Therapeutics, targets ulcerative colitis
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    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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  • UMass Medical School researchers ramp up COVID-19 convalescent plasma study
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    UMass Medical School researchers ramp up COVID-19 convalescent plasma study

    More than 100 critically ill COVID-19 patients in the UMass Memorial Health Care system have been treated with convalescent plasma through a UMass Medical School clinical trial led by Jonathan M. Gerber, MD.

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  • Cancer deaths decline in United States, with advances in prevention, detection and treatment
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    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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  • LISTEN: Innovations in pediatric cancer research at UMass Medical School
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    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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  • Amir Mitchell to study cellular decoding of extracellular information with new NIH grant
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    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
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    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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  • LISTEN: Jonathan Gerber on next-generation therapies to fight cancer
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    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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  • Summer research program exposes students to a new realm of lab experience
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    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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  • Celia Schiffer honored with William C. Rose Award
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    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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  • Stories of loss, survival and hope at the 2019 UMass Cancer Walk Kickoff
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    Stories of loss, survival and hope at the 2019 UMass Cancer Walk Kickoff

    At an event characterized by a mix of smiles and tears, the race to raise money for the 2019 UMass Cancer Walk and Run officially began on June 3 as more than 100 team leaders, cancer survivors and event sponsors gathered at the Albert Sherman Center.

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  • Amir Mitchell lab engages high school classes in superbug research via online portal
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    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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    Symposium for caregivers of pediatric cancer survivors April 22 at UMMS

    UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Medical Center are hosting the biannual Consortium for New England Childhood Cancer Survivors for its members from all 13 pediatric oncology programs from all six New England states.

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  • Roger Davis to chair Program in Molecular Medicine
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    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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  • Physician-scientist Jason Shohet researches path to better childhood cancer therapies
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    Physician-scientist Jason Shohet researches path to better childhood cancer therapies

    Jason Shohet, MD, PhD, is focused on developing more effective and less toxic therapies for childhood cancers with a special focus on neuroblastoma.

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  • 2018 Investiture Ceremony honors four named professors and their benefactors
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    2018 Investiture Ceremony honors four named professors and their benefactors

    Jane Freedman, MD; Jonathan Gerber, MD; Jason Shohet, MD, PhD; and Zhiping Weng, PhD; were officially invested into named professorships at the 2018 Investiture Ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 13, bringing the total number of endowed chairs at UMass Medical School to 49.

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  • Four faculty members appointed to endowed professorships
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    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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  • UMass Cancer Walk turns 20 in September
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    UMass Cancer Walk turns 20 in September

    The UMass Cancer Walk and Run will celebrate its 20th anniversary this September. Sponsors and fundraising team leaders gathered on campus on Wednesday, June 20, to meet with cancer researchers and clinicians, tour cancer research labs, and get to work on the event’s ambitious goal of raising $750,000 this year.

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